Sunday, October 11, 2009

Ramadan activities and lessons for children Pt. 2

Better late than never I say! We did not finish all of our Ramadan activities on time, BUT the lessons were still important so we "got 'er done"!

Here I listed all that I planned for the month.  This is #3:

Homemade Prayer Rug

Content Areas Covered: language arts (vocabulary), religion, arts and crafts
Supplies:
Paper and pencil for sketching
Solid color pillow case (spare one of course)
Felt or other thick solid fabric
Scissors
Straight pins
Glue or sewing materials

Directions:
 First we began with discussion of prayer.  I referred back to our pillar lessons for reinforcement. Then  I told her we were making a prayer rug. If your child is not familiar with a prayer rug, explain the use in tradition of using one.

Next, sketch the design for your prayer rug.  We decided that we'd make one each year for a daily time of prayer.  We started with Fajr. To coincide with the time of prayer, we chose to make a dawning sun and put the word on to reinforce spelling.

After sketching we looked through scrap material and found all we needed.  I used straight pins to hold in place which allows you to move things around when needed.

Then I decided to sew it all down on the sewing machine.  This took longer than the cutting but I felt it was worth it.  The thread will show on the reverse side, but that was not a big deal for me.  I wanted the finished product to be soft and usable so I refrained from gluing which often turns hard.

That is all!

Notes: My 5 year old was in on the discussion but this project was too advanced for her to really participate.  It was something completed by my husband and I.   I would recommend this for 4th grade and above so they can design and cut themselves.


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3 comments:

Lakisa said...

How cute! What a wonderful project. Maybe I missed it, but are you going to do the other prayers too?

Girl of a thousand names, including Sister P said...

Thanks for reading and commenting Sis. Lakisa!
Response: I'd like to do the others but maybe add one each year. Right now, she's too young to participate in the sewing. But with older children, I'd make it a year long project to complete all five.

NoahScraps said...

MSA, this is so cute.
May Allah make her among Saleheen ISA