How you can use Art to Teach Islam at Home to your Children

 

The primary responsibility of a parent is to nurture faith in the heart of their child, and teach them about Islam.

In addition to sending them to a good madrasa, we encourage parents to take an active part in their religious education at home.

Young children respond well to hands-on activities, and particularly enjoy arts-and-crafts projects. Art can provide a visual representation of an Islamic concept; and when the child has made this themselves, it creates an emotional connection to that information too. We find art to be a very powerful learning tool.

Here are a few ways that you can use ART to Teach Islam at Home to your Children!

Salaat
You can make these five clocks with your children using paper plates, paint, split-pins, and stickers. Setting the time of each prayer every day not only helps your children to understand the timings of the prayer but also encourages them to pray salaat.
clocks[Photo Credit: Pinterest]

Hajj
The rites and rituals of the Hajj pilgrimage can be confusing to a child. Art allows for tactile and visual learning of this concept. Here is a list of Hajj craft activities. Just try one or two, to inspire your kids and help them to better understand the Hajj.
hajj-model[Photo Credit: Hafsa Creates]

Ramadan
To help our children feel more involved in the month of Ramadan, they can create an advent-style calendar like the one below. Each pocket can be filled with sweets and treats or, for the more health-conscious parent, an Islamic fact or a good deed for the day!
ramadan-calendar[Photo Credit: Pinterest]

Hijri Calendar
This Moon-Phase craft teaches children about the lunar cycle and can be used to teach children about the Islamic months. All you need is some coloured clay, a cookie cutter and thread, to make a beautiful decorative wall hanging for your home.
moon-craft[Photo Credit: Almost make perfect]

If you want to teach your children more about the Islamic calendar, you can also make you own interactive Islamic calendar at home.
islamic-calendar[Photo Credit: Our Muslim Homeschool]

Sunnah Acts
Your family can even use art to learn about the Sunnah acts. This picture shows an Islamic placemat that your child for the dining table, that will remind them to say “Bismillah” before they eat!
islamic-placemat
[Photo Credit: Karima’s Crafts]

99 names of Allah
This 99 Names of Allah tree is a lovely visual tool to assist with memorization of the names. Each leaf has one name of Allah written on it and can be added to the tree when the child has memorised it and its meaning.
99-names-tree
[Photo Credit: Karima’s Crafts]

Art has a profound way of impacting on the heart. When we look upon something of beauty, especially if it Islamic in some way, it evokes emotions and a profound awareness of Allah in the heart. This feeling is only intensified when you, or your child, have created the artwork yourselves.

You and your child will treasure these memories of afternoons crafting together. It is these emotions and memories that make art such a powerful learning tool.

How have you and your children used art to teach Islamic principles?
Do you find it an effective method of teaching?
What did you make?
Please share with us all in the comments section below!