We made this 5 pillars of Islam wind chime in hopes that by seeing them visually daily, this will help my daughter learn them.
5 pillars of Islam can be explained to kids as the primary principals of Muslim life.
They begin with a Shahada (Arabic: اَلشَّهَادَةُ ), a testimony that there is no God but one God, then Salah (Arabic: ٱلصَّلَاة), the five daily prayers, followed by Zakāt (Arabic: زكاة), the giving of part of your wealth to the less fortunate. If it is possible, Muslims are asked to also offer Siyam (صِيَام), fasting during Ramadan and go on a Hajj (Arabic: حَجّ) or pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
My youngest daughter is learning about the 5 Pillars of Islam so I wanted to come up with a craft that would have seeing them all the time. I had left over beads from an old necklace and found some tags at the craft store, along with a few other supplies to get us started.
I love that she wrote out the 5 pillars herself in her handwriting.
Our wood beads came with two sets, one that had two holes, and one that only had one hole. Take the set that has two holes and write out the word ISLAM with your letter stickers.
On the bottom tags (with only one hole) write out the 5 Pillars with a colored pen.
Using your pliers, make a curl on the end of your wire so your tag does not slip out. We also put the wire back in after this and twisted it on.
Take your wood beads and feed them in the other end of the wire.
Once you get to a length you like (we didn’t measure anything), slip on your other tags that have the two holes.
Continue to add more beads and when you get to a length you like, twist your wire around your dowel.
Cut off about 1/2 inch from the top of the dowel and make another curl in your wire. Continue to do this with your next four wires.
Take another wire and fold it in half. Twist it around twice in the middle so that you have a hook for your wall nail. Twist the two ends on either end of the dowel.
Your wind chime is done and ready for hanging. We wanted ours to be an indoor chime so that my daughter can see it daily. However, if you’d like to make your wind chime an outdoor chime, make sure you put a protective layer of a sealant on the stickers and written words.
Here is a close up of the two tags in their completed forms. The top wooden tags:
The bottom wooden tags:
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