Celebrating Islam can unite Muslim children in a community by teaching them about their culture, religion and history. Muslim culture and history are rich with world-shaping events, such as the invention of coffee, the first university and algebra, according to CNN. Choose games that teach and celebrate this culture and religion.
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Make your own version of a memory game using the Arabic alphabet. Draw two letters on a note card and repeat for several letters. Mix the letters up and place them face down on a table. Instruct the children to play a game of memory with the cards by trying to turn two matching note cards up in one turn. If the children are younger and you want to make the game easier, use the same colour pen or crayon to draw the calligraphy letter and choose letters that are easily distinguishable. Alternatively, hold a calligraphy competition by having the children draw the alphabet. Rate each drawing and give a prize to the winner. This competition can encourage children to pay more attention to their calligraphy skills.
Muslim Board Games
Purchase Muslim board games from speciality game stores or websites. These games could include, "Mecca to Medina" or "Kalimaat." Muslim-themed board games teach Middle East and African geography, Muslim history and culture. Choose games that are age appropriate for the children. Make your own trivia game by writing trivia questions and answers on a note card. These questions could be about the Koran, Muslim figures or Muslim geography. Divide the children into teams and see which team can answer the most questions right. Rate questions easy, difficult and hard to designate different rounds.
Direct children to play a Muslim version of charades or "Pictionary." Make your own game by writing Muslim people, places or things on note cards and give them to the children to either act out or draw. Divide the children into two teams; have one member from each team act out or draw a picture from Muslim history, culture or the Koran. Other team members try to guess the correct word. If the team gets it within a few minutes, they get a point. The team with the most points at the end of the night wins. Have props for the children to use during charades. Give younger children more time to guess or help them come up with Muslim people, places and things.
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