Sunday, June 21, 2009

Arabic Alphabet Game for Toddlers

Assalamu alaikum,

While the crafts ideas are in process I thought I'd continue uploading games and literacy resources insha'Allah.
This game, 'The Arabic Alphabet Game' is for toddlers & two - and actually can be used with three and four year olds insha'Allah. It's a simple game to help with recognition skills for the Arabic Alphabet insha'Allah. The directions are included in the game and I've designed two additional spinners to use with the game (in addition to the spinner included in the game). So if your child(ren) count beyond four they would use this spinner or if they do not know how to count in Arabic they would use this spinner insha'Allah.

The game also helps students learn and/or practice their numeracy skills as they will spin the spinner and have to accurately identify the number on the spinner and move the appropriate amount of spaces insha'Allah.

I will ask my wonderful co-blogger (smile) if she can design a sheet that tells parents how to say the names of the objects in the pictures (In Arabic) so our mums who may not speak Arabic can teach their child(ren) the name of the words that match the letters insha'Allah. Check this post again in a few days and insha'Allah there will be an additional sheet added.

I would also like to design some extension activities (i.e. sensory activities, cognitive, practical life, art, etc.) to go along with the game insha'Allah so it may be beneficial to check back again in a few days insha'Allah. ;)

*UPDATE: Barak Allahu feki my dear co-blogger! Here is the chart that names the pictures on the game board in Arabic with English transliteration insha'Allah.
*UPDATE #2: Here is the Activity Guide for the Arabic Alphabet Game insha'Allah. There are links to two videos that show you how to do two of the activities listed in the Activity Guide. They are below insha'Allah.
Enjoy the game insha'Allah!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Passage of Time Puzzles Re-Uploaded

Assalamu Alaikum,
My dear sister Um Yusuf,

My apologies, when I was editing my website recently I forgot to re-upload the puzzles and did not realize it. Jazakillahu khayr for bringing this to my attention.

Please download them below insha'Allah and I have re-uploaded them on my site alhamduillah.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Art ideas in the works insha'Allah!

Assalamu alaikum,

It's been a while since I've posted but that's not because ideas are not in the works (smile). The art projects that I'm working on can't be scanned and need a digital camera insha'Allah. Hang in there with me insha'Allah, and hopefully I will be uploading some craft ideas with pictures and directions soon insha'Allah.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Hadith Coloring Book

Assalamu alaikum,

This is just a freebie I wanted to pass along insha'Allah. Not a craft but colouring is usually an activity that toddlers and twos enjoy. I've been working on a Masjid craft idea for twos but it will take a little time to finish it - due to time constraints - and then insha'Allah, I'll upload the directions and pictures insha'Allah. In the meantime, please enjoy the Colouring Book.

This colouring book is a Hadith Colouring Book that has authentic ahadith related to manners and brotherhood in Islam. It is available on my site in the Freebies section. Please scroll down the page to see the file for download insha'Allah. Please pass the link along to others whom you feel may benefit from this insha'Allah and please make dua for the sister who did the beautiful illustrations masha'Allah!

Oh, by the way, is the first page blank? On my computer it is not but when I go to my site to double check the file, the first page appears blank. Is it just me?

Enjoy insha'Allah!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Make your own Board Book insha'Allah!

Assalamu alaikum,

This is an idea that make take some time and a little money (the lowest priced book package I saw was $20 USD) but it seems like it would be fun insha'Allah.

As you've probably heard and do, it's highly recommended that parents read to their children from birth insha'Allah. But as I search online Islamic Bookstores and local bookstores, I have a hard time finding Islamic Board Books. It's great reading to your children (a great way to bond with your little one and it lays a foundation for later reading alhamdulillah), but it be would great to have some Islamic Board Books to read to your little one that are beautifully illustrated and have great stories too insha'Allah.

As I pondered these missing books, I thought, 'maybe I could make one insha'Allah'. Google away! What I found was encouraging alhamdulillah but keep in mind that the website that I will mention is not an endorsement from me (i.e. do some research to make sure you feel safe ordering from this company if you choose to do this project insha'Allah). 

Many parents will tell you that they didn't need a pediatrician to tell them that a large portion of infants' learning occurs through their mouths. Most things they come across end up there even when you would prefer they didn't (smile). Books are no different and the nice thing about Board Books is that they generally withstand the enthusiastic oral exploration that only an infant can deliver. Yes, eventually they will show signs of meltdown after a number of good sucking sessions but overall they outlast paperbacks and hardback books alhamdulillah. 

But I won't keep you wondering any longer insha'Allah. How do you make a Board Book? The site that I found (and hope to order a kit from soon insha'Allah), called Blank Slate Board Books says that their Board Book kit contains the board book (blank) and a CD with templates that you can use with their books to make the pictures fit the pages insha'Allah. All you have to do is know how to use programs like MS Word, Powerpoint, etc. and then you print the pictures you choose (i.e. clipart or paintings by you, your toddler and/or other members of your family perhaps) on the sticky back paper they provide in your kit insha'Allah. Once printed you peel off the back and stick your page in where you'd like it and you have your own personalized Board Book.

I've started painting some pictures to try it out (and believe me, I'm no artist - not by any stretch of the imagination) but so far so good and it's fun! Here's what I've done so far:

Insha'Allah, I'll order a kit and see what happens and hopefully insha'Allah, I can upload pictures of the final project insha'Allah.

By the way, I did find one Islamic Board Book the other day published by Dar-us-Salam and one or two others not published by Dar-us-Salam but they contained some information that was Islamically incorrect if I am not mistaken and waAllahu alim. The Board Book that Dar-us-Salam publishes is called My Arabic Number Book and I saw on their site that they have My Arabic Alphabet Book too masha'Allah. If you know of any other Islamic Board Books please do share insha'Allah!

If you decide to try it I'd love to see (and post it here to share, with your permission insha'Allah) your Islamic Board Book. Enjoy insha'Allah!


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