Good Deed Stars

Okay, now that we have finally had some time to breath,masha Allah. I have thought of an idea for the little ones involving good deeds!

I thought and thought what could we do this year. We chose to make the Good Deed Tree last year since Ramadan started in the fall. This year I was clueless on what  idea we could come up with.

We are starting it a little late, since we had so much other non craft activities to cover, but masha Allah we are in full “good deed” practice.

Since the little ones are older this year I thought to cover a little bit about moon phases and stars in the sky. I guess you can say a little bit of an intro to what is going to come insha Allah. We talked alot about how Allah has created everything including the stars and moon in the sky. They enjoyed the lesson, I can now ask my 5 yr old what kind of moon do we sight at the start of Ramadan and she remembers! Alhamdulilah!

We pasted everything on our bulletin board. The idea is to paste a new star each time one of the little ones does a good deed. They are quite encouraged to please Allah and do as much good as they can. Masha Allah.

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This is the full board. You can see we also hung stars from the ceiling. These were fun, we just found the star template. The little ones painted glue on them and sprinkled glitter.We tied a string to them and suspended them from the ceiling. We got our template from Enchanted Learning

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Star up close. We used cereal boxes for our template to make the star more sturdy. We Love recycling and reusing!!

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The front of the board wher you can see the “GOOD DEED STARS” Sign

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Good Deed Stars sign up close

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Here is our drawn out Masjid. We did not have a template for this, if you decide to make this board you will have to draw out your own insha Allah. This was my part of the project since none of my older children wanted to have a go at it *smile*

The masjid is simply drawn on 4 pieces of copy paper, colored in with markers and we also added some glitter glue to give it a bit of a shimmer.

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Here is our border up close.

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Abi, Ummie, Baby in stroller, and DS2

We saw the sis Umm idris had a nice Cloudscape and she has little Muslims on her back drop so we thought to do the same, such a clever idea masha Allah! 

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The girls and DS1

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Ummie and DS2

 

Of course you all know me, I do have a file to share with you in case you would like to use for this or next Ramadan insha Allah.

The borders as well as the “Good Deed” sign, and yellow stars is here Ramadan banners

Here are some black and white stars to have the little ones a little more involved. They can color them in and then paste them for their good deed insha Allah. Good Deed Stars

 

♥UPDATE♥

Now that Ramadan is over here is our Good Deed Bulletin Board full of Good Deed Stars, Masha Allah.

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The 3 little ones absolutely loved adding stars on the board all day long!!  I was glad to have the older girls to help me keep up with their deeds,masha Allah.

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Muslim Yarn Dolls

 

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Ramadan has reached us all, and it feels wonderful. Alhamdulilah!

Trying to keep your fasting teens or even little ones busy? I haven’t forgotten that although my girls are growing up, I realize they still like to craft and play. I keep their minds young so to speak! *smile*

The first days of fasting are always the hardest for my older girls. This year I am trying a little something different. I want them to do their studies the first part of the day, insha Allah since this is the time where their energy is the highest and they can stay focused more.

The last half of the day, they have had their own crafts to do to keep them busy and less focussed on being hungry or counting down the hours,minutes and seconds to break their fast.

These passed first few days of Ramadan they have been working on Muslim Yarn Dolls. I thought what a cute idea, and had them have a go at it!

They turned out to be so adorable. The girls made one for each member of our family.

These were also quite easy and inexpensive to make, masha Allah.

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Here is what they look like undecorated

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Here is our family of Yarn dolls grouped together

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Ummie, Abi and baby. They even gave abi a beard masha Allah

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Here are the 3 little kids, khimars, kufis and all! masha Allah

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The two big girls, how colorful!

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Baby and big bro

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Big sister with little bro

Like I said this was a simple project, but I say in our instance the big girls did this themselves. We used a hot glue gun on the felt clothes although if you would like to include little ones in this project it might be better to use fabric glue.

Here is the site where I found the idea for this craft: Yarn Dolls

Mailbox Craft

 

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Okay, so we have been talking alot about mail and how we get mail. The little ones show so much interest,masha Allah. I went searching the net and found a real neat idea, and from that idea ideas just kept popping out at us. *smile*

This craft can actually be used year round or for Ramadan letters,postcards for friends and family.

First, we made out “outgoing” mailbox out of two small boxes taped together. The box stands about 22-24″ tall.

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We made a slot on front to drop mail off. The idea also is to help increase the Muslim Sisterhood/brotherhood in our local area. The kids actually made up postcards and letters to give out to our locals as well as some of our family as a means of dawah, insha Allah.

We covered the box with a brown paper bag, then they came up with the idea to cover it with the candy foil I still have so much of *smile*. The big girls wanted it to mimic the U.S mail box somewhat.

We made a “MAIL” sign and had my 5 yr old color it in.

Here is the file for our sign if you woul like to use it: MAILBOXLABEL

we also decorated some stamps and glued them to the box

Here is the file for the stamps:  Blank stamps

This is a good project to cover many subjects. we talked about different places in the world(geography), spelling,handwriting,Islamic studies. I mean the list can go on!

Recently I have found pen pals as well for my 3 girls and thought this would be an excellent time to teach my 5 yr old daughter about mail. We made the big mail box for “outgoing mail” and boom an idea popped in my head. I was thinking of an idea for good deeds again for this Ramadan. Well, I found my solution. We made mini mailboxes and placed them outside their doors.

The idea is to write or draw something nice for each other each day of Ramadan and deliver it to the mini mailbox out their bedroom doors. I am trying to encourage them to do nice things for one another, insha Allah

They don’t get to open it until the day of Eid. This way they learn patience, and to be kind and say kind things about one another each day that passes, insha Allah. This will cover my “good deed” project insha Allah.

We got the idea for the smaller boxes from A Muslim Child is Born Blog

This is another way of using what we have by recycling old snack or dried food boxes. Here is the box without decoration

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Here are pictures of their boxes completed.

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Lil Missy’s, she’s such a girly girl, masha Allah. She added some clear cellophane that had flowers on it.

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My Big Lug’s, he was very selective of his colors

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My Chunky’s, he realy went to town painting glue on his box and nicley laqying his foil on the box….it’s just too bad it all didn’t stick!

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Big girl #1

Yes, I do get the older girls involved in these “kiddy”deas masha Allah. I have to get them to show the little ones what fun they can have and how to get creative!

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Big Girl #2

The idea to use the  colored foil again was the big girls, they thought it would look more realistic with shiny boxes,masha Allah.

After taking the pictures, we added name tags to the boxes.

We made “pretend” stamps for the postcards that would stay local as well as the inhouse mail. Here are a few pics of the postcards and stamps and stationary

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Have I mentioned that the kids love to color? Teehee

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we used a premade postcard template and adding coloring pictures to it

Here is the file for some postcards we made in case you would like to use them as well

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we found the postcard template at Crayola website

Our stationary isn’t too fancy right now, as we wanted to get this done soon. We plan on making more soon insha Allah.

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Here are the files for stationary insha Allah

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Our stationary is mini sized for our mini envelopes for our min mailboxes. *smile*

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Here are the stamps we used for our “pretend” mailing

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These stamps reflect Ramadan, but I am sure we will be making plenty of these throughout the year, insha Allah

Here is the file for our stamps: Stamps

Some stamps are bigger than others, there is a reason. The bigger stamps are for coloring and customizing. The smaller stamps already have a colored image and those we use for our mini envelopes.

We  used graphics from easel and ink, click the banner below to visit the forum. Once again, they are some extremely talented sisters there!

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Prayer Rug Magnets

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 I loved this idea that we found once again on A Muslim Child is Born Blog. We changed a little for ours, but they are the same idea.

My kids had so much fun making these and to be honest, it was not a messy project either. They loved personalizing their own prayer rug magnet.

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Here is my sample to show them what we would be doing.

we used felt,paint,and popsicle sticks. The popsicle sticks serve as the back of the rug to make it sturdy. Put the magnet on the back of the popsicle sticks. Decorated to our liking.

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This one belongs to one of the older girls, I had to break her arm to join in the project *smile*

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“Lil Missy’s” prayer rug, she was really involved in this one, masha Allah.

While making our Magnets we talked about what we use it for and that we worship Allah. This is also a good project for teaching the little ones about salaat.

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This belongs to my 2 yr old “chunk” he loves arts and crafts time, masha Allah

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This one is my 4 yr old’s  “Big Lug” work. He absolutely loved the finished product, masha Allah.

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Last but not least, my eldest daughters. She wasn’t too involved in making it all extravagant as she was helping her ummie keep the little ones in line, Masha Allah.