Learning about Muharram

Assalaamu alaikum sisters ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s a peep into what we have been up to for Muharram. Masha Allah the unit study that dear sister Umm Ibraheem over at Talibideen Jr. created for Muharram was perfect. Some parts were for a higher level and we just read and discussed but Imaan completed most of it masha Allah.

I was busy facilitating most of the time and I didn’t really want to interrupt the flow too much so there isn’t pics of everything. Here are a few pics I managed to take.

Bubble painting

We enjoyed making our Eid cards this year alhamdulillah. Mainly because I chose a medium that allowed me to give the girls the freedom to create as they wished and still have a pretty and sometimes even beautiful outcome.

We prepared the bubble paint mixture using:

1 tbsp junior acrylic paint

1 tbsp dish washing liquid

1 cup water

We had the three primary colours: red, blue and yellow and we also had some white so we mixed a few different colours from those. We had some really soft pastels which I think looked very pretty.

I am very pleased with our recycled containers:) we have been saving our milk bottles, washing them and cutting them in half. I have used them for many different storage purposes. Remember the shape of your bubble print will depend on the shape of the container.

So they blew bubbles and placed the card onto the bubbles.

My camera is not so great so it couldn’t capture the prettiness ๐Ÿ™‚

The girls got impatient and eventually started spooning dollops of bubbles on the card.

After they dried I ironed them into card shapes which they decorated.

Imaan wrote an Eid greeting on the inside.

They definitely enjoyed this craft and I would happily do it again insha Allah.

Monday Moments…

We did some lovely crafting today, the girls enjoyed getting messy.

They first snipped the wool into manageable pieces, placed the pieces into a bowl, then I helped them squeeze some glue into the bowl and then the messing began. They squeezed and squelched much longer than necessary but that was part of the fun!

I prepared the inverted bowls by covering them with cling wrap and the girls covered the bowls with the pieces of wool.

They added some ubiquitous glitter to finish it off and I whisked it away so that it can dry! Once it dries I’ll put up pics of the completed project, insha Allah. The girls have no idea how it is going to look so it will be a surprise.

They actually enjoyed getting messy. I usually avoid the getting messy activities as they are always running off to wash their hands! I have been reading about sensory tubs and think they might actually enjoy it. I will share our experience with them when I get one going insha Allah.

They also got into one fail safe activity which is always a pleasure ๐Ÿ™‚ Play Dough ๐Ÿ™‚

Whether is it cutting or decorating with shells and glass pebbles play dough is always a hit and its home made so its cheap too ๐Ÿ™‚

Recipe:

2 cups white flour

2 cups water

food coloring

1 cup salt

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 tablespoon cream of tartar

ย Method:

1. Combine all the ingredients in a pot and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture holds together, about 5 minutes.

2. Remove the pot from the heat and set it aside until the dough is cool enough to touch, about 5 minutes. Turn the dough onto a counter top and knead it for 2 to 3 minutes.

The girls usually can’t wait to take it from me and love to knead the dough while it is still warm. You can add different things to add another sensory level to it like different essences to give it a pleasant smell like vanilla or almond essence. A sister once suggested I add eucalyptus oil to the play dough when the girls had a bad cold, I didn’t have any at the time but I think that is a good idea. You could also add some sand to give it a more grainy texture…

Once the kids are done playing you can store it in a Ziploc bag or a container with a lid, I find it stays air tight in the Ziploc bag. It keeps for very long but make sure they pack it away as in summer it gets dried out if left out over night.

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