My daughter & I were inspired to make this mashAllah reminder jar, that looks a little like a minaret, by a new book I just received I say Mashallah, written by Noor H. Dee and illustrated by Iput from Kube Publishing.
This adorable little board book is perfect for little toddler hands to learn how to turn pages, while at the same time explaining what mashallah means.
The story follows Nabil, Noura and their dad on a camping adventure. After working together as a team to put up the tent, they sit down to enjoy the landscape.
Noura shares how beautiful she thinks the view is, and her father teachers her how to say ‘mashallah‘ to show appreciation for what Allah has willed.
There is a word page in the back, along with a couple of quizzes.
After I shared the book with my daughter, we were inspired to spend some time writing what we were appreciative of. This jar will keep all those things in one place and at the end of Ramadan, we will look at what we wrote down.
- Tissue paper
- Letter stickers
- Command strip
- Foam brush
- Mod Podge
- Hole punch
- Half dome foam shape
- Recycled plastic jar
My daughter started to make our reminder jar by first adding a little Mod Podge to the top of the lid, then adding the foam shape. She did not add that much, as this is just a temporary hold while she added stripes of tissue paper across the top. To hold the tissue paper in place, she added Mod Podge to the lid edge. It is okay to leave an overhand, we will cut it off later. She continued to add more paper until the entire top was covered.
While the lid was drying, she started adding the letters down the side of the jar. Once the letters are on, it will be easier to know where to start and stop the tissue paper.
Once the letters were complete, my daughter added stripes of tissue paper to the jar.
To make the minerate look like it was made of bricks, my daughter cut smaller, shorter stripes. She then added them perpendicular to the other tissues, in random places.
Here is what it should look like once light shines though.
Once the lid was fully dry, my daughter used the scissors to cut off the excess paper from the edge.
Next, she added the ribbon to the jar tissue edges, to cover up the torn paper. She then also cut a smaller piece to attach to the top. She was sure to be very generous with the Mod Podge, making sure to get the ribbon soaked so the fibers attach.
The final step is to attach the pieces of paper to the jar by securing the command strip to the side, then punched a holes in the papers and adding them.
Now our mashallah reminder jar is ready for use. I am looking forward to seeing what is written at the end of the month!
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