A few years ago, an idea was hatched… Alhamdulillah, last Sunday it finally came into fruition!
Our Madressa held a Knowing Allah Day for children in years 3 and 4, with a slightly simplified version for years 1 and 2 (will share this later). Am very excited to share it here with you!
There were 8 stations, each one focussed on a different name and characteristic of Allah…
*Many of these activities were inspired by Prayer Spaces in School!
Each child got this to tick off as they went through each station. They took this home to remind them of what they had explored during the day.
Al-Khaliq: The Creator
Here the children talked about how Allah has made each and every single one of us, and how we are all unique and perfect as we are.
The children looked at mirrors and compared their similarities (2 eyes, 1 nose) but then started noticing how each was also very different.
They then put their thumbprints on the poster and explored it further with magnifying glasses, noting that no 2 fingerprints are the same!
Ash Shakoor: The Rewarder of Thankfulness
At this station, the concept of thankfulness was explored, and how Allah loves those who are thankful, and gives them even more.
The children jumped on a trampoline to tap into a happy state, and shouted out something or someone that made them happy.
They then thought about the fact that it was Allah who gave them these blessings. They wrote this blessing down on a ribbon and tied on the tree, saying thank you to Allah as they did so.
Al Ghaffar: The Forgiving One
At this station, the children talked about how we all make mistakes which we feel sorry for. Allah is so Forgiving, He forgives our mistakes is we realise what we have done and say sorry.
The children sat and wrote something they had done and wanted to say sorry for – they wrote this in invisible ink and then went into the den to put it away into the chest secretly,… to emphasise that we try and hide the bad we have done and feel ashamed of it.
Then then discussed how sometimes people do things that hurt us, and how we too, should forgive. With that in time, they dropped a tablet into water and watched it fizzed into nothing as they thought of a hurt done to them which the now forgave as they said the name Al Ghaffar – until the hurt was all gone!
Al Qaadir: The Most Able
At this station the children talked about how we all have worries, which sometimes weigh us down and make us feel worried and sad.
The children wrote down a worry and put it on either end of a weight and picked it up, exploring how heavy that felt. They then were reminded of the fact that Allah is Al-Qaadir and able to deal with any problem, big or small, and how we should try our best but ultimately leave our problems with Him.
So the children picked up the weights and notes and popped it into the Worries Box, leaving the weights and notes inside – metaphorically and physically leaving everything with Him!
Al Mujeeb: The Responsive One
At this station, the children were asked to go into sajda and think about their hopes and wishes – in short, their duas. They were taught about the fact that in sajda, we are at our humblest and closest to Allah.
They were then asked to write this wish out and fold into a Dua Flower. This dua flower was placed in water…and lo and behold, the flower slowly started blooming! The chidlren were reminded that Allah is Al-Mujeeb and He is the One who responds to this blossoming dua!
Al Muhaimin: The Protector
At this station, the children contemplated on family and friends that they had around the world. This was expanded to then also include the fact that all Muslims are brothers and sisters and have to care about each other, as well as all other humanity across the world.
They discussed Allah being the Protector, and how although these people are far away, we can still pray for Allah to protect them.
The children wrote out either a name of family or friends or a message for people, found the place on the map that they were and stuck it down.
At this station the children talked about friendship, and how just as Allah is so kind and compassionate to us, so we should be to our friends.
The children took a petal and wrote a name and dua or message for a friend, and stuck it on the Ar-Rahman flower.…
They also talked about how sometimes friends fight, and we should always try and make up and be friends again, or pray for and help others to do the same.
They took a zip and, while thinking of either themselves with someone or two other friends they wanted to make up/be close to again, zipped up the two strands while they said Ar-Rahman.
Al Khabeer: The Fully Aware
At this station, the children looked at the concept of Allah being aware of everything, everywhere.
Experimenting with placing fingers on the plasma ball allowed them to actually see how we can be connected to the source, wherever and whenever we touch, even if many fingers are touching at the same time!
The children then thought about one question they would like to ask Allah, and wrote this down. Their questions and duas to Allah were very insightful and clever!
Mashallah, this year there has been an abundance of articles out there listing ideas of things to do with children during this month, to help them appreciate the value and importance of it and most of all, to LOVE it! Below I have rounded up some of my favourites – hope it gives you lots of ideas!
I especially the tent idea to give them their own reflective space this month 🙂
As a follow on from the previous post…
We want our children to try and stay awake but be busy enough to let us do our amaal, right? And it would be great if they were occupied in Islamic activities as opposed to just normal stuff!
– Setting up a book area for them: www.islamfromthestart.com/2014/07/ramadhan-bookshelf.html
– Having a special treasure hunt for the children: www.tjannah.com/ramadhan/laylatul-qadr-treasure-hunt/
– Downloading some Muslim Children Apps on the ipad and phone: see this link for a round up of the good ones out there!http://buzzideazz.com/category/apps/
– Having some Islamic games available for them to play with (siblings are ideal here!) – some examples are Islamic Slides and Ladders, The Prophet’s Game, Brain Quest, Salaat Cards, (all available fromwww.buzzideazz.com), the Tasbih Game, the Ramadan board game (shared earlier), etc…
– Having some craft materials ready for them to make Eid cards and other crafts. Why not use the Islamic stencil to help them along the way!http://buzzideazz.com/shop/islamic-stencil/
– Having some Islamic cartoons/programmes ready for them to watch (Inshallah am planning to cover this as a series soon!)
Any other ideas out there?
Busy Mummys and Islam from the Start have been busy again creating some great lesson plans to help our children extract the true lessons from the event of Kerbala.
There are quite a few so am just posting the links here:
Islam from the Start:
Standing up for the truth: http://www.islamfromthestart.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/standing-for-truth.html
Karbala landscape: http://www.islamfromthestart.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/karbala-landscape.html
Ashura amaal: http://www.islamfromthestart.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/ashura-a.html
Making the right choice: http://www.islamfromthestart.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/making-right-choice.html
Being a good sibling: http://www.busymummys.co.uk/archives/lesson-1-being-a-good-sibling
Being a good friend: http://www.busymummys.co.uk/archives/lesson-2-being-a-good-friend
Being a good follower of the Imam of our time: http://www.busymummys.co.uk/archives/lesson-3-being-a-good-follower-of-the-imam-of-our-time
Listening to our inner voice: http://www.busymummys.co.uk/archives/lesson-4-listening-to-our-inner-voice
Check out the site for colouring sheets and other activities too.