In ‘Adventures of a Qur’anic Family’ – a book designed to help children learn and apply different Quranic verses in their lives through stories – there is a section at the end devoted to memorisation.
In it, is a section on games to help them learn! This is a great way to make learning fun, as opposed to boring and heavy. Indeed, children learn best when they’re having fun 🙂
Traffic Lights: Concentrating on the verse that you’re teaching them that day, get them to run around when you say ‘Green’, then freeze when you say ‘Red.’ They can only ‘Go’ again if they recite the verse. Again, they race around, and you say ‘Red’, etc. If more than one child, say it to them individually so as one is still moving around, the other is stopped; that way, if they’re each working on different chapters, they can each get a turn to say their line.
Tag: Same concept as above, but this time try and catch them. When you do, hug them tight. They can only get out of your ‘hug’ if they recite the verse correctly. If they get it wrong, squeeze them even tighter!
Supermarket Game: Can be played with parent and child, or with any number of children. The longer the chapter, the better! The first person recites one verse of a chapter of their choice. Then the second recites the first AND the second, then the third recites the first two AND the third, etc… going round and round in circles. This really drums it into them!
Turn, Turn: If more than one child, or for longer chapters, turns can be taken to recite the verses. If they have to be prompted or they get it wrong, they get a forfeit (e.g. jump up and down 5 times).
Reverse Psychology: Challenge the reluctant child, “’Bet you can’t recite Chapter Lahab.” Chances are, he’ll say, ‘Just watch me!’, and he’ll recite it! Make a big deal of it, saying, “Oh I’m wrong again, not fair!” Then challenge him with another, etc…
Push Mummy Over: This is especially nice to teach them their 4 Quls. Tell them the Chapters are like a force field around them, where if they recite it they’re super-protected and Allah makes them really strong. First, sit cross-legged on the floor and get them to try and push you over, while you’re resisting really hard. Then, get them to recite one of their chapters and then try. Allow them to push you very easily, making a big dramatic scene of falling over of course, and exclaiming, “Not fair, you became all strong!”
Teacher, Teacher: Make them the teacher. Recite your chapters with mistakes here and there and get them to point out the corrections. Alternatively, get them to recite it correctly as you repeat after them.
P.S. To check out the book, see link below:
Continuing on the theme of buloogh parties, and to capitalise on all the awesome ideas out there, I am going to share a few posts to get things rolling.
Please do add your own ideas in the comments section so that we can Inshallah have a huge bank to choose from!
Firstly: Ideas for what GAMES to play in Buloogh parties!
* The station ideas from Idea 5: http://www.buzzideazz.com/baligha-series-idea-5-baligha-parties/
* “Who’s your mahram” game – on small pieces of paper write down different family members names each friend take it in turn to pull one paper and read it to the buloogh girl…. “is your cousin Ali your Mahram or not?” This has also been done as a Knock Knock game where someone knocks the door and describes who they are.
* Have the girls design hijabi Western clothes/abayas.
*Give the girls a selection of Western clothes, shores, bags and scarves that they need to put together to make some trendy hijab styles – they may even do a fashion show at the end to present their creations!
* The girls can be put in pairs with each pair given a variety of hijabs and pins. Their task would be to come with new ideas and ways to wear hijabs. One partner would be the model and the best idea wins a prize! Alternatively, demonstrate a few hijab styles and then let them loose!
* How many hijabs can you wear in a minute? Winner is the one with the most!
* Split the girls into two groups, give them material, decoration, craft – even black bags! They have 5 minutes to drape a creative hijab outfit on one of the girls in the group.
* Your hair is showing! In this game, give each child a few strawberry laces each. Then exclaim “Oh no! Your hair is showing!” and invite them to eat it all up! The first person to gobble up the hair so it doesn’t show anymore, wins!
* Treasure hunt – Hide scarves or something small (we used badges which said ‘I love hijab’ and ‘A proud Muslimah’) around the house and send them off on a treasure hunt! The person with the most wins, but then they each get one to take home 😉
* Put the girls into two teams and see which team answers the most questions around buloogh – winner wins prizes!
* Truth or Dare: This idea was shared by a mum and can be accessed by the link below. Girls sit in a circle on the floor. There are two containers – one marked Truth and the other marked Dare. The first player then chooses a person in the circle and has them reach in the Truth container and pull out a truth question. The girl reads the question to herself and decides if she wants to answer it or not. If she wants to answer it then she reads the question aloud and then answers it. If she doesn’t really want to give an answer to the question she folds the truth question back up and puts it back in the Truth container. Then they have to choose a dare out of the dare container and do what it tells them to do no matter what. We’ve created a big list of (rated G) questions for truth or dare and some fun dares for girls to print and use at a birthday party!
* Pass the Parcel with questions on buloogh inside
* Baligha Ball: Buy a giant inflatable ball (beach ball( and write different questions or actions all over it in black permanent marker. All the girls stand in a big circle and the one who has the ball throws it across the circle to another girl. The girl who catches it has to answer the questions or perform the action that is under her thumb, and so on…
*The Peg Game: they played this game throughout. The girls each start with 6 pegs, and have a list of words that can’t say from start to finish. If anyone says a word for the list, the first person… to hear it and spot it takes their peg! the winner is the one with the most pegs at the end of the party 🙂
* Pin the pin on the Hijaabi! Cover their eyes, spin them round and then let them loose at trying to put the pin on the correct spot on the hijaabi poster (with their eyes covered still)! Another version is pin the scarf on an actual doll 🙂
*Someone has put together a Baaligha crossword puzzle as well as a quiz – available to download from the Dropbox link below. P.S. I hope it works – if it doesn’t, pls let me know!
Looking forward to more game ideas in the comments Inshallah!
Given that Easter has just passed, here’s an Eggy letter/sound matching activity by Busy Mummys!
Alhamdulillah, these days are are soooo many games available to allow children to get hands-on learning going…
Here are a few links to get you started:
– An Arabic wooden puzzle – can be with sound, or without sound: http://www.simplyislam.com/iteminfo.asp?item=59975
– Alphabet blocks: http://www.amsons.co.uk/alphabet-kaba-p-19783.html#.U3nj9NJdXTo
– Playdough Arabic letter shapes:http://www.simplyislam.com/iteminfo.asp?item=62271
– Alphabet magnets: http://www.amsons.co.uk/arabic-alphabet-magnets-p-19784.html#.U3nkJdJdXTo
– Arabic foam puzzle mate:http://www.annur.co.uk/store/Products/ViewProductDetails.aspx?CategoryID=9&ProductID=28827&ID=0
– How about this TWISTER style game:http://www.simplyislam.com/giant-arabic-alphabet-floor-game-qc760-islamic-gifts-childrens-toys-62391.html
JUST A NOTE: This is just a selection of the wonderful varieties out there!
This website has some nice games to help consolidate the Arabic Alphabet learning!
If you look online, there are quite a few other options – but I didn’t find them too child friendly so have not shared. This is the only other one i think might be fun!
I know I’m stating the obvious here, but unlike other holidays, the focus of going to Umrah is less entertainment-based and more spirituality-based.
This necessarily means that there will be lots of time where we will need to entertain the kids or provide them with things to do, as there is only so much time we can be at the haram, praying, etc.
As well as packing the usual card games, colouring packs, etc, why not take some Islamic games along too?
Buzz Ideazz stocks some games for all ages, and they are either foldable games and so weigh practically nothing and take up little or no space at all, or are small boxes. The only exception is Islamic Brain Quest which is a little heavy, but it is filled with so many questions to help pass the time AND encourage learning that it is worth it’s weight
P.S. Wouldn’t it be awesome to play a game about the Prophet while sitting in his mosque?!
Here is the link to check out the games for yourself:
I’m loving all the original ideas there are around! Check out these lovely games to teach the children concepts about the Imam:
Part 1: How we should respond immediately when he calls us… (By Busy Mummys: www.facebook.com/busymummys)
Here’s a really cool game to play with your little ones. It really helps explain how Imam Zamana (atfs) is HIDING, we need to eagerly WAIT for his call and RUN to be with him when he calls
You can adapt it, but this is how we played it.
– Set a running timer/stop watch at random times
– Hide it in random places of the house
– Get kids to wait for it to ring
– Get them to follow the sound and find it.
– Whoever finds it gets to recite Dua e Faraj!
The eagerness will naturally set it in. After the game explain to them how Imam is in hiding, and how eager we should get (just as they did during the game) and RUN towards his call. Inspired from @islamfromthestart 🙂