My Special Angels-The Two Noble Scribes (by Razana Noor)

 

My Special Angels Reader

My Special Angels Hardback

This is a beautifully written story introducing children to the Two Noble Scribes aka the Kiramin Katibin or the angels on your right and left shoulder who are responsible for writing down your deeds.

It is written in rhyming verse making it very appealing and exciting to younger and older readers. The book focusses on positive and negative behaviour (good and bad deeds) in a cheerful manner and also indicates the importance of saying sorry. It also emphasises on the glory of good deeds and how appreciative God is of our deeds no matter how big or small they may seem.

I would like to invite you to scroll down to see a sneak peak of the inside of the book, the pictures are colourful and bold with easy to follow text.

I love books that have a moral to the story, yet are fun and inviting to read. I often like to choose our stories in line with the occasion. This particular book we particularly enjoyed reading on the Eve of Shabe Baraat (an islamic auspicious night that emphasises the beauty and power of Gods compassion and forgiveness).

I laid out an activity at the end of our reading session for the kids as follows:

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Letters of the Alphabet Toddler Activity

We began getting familiar with the letters of the alphabet when my daughter was 2 (she is now 3). And that is exactly what it is-getting familiar!!!! In my opinion there is no right or wrong time to introduce literacy to children, the earlier the better! While they may not recite the letters, or even associate upper case letters with lower case letters, the idea is to let the visual opportuniy be available to them. That way they will start becoming familiar with the formation of the letters and with the sound and pronounciation too, thereby paving the way for reading later on.

When we do our activities I say the letter and I do the sound a few times. I like her to repeat after me, but even if she doesnt its ok. When we move on to the next letter, we revise the old ones that are up on our wall. Id like to again add that even if she doesnt repeat it, I am quite satisfied that she is receiving the visual and oral stimuli.

I have introduced mixed media to my little one, it provides the sensory stimulation, I allow her to get messy and feel and experience each items unique attributes. We are using poster paints, acrylic pva, finger paints, do-a-dot paints, watercolours, oil pastels, wax crayons, glitter, stickers, appliques and embelishments, stamp markers and much much more as we go along.

We used wax twisters and embellishments.

We used do-a-dot paint bottles

We used oil pastels for the letter Cc and do-a-dot paint, stamp markers and stickers for Dd

We used poster paints, a peg and pompom

Using a glue stick and some glitter

Using heart stickers to paste on top of the big hearts and circles for the small hearts

For our letter Hh we are using multi coloured dot stickers for a good fine motor workout

Some foam stampers and poster paints for the letter Ii

All our letter of the alphabet printables can be found at Kim Lifeovercs.

Easy no-cook Playdough

Playdough creations using the recipe below

Recipe:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 Tbps cream of tartar
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • Food color (i use cakeflora gel colors)
  • 1 & 1/2 cup boiling water (add 1 cup and mix and then add the balance)

Method:

  • Mix all the dry ingredients together
  • Add the oil
  • Add some food color
  • Add 1 of the 1 & 1/2 cups of boiling water on top of the food colour (this helps to dilute it so it colors easily) and then mix
  • Add the balance 1/2 cup of water slowly to the dough until the desired feel is achieved (you may notice that you dont use all of the 1/2 cup)
  • Knead well and store in airtight plastic or containers.

Yellow Tinker Tray and Playdough Invitation to Play

Yellow Tinker Tray and Playdough

After learning a particular concept like colours, shapes, animals etc i like to reinforce my tots knowledge and understanding by setting up trays that combine a number of learnt concepts into one. Today we focussed on the colour yellow, the square, rectangle and circle shapes and of course our little duck which she is all too familiar with but since its yellow i thought it gave me the opportunity to question her about its colour.

The playdough (like playdough always is) was a fun fine motor exercise. The suction beads also offered a good workout on the little hand muscles and the rectangular links worked great for some hand eye coordination. We are paving the way for some handwriting to come.

Tiny little finger muscles getting a workout

Sealife and Playdough Invitation to Play

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Sea animals, seashells and pebbles cpupled with playdough make the perfect invitation to play

I love the vibrance and educational benefit that Invitation trays offer toddlers. It gives them a constructive opportunity to explore, create and play.

♡It is a wonderful tool to build their imagination.
♡Playdough offers a great fine motor workout for their tiny fingers
♡They are given the opportunity to explore new ‘little’ worlds through themed trays (like the seaworld one above)
♡Great vocabulary builders (i love the opportunity to talk to my little tot about sealife and introduce her to new sea animals like the octopus, seahorse and turtle)
♡Builds concentration span

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Homemade playdough recipe can be found under search item ‘playdough’.

Flower Planter Sensory Activity

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I set up this sensory planter for my toddler today. I placed the big flower water sprinkler into a pot plant filled with riversand. I then invited her to come and plant the other little flowers. I am sure you can tell that we are trying to soak up as much of summer as we can before winter sets in. I am now going to attach the waterhose to the flower sprinkler for some fun in the sun.

Little Blue Truck

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Little Blue Truck - by Alice Schertle

|The Little Blue Truck – by Alice Schertle|
Storyline: This book is about a kind Little Blue Truck who is always helpful and assists a hasty big Dump Truck from getting out of trouble.
Learning areas: lifeskills (kindness, friendliness and helpfullness), animals and their sounds
Read aloud story
Age group: 2-5 years old
Activities: @simplylearning
See: Simply Learning Kids
Available from: Readers Warehouse South Africa

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Sneak preview of the inside

Tiny Little Greenhouse

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Nisha's (my 6 year old) Tiny Little Greenhouse

I set up this tray for my 6 year old for when she got home from school the other day. We have been wanting to plant for a while now and when i discovered this very cute idea from https://www.instagram.com/simplylearning/ i decided we need to do it right away. She loved the authenticity of planting in a bag vs a pot. We taped it to our window and will watch it for the next few days. Excited for sprouts.

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The printable greenhouse template is available at Simply Learning website along with a multitude of other wonderful printables. And it is a wonderful qay to get started on a gardening adventure with little ones. I certainly dont have green fingers although i absolutely love everything fresh and green and for us this was a simple and beautiful way to get started. Projects like these require some level of responsibility, making it a wonderful way to introduce this concept to younger kids.

Rainbow Rice Princess I-Spy Bottle

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Our rainbow rice princess i-spy sensory bottle. Honestly i would have loved this bottle to have plain pink or plain purple rice but i had a tank of rainbow rice that we havent used in a while so i decided to just make use of it. (Dont be surprised when i revisit this sensory bottle and whip up a batch of new pink coloured rice)
Most of our contents are barbie accessories that have been misplaced (by my kids), earrings that have lost their partner and some charms and sequins.
My toddler lovvves disney princesses at the moment and i thought she might like to have a themed sensory bottle. I managed to also find a silver barbie crown which i added at the end. It was magical 👑👑👑👑👑