Yarn Balls with Hanging Du’a
Caution: this activity is only for DIY divas.
I have always wanted to try my hand at making those DIY yarn balls, and I got really excited to see YouTuber Nye Armstrong incorporate a dua’ within it! There are a number of ways to create the yarn balls, so be sure to check out the plethora of YouTube tutorials to see which one works best for you.
- To make patterns, create large and small balloons, and cut out stars and crescents to write your dua’s on.
- There are a number of ways you can then build your child’s pattern making and visual discrimination skills:
- Ask your child to organize the stars in the small balloons and the crescents in the big balloons.
- Ask your child to hang a star and crescent in each balloon, or a star crescent star combination.
- Ask your child to hang two big balloons next to each other then two small balloons.
- To incorporate a bilingual element, you can have your child write the du’a in English (or whatever language you choose) on one side, and Arabic on the other.
- If your child has difficulty writing in Arabic, you can start with something shorter like writing the different attributes of Allah on each star, such as “Al-Rahman”, “Al-Raheem”, “Al-Ghafoor,” etc.
This, of course, all depends on how many yarn balls you end up making. My first attempt took me forever, but once I got the hang of it the second one went much smoother. So don’t get discouraged if it feels a bit tedious in the beginning. My biggest recommendation is to really prepare your workspace and give yourself ample time to complete it.
Skills: fine-motor skills, spelling, sentence building
Materials: colored paper, pencil, markers or crayons, Legos, string/yarn (optional), stickers (optional)
What to do:
- Use your pencil to draw large cutout letters spelling Ramadan (or any related word you want). Be sure to write one letter per paper.
- For toddlers+, have them use a marker or crayon to trace around each letter. When completed, let them fill each letter in and decorate with colors and stickers.
- To build fine-motor skills, once the child is done tracing all the letters, poke a hole at the top of each letter and show your child how to then weave a string or yarn through each piece. Once they are done, you can hang it up in their room as Ramadan décor.
Skills: organization, hand coordination, visualization
Materials: round paper plates, scissors, stickers (optional), Oreos (optional), calendar (optional)
What to do:
- Teach your children the stages of the moon.
- Use rounded paper plates and have your child cut them according to the stages of the moon. Thank you Pinterest.
- If you just need a snack (and aren’t fasting), use Oreo cookies and let them lick the white filling into the proper shape of each stage. For those too young to fast, reward them with the Oreo cookie. For those fasting, I guess it’s a valuable lesson in perseverance…
- Another option is to use a calendar and have your child cut stickers into the different stages of the moon and let them stick them on the corresponding date on the calendar.
Incorporate a reading element:
Check out Ramadan Moon by Na’ima Robert and Shirin Adl, or Under the Ramadan Moon by Sylvia Whitman and Sue Williams, Night of the Moon: A Muslim Holiday Story by Hena Khan.