Fun Activities For Kids!!

Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim !

 

List of Activities you can do with your kids

 

Story of Prophet Mohammed (swt) :

 

How he (sws) was protected by Allah (swt) from enemies of Islam  in  cave (the spider web and the dove nest)

 After telling the story within 10-15 mins you involve the kids making a craft as I remember a saying” Tell me and I forget, Involve me and I remember”

 

MAKING A Spider: Age : 5+

 Materials you need

  1. PomPoms
  2. Pipe cleaners
  3. Scissor
  4. Staple
  5. Wiggly eyes
  6. glue

Cut 4 pipe cleaner in halves and staple all of them (kids may need help) to a pompom making the spider’s body and 8 legs

Glue 2 wiggly eyes on top of the pompom making a complete spider

And ask the kids to draw a spider web in black construction paper to give look like a spiderweb on the cave and let the kids put the spider on that drawing and ask them to tell the story afterwards.

 

Making a Dove Nest:

You Need:

  1. White play dough
  2. black or brown yarns
  3. Scissor
  4. Paper bowl or paper plate

Cut a handful of yarn (1 ft length) and arrange those into a nest shape and place into a paper bowl or plate. Make 4 egg shapes molding play dough and keep those on the nest.

 

 

  • Musical Pillow: age 4+

         You need

  1. A pillow
  2. Islamic song on your cell phone ( instead of music)
  3. Copy paper 1-2 depending upon how many kids
  4. A small basket or bowl
  5. Board and board marker

For 12 kids

Cut the blank paper into 12 equal pieces and write on them

( Say the 1st Kalima, Say the Shahadah, say the meaning of the kalima, say the meaning of the shahadah,say your favorite short surah or meaning of your favorite surah, write Allah in Arabic, write Mohammed sws in Arabic….and so on)

 

Ask the kids to sit in a circle and play the song and ask the kids to pass the pillow …when song is stopped see which kid is holding the pillow ask him/her to pick a paper from the bowl , whatever is written on the paper he/she have to do that if not he/she is out of the game……while playing and pausing the song make sure every child gets a chance to pick a paper and say pr write something…this way they review and learn in a fun way.

 

Stick  the Tail:

You need

  1. A foam board
  2. Marker
  3. Construction paper
  4. Scissor
  5. Tape
  6. Thumb nail
  7. Scarf or a piece of cloth for blind fold
  8. A bowl with prewritten paper pieces( Smile as its sunnah, show how to slep in a sunnah way, make your own list of follow sunnah )
  9. A basket with candies or small prizes

Draw a cat with the marker on the foam board , draw a tail for the cat in a construction paper and tape it and keep it in a side

           Ask each child to come and stick the tail of the cat on the board with blind fold, if the child can do it he/she gets to pick any candy/ prize from the bowl, if not then ask the child to pick a paper piece and do whatever is written on it…if the child does it give him/her a prize.

               

            

 

99 Names of Allah swt: age 6+

Mix and Match

Time: 20 mins

 

You need:

  1. Beads of different colors (99 /child)
  2. Names of Allah(swt) print outs ( 5-10 attributes with meaning)
  3. Scirror
  4. Cell phone or Computer to play 99 names of Allah swt song

Play the 99 names of Allah swt song in youtube. Then ask them how many attributes Allah swt has.

Then make it clear to them that Allah swt is only one 99 beautiful names.

 

Ask the kids to take make 9 rows of 11 beads in each

who completes first wins

 

Then cut the (5-10) names , separate the meanings

call the kids one after one and ask them to find out a name with matching card which have meaning …who matches all wins.

 

Wall Hangings (Attributes of Allah swt):

Time: 30-45 mins

Age: 3+

This activity is suitable for teaching attributes of Allah swt to preschoolers who does not know reading, they can learn from pictures.

You need:

  1. Colorful (post it size) papers
  2. scissor/craft scissor
  3. glue
  4. Marker
  5. Pipe cleaner
  6. Printouts of Al -Wadud( The Loving one), As-Salam (The Peaceful) and Al-Malik (The King) …(6 +yrkids can write by themselves so they do not need the printouts.)
  7. Foam stickers(heart shape)
  8. Foam crown

 

For Al-Wadud which means The Loving One

Sat the Arabic name and then say the meaning

Then draw a heart on the paper and ask them to cut out side the edge

let them gule the word Al- Wadud in a different piece of paper then ask them to glue the heart shape under it and now stick the meaning of it on the heart and let them decorate it with foam heart stickers. Now make a small hole on top the paper with pipe cleaner and twist it so that it does not drop and also twist on the top of the pipe cleaner making a hole to hang on wall.

 

For As-Salam which means The all Peaceful: Same as avobe just make a peace sign in stead of Heart shape.

 

For Al- Malik which means The King:

 

Take a Foam Crown and glue the word Al- Malik and stick the word The King under it and put a pipe cleaner through the crown and twist it and also twist the top part of the pipe cleaner to make a hope to hang on wall.

 

When done you can hang them as single wall hanging or you can take a ribbon and hang all threetogether and then hang as a set.

 

 

 

 

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How to keep my heart Guided

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In the Name of Allah the Most Merciful and the Most Beneficent

Let me tell you something about the Bani Israel.

They were terribly oppressed by Fir ‘on for years and then Allah swt sent Musa (as) as the Messenger of Allah swt to free them from their oppression. But before they could get their freedom, they had to endure terrible hardships as Fir ‘on refused to accept the clear proofs that Musa (as) showed him to prove that he was indeed the Messenger of the Lord of the Worlds. He ordered all the sons of the Bani Israel to be killed and their women kept alive. But through all this they were very patient and sought the help of Allah swt and Allah swt rewarded them by not only letting them escape Fir ‘on but also by watching him drown in the same sea that had been parted specially for them.

But as time passed and they got settled in their new life, they forgot Allah swt again and instead asked Musa (as) to make an idol for them to worship. [ Al Ar’aaf 102:156]

Allah swt has chosen to tell us about this particular incident out of the history of mankind for us to take a lesson.

For us to analyze are we doing the same?

Think .Have you ever been struck by a hardship in your life in which the ‘now” seems unbearable and the future scary if the hardship continues and you think, “When will this end”?

The loss of a job, the news of a life threatening illness or maybe the wait for a result of a medical test?  Or your child who gets lost in the market place? And as the trial affects you, you look around you and seek Allah’s help and do Sabr and wait for the storm clouds to pass over from your life.

And then Alhamdulillah, Allah swt fulfills His promise and rewards you with a new job, or a treatment that makes you better or a test result which says everything is alright with you or your child waiting for you at the customer service.

And as you weep with joy and thankfulness to Allah swt, you make a solemn promise to remember Allah swt and stay on His path.

The first few days or maybe weeks that follow are full of a renewed faith and a regular routine of Salah and Quran.

But then as time passes and things start settling again in the old familiar routine, you start slipping and the acts of ibaadat lack the energy and become few.

This is where we have to stop and instead of becoming like the Bani Israel, we need to turn towards Allah swt again.

Let’s see how:

  1. Make Dua Every day

Rabbana la tuzigh quloobana ba’da idh hadaytana wa hab lana milladunka rahmah innaka antal Wahhab

Our Lord! (they say), Let not our hearts deviate now after Thou hast guided us, but grant us mercy from Thine own Presence; for Thou art the Grantor of bounties without measure
[3:8]

2. Plan your day around Salah— Make Salah the high Point of your day around which you plan your activities and not the other way round.” I will pray fajr and my morning adhkar and then I will make my tea and read my quran and then get the breakfast going.” Some times zuhr is at 1 pm, and the kids come at 1:30 pm, so plan“I will pray zuhr and then lay the table for lunch for my kids”

3. Read the Duas for Morning and Evening – get the book with these duas or make a document with all the duas and keep it where you pray or somewhere handy and when you stand up for Salah , keep them next to you so that you don’t forget. Play them in your house in the mornings. In this manner everyone can recite them and learn them too.

And remember your lord within yourself humbly and fearing and in a voice not loud in the morning and the evening and be not of the heedless ones. [Al Araaf  205]

        Link for YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZuW14mUNb4

4. Alone Time is Dhikr Time

The prophet (peace and blessings upon him) said “Allah swt has angels roaming the roads to find the people of Zikr, i.e those who say La illaha illalah and similar expressions and then they find a group of people reciting zikr , they call each other and encompass them in layers until the first heaven—the location of which is in Allah’s knowledge (i.e to say , an unlimited number of angels are going to be over that group)—Bukhari and Muslim

One of the best times to do zikr is when you are alone. While you are cooking, or cleaning or driving or waiting in a queue or even while you are exercising. You can put on a cd or use an mp3 or just open your laptop and play your dhikrs on that. Do istighfar a lot. Seeking forgiveness from Allah swt for the sins we committed knowingly and unknowingly cleanse the heart and open it to accept the guidance from Allah swt.

5. Seek knowledge to do it better—analyze your life. There are many roles that we play in our daily life. The most important being , Slave of Allah swt, then as a mother, a wife, a daughter, a daughter in law, neighbor, sister, grandmother, mother in law friend, a member of the ummah. Look into the Quran and Sunnah and find out the best manner in which you can fulfill each of these responsibilities. Aim to be a better Muslim in each role that you play in your life.

ProductiveMuslim.com has some excellent articles on such various topics.

6.Learn a new dua :- learn new duas every few days. Duas from the Quran and Duas from the Sunnah. Incorporate the Quranic Duas in your Salah once you have memorized them. This will also help in increasing the khushoo in salah inshallah.

 In the end ,I would like to leave you these words of  Allah swt.

 I am as My servant thinks I am. I am with him when he makes mention of Me.

If he makes mention of Me to himself, I make mention of him to Myself; and
if he makes mention of Me in an assembly, I make mention of him in an
assembly better than it. And if he draws near to Me an arm’s length, I draw
near to him a fathom’s length. And if he comes to Me walking, I go to him at
speed
.

 

May Allah swt always be with you. ameen