We decided on this book for Together We Read as it is the current favourite book in our home. Also anyone else interested will be able to use any other book with the same story for the activities.
Things that we discussed:
1) Abandoning Allah’s commandment.
3) Power of dua
4) Allah is all forgiving
5) Title of Yunus (AS)
Craft: Paper Plate Whale
You will need a paper plate, some markers, craft glue, paint blush, whale tail template from here.
Math: Boat Tangram
Tangram template was from here. Using construction paper, I made a scene with the BW tangram pieces for a boat in a stormy sea. I then printed the coloured pieces for my son to place over the BW pieces.
We also did simple counting using gold fish crackers.
Rhyme time: Ocean creatures action rhyme
Ibn Jareer has narrated in his book of Tafsir that the Prophet (PBUH) said: “When Allah wanted to keep Yunus in the belly of the fish. He revealed to it: ‘Take him inside, but do not scratch his flesh or break his bones.’ When the fish went down in the depth of the sea, Yunus heard a voice. He thought of it in his mind and said: ‘What is that?’ Allah revealed to him that it was the glorifying acts of sea animals. Then he glorified Allah in the belly of that fish, which the angels heard and said: ‘O Lord! We hear a very weak voice in a very unusual land!’ Allah said: ‘This is My slave Yunus, who disobeyed me, so I detained him inside a fish in the depth of sea.’ They enquired: Is he Your pious slave from whom every day and night a good deed ascended to you?’ He replied: ‘Yes.’ So the angels then pleaded to Allah on behalf of Yunus, so Allah commanded the fish to throw him out on the shore.”
I wanted to include and activity where in the mind of my son he can imagine how Yunus (AS) would have seen and heard other sea creatures singing praises of Allah. Below is a modifies version of a favourite action rhyme of ours. We sometimes use little stuffed toys to act out this rhyme.
We also have the CD below that has a very catchy song about the story of Yunus (AS). This CD only uses voice talent. My children love to hear the splash part. The Nasheed Shop has this CD.
We discussed about Allah being Al-Ghaffar and Al-Ghaffur – The Forgiving and Al-Ghafuw – The Pardoner. He forgave the people of Ninevah and also Yunus (AS) because of their sincere repentance.
We spoke about Allah being As-Sami – The All Hearing and A-Mujeeb – The Answerer. He heard the dua of Yunus (AS) from a very unusual place and He answered the dua. I made a print out of the dua for us to Insya-Allah memorize.
As for what Yunus (AS) ate when he was thrown out, my children are still not fans of gourd/pumpkin ;). You can read our pumpkin post here.