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I took the idea for this lapbook from a set of lessons devised some years ago by a friend. The original lessons were given to a group and involved lots of role play, discussions and verbal games. I did not feel that the lessons in their original form could be easily delivered to only one or two children, but I wanted to present the same concepts. I just needed a different format.

The project begins from the ayat on the cover of the lapbook: “And I (Allah) created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me (Alone).”  Adh-Dhariyat: 56.

The concepts are as follows:

To explain the meaning of worship (to be understood by young children) as pleasing Allah, obeying Him, and doing what He commands us to do.

To emphasise that worship of Allah is an integral part of our everyday lives, and should be the intention behind our every action.

To relate the concept of worship to the reality of the life of a young child, by giving them practical things they can do now, to worship Allah. For this reason actions such as Hajj or paying zakat are not included as these are not things a young child can do. However salaah is included, as young children can always join in the salaah, to the best of their ability.

There are many, many examples which could be included in such a lapbook project, but to avoid the work becoming too lengthy, and thereby boring I have limited the content. This is a very flexible project which is easy to personalise to match the experiences of the child. For example, a child whose father is often able to take him to the mosque could include that, a child with very elderly or sick relatives could include the sunnah actions towards visiting and looking after them. The project could also be used to positively encourage types of behaviour a child may be struggling with, for example good table manners, playing nicely with siblings, sharing and so on.

For this particular project I worked with a friend, and with her help the children managed to produce some artistic folds to present their learning, maashAllah. Of course there was lots of discussion too!

prayers, eating halal food and being kind

This photo shows the booklet on salaah, designed to look like a prayer mat, using felt; a booklet on eating halal food and a colouring page about exchanging gifts and being kind to eachother. Even though children cannot buy gifts themselves they can certainly make gifts, or give one of their toys to another child.

Several times in this lapbook I have made use of Islamic colouring sheets. These particular sheets were given to me by another friend and I don’t know where they came from. You may find useful colouring pages for this project here. Other links can be found at Islamic Lapbooking.

The colouring book “Our Way Of Life” contains many pages suitable for this project. (Can be found in Islamic bookshops, including online bookshops).

inside prayers booklet and eating halal food booklet

having turned the centre page

about behaviour with parents

 

salaam fold, dawah and dua folds

The fold about exchanging the salaam was cut from a colouring page. It opens up to show two people exchanging the salaam, with the words in the speech bubbles.

fold open

 

speech bubble open

Summary of contents:

1. Salaah. Prayer is worship, and the names of the prayers inside a prayer mat styled booklet.

2. Eating halal food. There may be occasions where children want to buy non-halal food (eg. sweets or yoghurts containing gelatine), and we have to tell them they can’t have that particular product. It may help them to understand that by being careful to choose halal foods they are worshipping Allah.

3. Being kind to one another and exchanging gifts. Loving for your brother what you love for yourself.

4. Reading and learning the Quran

5. Being good to parents.

6. Using the greeting of “Assalamualaykum”.

7. Dawah. (explained as telling others about Islam.)

8. Making dua.

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table manners poster

What a good reminder! This poster hangs in a family kitchen.

Manners listed include

eat with the right hand, don’t spill food, don’t waste food, say duas before and after food, wash hands, don’t eat too much.

 

 A simple but clever idea.

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Journals

 

 

A friend made this journal with her daughter during  a trip.

Basically it is an accordian style book, with one folded page for each day of the trip. Making a souvenir like this can be a good way to encourage early writers.

Here is another interesting way of presenting a journal, this time a daily one. In this spiral book, (made from quarter circles taped together), the day of the week is written on one side of each section, and a few words about that day are written on the other. This style might be particularly useful with reluctant writers, who only want to put a few words. Of course you could make the sections much bigger too!

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A friend and I put this project together for our daughters, aged 5 and 6.

A pizza book is made from a disc of card which is folded into segments, so when folded to store it is “slice sized”.

For this project we needed four outer segments for the illustrations and four inner segments for the ayaat.

Using a square cut folder we cut out the largest circle possible, folded it in half, then half again. Next we cut along one fold, to the centre (radius). If you do this you should be able to open or close the book, one segment at a time.

Content

During this project the children learn that Allah (swt) created the heavens, earth and all that is between them in six days. You will probably need to introduce this information through discussion or story telling prior to making the book.

Starting with the book folded shut, open the first page. (This is to make sure you work in the right order!) Around the top curve of our books the children wrote “Allah made the heavens and earth”. Beneath the writing we stuck a coloured in “earth from space” type picture. On the next page we stuck planet, moon, sun and star cut outs.

On the third page the children wrote “Allah made everything on earth” across the top, and on these two last pages they stuck various pictures representing the creation of landscape, plants and animals. We wanted to keep the language in this part of the book very simple and it was hard to decide on what words to use. You may prefer a different wording!

Next we made the inner circle pages, using the corner pieces from the square cut folders. These were then joined together with sticky tape and fixed into the centre of the larger circle from its cut, so that it too could be opened out, one piece at a time, making a “spiral” effect.

Onto each section we stuck the meanings of the ayyat, as follows,

 ayaat-for-allah-created-earth-pizza-book

Whilst the children worked on colouring, cutting and sticking we discussed the meaning of the ayaat with them.

Finally, don’t forget to make a nice cover for your pizza book!                                   

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