It was late at night when the Prophet (salaahu alaihi wasallam) had fled Makkah with his close friend Abu Bakr (radiyallahu anhu). They were fleeing to Madina but the Quraish were on to them. They realized they had escaped and followed them. It was then that the Prophet (salaahu alaihi wasallam) and Abu Bakr (radiyallahu anhu) decided to hide in a cave. Will they be caught by the Quraysh?
This is the story of the Hijrah and how a spider (by the will of Allah) saved the Prophet and Abu Bakr by weaving a web around the cave they were hiding in. It is such an amazing story to tell children as it shows how if you take Allah(s.w.t.) as your only protector, no one can hurt you, even if you were literally right under their nose, and all odds seemed to be against you.
After reading the story, the children learned some fun facts about spiders, made a fun craft, played a “captivating” game, as well as learned the “Itsy Bitsy Spider” song in Arabic. A multisensory lesson indeed that is sure to “stick” in their heads!
For this craft you will need:
Cut out the center of the plate and punch holes around the edge of the plate. Allow your child to weave a web with the string. Essentially, you are creating something more on the lines of a lacing card which is great fine motor activity for younger kids. To make the spider, cut the pipe cleaner into 4 equal pieces, twist them together at the center and glue a pompom on top.
If you have older children, you can introduce more challenging activities such as weaving a web onto a big hula hoop using string or yarn. They can also make a fun game out of it using masking tape, instead of string to create a “sticky web,” and throwing cotton balls onto the web. The person who traps the most cotton balls on their web wins!
Since we try to incorporate Arabic as much as we can into our lessons, we had the kids learn the Arabic version of the famous nursery rhyme, “The Itsy bitsy spider,” as well as make a short video (no music).
Here is a PDF of the song, that can help your children Arabic reading fluency inshaAllah.
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The Story of the Spider
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