Assalamu’alaikum & Marhaba!
Here are the directions for the Mecca-Haram section of the diorama and the continuation of the Hajj Study Unit. For Part 1, click here.
The kids were so excited to make a diorama. First, we started with the Kaabah. I love this Storytime with Zaky video about the building of the house of Allah (swt). It was such a simple and nice explanation of how the Kaabah was built. I follow the same procedure as mentioned in the previous post when using videos in my lessons.
To make our Kaabah, I cut off the bottom of a milk carton using a cutting blade. Layaan painted it black. Do make sure you are using opaque acrylic paint or else the writing and images from the milk carton will show through. After the paint dried, Layaan and her Arabic teacher place a line of glue all around and dipped it into gold glitter. You can also use gold washi tape and just stick on all sides. I drew a circle with an arrow pointing counter clockwise to represent the direction of tawaaf around the Kaabah.
The kids really love the short videos we watched so far, so I played Storytime with Zaky about the well of Zamzam. I followed the same procedure as described earlier to engage the children in discussions. Out of all the stories, I thought this story would be the most difficult for Layaan to understand, but it seems to be one of her favorite ones. Whenever we read Going to Mecca by Na’ima B. Robert, she stops and points to the image representing the two hills and retells a simple version of the story. She’s been asking me nonstop to get us Zamzam water too!
Then, we used two crumpled up pieces of paper from a large brown shopping bag to represent the two hills of Safaa and Marwah. I glued it onto a rectangular long piece of paper and drew arrows to represent Hajar’s (peace be upon her) running between the two hills.
Afterwards, we watched live coverage of the pilgrims in Mecca performing tawaaf and Sa’i. I think it allows kids to have a stronger connection when they see it happening live. It is actually quite amazing. I really thought some of these concepts may be too much for them to understand, but they picked up the gist of it quite well, Alhamdulillah. What made me happy was that they understood it was something special for this time of the year and connected to our holiday.
For the next part of the series, click here.
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