We are so honored to host a guest post for our Ramadan crafts 30-day challenge from Muslimah HomesCOOL.
Sister Khadeeja is sharing how she made this Islamic wheel calendar wheel with her boys to help them learn their months and some events that happened.
Islamic Month Wheel
AsSalaamu-Alaykum and Ramadan Mubarak to all! My name is Khadeeja – the person behind Muslimahhomescool. I am always looking for fun and interactive ways to teach my two boys everything and anything. Having learnt our Islamic days we decided it was high time that we learnt our Islamic months and some of the events that happened during these months. So here’s how we went about it! Get ready, steady with all those supplies and lets go…
- White card to print out a wheel with 12 portions
- Coloured card
- Glitter card (preferably in two different colours)
- Felt or foam paper
- Print out of the names of the months
- Pen Knife
- Print a circle sectioned into 12 pieces. I chose to half mine on to two sheets to make a nice big wheel. (If your printer prints A3 then you could directly print the whole wheel on to one sheet) Print this out on to card and then glue the two sections together.
Print another circle and cut out a triangle piece from this – you will need to use this as a template.
- Using the triangle template draw two triangles on the glitter card. Cut these out, you will need two. One for the start of the month, Muharram. And the other for the special month of Ramadan. Stick the Muharram triangle at the top dirently in line with the triangle on the wheel. Then leaving three sections (Dhul Hijjah, Dhul Qadah, Shawwal) to the left stick the Ramadan triangle on top of the fourth section.
- Next using the coloured card cut out some background labels for the Months. You will need to use a the top part of the triangle template piece as a guide for this. We used green card for the Sacred months – Muharram, Rajab, Dhul Qa’dah and Dhul Hijjah. Shiny silver card for Ramadan and the rest of the months with blue card. After this stick the names onto the background labels you prepared. Stick all of these on the outer edge of the wheel – one month in each section of the wheel.
- Next add some events into the sections of each month. You can simply write them or draw them on to add a bit of colour and fun. E.g. You could draw a Kabba, Sheep etc for the month of Dhul Hijjah representing Hajj. You could even add your children’s Islamic birthdays or special events like completion of Qaidah or wedding anniversaries.
- Using your triangle template cut out a triangle which is 2.5 cm longer than the template at the top and with a circle about 1.5cm in circumference at the tip of the triangle. Draw on the top side of the triangle by hand. Cut this out. This will be secured at the back of your wheel to show which month it is.
- Now you will need your felt/foam paper to cut out two small circles(2.5cm circumference. Using your pen knife cut out a cross shape at the centre of the two foam/felt circles, the centre of the circle part of the triangle and the centre of your wheel.
- Feed the first foam circle through your push pin, then through the centre of the wheel, then the last foam/felt circle and finally the triangle. Secure this all together.
- At the top of the triangle you just secured to the wheel write “we are in the month of…” and decorate if desired.
- Now enjoy tracking the Islamic months at home!