FREE Ramadhan 1439 (2018) Simple Planner - Ihsaan Home Academy


As Ramadhan is approaching, it's important to start thinking about how we would make the best of it, in shaa Allah. The best way to do that, is by making sure we have a set plan. And of course, the best way to plan is by writing it down. Once you make it visual, you would most likely hold yourself accountable, in shaa Allah. So, I wanted to share with you this simple Ramadhan planner that I put together.

What does it have?
  • Weekly pages (5)
  • Daily boxes to record activities
  • Activity columns (ex. read Qur'an, said adhkar, empty boxes for personalization, etc)
  • Weekly rating stars (5) and comment section
  • Eid preparation section on page 5

This planner was main to have a quick daily and weekly tracker to make it easy to have a productive Ramadhan in shaa Allah.
You can also refer to my previous free Ramdhan planners if you want something more.  You may have to change the date though.
I hope you'll find this planner beneficial.

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May Allah help us reach Ramadhan, make us successful, and grant us many more Ramadhan to come.



The Five Daily Prayers Islamic Educational Family Game - Ihsaan Home Academy


I couldn't wait to write about this game, but I was a bit preoccupied with other projects. Now, here we go! This five daily prayer family game has been a sensation in our home! The thing is, it helps children learn without even them realizing that they are learning! You can also make it competitive for both children and adults. I'll be honest, even I am enjoying playing it. Now, let's talk about how to make it and play it.

How to make it
  • Get a big shoe box
  • Get small colorful balls as shown in the picture above (lots of balls)
  • Cut out five big holes (bigger than the balls) using a box cutter or scissors on the shoe box lid
  • Print out images from the internet to represent each prayer time of the day (make sure they are small to fit the lid and write the name of the salah under each image). You can also use my free printable by clicking HERE
  • Write the number of raka' (unit of prayer) next to each prayer name
  • Cut out the prayer images and glue/tape each one next to a hole on the box lid
  • Decorate the box as you please
  • Now get ready to play!
How to play it
This game has four levels to make it fun and educational.

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Level 1
  • Play individually or make player teams
  • Sit or stand about half a meter (or however far you prefer) away from the box
  • Put the balls in a basket or a huge container
  • Start throwing the balls in hopes of lending at least one ball in each hole 
  • Each player should say the name of each salah as a ball goes through the hole (no need to repeat names of the ones that have already received a ball)
  • Have someone take notes of players' performances (Did each hole receive a ball? How long did it take the player?) You have the option to also set a specific time that each player much take to achieve the goal
  • Do the same for each player or each team(all at once or one by one)
  • Announce the winner if you make it competitive or simply announce if each player/team achieved the goal
Level 2
  • Do the same as above, but this time, each hole should receive the number of raka' of each prayer time
  • Announce the winner if you make it competitive or simply announce if each player/team achieved the goal
Level 3
  • Do the exact same as Level 1, but at a distance twice as far as Level1
  • Announce the winner if you make it competitive or simply announce if each player/team achieved the goal
Level 4
  • Do the exact same as Level 2, but at a distance twice as far as Level 2 (like in Level 3)
  •  Announce the winner if you make it competitive or simply announce if each player/team achieved the goal
There ya go! You can do similar for the five pillars of Islam and/or the six pillars of Eemaan. I hope you'll find this fun and educational for your children, or fun and competitive enough for the adults.  Please, if you try this game, let me know how it went.
If you have any questions, kindly leave a comment below.
Have fun!


7 Fun Hands-On Early Learning Activities for Babies and Toddlers - Ihsaan Home Academy


Early learning activities are fun, colorful, simple, engaging, yet very important for children's development. If you have babies and/or toddlers, there are many activities you can make at home without having the skills of making printables. The best things are usually the most simple things. Before your little ones start kindergarten, you can keep them busy, help them to better develop, all while having fun. Below are seven ideas I would like to share with you.

1. Ka'ba and Straws

This activity is perfect for improving babies' fine motor skill and hand-eye coordination. It strengthens the moving of their fingers, wrist, and their ability to focus. It also helps them understand the concept of objects going through holes; basically.

This is a very simple activity to set up, and it doesn't have to be as fancy as the one I made. I made a ka'ba one to familiarise my children to the ka'ba. Hey, any excuse to throw in Islamic concepts, right? And, you can even use the same ka'ba box to teach your older ones about Hajj. There ya go!

How to make it
  • Use an empty milk carton 
  • Cut it into a cube and use another piece to cover the top (glue or tape it)
  • Use white sheets of paper and color them black
  • Cut and glue them all around the box
  • Use a golden gift wrap, cut a long paper strip to glue around the box, and a little one for the door
  • Glue the golden pieces as shown in the pictures above
  • Let the box dry
  • Tape the whole box with clear tape for durability
  • Make little holes at the top of the box using a box cutter
  • Make a big hole at the bottom to allow the straws to come out from the other end
  • Get colorful straws and cut them to make medium pieces 
  • Get a zip-lock bag to store the straws

How to use it
Simply show your child how to put the pieces of straws through the holes. Your kids (even the older ones) will love it! Well, I hope, in shaa Allah.

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2. Golden Box

This activity has been a favorite in our home. It's a simple hand-eye coordination activity to help babies guide both their hands and eyes at the same time. It helps them associate what they see and how they use their hands to respond accordingly. This is an important life skill that babies learn as they grow up. If you remember when your baby was a newborn, he/she couldn't throw objects or even hold them at some point. So it's important to encourage the little ones to grab objects, throw them, drop them, and put them through holes. Hand eye coordination activities aren't only fun, but they also help your children develop later skills like writing, dressing up, wearing shoes, etc.

Now that we know how important this activity is, let's get to the fun part.

How to make it
  • Buy a bag of little colorful balls
  • To make the box, use a shoe box or cut out six equal parts of a box into medium squares. You could either make them squares or rectangles; it doesn't matter
  • Glue the whole box with golden  gift wrap (optional)
  • Let the box dry for few minutes to few hours (depending on the glue you use)
  • Tape the whole box with clear tape for durability
  • Make two holes (the size of the balls) on one side of the box; make sure the holes aren't too big so the balls would need to be pushed through in order to go in
  • Make a big square hole on another side as shown in the image to allow the balls to role out
How to use it
Have your child push the balls through the holes.
To make it even more exciting (especially for older children), have a race to see how fast and how many balls they could push through the holes.

3. Simple ABC

I just thought of this one after using flash cards for a while to teach my child letter recognition. I still use the flash cards, but this one has additional wonderful benefits. Not only could you use this activity to teach letter recognition, you can also use it to teach your child how to write the letters.

How to use it
  • Buy a magnetic doodle drawing board as shown in the image (there are many different types, use any of them)
  • Write each letter (lower case), pronounce it phonetically (i.e. 'a' as in apple instead of 'aa' as in acorn), erase it, and move on to the next letter
  • Do the same from 'a' to 'z'
  • Don't expect your child to read along, you can do that another time if you wish, but now focus on using this board as flash cards
  • Do this everyday until your child has mastered the letters
What makes this activity special is that your child can learn letter recognition and can sees how the letters are written by visually following the direction you use while writing them. You can expend this activity later down the line by having your child practice writing the letters.

4. Colorful Wooden Sticks

This activity is similar to the golden box, but it involves smaller objects for fine motor skills to help your child learn how to handle small objects, wrist control, and color recognition.

How to make it
  • You can either use a box or an empty yogurt container. If you choose a box, you can simply use another side of the ka'ba box
  • Get colorful popsicle sticks, or plain one, then color them using colorful permanent markers/paint
  • Make small holes using a box cutter just small enough to make the sticks go through. Make sure the holes aren't too big so the sticks would need to be pushed through a little bit
  • Also make sure the holes aren't aligned perfectly to allow your child to practice wrist rotation 
  • Color the surroundings of the holes with permanent colorful markers to match the sticks
  • Decorate the box/container as you please
How to use it
Have your child push the sticks through the holes.
Don't worry about the colors just yet until your baby has mastered the activity a little bit. To start teaching color recognition, have your child match the colors to the corresponding holes.

5. Pom Poms

This one is pretty similar to the ones above.

How to make it
  • Buy colorful pom poms
  • Use another lid and make round holes using a box cutter small enough to make the pom poms push through

6. Wooden Rectangles

Again, this activity is similar to the pom pom activity.

How to make it
  • Use another lid or make a line in the middle of the other lid to create a separation
  • Get small wooden blocks, rectangular wooden pieces, or whatever you find
  • Make holes big enough to make the object push through
  • Make sure the holes aren't aligned perfectly to allow your child to practice wrist rotation
How to use it
Simply have your child push the objects through the holes

7. Pegs

This is a wonderful and advance activity because it requires lots of focus. Your baby may not be able to do this activity right away, but it's worth introducing it now.

How to make it
  • Get plastic or wooden pegs; I prefer the colorful ones
  • Use the container from the previous activities and take the lid off
How to use it
Have your child put the pegs around the container as shown in the picture. Don't worry if he/she isn't able to do it just yet. Just show your baby how to do it by doing it yourself. Let your child play with it until he/she is one day able to put the pegs on the container. You can even move on to the clothes pins/pegs to encourage your child to squeeze to open them in order to strengthen your his/her muscles in shaa Allah.

Neat and easy storage
For easy and neat storage, I like using the same containers for multiple activities by only switching lids. It takes less space and makes storing fast and easy. For the little pieces, you can use zip-lock bags to separate and store them, then put them in the containers.

You don't have to make these activities exactly the way I made them. These are simply ideas you could use to make your own. Have fun with them, decorate them as you wish, and add varieties if you wish. I like to decorate them so they don't look like piles of trash around the house. I hope you'd find these activities useful and they will benefit your children, in shaa Allah. If you have any questions, be sure to comment below in shaa Allah.

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Visual Discrimination Pack for Critical Thinking - Free Ramadhan Special (ENDED)


As we all probably know, paying attention to details is a very important aspect of learning. To develop this skill, it is crucial for children to be introduced to activities that involve matching, spotting differences on objects, sorting, puzzles, opposites, ordering (putting objects in order), and similar activities.

Visual discrimination is needed to notice big and subtle differences. It helps people notice the color, size, position, and forms of images and objects. It also helps children with reading letters, words, and eventually sentences and stories. When teaching children how to read the alphabet letters, having the ability to differentiate similar looking letters will improve and speed up their reading journey. Some letters are very similar, which can cause the little ones some confusions. The same is true for numbers. So improving children's visual discrimination skill through various activities is very important.

I've put together a pack of three different visual discrimination activities to help you kick start  this crucial learning journey with your child. Because this is a Ramadhan Special, you are receiving this whole pack value of £4.99 £3.99 for absolutely free until after Ramadhan 2018, in shaa Allah.

What does the pack content?
  1. 4 Levels of visual discrimination cards, 23 in total; levels get a bit more challenging as you progress
  2. 1 matching mat
  3. 4 puzzles
  4. Total number of pages: 15
Items You Will Need to Prepare Them:
  1. Printer
  2. A4 card stocks
  3. Pair of scissors
  4. Laminator + laminating pouches
  5. Self adhesive laminating pouches or clear tape
  6. Hole puncher
  7. A binder ring

a) How to Arrange the Visual Discrimination Cards:
  • Print the card pages (including the 'level' indicating cards) on A4 card stock 
  • Cut the cards out and gather each page with its level (consecutively) 
  • Laminate and cut them out
  • Make a hole on each corner with a hole puncher
  • Gather them by putting a binder ring through the holes
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    b) How to Arrange the Matching Mat:

    • Print both pages on A4 card stocks
    • Cut out each item on only one of the two pages following the black lines
    • Laminate the objects and the mat
    • Cut out the objects
     c) How to Arrange the Puzzles:
    • Print both pages on A4 card stocks
    • Laminate them using self adhesive laminating pouches or clear tape
    • Cut out the puzzle pieces following the lines
    How to Use/Play:
    1. Visual Discrimination Cards: Start with level one. Ask the child to identify the object that is different. After mastering that, ask him/her what makes it different. Move to the next level as the child progresses.
    2. Matching Mat: Ask the child to place the cards on the matching images
    3. Puzzles: This is self-explanatory
    If your child is very young, you could start with the matching mat, move on to the puzzles, then the flash cards in shaa Allah.

    For purchase after Ramadhan, click HERE.

    Click HERE to DOWNLOAD

    Here's a hands-on project you can also put together for your student/child. It's a visual discrimination project as well. It's basically matching, but a bit more complex because some of the images are very similar. The child would need to differential each image and put the correct one in the corresponding hole.

    How to Set It Up and Play:
    1. You would need: A shoe box, box cutter, self adhesive stickers of your choice (make sure they are doubled), storage bag to keep the pieces together. If you don't find stickers you like, print something from the internet. In which case you would need to cut them out with a pair of scissors, glue them, and laminate the other ones.
    2. Stick the stickers on the lid of the box
    3. Cut out holes big enough for the stickers to go through
    4. Decorate as desired (optional)
    5. Play: Put the matching image through the correct hole
    I hope this pack and bonus will be beneficial to you. I would really appreciate your opinion after you use it with your child, in shaa Allah. Barakah Allahu feekum. May Allah make us all reach Ramadhan and be of the successful ones.


    FREE Printable - Beginning Letter Sounds and Recognition - Letters C-G


    This is the second part of the Beginning Letter Sound and Recognition phonics activity booklet I started sharing in a previous post. This part has five letters. To download the preview pages, click here.
    Here are some important pieces of information (also shared in the previous post) about this booklet...

    Pages Content:
    1. Images are displayed and students point to the ones that start with the given letter of the page.
    2. Students draw an image that starts with the letter.
    3. Students trace the letter.

    Benefits of this activity:
    1. Helps children master their alphabet letters
    2. Helps with learning the beginning sounds of words
    3. Helps strengthen children's fine motor skills (i.e. holding pen/pencil) 
    4. Helps children improve in art (i.e. drawing, imagination)
    5. Helps children improve in writing 
    All 26 letters will be available to you for free. As I finish the project, I will upload the pages I work on in shaa Allah, then you'd be free to download them. Once the project finishes, subscribers will have the opportunity to download the whole book with all the pages together in shaa Allah. So if you're not yet subscribed, subscribed by clicking the red button on the upper right corner of this blog to gain access to the subscribers' page when a new post is uploaded.

    More activity info:
    • A4 landscape
    • Can be laminated for better duration and for multiple uses

    Stay tuned for the next pages, in shaa Allah.