Lesson Idea: Revealing the revelation..

Asalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu mama’s

Last week me and the kids read Surah Al Qadr and discussed its tafseer in preparation for the arrival of Ramadan. We are currently doing crafts as part of our Ramadan Guest House and alhamdulillah, the excitement and anticipation for Ramadan is definitely building. 

My kids were in awe when we discussing the profoundness of Laylatul Qadr, and how the Qu’ran was revealed. So I thought of a simple activity that I felt would further build their connection and awareness of such a breathtaking moment. 

What you will need:
Paper
Watercolour paints/any type of paint that has been watered down (we used Tempera)
Paintbrushes
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Lesson plan: Our Ramadan guest house

Asalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu ladies, 

Ramadan is just days away from us and I wanted my kiddos to be excited!  Our beautiful guest only comes once a year, so it’s important we prepare for its arrival. The Salaf us Salih used to prepare way in advance and we are guilty of not having the same yearning. So I wanted to get us going, but not the usual couple of weeks before Ramadan which tends to be more the physical preparation. I want our minds, hearts and physical limbs to start preparing for this beautiful month right now.
This activity is aimed at younger children, but even my older kids like to join in. The main objective of feeling excited, and waiting in anticipation for Ramadan is felt by everybody though because our ‘house’ provides a great discussion point that everyone can get involved in.

So, let me introduce our Ramadan guest house where Ramadan will be staying. He has been gone a whole year, so now the grass has overgrown, the dust has settled all over the windows, and there is no furniture inside -what can we do??  Read More



Lesson plan – Erupting volcanoes and moving glaciers project

Asalamualaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu ladies, I hope you are all in the best of health and peaks of emaan, ameen.

In the last few weeks of our earth science studies we have covered volcanoes, earthquakes, and mountains, and glaciers today; we still have caves and rivers to go. All of this will be leading up to the kids carrying out their first independent project this year, which I will be sharing soon inshaAllah.
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Lesson plan – Carving Gingerbread Hieroglyphs

Asalamualaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu ladies
We are currently studying the Ancient Egyptians in History and like many, my kids found the concept of hieroglyphics so interesting! So, I decided to do a little project…but not the usual making a scroll and painting.

Instead, we decided to make our stone tablets from gingerbread and ‘carve’ our hieroglyphics like the Ancient Egyptians did!

What you will need:
Gingerbread biscuit dough
Clingfilm to wrap and chill
Butter knives/toothpicks/forks
Rolling pin
Cookie cutters – optional, I had these on hand so my 3 year old could join in.
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Ready, set, go!

Asalamualaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu ladies,

I decided to make my son something I knew he would admire forever…his very own racetrack! In the past, we’ve bought plastic tracks for trains and cars which are great but the problem is as soon as you lose a piece its game over. Also, the novelty seems to wear off quickly with store bought toys; my kids tend to play much longer with things we’ve made together.

What you will need:
Black tape
Scissors
White tape – this is optional but definitely adds some nice detail. You could also use white paper and glue this onto the black tape.

So here’s the before and after.

Ta-da!

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Oobleck Slime

Asalamualaykum ladies,

Arts and crafts for my kids are a great way to transition into the weekend. We take our time, have snacks and just enjoy each other’s company after a long busy week of school.

So, today I thought that I would surprise my kids with making some oobleck slime. Yes, in mama’s dictionary it means a whole heap of mess, but I knew it would be worth it! 

What you will need:
Cornstarch
Water
Food colouring
Spoons and plates
Plastic table covering (optional)
Thankfully, You DONT need tonnes of Elmer’s glue or contact lens solution!

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Lesson plan – Colouring Cupcakes

Asalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu ladies,
the kids and I were excited to be finishing our current read aloud this week, “The Wind in the Willows” which had taken us several weeks. To mark the occasion, we decided to do some baking, and it occurred to me this might be a good way to remind my younger kids of primary and secondary colours.
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Lesson plan – Archaeologists for the day

Asalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu
History is one of those subjects you can really get creative with. So, last night I stayed up and set up a little excavation for us all to dig into the next day. I have to say I was just as excited as the kids.

What you will need:
A pot/container filled with compost
String
Wooden skewers/toothpicks
Paper-cut into flag shapes
Sellotape/glue

Black marker
Paintbrushes
Clear ziplock bags
Gloves

A choice of artefacts -toys/lego/cutlery are all good options
Printable artefact sheets -scroll below to download
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