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Dervish Dolls: Counting the Days

Today our little dervish doll is showing us the approximate number of days we will fast on this abacus.  Although it can be more or less days due to moon sighting the month of Ramadan is approximately 30 days.  30 beads are counted out by our little shaykh to demonstrate the quantity of time we will fast.  Numbers can be very abstract to children especially when it had to do with the passing of time.  Montessori learning tools like this abacus can help children to see and touch as well as hear what a number means in multi sensory terms.


A scene like this can help a child to use their abacus and their doll to count out the days and see how much 30 is so that the concept makes more sense to them.

Please share your ideas for using creative play to teach children about the rites of Ramadan.

We are currently searching for a new manufacturer for the Dervish Dolls.  Please leave a message for us on this post if you are interested.

Please see our other Ramadan project:

Ramadan: Pool of Paradise Introduction

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Dervish Dolls: Dhikr

Today is Thursday and this is one of the traditional days to hold a Dhikr circle or rememberance.  Today our little dervish dolls are demonstrating a Dhikr with tasbih beads where they count surrahs, the names of Allah (s) and salawats on the Prophet (s).

My children like to attend Dhikr and my eldest even thinks he can lead it.  Using creative play to emulate the Dhikr circle can help children feel like they are participating on their scale.

Sirajunmunira Ian currently searching for a new manufacturer for the Dervish Dolls so if you are interested or know someone who is interested please leave a message in the comment section below.
Please share your ideas for using creative play to teach children about Islam.

Please see our other Ramadan project:

Ramadan: Pool of Paradise Introduction

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Dervish Dolls: Adhan 

Today our little dervish doll is demonstrating adhan for Maghrib prayer.  In Ramadan this is the most eagerly awaited adhan of the day because it means that the sun has set and our fast has ended.  We break our fast together and replenish ourselves.

Children who are fasting half days are especially interested in hearing the adhan at Maghrib so they can break the fast with their parents.  They sometimes want to practice performing the adhan as well.

The arms of our dervish dolls are able to articulate with some effort so this doll could pose for the adhan.

Sirajunmunira is currently searching for a new manufacturer for the Dervish Dolls.  If you are interested or know someone who is please leave us a message in the comment section of this post.

Please share your ideas for using creative play to teach children about the rites of Ramadan.

Please see our other Ramadan project:

Ramadan: Pool of Paradise Introduction

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Dervish Dolls: Iftar

Today our little dervish dolls are gathering for the Iftar meal that we share together at sunset.  Many children wish to emulate or participate in fasting with their parents in Ramadan.  Using creative play to demonstrate Iftar is a lovely opportunity for children to feel connected to this holiday tradition.

Our little dervish dolls are breaking their fast with dates and tea before the Maghrib prayer.  They will have the larger meal after the prayer is completed.

We are currently looking for a new manufacturer for the Dervish Dolls so if you are interested or know someone who is please leave us a message in the comment section.


Please share your ideas for using creative play to teach children about the rites of Ramadan.

Please see our other Ramadan project:

Ramadan: Pool of Paradise Introduction

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Dervish Dolls: Taraweh Prayer

Tonight our little dervish dolls are demonstrating Taraweh prayer.  Congregational prayer is even more encouraged in Ramadan than in the other months of the year and this is an excellent opportunity for children to participate and emulate through play.

We are currently looking for a new manufacturer for the Dervish Dolls. If you are interested or know someone who would be interested please leave us a message in the comment section of this post.

Please share your ideas for using creative play to teach children about Islam and the rites of Ramadan.

Please see out Ramadan project for children:

Ramadan: Pool of Paradise Introduction

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Dervish Dolls: Moonsighting

This post is part of our series for Ramadan where our little dervish Dolls teaches us about the rites of Ramadan and the blessings of Islam.  Our intention with this series is to demonstrate different ways to use toys and creative play to educate and entertain Muslim children.

Today our little dervish is showing us how we determine that Ramadan has begun and our month of fasting starts the next morning.

We are looking for a manufacturer for these dolls so if you know of someone who would be interested please tell them to leave a contact in the comments of this post.

Please share your ideas for teaching children about Islam with creative play.

Please see our other Ramadan projects:

Ramadan: Pool of Paradise Introduction

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Ashura Creative Play Scenes and Gifts

This year for Ashura I was able to find Waldorf style dolls for Nuh (a) and Musa (a).  I used animal figures and a nested wave set to depict the flood and the parting of the Red Sea that coincides with the Asura Holliday.
We gave the pieces as gifts for Ashura.



We used the nested waves to show the parting of the Red Sea.

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We used animals in pairs, a nested wave set and a Waldorf Doll for this arrangement to learn about the story of Prophet Nuh (a).



This year my sons received The Animals of Paradise book by Karimah Sperling.  I hope to read this book with the children soon and post the review.

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The boys also received a book about Prophet Nuh (a) called Noah’s Ark by Lisbeth Zwerger.  I hope to read this book with the boys soon and post the review.



Please share your ideas for Ashura gifts and using creative play to celebrate the occasion with children.

Dervish Dolls: Spring is Here

This spring I visited my niece and found that the Dervish Dolls I gave her at Mawlid time have a special place in her collection.  The lady doll is the Scherherazade I sent her with a copy of Tenggrens Golden Tales of the Arabian Nights.  I also sent her one of our bearded Dervish Dolls that is supposed to be an old wali.


We played with the dolls a bit and found that they looked quite happy with the trees that have just bloomed.


I was so pleased to see that she enjoys the Dervish Dolls in her creative play.

Please share your ideas for creative play with Muslim children.

Isra wal Miraj: Gift Giving Ritual

In our family we have established a gift ritual for the Muslim holidays where the children dress up as little angels and pass out the gifts just as the real angels bring the gifts of Allah (s) to earth.


This year I gave my son a book I wrote for him about the history of the Prophets (a) with photos of all the Maqams for the Prophets (a), maps, artifacts etc.

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I am currently looking for a literary agent or publisher that would be interested in this project so please let me know if you have any contacts.  I will need a lot of help with this because there are so many images so I hope there is a publisher out there who would be interested in the scope of this project.

Update for 2018:

I am pleased to say that volume one has now been published and is avaiale now on Amazon: The Tree of Light: The Lives of the Prophets for Young Muslims Volume 1

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I also gave the Dervish Dolls with wood peg bases that I recently made for the boys.



I also gave the Dervish Dolls: Rabia (q) that I made from a cloth Waldorf lady doll and altered adding a bucket and a torch.

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Please share your ideas for making Isra wal Miraj special for children.

Please see our new book Isra wal Miraj for children available now on Amazon.

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Dervish Dolls: Rabia (q)

I recently had the time to make this new Dervish Doll for Rabia (q).  I found a Waldorf lady doll and then added robes, a headdress, ringed eyes, a bucket and torch.

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I used fabric scraps to form the headdress and robes.  I used a tiny wood thread spool to make the bucket and some twine to make the handle.  I used a small dowel for the torch and wrapped some orange twine around the end and fastened it with glue.  I used a regular eyeliner pencil to line her eyes.

This particular doll highlights the anecdote of her story where she was said to carry a bucket of water to put out the fires of Hell and a torch to burn Paradise so that people would not be tempted to worship Allah (s) only to avoid Hell or to gain Paradise.

If you would like to know more about Rabia (q) please see our article about her in our Waliat series: Rabia (q).

Please share your ideas for making toys for Muslim children.