Count and Color Worksheets
Skills: counting, coloring, math computation, visualization
Materials: printer, puzzle (optional)
What to do:
- I found these great count and color worksheets, or shapes coloring puzzles, for pre-schoolers, as well as some math masjid coloring puzzles for school-aged children.
- This activity is for those who cannot be bothered to do DIY. And judging from my sad attempt to DIY it, as documented in the picture below, it is safe to say it is best to just print these worksheets out, or buy a puzzle.
- Puzzles are important to build your child’s visual scanning skills. Building such a skill will help with handwriting and other functional tasks like scanning a reading for school, scanning the room for a misplaced object, or scanning the soccer field for which team member to pass the ball to!
Spelling with LEGO
Skills: fine-motor skills, spelling, sentence building
Materials: pencil, markers or crayons, Legos, stickers (optional)
What to do:
- Draw letters on separate LEGO pieces and have your child push the pieces together in the right order. The pushing of the pieces together helps stimulate their sense of touch as well as targeting their fine motor skills.
- For school-aged children, keep some LEGO pieces blank, and have them push a set of words together, making sure to include the blank LEGO in between the separate words. This helps teach them how to make spaces between words.
- For older school-aged children, you can make it more challenging and give them sentences to push together (E.g. “Fasting is good for my body”). Add a cognitive component and have them memorize the sentence and then put it together.
- If you don’t want to write all over your Lego pieces, you can target their auditory processing skills and challenge them to put the pieces together based on the number of syllables in each word. Using the example sentence above, here are the number of pieces they would put together: 2 (fasting), 1 (space), 1 (is), 1 (space), 1 (good), 1 (space), 1 (for), 1 (space), 1 (my), 1 (space), 2 (body).
Skills: memory, fine-motor skills
Materials: paper, scissors, Ramadan-related pictures (optional)
What to do:
- Cut out pieces of paper into the shapes of pancakes, eggs, or whatever other food you may want. For younger children, start out with 6 pairs. For older children, start out with 10 pairs. Slowly add more to build on their skills as they improve.
- Write down matching words or paste matching pictures on each piece.
- Let your child use a spatula to flip over the pieces as they look for the matching piece. This allows them not only to build their memory, but also adds an occupational element by teaching them eye-hand coordination.
This is an oldie but goodie, and is perfect for older children.
Suggested categories include: Geography, Riddles, Ramadan FAQs, Quran FAQs, Salah FAQs, and Islamic etiquette.
This will take a lot of thinking on your part to come up with challenging questions for your children, but it will be a really great learning experience for the whole family.
You can make the prize system based on the number of points your child earns at the end of the month. I also recommend for you to tell your child that however many points they earn, you will donate that amount in charity. For older children, I also like to try and veer away from making prizes as their sole motivation and to encourage them to strive for intrinsic motivation.