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Ramadan: Envelope Calendar 

This is a craft from one of our contributors.

First our contributor looked for inspiration:


Then she found gold colored poster board at Michaels craft store.  She used varying shades of purple for the horizon and made the clouds with white glitter card stock.


The moon is made with silver metallic card stock and the envelopes are from the $1.99 section of Michaels craft store. The letters and numbers are from the scrapbook section.

She then placed a treat for her children in each envelope for the passing of each day of Ramadan.


Please share your ideas for celebrating Ramadan with children.

 

Please see our other Ramadan projects:

The Pool of Paradise: A 30 Day Curriculum

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Mawlid Cards

This year for Mawlid we made cards with the children.  They are accordion cards joined with masking tape and can be displayed like this when they are complete.

First we made a green lantern to represent the light of the Prophet (s) from green cardstock and glued it down with a crayon diamond in the center as the point of light.




Next we made Mahmud the elephant and the ababil birds with the fire pebbles in their beaks to represent the year of the elephant.  We used green cardstock to make the elephant and green bird stamps for the ababil birds.  Finally the boys added a small red pebble to the beak of each bird.

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Next we used some laser cut birds as stencils for the white birds that flocked around Aminah (r) while she gave birth.

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Next we used a stencil in scallops to sponge paint the clouds.

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Next we used the same stencil upside down to pain the ocean for Zalmusa the fish.  We used green cardstock to make Zalmusa and glued that down after the paint was dry.

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Next we glued down a green cardstock sandal of the Prophet (s) with jewelled embellishments.

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We then used letter stickers to make the Mawlid Mubarak text on each card.

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If you would like to know more about the birth story of the Prophet Muhammad (s) please see The Light of Muhammad by Hajjah Amina Adil.

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Please share your ideas for celebrating Mawlid with children.

Please see our new book for children: My Mawlid: an Early Reader for Muslim Children.

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Mawlid Lanterns

Mawlid Mubarak!  This year for our Mawlid Lantern display we used flameless candles instead of tea candles.  The lanterns are made of wax so the tea lights were damaging them.  I ordered some flameless LED candles from Amazon.com and now my boys can light and extinguish the lanterns more easily.

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Our Mawlid Lanterns represent the light of the Prophet (s) that was placed in a green lamp and hung from a tree in paradise.

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This is the 3rd year we have kept this tradition and my sons like to light the lanterns at Maghrib each evening in Rabi al Awal.

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We light the green lanterns to represent the light of the Prophet (s) that was hung in a green lamp in a tree in Paradise.  If you would like to know more about the story of the Prophet (s) please see the children’s sira The Light of Muhammad by Hajjah Amina Adil.

Please share your Mawlid traditions with us so we can be inspired by family.

Please see our new book for children about Mawlid: My Mawlid: an Early Reader for Muslim Children https://www.amazon.com/dp/1973232375/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_xmOfAbBFWKTV8

Mawlid Jars

This is a project from one of our contributors.

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This craft uses painted jars to contain sweets for Mawlid.

The  jars can then be upcycled into tealight holders like so.

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I am so pleased to see a craft this creative and reusable.  Crafting can be an endeavour that produces a lot of waste so I really found this idea ingenious.

I want to thank our contributors for sending us these photos and sharing this beautiful idea with us and I look forward to seeing their Isra wal Miraj ideas for the next holiday.

Please share your ideas for celebrating Mawlid with children.

Please see our new Mawlid for children book now available on Amazon.com: My Mawlid: an Early Reader for Muslim Children https://www.amazon.com/dp/1973232375/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_xmOfAbBFWKTV8

Mawlid Crafts: Tessellations

This is a lovely craft for any Muslim holiday but this year we made these for Mawlid.

I printed tessellations I found on the internet and had the children colour them in patterns.

We then cut out the circles and sealed the coloured tessellation between two cardstock rings with a ribbon to hang in the window.

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This craft is very easy and nice for young children who cannot draw or cut complicated shapes.

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Please share your ideas for celebrating the Muslim holidays with children.

Tasbih Craft with Children

We recently made tasbih beads with a group of kids from our community.

This time we used large needles with yarn and glass or wooden beads.

The children counted out 33 beads in 3 bowls and then added a larger bead to mark the sections.

 

Please share your ideas for teaching children about the spiritual practices of Islam.

Weaving 

My sons recently worked on a weaving project with Hamza from the Craft Draft workshop in Fez Morocco.

First Hamza helped them to lace the loom.  Then they wove the yarn and used a contrasting colour to tie the rows togaether.

Hamza helped my son to cut the ends to make the fringe.


Please share your experiences while sharing traditional Islamic arts with children.

Making your own Tasbih

This is an activity for children to make a tasbih with wood beads and yarn.

First we seperated the beads into groups of  33. 

Then the children strung the beads in sections of 33 and separated each section with a larger bead.  We put a piece of wound tape on the end of the yarn to make the yarn go through the bead.

When the beads were strung I made a tassel at the end with the remaining yarn after the knot.

Then the boys were able to practice reading on their tasbih.

Please share your ideas for teaching children the practices of Islam. 

99 Names: A Visual Tasbih

This is a project to help children learn about the 99 names of Allah (s) in an accessible and visual form.  I have seen lovely projects that use the names of Allah (s) in calligraphic form.  Arabic calligraphy is beautiful but not necessarily accessible for children.  

For each name there is an image that suggests an attribute of Allah (s).  I do not intend in any way for these images the represent Allah (s).  The images are meant to represent things that will communicate the meaning of the name or attribute to a child.

Once the project is complete it will be a visual key to the 99 names that the child can contemplate.  Some of the names did not lend themselves easily to this project and I very much welcome any suggestions to modify or improve upon the images and lesson plans. 

Please share your ideas for teaching children about the names and attributes of Allah (s).

Dervish Dolls: Lady Scheherazade 

This week I completed this prototype for our Dervish Dolls series.  I wanted to find a creative way to represent a lady doll that we could use to learn about literature from the Muslim world.  

This doll is supposed to represent the Lady Scherherazade from the Arabian Nights stories.  I am hoping to find a way to use this doll for a series based on these stories soon.  

I designed a flower headdress for her and a robe with bell sleeves.  I modified her eyes and eyebrows to follow the style the of the Persian Miniatures.

I have had requests from some of our readers interested in buying a doll like this so I have made inquiries with the Etsy shop that produces the other Dervish Dolls in our series.  I may have a model of this lady doll to show you from WaldorfMagicGlade shortly and I will post it once I have photos.  This shop has agreed to take custom orders for this doll but after August there will be a 2-3 week wait.  

Please share your ideas for teaching children about literature from the Muslim world.