Monthly Archives: January 2013

Glow in the dark – Maulidur Rasul craft (gone wrong)

Couple of weeks ago Ibraheem (10) and I set out to do a glow in the dark jar that I found on Sounded straight forward and we had all the materials.

What they don’t mention, and I was not aware of, is that there is a glass vial within the plastic tube. We found out the hard way, ouch! Cutting a glow stick should never be recommended.

Upon searcing the net, I came across people using glow in the dark acrylic paints to create a similar effect.

Since we are in the month in which our beloved Prophet Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam was born, I felt this craft would be great to support and reinforce that Rasulullah Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam was a light from Allah, a light that guides us in the dark. He Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam was a mercy to the worlds.

” . . . There has come to you a light from Allah and a clear Book,”[Quran: 5:15]

“Indeed, in this [Quran] is notification for a worshipping people. And We have not sent you, [O Muhammad], except as a mercy to the worlds.” [Quran: 21:106-107]

NOTE: This idea was inspired by Sister A. She made me set up a tent, and cover it with layers of blanket last year in our Musalla. Children took turns going into the pitch dark tent. She then turned on a flashlight, using it as an analogy of how Rasulullah Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam is our guiding light.

I made a stencil and we used it to apply glow in the dark acrylic paint onto our jar. The picture shows the type and brand of paint we used for each jar.

Glow in the dark jar

The children tested it in a dark closet and the jars did not glow as bright. My poor boys were patiently applying layer upon layer of paint to make the jars really glow. They wanted these jars to be night lights as well. Sadly the didn’t glow as bright.
Alhamdulillah, besides this project we have been reading the seerah and listening to story CDs that covers the era before the blessed birth of Rasulullah Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam and his actual birth story. They children understood the concept of how Rasulullah Sallalahu Alaihi Wasallam was sent to guide us.
Ilyaas (5) was truly disappointed with the not-so-glowing jar. Finally, I threw in a LED tea light that illuminated the jar beautifully.
I also found this CraftBuster post (what a great idea to weed out hoax crafts!) at Little Pink Monster with more details on how glow in the dark jars really work.
Our jars did not glow, but I hope these efforts will embed the glow of our Deen in my children’s hearts, Insha-Allah.

Posted by on January 28, 2013 in Art & Craft, Hijri Calendar Events, Seerah



Activities for a cold weekend

We recently had to stay home all weekend as it was cold as well as Papa was away on a weekend course. I decided to just take it easy with the children and do some fun activities at home.

Silly Putty

Properties and interaction between liquids is something Ibraheem (10) is studying at school. This was an experiment he did at school. We just wanted to do it again as he was not entirely happy with what turned out at school.

The recipe for this was from Steve Spangler’s Science. We just added some blue food coloring to this recipe.

For the younger boys (well for Ibraheem and me as well) it was a great sensory experience. We all just wanted a blob of that putty.

Being silly with silly putty

Blue beard Zakariyya

The boys had more than two hours of fun playing with the silly putty at the dining table. They did silly things like pretending to have a blue beard, measuring how long the putty could stretch before snapping, trying to make pretend food. Just having fun.

Snow painting

After clean up, we got down to cutting out some paper snowflakes. Then we got dressed and headed outside for some snow painting.




We used the paper snowflakes as stencils to create patterns on the snow. The painted tree was just stunning. The boys even made snow angles and sprayed colour on it.

Frozen Peanut Butter Balls

We made these little treats later in the day. It was from the show In The Kitchen With Stefano Faita on CBC. Zakariyya (4) loves this show (yes, it’s true) and watched it during the winter break. He then would suggest things for us to try to make at home! This was one suggestion.

The recipe can be found here. It is a really simple recipe that allows children to participate.


Ibraheem (10) did the measuring and mixing. They were all having a race and how many peanut butter balls the can roll – fun, fun, fun. Ibraheem got to do the chocolate melting and drizzling. And of course we all got to eat them!

Angry Bird tin can game

The next day, we made these.


The boys own these stuffies. I cut and paste some images of pigs from coloring pages I found on the internet. I sized templates to fit tin cans I had been hoarding for another project. Printed the labels onto green contruction paper.

Of course my little helpers were more than happy to cut and glue the labels onto the tin cans. I did use a black marker to draw the outline of the pigs over the printed images. Printer ink does not seem to do well on contruction paper.

Trajectory, counting, bowling, stack a pig tower – so many possibilities of having fun with some birds and tin cans.

Papa came home to find the boys full of stories of what they had been doing all weekend without him. Operation cold weekend without Papa – success. Alhamdulillah!

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Posted by on January 22, 2013 in Uncategorized



Hajj related videos

My apologies – still posting hajj related ideas . . . in Rabiul-Awwal!

Here are a couple of videos that we watched the last Zulhijjah.

Journey to Mecca – In the Footsteps of Ibn Battuta

1) Official website of the Imax movie Journey of Mecca.

2) Copy of the video at

We first watched this in Imax format some years ago in Edmonton. It was a truly amazing video on the ordeal and challenges of Ibn Battuta and many in the past took to make the pilgrimage of hajj. Some if these struggles still applies today. It is a story of reliance and trust in Allah, friendship and believing in oneself.

NOTE: Just as the movie starts, the narrator says that Ibrahim Alaihis Salaam built the Kaabah in gratitude for Allah saving his family. It will have to be reinforced that building of the Kaabah was an order to Ibrahim Alaihis Salaam.

This video also gives the opportunity to introduce Ibn Battuta, the great Muslim traveller. We used a map to trace Ibn Battuta’s journey from Morocco to Mecca, the planned route and the actual.

This picture book by James Rumford serves as a good introduction of Ibn Battuta. It documents all of his travels until his death. I love the calligraphy that was done by Rumford himself. Every page has so much to offer, there was always this or that that the children wanted to know more about. Even the cover, just look at the calligraphy on the horse.
The Story of Hajjar
I first stumbled upon this video when I was looking for resources on Islam and water. Reason; was trying to teach the children about not wasting water.
You can get more information on the water conservation initiative of which this video is part of at Green Prophet.
The story of Hajjar Alaihis Salaam and the lesson on water it sets to present is brought to life with animation done by Amir Al-Zubi and Meliha Al-Zubi. Who wouldn’t love their adorable animation Masha-Allah!
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Posted by on January 21, 2013 in Hajj, Ibadat



Hajj – kids craft

Crafts we did just this past hajj season.

Hajj Mobile



These were made using Smart Ark hajj activity print out. While Ilyaas (5) and Zakariyya (4) coloured, we had the opportunity to discuss the various hajj rituals. We attached the picture to paper plates cut into half.

In the first picture we used strings to glue the pictures onto. In the second one, we used pipe cleaners and stapled the pictures. The pipe cleaner option was better in that the pictures always faced up when it was pinned to the wall.

Hajj Wheel

This was another craft we made using the instructions and template from The Muslim Connection hajj page.

Hajj Lego Diorama

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This was Ibraheem’s (10) project. Again building each location gave us time to have a conversation of the origin and significance of each act of hajj.


Posted by on January 6, 2013 in Art & Craft, Hajj


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Eidul Adha Treat Bags

Just this past Eidul Adha my children wanted to give out treats to their classmate. Fortunately for us this year, their teachers really embraced the idea of it.

Ibraheem’s (10) treat bags contained Malaysian coconut candies; his favourite Eid sweet. Ilyaas’ (5) treat bags has all sorts of mini candies, thanks to it being Halloween season as well.

Coconut candies in wrap

Coconut candies in wrap


The green paper bags were from the craft store. I used craft punches and ribbons to decorate. The colourful Eid tag are from the sister at Sew Chic & Unique. Those were for Ibraheem’s class.

I did not want to spend too much on the bags for Ilyaas’ class but still wanted them to look cute. I found the brown paper bag idea at Lulu The Baker. I made the template and ran the bags through the printer. I didn’t even have to tape the edges. They turned out so pretty Masha-Allah. I even used the leftover supplies to make farewell goody bags for the ladies at my story telling class.

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Posted by on January 6, 2013 in Art & Craft, Hajj



Sight word road game

Looking up for sight word games, I came across parking lot sight word game. So we tried it. After a while it wasn’t exciting anymore for Ilyaas (5).

Using a previous project as an idea, I made this sight word road game.


A mat of some kind – mine was about 70 X 120 cm vinyl mat

Painters tape


A maze of some kind for idea – mine was from here (free handers – go ahead)

Using the maze as reference, I taped a road onto the mat.


Using a different colour tape, I placed sight words all over the road.


To play:

Ilyaas (5) will have to drive his car as he reads the sight words along the way. Insha-Allah I plan to add more reading stops onto the mat.

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Posted by on January 5, 2013 in Reading/Books



Sight Word Shaker




Plastic jar (I used a Nutella one as is has wider flat sides for better viewing)

Beads (I used leftover fuse beads)


Card stock (Mine were 1 X 1.5 inches)

Sight word sheet laminated

To assemble:

Write sight words onto card stock. Place cards and beads into jar. Seal tight.

To play:

Ask child to shake the jar. Spot a word in the jar, sound it, locate it on the sheet and then trace it wit a non permanent marker.







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Posted by on January 5, 2013 in Reading/Books