Sunday, January 10, 2010

Arabic Letters Visual Discrimination Activity

Assalamu alaikum,

This activity was inspired by a website I discovered Saturday night called This site has soo many resources for Early Childhood but I haven't had a chance to really browse around yet insha'Allah (I haven't gotten past the home page - that's how much they have!). This activity is a visual discrimination activity that was inspired by one I saw from This one is Islamic (the mat is a prayer rug) and uses the Arabic letters instead of English letters. It is believed, and waallahu alim, that visual discrimination is key in the process of learning to read because it is linked to children's ability to recognize letters; this in turn affects phonemic awareness skills. This activity helps children practice visual discrimination insha'Allah:

The activity mat and game pieces

The activity in progress
Children take each game piece and find the matching letter on the activity mat.

The activity completed

Because this is an idea that is not mine originally, I'm not sure if I can post my file. I read this in Wikipedia about copyright but I am still unsure:

"Copyright does not cover ideas and information themselves, only the form or manner in which they are expressed. For example, the copyright to a Mickey Mouse cartoon restricts others from making copies of the cartoon or creating derivative works based on Disney's particular anthropomorphic mouse, but it does not prohibit the creation of other works about anthropomorphic mice in general, so long as they're not copies or adaptations of Disney's mouse."

So, I need to do my homework on this before I put my file here insha'Allah. I thought even if I can't post my file perhaps you can design a similar activity of your own insha'Allah. The mat pictured has the letters 'alif' through 'daad'. A second mat contains the remaining letters alhamdulillah. I also laminated the mat and pieces for durability insha'Allah.

Insha'Allah, you'll find this activity beneficial and the previously mentioned website as well. I think I'll be adding that site to my favourites insha'Allah (smile).

Enjoy insha'Allah!


  1. As Salaamu Alaykum Wa Rahmahtuallahi Wa Barakatuh
    Masha Allah, this is nice! I hope you find a way to share insha Allah. I think it's a nice way to show the little ones the letters and relate to Islamic studies! I know I have been away for some time or you haven't heard from me. I am here masha Allah. Busier than ever, masha Allah. *Smile*

  2. Waalaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

    There you are! I just popped by your blog today to see where you were..haven't heard from you in a while. Glad to see you alhamdulillah(big hug!).

    For this activity, I am going to email the owner of the site where I saw it from and ask her if it is okay insha'Allah so check this post again soon insha'Allah.

    jazakillahu khayr

  3. Assalamu 'alaykum,

    MashaALlah, I think this is a good activity when starting to introduce the arabic alphabet to a toddler. I think my 3 yr old will enjoy this as well as his sister,2. JazakaAllah khair for all that you do.

  4. Waalaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

    Wa iyaki dear sis Alena and insha'Allah your 3 year old (and his sister *smile*) have fun with it. There is another game here:
    that also is a visual discrimination game with the Arabic letters.

    Insha'Allah they enjoy and benefit from them!

    Jazakillahu Khayr dear sis!

  5. My daugther recognized in the age of about 20 months about 10 arabic letters, because I tried to study them and often played the

    "arabic letter drag and match game"

    on the page

    You have to put the letter on its place and then you here the sound of the letter. When you finish the game, you get applause (?) from children voices, which my daughter laughed very much. I recommend this game very much!


  6. Jazakillahu khayr dear sis Nicole for the site. I played the game (smile). Do you know if all of their activities have no music? That would be great!


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