Free Card Game for Kids and Families

Playing games is a great way keep children active and excited. It challenged them and pushed them to think critically and be creative.

I was sitting with my family chatting and having fun, and for whatever reason, the thought of playing a game to my mind. I automatically took my laptop and say "I'll make a game!"

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I thought of a one that I used to play when I was a kid but wanted to make it different and a little more fun. Since I couldn't remember the original name, I made one up and called it "Family Card Team Game."

Instead of simple wooden manipulative or rocks, I decided to make colorful cards with images on them.

 Children and adults from the age of five and up can play it. It's also a mind-stimulating game that helps children develop their critical thinking. However, the whole family can plan!

What You Need:

  1. A4 papers
  2. Laminator
  3. Laminating sheets
  4. Scissors 

How to Set the it Up:

  1. Cut out the mat and cards.
  2. Laminate everything for durability.
  3. Stick Velcros behind the cards (optional).

How to Play:
  1. It’s a two-team game (each team can be one or more people).
  2. Choose a team-card.
  3. Decide who will start.
  4. Put the cards in the rectangles (on the mat), one team after the other.
  5. Whoever gets a straight line of the same cards (3) first is the winner!
  6. Start over.
If you play use this card game, please message me to let me know how you found it. If possible, also send me some pictures on instagram at @ihsaanhomeacademy or by email at info (at) ihsaanhomeacademy (dot) com.

Have fun and don't forget to share!

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Free Ramadan Journal and Planner (Full Bundle)

Ramadan 1441/2020 is getting closer! This is the perfect time to start preparing and praying to reach it safely and make it be our best Ramadan thus far.

So, I've decided to create a free Ramadan bundle for planning and journaling. I have other free Ramadan printables on my blog, but the updated one has everything I wanted in a Ramadan planner. If I love it, there's a chance you may also love it; at least I hope.

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This Ramadan journal and planner is ideal for any Muslim to create a productive Ramadan, stay focused and eliminate distractions. 

It comes with the following content:
  • Page with quotes from the Qur'an and Sunnah
  • Planner for du'as you want to memorize
  • Ramadan goals checklist
  • Eid goals checklist
  • Daily planner with the following:
    • Du'a upon waking up and sleeping
    • Adhkar
    • Fasting log
    • Prayer log
    • Daily activity checklist
    • Daily goals checklist
    • Daily meal plan
    • Daily quote
    • My Du'as checklist
    • Thoughts/reflection journaling
    • Daily rate
    • More
  • End of Ramadan journal
  • Eid planner
Number of Pages: 71

If you use this bundle, please share your experience after Ramadan by leaving a comment below or sending me an email to info (at) ihsaanhomeacademy (dot) com. 

Have a productive Ramadan and may Allah help us reach it in good health and emaan.

Note: Please, upon sharing my resources, ONLY share the link to the posts. Kindly do NOT share the files directly. Jazak Allahu khayr for the support.

For an undated version, click here.

(Early) Ramadan Mubarak!


Free Cut and Glue Activities to Keep Children Busy

As most of us have been quarantining around the world, I'm pretty sure it's been a challenge for many parents to keep their children busy and active. However, with some fun and hands-on activities, you can save your children from boredom and get them excited at home. But today, I'd be sharing only one new secret that has kept my children busy most of the day.

Before proceeding, I'd like to point out that it isn't necessary for children to always be busy. What we consider as boredom can actually be a wonderful opportunity for children to practice being present, aware, relax and even stimulate their imaginations. So allow your children to sometimes figure out ways to entertain themselves.

Now, on to the "secret" activity.
My daughter has been looking forward to going out, since we can't do that just yet, I've been looking for different activities and games for us to do. I was sitting and the idea of cutting came to me. She LOVES cutting and sometimes leaves pieces of papers everywhere. Yea, I don't like that part ...

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So, I thought, "why not make a bundle of shapes and images she would love cutting?" But to take it even further, we could match those images to similar ones by gluing them. It was also an opportunity for the baby to practice cutting as well.

Needless to say, I made the bundle, printed it out and the whole day was full of cutting and gluing for both of my children. The best part was when they ran to me to show their awesome skills. However, not all cut-ups ended up glued; some ended up being used as toys, as I expected.

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The bundle includes:

  • Shapes (perfect for learning shapes for toddlers)
  • Numbers (great for learning numbers)
  • Letters (awesome opportunity to learn some letters)
  • Fruit and Vegetables (an opportunity to learn new ones)
  • Animals (learn new animals for toddlers and play animals and the sounds they make)
  • A Mixture of Images (for extra fun)

Let me know how you find it after using it.
Have fun!

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10 Steps to use the Animals Unit Studies Journal

Journaling is an amazing way to learn with children. Because my daughter loves animals, we decided to use animal unit studies journaling to learn detailed information about some animals.

If you haven't seen the  the previous post about the Animal Unit Studies Journal for Kids, check it our here.

We learned about the Chinchilla and had a lot of fun doing so! We first came across the name from an animal book that I purchased last year. We were fascinated and wanted to learn more.

We watched some videos and even thought about potentially getting one as a pet (one day). Hmm, not too sure about that anymore. But they are cute nevertheless.

Here are the steps we took to journal about the Chinchilla:

1. We first got some basic information about mammals because we just started the mammal category.
We used Google.

2. I then asked my daughter what mammal she wanted to learn about first.
We went through a list of mammals (given in the journal) and she chose the Chinchilla, an animal we've been wanting to learn more about for a while.

3. I wrote down the name of the animal on a piece of paper and she copied it in the journal, along with the date.

4. I asked my daughter what she wanted to know about the chinchilla and I wrote down her answers.
Children who can write well can write it all down themselves.

5. I noted down the resources we planned on using. Since we're now home on a lock-down, we couldn't go to the library or find magazines. However, doing crafts, story telling, and even animal play are some fun activities you can do with your children as well. We plan on doing those next time, in shaa Allah.

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6. We started searching on Google and ventured to various sites. We also used Youtube to watch videos about chinchillas.

7. As we watched the videos, I emphasized on facts mentioned in the videos to make my daughter pay more attention to them. I wrote some of the facts that stood out the most to us. We used various colors to make the book look more fun.

8. After writing facts, then came my daughter's favorite part ... drawing!
I found an example of a sketch on Google and had her look at it and imitate the drawing draw.
Of course, she felt the need to color it pink:)

We usually prefer to draw without eyes, but that doesn't always happen with my little one. She draws what she sees. When she was 2 or 3, she was drawing our family one day ... I told her not to draw the eyes and she replied saying "but we have eyes." That made me laugh a lot. I did explain the reason why I believe we shouldn't and she understood. But hey, kids are kids.

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9. Since we love books and couldn't find a story book about chinchillas, I turned our research into a non-fiction story-like 'book.' Basically, I simply re-read everything while making it fun and engaging.

10. Now comes some of the facts we learned about the chinchilla:

  • Chinchillas are rodents like rats and mice.
  • They are neither nocturnal nor diurnal but rather crepuscular, meaning, they are mostly active at dawn and dust. 
  • Chinchillas are herbivores who eat hay, plants and even chew on twigs.
  • Some chinchillas are domesticated and others are wild.
  • They live in the mountains in South America, specifically in Chile.
  • And manyyyy more fun facts!

So, there you have it! We had lots of fun learning about chinchillas.
Journaling about animals is an amazing opportunity to talk about the creations of Allah. It's a reminder to us and our children that Allah is the Creator and creates many amazing creatures other than us. Learning about fun facts of these amazing creations is an acknowledgement of Allah's wonders.

Let me know if and when you use the Animal Unit Studies Journal. If you do, please share an image of how you and your children used it.

Have fun!