by Dawud Wharnsby Ali
- Get the kids to write and bind a book or journal about their summer.
Swingin' On The Family Tree
- Do up a family tree! Great project for the whole family.
- Buy, borrow or rent an inexpensive tape recorder or video camera and have
the kids put together an audio/video family history by interviewing grandparents
or other family members. Grandparents speaking on their marriage, occupations,
memories, ideas, advice etc. will be a cherished document for future generations.
Get Your Head In The Clouds
- Urge younger children to study the shapes of passing clouds, then use cotton
balls and glue on paper to recreate the images they saw.
- Have kids start a craft box with odds and ends they find outside or around
the house. Use the items to make silly gifts or works of art.
- Do you know a friend or family member in another country? Set them up as
a pen pal for your kids. It will strengthen ties of kinship with the whole
family and help to keep up your child's skills of handwriting. During the
summer they should be able to exchange at least a few letters. E-mail is quick
and easy but letters are special and personal. Vive Le Crayon! ("Long
Live The Pencil!")
Fun With Food
- Each week, teach your children a recipe and let them prepare the meal themselves
(either under your supervision or the supervision of a responsible older sibling).
They will enjoy the freedom in the kitchen and you will see them blossom with
creativity and a sense of fulfillment. Remember parents: The Prophet Muhammad
(peace and blessings be upon him) never complained about food he was given,
so smile as you eat the most interesting meal of your life!
Fun With Fundraising
- Go through the kids' clothes and toys to find items they have outgrown then
help them set up a weekend yard sale to raise money for a local Masjid or
community fund raising event. (Have the kids donate to relief efforts in Kosova,
Palestine, Iraq, Somalia or any other country where people are in need.)
To Market, To Market
- Make weekly or biweekly grocery shopping more meaningful and provide children
with a sense of responsibility. Budget a certain amount each week ($10.00
or $15.00 whatever you can afford) and as you grocery shop, have your
children gather as many diverse, healthy, nonperishable groceries as they
can, not exceeding the designated amount. Take the kids to a local food bank
where they can hand over their grocery collection personally. During the week,
have them collect newspaper coupons to assist. This exercise will be a family
lesson in budgeting, organization, math and charity all rolled into one!
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