March 12, 2010

Craft time, la la la!

Our Hajj felt board; fun to make, fun to play with too!

A'salaamu alaikum ya'll. I made this lovely little felt board about Hajj for Aaminah. Insha'allah it will help introduce her to important vocabulary and just be plain ole fun!

I got the idea for it here. This is a blog called "A muslim child is born" and the sister running it, Umm an-Numan is masha'allah very talented and creative. I adapted her storyboard idea and came up with this a couple of nights ago.

I bought regular felt in a variety of colors and then wanted a large piece of stiff felt for the background. I got grass green which I thought was lovely 'til I got home and the realization dawned on me that there isn't alot of grass in Makkah! lol Oh bless my heart, yes bless it indeed! I should have gotten either sandy color or sky blue but alhamdulillah I had those other colors in the softer felt so no harm, no foul.

Side note... I just got an unrequested kiss from a crazy haired little sweetie. Masha'Allah I love it!

OK back to subject. Upon speaking with my husband (ya Shaykh!) I discovered that Mina is about 14 miles from the plain of Arafat. However I wanted my stones on the story board so I took a little artistic license. I also made a kufi for the brother but obviously he won't wear it til Hajj is complete!!! lol

Those who know me are aware of my affinity for black; black abaya, black hijab. It's somewhat of a joke with my more fashion-concious friends. Anyway I opted for a white overgarment on the sister because it looked nicer on the board.

Anywho, no templates are needed just freehand it. You can pencil in your design if necessary but I only did that for the Ka'aba. I had to do it a few times to get it right but alhamdulillah I am pleased with this overall.

Insha'allah ya'll will enjoy making this too. If your children are older they can help. For my childless sisters, make this for a friend's kid and enjoy craft time yourself.

Oh another couple of great websites I found my browsing the blogs of homeschooling sisters: Handmade Beginnings and Islamic Lapbooking. Pass them on insha'Allah!

Ma salaama...


Banana Anne said...

Masha'Allah that is a really cute idea. And Masha'Allah, I love the "Southernisms" that you inject into your writing, e.g. "y'all", "bless her heart", etc. Southerners are just so polite, so different from us Northerners. Unfortunately you will probably come to notice living in Massachusetts that people just aren't as friendly as they are down south. :(

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HijabiMommy said...

very cute, Masha'allah! will have to try this with my kids. btw, i love your blog! i happened upon it one day and have been reading it from the beginning. :)

Umm Aaminah said...

Salaam HijabiMommy. :-) Thanks for stopping by and I am so glad you like my little blog. It's fun for me and I have to admit, I love for people to read it.

Ma salaama!

HijabiMommy said...

WS Umm Aaminah! I'm really enjoying your blog! Keep it up! (And if you have some time, check out mine!) :)jzk!

Umm Abdullah said...

Jazakallah! I made something similar for my son for eid, and it turned out beautiful! I stitched the pieces instead of glueing them(like the orange and yellow on the sun, the clothing on the pilgrims, etc) and I made the kaaba a square instead of a cube because I wasn't really thinking when I was drawing/cutting! I also added some gold glitter glue on the yellow band around the kaaba. I tried to read him the story of ibrahim with it, but I realized it was missing the well of zam zam, so when I get the time inshallah, I'll try to add that.

Umm Aaminah said...

Masha'Allah sis, you really went the extra step! i would love to see yours if you ever feel like sharing. :-) Insha'allah we all inpsire each other.

Ma salaama...