Umm K’s Ramadan Lapbook

My friend, Umm K,  has made this beautiful Ramadan lapbook. All handmade, lots of detail and no printouts!


inside right

At the top of the picture there is a mini book of facts relating to Ramadan. The booklet opens out as plain papers with information written inside, see below. The page photographed contains verses from Surah Alaq.  The following verse is also included:

“Oh you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you asit was prescribed for those before you, that you may become Al- Muttaqoon (the pious)” 2:183

Lots of different information on Ramadan could be included in here.

inside facts about Ramadan booklet

Below the facts mini book Umm K has sewn a felt pocket, inside which there are two minibooks of dos and don’ts. Actions to be encouraged in Ramadan, such as reciting more Quran and giving saqaqah, are inside the circular minibook marked with a tick (or check), and actions to be avoided, such as lying, backbiting are inside the book with the cross.

dos and don'ts mini books

On the other side from the covers are the mini books of a few stapled pages.

inside dos and dont's

The last mini book on this side of the lapbook is a three page layer book on information relating to Taraweeh, Laylatul Qadr and duas. I really like all the decorative touches, maashAllah.

layer mini book

inside layer book

On the left half of the lapbook there is an extension page. When folded in the extension page has a checklist for daily ibaadah, including  completing of all prayers, Quran memorisation, recitation and study of  tafsir, and a selection of good deeds; smile at a Muslim, give a present or food, gain knowledge of Islam, go to meet another Muslim, visit an ill person.

These are suggestions, the checklist can be tailored to suit the individual using it.


The checklist is on a piece of A4, folded in thirds, business letter style. Inside is space for making notes on achievements and goals for Ramadan, maybe prayer times, notes on dhikr, whatever you choose. The checklist is supposed to be used as a tool for a Ramadan active with ibaadah, inshAllah.

When the extension page is folded out, on the other side of the checklist is a calendar for the month, to be used along with the checklist, inshAllah.

left half and extension

The other two mini books in this section are the “Rules for Fasting ” mini book and “Targets in Ramadan” secret book.

targets minibook

The photo above shows the minibook and the decorative pocket which it slots into. The booklet is simply papers folded and stapled together, with the verse from Surah Al-Asr and decoration on the front.( Click on the photo to enlarge it.). Inside the pages are left blank, to be filled in with personal targets for Ramadanand other journaling.

The booklet fits into the decorated pocket for storage. The simple decorative touches with the coloured markers make it look special, maashAllah.

The last mini book is the one on rules for fasting.

rules for fasting

The cover is made from card.

tab book

Inside, the booklet is divided into sections, with little tabs made by sticking pieces of coloured paper onto the pages, marking the sections.

After the verse on the opening page:

“Ramadan is the month in which the Quran was sent down as a guide to humanity also clear signs for guidance and judgement between right and wrong.” 2:185

There are sections on what is permitted while fasting (using miswak, swallowing own saliva etc), what invalidates the fast (deliberate eating or drinking etc) and lastly, a list of those exempted from fasting, (the sick, the traveller etc.) The level of detail in this section can be expanded the older the learner is.

I really like the way Umm K turned this lapbook into a really personal and active learning tool, with the inclusion of the checklist and journal. It is good for young learners trying out fasting, and also great for young people experiencing their first compulsory Ramadan.

Ramadan Plates

This is an idea I used with my children a couple of Ramadans ago.

Ramadan plates

It is an activity which can be enjoyed by all ages throughout the month, inshAllah. As the plates were made we stuck them on the walls, so that by the time Eid arrived we had a brightly decorated room!

We used paper plates and  reference books containing hadith and ayat about Ramadan, fasting, Lailat al-Qadr etc. Every day we would choose a hadith or ayat to study, then the children would copy it out onto the paper plate, and decorate it with craft materials, paints etc. One of the children was too young to write out the hadith, so she decorated words like “Ramadan”, “fasting” etc instead.

We used plates to symbolise the idea that when we fast we are filling  plates with worship rather than food.

another example


Book Review Lapbook

Lapbooks are so versatile! Have you thought of using a lapbook to present a book review? In this example a friend’s younger brother made a lapbook about a book that he enjoyed reading.

book review cover


There are lots of things you can do with this

– Write about a favourite or important character.

– Write about the story setting.

– Write a summary of the story, you could do this in comic strip form inside an accordian book.

– Write themed vocabulary lists.For example this book was about robots, so make a robot words list.

– Write about what you liked or disliked about the story.

more inside

Use lots of drawings, colours and shapes associated with the story. Even deciding what pictures to include is part of the book review process, recalling the places, characters and objects from the story. In this lapbook there were stars, a telescope and a silvery planet to illustrate.

This type of lapbook project is great for a child to do all by himself, as the only reference source required is a book of his choice. Something different for the summer maybe! InshAllah.

Good Deeds Notebook

This very simple notebook is a collection of Islamic stories illustrating the key concept “Good deeds help you get to Jannah”. Another sister first worked on this project a few years ago, and I have recently reworked it with my 6 year old daughter.

For my daughter’s project we used six stories, studying one at a time. We would read the story through, then she would write a little about it, and draw or colour a picture. This project could be done with any age group.

The idea is to collect stories which can reinforce the concept of reward for good deeds. There are many of these, which can be found in Islamic children’s books and websites.We also included the story of the woman who was promised punishment because she was cruel to her cat, for the sake of contrast, and as a reminder of why it is so important to try to perform good deeds, inshAllah.

example pages

The pages above show the work done on the story of the woman and the three dates, and the story of when Hasan (ra) and Hussain (ra) showed an old bedouin how to perform wudu.

More stories can be found here and here.

After covering the stories we had chosen we made a front cover,


The cover shows a pathway leading towards the word “Jannah”. I asked my daughter to think of lots of good deeds and to mark them along the pathway. Making the cover at the end of the project helps to check how the concepts of good deeds have been absorbed by the child.

 She also wrote “Good deeds help us get to Jannah” on the cover.



Adaab Mini Book

This minibook is an illustrative sample, made for use with a group of girls in their early teens. The girls are to make their own books, based on the example. A friend of mine made this minibook.

It really is a “mini” book, measuring 12 x 10cm, and the pages are pieces of card taped together.

book cover

inside the cover

Inside the cover is a table of contents, then on the first page there is the adaab of giving salaam. I have compiled a PDF with the references used in this minibook which can be printed out. Link at the end of the post.

the salaam

The hadith relating to salaam is given on the page, and the words of the salaam are given in the fold out shapes.

speech and dress


The next page contains sections on speech and covering. Next to the flower and mouth cut outs the title reads “Adab of Speaking”. The flower opens out,

flower fold

Examples of speech that should be refrained from are listed on the petals:

1. False testimony                   5. Speaking rubblish (foolish/idle talk)

2. Backbiting                              6. Speaking kufr

3. Spreading gossip                 7. Speaking about sexual matters

4. Lying                                        8. Speaking on forbidden topics

The mouth opens up as an accordian book, with a hadith cautioning the tongue to fear Allah. (Hadith in PDF).

mouth accordian book

The page on the adaab of covering has a lift up khimar and abaayah. Underneath is an evidence on covering. (see PDF).


The next pages concern the adaab of visiting the ill and of entering a majlis (gathering).

visiting the ill

The hadith for this section are in the PDF below. One is written above the bed, the other on the liftable bed cover.


This opens out, like shutters.


On the pink paper is written the evidence for adaab in a majlis, (see PDF). On the other side the drawing of  a house opens up to reveal evidence for asking permission before entering a place.

asking permission

The next page is about reciting Quran. Advice on the manner of recitation is written inside the booklet pages.


The next page is about walking. Here the hadith is written next to the cut out foot shape.


The last page contains advice on correct use of the toilet, (use of the right hand), written on a toilet cut out.


I have made a PDF file of all the evidences used in this minibook, in case you would like to use them for your own project, inshAllah.

Adaab Minibook PDF

Edited to add:

Here are some examples of the adaab mini book adapted for younger children, aged around 6-8. There are fewer examples, and the language used is simpler.

junior mini book covers


These pages give advice on bathroom manners, and the adaab of giving salaam and speaking. Simple shapes illustrate the themes.


These junior books were made by boys, so here the adaab of men’s clothing is illustrated with a thobe shape on the outside,

trouser and top

and a trouser and top underneath, with the information written over it!!

(Click on any photo to see it enlarged.)

I think that the study of Prophet Dawud (as) is well suited to a lapbook because there is relatively little information on this Prophet, and what there is consists mainly of short facts.

My sons completed this lapbook study over three days.


The picture shows two lapbooks, one for each son.

These were the sections:

The central piece of writing is an account of how Dawud(as) killed Jalut in a battle, as described in Surah Baqarah:251.

Below that, also in the centre is a simple folded book about the fasting and prayer of Dawud (as), based on the Hadith in Bukhari 3420, ” The most loved salah (prayer) in the sight of Allah is the salah of Dawud and the most loved saum (fasting) in the sight of Allah is the saum of Dawud. He used to sleep for the first half of the night and offer prayer for one third of it and sleep again for one sixth of it. And he used to observe fast on alternate days. And when he encountered an enemy he never fled.”

Next to this section is a book outline shape about the Zabur.  On it is written, “We surely made some prophets better than others, and We gave Dawud a Zabur (or book)”  Quran,17:55

On the top right is a simple folded book with a mountain picture on it.


Inside is written a few sentences about the sweet voice that Allah (swt) gave Dawud (as), and how when he recited the birds and mountains would glorify Allah with him.  Also: ” And we subjected the mountains to glorify (Us) along with Dawud, and (also) the birds….” Quran 21:79

Below that is a hand shaped section with the following hadith written on it, “The best (food) man eats is that (he eats)out of his earnings and the Prophet of Allah, Dawud ate from what he earned with his hands” Abu Dawud , 3528.

On the left of the lapbook, the top section is a simple folded book with a balance scale on the front. Inside are a few sentences about the kingdom and authority given to Dawud (as) and about his judgements between the people, such as mentioned in Surah Sad:24.

Lastly is a mini book with a picture of chain mail,

chain mail

Inside is written a sentence describing how Dawud (as) was the first to make chain mail. Also: ” And We softened for him iron, (saying) “make wide coats of mail, and measure well the links and do righteous deeds. Surely I am seer of what you do.” Quran 34:11

I sincerely hope the above information is authentic and correct. Any mistakes are my own fault.

Bees Minibook

This minibook was made by a friend of mine. In this project the art and craft is just as important as the bee information.

bee cover

The project is inside a hive shaped book, which is several centimetres thick.


When opened up you can see that the project is based on the hexagon shapes of the honeycomb. At the top there is a folded diagram of a bee, two cut out felt bees and a hexagon mini book that folds out and out, as I will show in another picture below.

On the bottom section a series of hexagon boxes has been assembled, with accordian style mini books of information stuck inside some, and in others there is a simple lid, with information stuck down underneath. The hexagon boxes were made by folding strips of card into shape, then taping them in position.

bee diagram

Bee diagram, unfolded. This is in the top left corner of the project book.

unfolding hexagons

Here the series of hexagons starts to unfold. Each hexagon is covered with either a flat or a folded paper containing bee facts. The hexagons are taped together, so that they can be folded out one at a time.

fully unfolded

Fully unfolded.

accordian books unfolded

The picture above shows the hexagon boxes fully opened up. All contain bee facts.

accordian style book

Any bee facts can be included in this project. The following links may be useful:





Knowing Allah Lapbook

For this lapbook with my ten year olds I thought that I would try something different. I wanted to see if a lapbook could be combined with a textbook study. Notes or answers from a book study could easily be jotted in an exercise book, but would they ever be referred to again? So, I decided to try making notes into a lapbook! This is similar to the Hands of a Child lapbook approach where the information for completing activities is contained in the study guide. For this lapbook the study guide was this book:


This is what we did with it:


My sons are not that interested in decoration and presentation, so we used different colours of card to make the lapbook look more interesting. We used templates and simple flip flap style books and layer books.

Basically we studied the book, chapter by chapter and after each section we would make a lapbook mini book highlighting the key information. The sections were:

Some of the names of Allah

Some of Allah’s qualities

Qualities with bodily names

Understanding Allah’s qualities

Seeing Allah, the difference between this life and the next

Summary of the Pillars of Emaan

Where is Allah?

Qualities with Bodily names minibook

Names of Allah

This is a simple greetings card fold, with lots of small ones inside with the names written on them. We chose a selection of the names listed in the book.


For each section the boys simply copied out key information from the textbook. I made use of the lapbook templates from Homeschool Share.


For a flip flap book, such as above we would write a statement on one side of the card and the evidence from the Quran or hadith on the other side.

front covers

I will not describe the details of each minibook because in order to get the details correct on this type of topic reference needs to be made to Al-Jibaly’s text, or another similar book. This style of lapbook could easily be applied to any textbook study, and could be a way of making textbook study more interesting.

Reflection Lapbook

reflection coverI did a practical project on reflection with my daughters, and gathered together whatever could be done on paper into a lapbook. The following pictures are from my 6 year old’s lapbook.

The hama bead butterfly sticks down easily using ordinary PVA glue.


These are the activities I could include in the lapbook:

worksheets from Enchanted Learning on completing a symmetrical drawing, and identifying symmetrical flags, another sheet on completing shapes

colouring a butterfly

making a hama bead butterfly

cutting out shapes from folded squares of paper and marking the “mirror line”

making fold over reflection paintings

These are activities we also did as part of the project but which could not be included in the lapbook:

Using a mirror to examine pictures and things to see how reflection works

Building models from bricks to create balanced and unbalanced shapes.

Using a pegboard to make reflections. (Put an elastic band around the middle of the board, make a design on one side, then reflect it on the other.)

cut out shapes

“These shapes have a mirror line”. We drew a line down the fold to make it stand out.


To arrange the paintings I stuck the one underneath completely to the folder. The others I layered over each other, only sticking them by a strip at the top.

worksheet on backcover

Two of the worksheets I folded and stuck inside the lapbook, the third one I just stuck on the back cover.

This is a really easy and relaxing lapbook to try!

This lapbook is based around one very simple concept, that we have so many gifts from Allah that it is impossible to list them all, and that we need to be grateful to Allah (swt) for all the blessings we have.

On the lapbook cover “And if you try to list Allah’s favors, you will never be able to count them all.” Quran 14:34


There are many, many ideas that could be included in this lapbook. We did mini books to illustrate a few ideas and then decorated the lapbook to illustrate others. Once you start to discuss and think about all the gifts that Allah (swt) bestows on us, the children themselves will come up with lots of suggestions, inshAllah.

To illustrate and strengthen understanding of blessings from Allah I used some old lesson plans, written some years ago by another friend.

For example, whenthinking about our hands as a blessing from Allah I began the session by putting thick mittens on the girls’ hands, then asking them to perform tasks such as picking upsmall objects, putting on and fastening their coats and shoes, etc. Of course they found this impossible, and they could then begin to realise how important agift our hands are to us, and then be thankful forthem.

when thinking about our tongues, I asked them to try to say certain words and sentences withoutmoving their tongues at all. I asked them to say words such as “little” without letting their tongues touch their teeth. Through these activities they came to realise the importance of the tongue for speech.

similarly when learning about the eyes, I blindfolded the girls and asked them to perform certain tasks, such as reading, and recognising a person without touching or hearing them. These kinds of activities can be extended to include any other parts of the body you wouldlike to study, legs, lungs, ears etc.

Each time I got the girls to think of a list of things theywould not be able to do without their hands, eyes etc.

hands, tongue, eyes

The tongue shape lifts up!


I did not only want to focus on parts of the body however. We chose to also domini books about water, and the seasons. When learning about water we thought about all the uses for water that we have, and how much we need it every day, indeed , how all living things need water to live. The study of water could be a whole otherproject, so we could only cover it briefly here.

water droplet

We wrote about wateron the back of a droplet shape.

My daughter also wanted to draw about the seasons. She especially wanted to draw about ice creams, to represent the summer!


We also made lists of gifts from Allah to stick into the lapbook. Some of the gifts from Allah are not easy to illustrate!

Our list: my body, my health, my family, my friends, the Muslim Ummah, my Islamic belief, fresh air, sunlight, food, night and day.

For each of these we were able to discuss what these meant to us.


When my friend wrote lesson plans around this topic she extended it to cover some of the amazing attributes that Allah (swt) has given to His creation in the animal kingdom, for example the ability of some ants to always find their way back home, the long distance flights of the albatross, and the ability of the camel to go for days in the desert without water. I felt that this was too much for this lapbook, indeed the topic deserves a lapbook of its own. Maybe I’ll make one, inshAllah!