Over the past few months Zaid and Ibraheem have often asked us what verses in the Qur’an mean. It’s lovely really, sitting together with the Qur’an, trying our best to explain it in simple terms. Their curiosity about this Book despite it being in a language they don’t understand, is beautiful. This lead to the idea of ‘finding’ a word in the Qur’an every day in Ramadan.
How the activity works:
1.) We’ve compiled a list of words in the Qur’an (see attached PDF). Each word picked is within a verse that we feel we’ll be able to easily explain to our 3 year olds. Every day we’ll excitedly open up an envelope with a word card in it and find the word in the Qur’an.
2.) We want to open up the Qur’an with our kids, find the word of the day within a verse and discuss it briefly. The discussion can lead to more discussion, it can lead to an activity or a craft, exploration outside, reading a book or it can lead to nothing at all.
Examples of activities:
– A ‘phases of the moon’ craft after discussing the moon
– Make felt prayer magnets after discussing Salah
– Read ‘Eric Carle’s The Very Busy Spider’ after discussing the spider
– Make/buy an ant farm after discussing the ants
– Look up the water cycle after discussing the rain
– Pick a night to go star gazing after discussing the stars
The main aim of this 30 day activity is how we want them to feel about Allah’s Book. If they learn new words/concepts along the way, Alhamdullilah, but that’s not the reason we’re doing this. This activity is about celebrating Allah’s Words. We want it to be EXCITING and since excitement is contagious, the more excited we seem about the Qur’an, the more excited they will be too inshaAllah.
3.) The kids get to stick the words on to a chart each day!
So if you’re interested in doing this activity with your kids too, please please go ahead. Download the pdf, print out the pictures and the chart, put the pictures in envelopes and you’re done!
NOTE: If you’re not entirely sure what to discuss with your kids, we’ve included examples of what we’d probably open up discussion with. It’s very VERY simplistic and is not a script by any means! The beauty of this activity is that it can be adapted
We’ve also developed a new activity for Ramadan 2016 if you’re interested