Monthly Archives: October 2010

Dracula and the army of the Ottomon Empire

I mentioned “Dracula” in my Halloween mini book. On Saturday morning, reading the newspaper I came upon Looking For The RealDracula in our local newspaper travel section. Naturally I wanted to know more.

What a discovery it was to know that “Dracula” is not only a blood thirsty legend but also a national hero. All this was for the way he tortured captured members of the advancing Ottomon Empire army and subsequently frightened them away from his kingdom. This proofs that to learn others history might just let you understand your own a little better. Insya-Allah find out more from the article itself.


Posted by on October 31, 2010 in Islamic Studies


Hadith on Pumpkin

Hadith on Pumpkin

The above hadith can be read and discussed as a family together with the Halloween mini book. Insya-Allah there are many pumpkin recipes out there to be made. Also children can do copywork of the hadith on pumpkin shaped writing paper.

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Posted by on October 31, 2010 in Islamic Studies


Autumn – Hadith and Blow Painting

This picture we took on a visit to a local park Ahamdulillah was a reminder of the hadith that talks about autumn leaves and salaat and sins.  I wanted to do an art project with DS1 that involved the autumn theme and the hadith.

This artwork uses blow painting technique. You would need poster paints, art paper, paint brushes, straws, glue, fall colour paper confetti and some old newspaper to protect your work table.

Mix poster paint to a consistency that is not too watery. We were wanting to achieve a tree so we started of by drawing a tree trunk. Then using a straw take a blob of paint and drop it at points where you would like the branches to be. Now gently blow on the blob to which ever direction you want the branches to spread. You can move your paper around to get the effect you want. Truly the more random, the better it looks. Once that is done leave it to completely dry.

This is a finished tree trunk. You can see all the blow painting effect on the branches.

Using a paint brush drop some diluted glue to where you want the leaves to be. Be careful not to paint the glue as the colour will run.

Smear about confetti over the glued areas. Keep tapping confetti off the paper to get a better idea where you would like more leaves.  Drop more glue and confetti accordingly.

Alhamdulillah, DS1 wrote out part of the hadith and together with the artwork made it into a poster. We also discussed the message of the hadith. Insya-Allah below is the entire hadith and the explanation of it.

I also worked on a piece of blow painting with my son. Instead of confetti I created leaves using a foam bath sponge like the one below.

Using a paint brush apply poster paint directly on to part on the sponge. I did initially dilute the paint. However I quickly realized that it was not producing the effect I wanted. It was a foam material and did not absorb much of the paint and was smearing.

Alhamdulillah this was my finished autumn tree branch.



Posted by on October 28, 2010 in Art & Craft, Nature


Halloween – Mini book

Halloween is not for me

I have wrote bits of rhymes and poems about Muslim children and Halloween celebration over the years. Alhamdulillah this mini book was a combination those work. It is based on my own experience with my children on handling questions of Halloween.

There are many sites on the internet explaining the origin of Halloween to help us better understand this day and in turn answer our children’s questions appropriately.

Insya-Allah, we will be expanding on Allah Al-Musawwir – The Fashioner. I am hoping to find some pumpkin recipes as well.

Note: The last page of the document was meant to be the cover of the book 🙂


Posted by on October 24, 2010 in Adab/Akhlak, Reading/Books


Muslim Rhyme – I’m a Little Muslim (Salaat)

I’m a little muslim2

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Posted by on October 22, 2010 in Muslim Rhymes, Preschool



Muslim Rhyme – Adhaan

Adhaan Rhyme

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Posted by on October 22, 2010 in Muslim Rhymes, Preschool



Autumn Leaf Baking

More on leaves. This time edible.


Cutting out leaf shapes


I used rolled puff pastry for this. I unrolled the pastry sheet and left it in the freezer until its hard but still soft enough to cut. Alhamdulillah, this step makes it easier for the child to handle the pastry as puff pastry become gooey too quickly at room temperature. We used some fall themed shape cutter.


Brushing egg wash


DS2 brushing on some egg on to the cut pastry shapes. At this stage I used a toothpick to draw some pattern on the pastry shapes. Bake as per package instructions.


Yummy dessert


Scoop some cream on strawberries and throw in some “leaves” for a delicious dessert.

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Posted by on October 16, 2010 in Cooking/Baking, Preschool


Autumn Leaf Activities


Golden leaves outside our home


Autumn is a beautiful time of the year. We get to witness another phase of the cycle of life Subhanallah. I have been doing preschool activities centered around leaves with DS2. Some of the activities we did.


Leaf rubbing


We placed the leaf on the wrong side below the white paper to get a bolder tracing of the leaf. Using a thicker crayon or using the sides rather than the tip of the crayon also helps.


Leaf sorting


We sorted the leaves based on colour. The one leaf sitting on the side had all the colours on it and DS2 just didn’t want to group it with anything else 🙂

Both these activities and other extension of them are in the book Teach Me To Do It Myself by Maja Pitamic.

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Posted by on October 14, 2010 in Nature, Preschool


Together We Read – September 2010

A simple board book that shows creatures and their homes using shapes. In the process it reinforces how Allah is Ar-Rahman, the most compassionate and that He provides us shelter.

On the very first page there is a picture of all the shapes that will be explored throughout the book. Each shape is actually a lift-a-flap which makes this book an interesting one for little ones.

I have had to reinforce my “circle” and “spiral” page several times as this is a popular book in our home 🙂

We did this button sorting activity for this book. You will be able to find huge shaped buttons at Scholars Choice. Star and heart were two shapes not mentioned in the book. I used them as my son was familiar with them. As for rectangle, I have never seen one and I hope to find one, Insya-Allah.


Lacing buttons



DS2 busy lacing



Laced buttons






We also did some lacing activity using the buttons. These were the buttons I found at a dollar store years ago for DS1. Alhamdulillah, now they are being reused by DS2.

I made this tracing worksheet that shows some of the homes that are shown in the book. Insya-Allah you can download it by clicking below.

Where is my home

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Posted by on October 13, 2010 in Preschool, Reading/Books, Together We Read


Time to Pray by Maha Addasi

When I borrowed White Nights of Ramadhan from our local library, I further searched for more titles by Maha Addasi. I found Time to Pray. What a gem of a book this is.

I used this book as a follow up on the Adhaan topic that we did. In this story a little girl visits her grandma in a Middle East country. During her stay, she hears the adhaan from the minaret nearby. The story weaves the the call of adhaan, actions of wudhu, salaat, times of salaat and the sweet relationship between grandma and the little girl very well.

It was a sweet story that my son was able to identify with at many levels. Excitement of visiting grandma, struggles of waking up for Fajr, prayer cloth – he sees me wearing one, adhaan clock definitely. It was a wonderful book for sure.

This book has beautiful illustrations done by Ned Gannon as with White Nights of Ramadan. The nice thing about this book is that each page had Arabic translation of the story. Great for parents who are looking for Arabic reading material.

On a personal level, this book brought back memories of me growing up hearing the adhaan, climbing up the minaret and now, yes having an adhaan clock to remind me of salaat times (makes me want to cry).


The State Mosque, Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia


I lived just down the street from this unique mosque, hearing the adhaan five times a day. In fact every morning before fajr you can actually hear Quran recitation over the speakers.

I was sent to after school madrasah at the Jamek Mosque below.


Masjid Jamek, Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia


As children my brothers and I played tag around the minaret waiting for our alim to come. In those days people could climb up the minaret. They didn’t call the adhaan from up there even back then thanks to speakers.

In the Time to Pray book the little girl is disappointed by this fact. My son actually asked the same question about the muezzin climbing up he minaret. Insya-Allah our next trip to Malaysia, I’ll have to take him to the Jamek Mosque even though he will not be able to climb up the minaret!

We also made a minaret craft out of paper towel rolls as an extension activity for this book.


Posted by on October 12, 2010 in Ibadat, Islamic Studies, Reading/Books