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It’s Raining,It’s Pouring: Learning the Rain Dua.

Learning and teaching Duas is for me a laborious task and is not something I enjoy. We have learned the essential everyday Duas. I have stuck them all around my house in the appropriate places and we learn them as we go along our everyday lives as I find this the easiest way to teach them and I feel the most relevant.

(If you would like to print a lovely set of Dua cards you can get them free at And Then She Said)

Last night I was reading the book Let’s remember Allah’s daily blessings when I came across the Dua for when it is raining.

Dua for when its raining

For those of you that follow us on Instagram and Facebook you will know how excited I was that I memorized it in 5 minutes. I love how it is like a short rhyme and easy for just about anyone to remember. In this part of the UK we can use this Dua frequently and use it to remember Allah.

I knew this would be super easy for Noori to learn and we may spark some enthusiasm about learning Duas again.

This spurred me on and I came up with a few rainy ideas to make learning the dua fun, and learning a bit of science and maths at the same time.

The first thing we did is read the Dua, its meaning in English and that we should say it when it rains.

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We then read a book about water called Splish Splash Splosh by Wonderwise. This comes in a set of books on various subjects. They are set out in a fun style with charming, friendly illustrations. The child will learn so much information about the world without realising. Each book has a page of experiments at the back. I can’t recommend them enough.

I chose this book as I knew it talked about rain, so we read it and everytime the word rain was mentioned I got her to repeat the Dua.

Splish Splash Splosh

This page explains about how rain is formed in rainclouds and I knew the perfect raincloud experiment.

You will need:

  • A clear glass of water
  • Blue food colouring mixed in a separate glass of water
  • A thin sponge (I cut up an old one)
  • A pippet or teaspoon
  1. Put your glass of clear water, glass of blue (or in my case green) water on a surface you don’t mind getting dirty.
  2. Get your Cloud (sponge) and make it fly through the air from the sea where it was formed , inland onto the top of your glass of clear water.
  3. Now using your pippet or spoon start adding drops of your blue water. Eventually your raincloud (sponge) will become so full of water it will Burst open and all the rain (blue food colouring) will start to fall .
  4. As the rain starts to fall say your Rain Dua.

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This is a great visual way to show how rainclouds produce rain and keeps the kids quiet as they do the experiment observing the colours moving around in the water.

After that we played a fun maths game which Noori loved.

In keeping with the rain theme I found some unreusable old wrapping paper and made it into puddle shapes. I then got some scrap paper , wrote random numbers and spread them out on the floor. I didn’t stick the numbers on because in the future I can use the numbers and puddles for different things.

Puddle maths

The challenge was to ask Noori multiplication sums and she had to jump on the correct answer. Each time she said the answer she then had to repeat the Dua. I made sure some of the answers were far apart meaning she had to jump further making it more challenging and fun.

At one point I asked her how rain can be beneficial? She told me we need rain for drinking, then listed a bunch of animals and plants that drink water. Then everytime she jumped on a new puddle she decided to tell me the maths answer, the Dua and something that can benefit from the rain, showing an understanding of what the Dua means.

Puddle maths

When I could think of no more multiplications, I asked some addition and subtraction.

This activity can easily be adapted for all ages. For children who are learning numbers , you can shout out a number for them too jump on. Making sure they repeat the Dua each time.

I hope by learning in this style that Noori will always remember having fun whilst learning about her Deen rather than it being a task or chore.

For more Duas to learn pop over to Muslim Mother Source where she has written 5 duas that are really easy to learn if you are not able to read Arabic. There is also a link to a book Hisnul Muslim which contains many Duas for many occasions.

Jeddah Momhas written a great piece explaining the importance of teaching our kids Duas and why we should. She has included some easy ways to do this.

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WhizzPopBang kids science magazine Review

Look what arrived through my letter box . The perfect magazine for a science experiment loving foodie.

When I saw this advertised I knew it would be right up our street. Everyday I ask Noori how her day was at school. One of the things she will complain about is how boring science is . “All we do is writing”. I was quite shocked to hear this. We love doing science experiments at home, and when the kids on the street come to play they always head straight for the experiment books and ask me to help them. Its like they have a thirst for science that really isn’t be fulfilled. So what kid wouldn’t love WhizzPopBang. Even the name is fun.

WhizzPopBang is a science magazine for 6-11 year olds that follows the national curriculum , supporting school work and a great resource for homeschooling . All the experiments are tested with children first to see if they are suitable.

I was kindly sent an issue to review. We were even allowed to choose which one. I was pushing for the Nature issue but Noori had other ideas and really wanted the Sugar Rush. So I went ahead and chose that one.

I am so happy that this magazine is available. In a world full of pink princess magazines with plastic junk attached it is refreshing. It is vital we have the opportunity to choose something educational and inspiring.

Lets have a look inside

The magazine had a glossy front and back which is recycleable. The inside pages are made from a matt paper giving it a better quality feel than most magazines. The inside pages are compostable for all you zero waste heroes out there.

Noori flicked through it and came across a two page spread on kittens. She has been looking after her friends kittens whilst they are away and its become a bit of a neighbourhood craze to go and feed them. The page is full of scientific facts about kittens and some questions to answer.

She then found a space board game which she was desperate to play but couldnt find the counters on the pull out page. I sat down with her and we started again from page one. Being very supportive of female empowerment it was amazing to read this:

The news section contains QR Codes. This adds a whole other element to magazine reading. We found it really fun to scan the codes and see what websites popped up.

These two amazing Sisters have started a plastic free campaign . I was so happy to come across a kids magazine that supports environmental issues .You can see the girls fantastic website here:

http://www.kidsagainstplastic.co.uk

Its well worth a look at what this inspirational family are doing.

This page lead us to the Eat smart Sugar App. You can scan the barcodes and it tells you how many cubes of sugar are in the product.

Im so glad we make our beans last over 3 or 4 days. Nearly 5 cubes of sugar in one can! I try my best not to buy things in packaging but this app may help me cut down even more once I see all the unnecessary sugar involved.

Theres nothing Noori loves more than sharing food with other people so we had to try out the recipe. Luckily all the recipes are low sugar sweet treats. So I let her make these date munchies. She took some for packed lunch, shared some with her Grandparents and Dad. Then we both ate the rest.

We read the magazine over a few weeks. It got to the point where we had to make the space rocket game even though it meant skipping some pages. She couldn’t find any 5p’s to make the counters so she improvised and stuck the rocket counter to a tiny jar.

This game is a keeper. Its like snakes and ladders but more interesting.

Apart from all the scientific facts about sweeties and sugar what really impressed me was a two page spread on the ancient Iraqi scientist Ibn Al Haytham. I’ve only heard of this great scientist from the Islamic perspective. Its nice he is being mentioned in a non religious magazine teaching all children a history they may never been taught or have access too.

This comes to our second present day scientist . A female sweet scientist. I have never heard of a sweet scientist and I’m pretty sure not alot of other people will have either. It would be my daughters dream job. And probably nearly every kid would like to have a job like that. She has left her email adress so you can ask a real life sweet scientist any question you want. I find this a nice personal touch that really gets the kids involved and speaks to them at their level.

Lastly you can never have enough bookmarks. Do you like my new one?

WhizzPopBang is available through subscription for 3.75/month. There are other payment options available. But its a small price to pay for your childrens future. What a super non toy free gift it would make.

If your kids like to do science experiments and are mad about slime check out our Slime, slimeh , slimey slime recipe.

***I was kindly sent this to review. All opinions are my own***

Allah’s Names: Al Awaal , Al Akhir

The next of Allah’s names we have been learning about are Al Awaal- The First, Al-Akhir -The Last. We found the meaning of these words and discussed them in Islamic terms. Allah has been since the beginning of time. Before the Prophets , before the Earth before the whole Universe , before time itself. Which is something we can’t even imagine as Human Being’s.

We found the verse in the Quran 57:3 where the names appear and I asked Noori to read it in English then Arabic. When she’d read it in Arabic I asked her to pick out the names from the text.

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The next day we wrote down the dictionary definitions of First and Last . These meanings don’t are not written with the same concept in mind but its a good way to extend vocabulary and try to learn spellings.

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Then we used our Thinkernation spell and learn to form the words for more hands on learning.

Some days later we did a science experiment about First and last. To make it fun I took 3 of her small toys and froze them in ice cubes. You could use more and try more ingredients but I could only find 3 toys .

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When she got home from school I asked her:

  • What can we use to melt the ice?
  • Why would that melt the ice?
  • Which one will melt first and last?

She said we can chop one up to make it melt faster like a slushy

Another we can leave. The last one I said we should use salt as I knew that would have a bigger impact and be more impressive.

She decided to make a chart showing all the information.

We then took the ice out of the ice tray and put one in a dish by itself. The other one she chopped up and the other she added salt.

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We observed each one as they melted. We noticed that the one with water and the one with salt were melting in different ways. The water one stayed smooth while the salt one was cracking.

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It looked as though the chopped and the salt were neck and neck but eventually the salt came first and the one with nothing came last.

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I’m hoping this activity will help her too remember the names. At school one morning it was icy and they had spread the grit salt on the playground. I reminded her about our experiment and the names Al Awal and Al Akhir. Maybe when she hears the words 1st and last or sees ice cubes or her toys she will remember these names.

If you try this out let us see on Instagram or Facebook using #OurAmanahsOurFutures

If you liked this and would like to see more actvities then here are some of the other names we have looked at
As-Sami

Ar-Raab

Allah-The Greatest Name

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The Ultimate Slime Recipe

I can safely say I’m sick of the sight of slime. Our favourite thing from childhood days watching people get dunked in slime on Saturday morning TV. Who remembers trying to hatch these baby aliens in slime?

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Now as parents they have come back to haunt us in hundreds of youtube tutorials. I have glitter stuck all over the kitchen and every tub has slime remnants. My clothes wash even turned green because I put a cloth in the machine covered in food colouring.

I bought my daughter some slime one day which lasted a whole 24 hours. I refused to buy her any more, which led to her trying to make it herself . After 2 weeks trying out every combination of ingredients to make the perfect slime everyday, I’d had enough. Sure it was totally annoying but I admired her perseverance, and its a great science experiment really. So I made her a slime kit for Eid.

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I got her some PVA glue, Borax, glitter and a recipe that actually works. This is how she made it.

  1. Take 1/2 cup of glue, 1/2 a cup of warm water and mix them together until you have what looks like milk.20170904_165919

2. Now to jazz it up. Add food colouring , different glitters, sequins anything you like. Go wild.

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3. Mix 1 cup of warm water with 1 Tsp of borax until dissolved.

4. Now pour the borax solution into the glue and get mixing. It should start to get blobby and you will see the slime forming straight away.

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5. Keep mixing until everything is combined. And your done.

I didnt get a good photo of the blue slime so here we have some blobby…..

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Stretchy, pink , sparkly slime.

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This recipe makes quite alot as you can see. And it lasts alot longer than one day!

Noori and her friends are super addicted to slime. They love making it trying new recipes and sharing them with each other.

They seem to find it very therapeutic which is great for them to relax and relieve the stresses of their school day.

You can use this slime for sensory play adding different things such as beads, sequins, gems, small toys. The list is endless. Customize to any theme, celebration or subject you are learning .

Share your slime creations with us on Instagram,Facebook or Twitter using the #ouramanahsourfutures we’d love to see them.

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