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Learning the Suratul Fatihah – the fun way April 20, 2013

What is it?

My Furqan – Suratul Fatihah “The Opening”

What’s the price?

RM49.90

Where to buy it?

Simply contact us, yeay!

What are the special features?

  • Beautifully illustrated and brightly coloured hard pages
  • Comes in two languages, English and Malay
  • Each page contains a single sentence from the Surah with flaps that break up the words in the sentence
  • The opposite page gives a brief desciption of the sentence, in simplified words, easily understandable by young children

Review

Surah Al-Fatihah, the first & foremost surah in the Holy Quran, is the leader, if you will, of all surahs, which is why it is called The Opening. It is the one of the pillars of solat, and when used correctly, can cure a great number of illnesses.

So it is only befitting that as a Muslim, the first surah that a parent should teach his/her child is the Surah al-Fatihah. And what better way to teach a child than with a cute, fun book that has secret hiding places?

As we know, all surahs of the Quran tell stories of important lessons, and the Opening tells the most important lesson – that Allah our Mighty Creator, is the Most Gracious, Most Merciful, the Master of the Day of Judgement. The One we worship and the One we seek help from, always.

These are important lessons for a young Muslim, yet are quite heavy and can be complicated for them to understand. The cute illustrations come in handy in explaining further the meanings of the Al Fatihah, the concept of God and satan, of good deeds and bad deeds.

What I like about it

From a child’s eye, I would find the flaps most interesting – what kid wouldn’t love a little game of hide and seek? The illustrations itself tells a story – my daughter would make comments such as “Why is the girl afraid?” “Look, she’s going to school!” “They’re having a picnic.” You can always elaborate on these comments and ask them what they think is happening in the picture, and you’ll be surprised at your own child’s answers.

What I don’t like about it

I have to admit it’s a bit pricey, but do consider the knowledge it offers, in such a fun and appealing package. It’s better to read together  with your child, though, as the flaps are a little fragile and can be torn in little excited hands.

Conclusion

This book sure packs a punch of learning fun, makes a great Opening in any household. A gold treasure indeed.

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Muslim talking friends – not your average dolls December 13, 2012

What is it?

Aamina the Muslim talking doll, girl version

Yousuf the Muslim talking doll, boy version

What’s the price?

RM199 including postage nationwide

Where to buy it?

Simply contact us, yeay!

What are the special features?

  • There are 5 pressable spots – the nose, the 2 hands and 2 feet
  • When pressed, the dolls would say different Islamic phrases, recite surahs and sing several songs
  • Approximately 43 cm in height and 25 cm in width
  • Watch Aamina in action here

Review

When you think of dolls, I bet the first thing you’ll think of is a Barbie doll, with the slim body, blue eyes and blond hair. Not only Barbie dolls are far too showy for Muslims, I’ve read that they portray bad body image for a girl. It tells a girl, that in order to be pretty, you need to have a pencil thin body just like Barbie, which I think is completely untrue. True beauty comes from the inside, not just a pretty face and a one-size fits all body shape.

This is the first time ever that I’ve come across a Muslim doll that covers up the female aurat properly. It gets better – these dolls talk in  adorable voices when you press the 5 points on the body i.e. the nose, the 2 hands and 2 feet. My kids’ favourite is definitely the nose; press it and it’ll say “Atchoo! Alhamdulillah.” See Aamina in action here.

The dolls say various Islamic phrases, with translation of the phrases such as Bismillah, Assalamualaikum and many others. They recite 2 surahs with translations – Surah al Fatihah and Surah Al Ikhlas. They also sing nursery ryhmes that have been changed into Muslim versions.

What I like about it

I love these dolls, especially Aamina, which I think is a perfect companion for young children. My daughter couldn’t stop smiling when I first gave her the doll, cradling her like a baby, pressing the nose again and again. She has already begin to hum along with the songs and repeat the phrases.

What I don’t like about it

The price is quite expensive, as these dolls are imported from UK. And I think that Yousuf’s lips are too bright, as if he’s wearing lipstick. Heh.

Conclusion

While I agree that they are a bit pricey, I think it’s a worthwhile investment and great way to incorporate learning through play. It sure beats Barbie a mile long, though.

 

Islamic educational wooden puzzles November 1, 2012

What is it?

Islamic educational wooden puzzles – assorted

What’s the price?

RM35.00 each

Where to buy it?

Simply contact us, yeay!

What are the special features?

  • 5 types of puzzles: Hijaiyah alphabets; Solat – girl; Wudu’ – Girl; Solat – Boy; Wudu’ – Boy
  • Made of lightweight wood
  • A great first introduction to the Arabic language and to perform wudu and on to solat via play

Review

I love puzzles, especially wooden ones. You can read more about the benefit of playing with puzzles here. But these puzzles are even more special, giving not only the benefits of puzzles, but also teaching young children the Hijaiyah alphabet, the key pillars in perfoming wudu’ and solat.

The Hijaiyah alphabets are essential to early learning of the Arabic language, and ultimately, the words of the Holy Quran. Kids normally memorize the ABC’s quickly, so why not teach them the Hijaiyah alphabets too? Don’t forget to teach them the correct pronunciation of each letter.

The wudu & solat puzzles are separate for boys and girls, mainly to show that even though the mannerisms are the same, the dress-up are different – this shows that the aurat for a girl and a boy is totally different. The boy covers up modestly, while the girl covers up her aurat completely, as dictated in Islamic teachings.

What I like about it

I think, as parents, we should emphasize the importance of learning the Hijaiyah alphabet with the same priority as the ABC’s and 123’s. I also think that it’s never too early to start teaching our young the basics of performing wudu’ and solat. And what better way to teach, other than by playing with your kids?

Also, you can read more the benefits of wooden puzzles here.

What I don’t like about it

You can also read more about this here.

Conclusion

Not only it’s fun and cute, easy on the parent’s pocket, with basics of Islamic teachings, these puzzles sure pack in a lot of punch in one toy. Get one before they run out, mommies!

 

Islamic wooden puzzles September 10, 2012

Teaching kids the fun way? Use puzzles!

 

Fancy having a Castle of Dreams for yourself? August 14, 2012

Filed under: Toys - for the child at heart — zil_aziz @ 12:00 AM
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What is it?

Castle of Dreams – wooden blocks IQ game

What’s the price?

RM35

Where to buy it?

https://www.facebook.com/smartintelligent.toys

http://smart-intelligent-toys.blogspot.com

What are the special features?

  • The game consists of 4 blocks and 3 towers in different lengths, with holes so you can slide the towers into, but at different locations.
  • It teaches problem solving skills, logical thinking and fine motor skills.
  • The game has 3 difficulty levels according to age: Starter for 3 years onwards, Junior for 4 years onwards, Expert for 5 years onwards and Master for 6 years onwards.

Review

Puzzles are always good family games and encourage social interaction. You can read about the benefits of puzzles here, but this game takes puzzles to a whole new level.

I do prefer wooden puzzles as they feel nicer to hold, more solid in your hands. The game comes with a booklet of challenges that range from very easy to very difficult, with solutions at the back of every challenge.

All the blocks have different coloured prints on each side, with holes in different locations. You have to follow the picture exactly or you may not be able to slide in the towers. The smallest block has the same red print on either side, but different orientation to the hole – take a look at the pictures to see this clearly.

The challenge is not too hard for an adult, but it could be quite a problem for little kids. There are hints for parents in the booklet, such as how to suggest or encourage your child to solve the challenge. The Master challenges, however, are very difficult, as the picture shows a blank shape and no prints to help you figure it out.

What I like about it

I like that the game looks simple, but has many variations to it, so it could be played as your child grows up and gets better at it. Also, the game needs parents’ involvement as to help your child, at least in the beginning. Any game that promotes family bonding time is always a winner.

What I don’t like about it

Can’t find anything to dislike.

Conclusion

Considering the versatility of the game, this block wooden puzzle is a great investment. Go get it!

 

Clock wooden puzzle July 10, 2012

Filed under: Toys - for the child at heart — zil_aziz @ 9:25 AM
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What is it?

Clock wooden puzzle

What’s the price?

RM15.00

Where to buy it?

https://www.facebook.com/smartintelligent.toys

What are the special features?

  • Large pieces with knobs for easy handling for a toddler’s fingers
  • Movable clown hands to teach a child to tell time
  • Painted with non-toxic ink
  • Measures about 25cm in diameter

Review

This is such a cute and irresistible looking clock! The coloured number pieces and the smiling clown with movable hands is a huge hit with my kids.

For my younger, not yet 3-year-old son, this puzzle teaches him to recognize the numbers and colours. For my 4-year-old daughter, it teaches her the ordering and position of the numbers on the clock, which is helped by the specific shape of the puzzle piece. So if she forgets where to put number 5, she could just test match the piece into the right slot to find which one that fits.

And of course, teaching to tell the time. You can move the hands to show your child what time is it, which would take some time, but fun, nonetheless.

You can read more about the benefit of puzzles for kids here.

What I like about it

I really like wooden puzzles as they are more durable than cardboard ones, and easier for a toddler to hold in their little fingers. You can read more about this here.

What I don’t like about it

You can also read more about this here.

Conclusion

An affordable toy that teaches the time, numbers and colours. A sweet deal, if you ask me.

 

Speller Junior July 3, 2012

Filed under: Toys - for the child at heart — zil_aziz @ 10:41 AM
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What is it?

Speller Junior

What’s the price?

RM29.00

Where to buy it?

https://www.facebook.com/smartintelligent.toys

http://www.kids.net.my/speller-junior-iq-games-3873.html

http://www.moresales.com.my/catalog/entry/jtucjtcd.shtml

What are the special features?

  • One simple game that encourages many skills
  • Encourages bonding time with your child
  • Lightweight and portable

Review

The game contained the Speller Junior game tray, 30 picture/word cards with 3- and 4-letter words (printed on both sides, so there are 60 pictures in total) and 8 letter cubes. The plastic tray holds the card, with four slots to fill in the letter cubes to spell the word as in the picture on the specific card. Each card has a 3-letter word on one side and a 4-letter word on the other side.

Besides teaching how to spell, the Speller Junior gives a number of other skills for a child to practice with:

  • Object and word recognition – The child recognizes the object on the card and the word for that object, a preparation for reading readiness.
  • Letter recognition and matching – To spell a word, the child must be able to recognize the letter or alphabet. This would also enable the child the find the letter on the cubes to match the letters on the card.
  • Concentration and memory – The child glances at the picture and the word, then flip the Word Cover over the word. The child is no longer matching the letters, but is actually spelling the whole word from memory.
  • Taking turns, sharing and playing together – The game can be varied for 2 players or more. Children take turns spelling the words on the cards. The player who spells correctly – you can play by letter matching for young children and spelling from memory for older kids – keeps the card. The person who has more cards in the end, wins.

What I like about it

There are countless games of this nature online, some are downloadable for free. You can just download some games, hand over your laptop or Ipad to your child, and he could play it to his heart’s content and you could have some peace and quiet. That’s the beauty of a traditional game; it encourages you to sit down, spend some time together and socialize.

I also like the portability of it. It’s small and lightweight, easy to be stashed in a plastic bag or container, so you can bring it for travels.

What I don’t like about it

It would be nice if the game included a carrying case, but that would, of course, increase the price. You can easily find your own casing for it, no big deal.

Conclusion

A good tool for some family bonding time and fun learning. That’s a major benefit for RM29. Buy this and make your own family game night.