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Thursday, 31 December 2015

Book Review | Elizabeth Lymer

This review will be looking at the work of a British Muslimah author, Elizabeth Lymer, who has written numerous works of Islamic children’s literature.

Muslim Children Book Review: Elizabeth Lymer


It is so exciting to see more and more Muslim children’s books available for the English-speaking market. In my experience, there is a lot of children’s literature available for Muslim kids, but so much of it is dry and uninspiring.

Fear not… Elizabeth Lymer has brought a whimsy and charm back into Muslim Children’s Books!

These books are beautiful! The intention behind them, and sincerity of the author, shines through. They are a testimony to how talented and creative our Muslim sisters are…and that makes me so happy!

There is a very whimsical sweetness in the way she writes and in what she chooses to write about which is utterly charming!

The messages and stories these books tell have real worth and merit, and are far more deserving of a place on your bookcase, than any of the ‘modern fluff’ that is so readily available today.


I will be reviewing three books written by Elizabeth Lymer:

Hector Hectricity and the Missing Socks,
Muslim Lullabies &
Baby Traveller Bismillah .

So let’s get started!

Hector Hectricity and the Missing Socks


This sweet story is about a family who find that their socks keep going missing, and about how they find the monster that is taking them. It teaches children to first make duaa to Allah (swt) and then ask others for help.



It is a funny and silly story that kids will love; but underneath the silliness is a really important lesson about turning to Allah (swt) and trusting in Him.

It also has a knitting pattern in the back in case anyone fancies knitting themselves some rainbow socks!

Elizabeth Lymer Review
Enjoying Hector Hectricity!


I would recommend this book for children aged 2-5.

This book has just launched! You can purchase a copy of this book from the IHRC Shop
or Amazon 




Muslim Lullabies


In this collection, Elizabeth has written new Islamically-themed lyrics to well-known English lullabies.



 All the lullabies have themes from the Quran within them and teach bedtime practices from the Sunnah.

It is such a wonderful experience to sing beautiful songs of dhikr to send your baby to sleep. It has been so special to sing these lullabies to my children and create those magical memories together.

One of my favourites is:

 Hush Now Habibty (To the tune of Rock-a-bye, Baby)

“Hush now, Habibty,
Let yourself rest,
Snug in du’as
That you will be blessed,
Guarded from evil
Of the dark hours,
By Allah’s protection
And perfect power.


If you’re not sure how the tune is supposed to sound, Elizabeth Lymer has also produced an accompanying video on Youtube to help!


However, if you are not familiar with English children’s lullabies, then I think you would struggle to use this book. Although if you live in the U.S. Muslim Lullabies is also available to buy on Audio CD.


The book itself is dedicated to sister Maria Zain, who passed away in 2014, along with a link to help support the six children she left behind.

Elizabeth Lymer Review
They got the giggles!!!


I sincerely recommend this book to anyone with young children (under 3's); or if you know someone who is pregnant, this would make a fabulous gift for their new baby.

This book would be a great addition to your home library and hopefully a means of creating beautiful memories with your children.

If you would like to purchase a copy of this book CLICK HERE

Baby Traveller Bismillah


This simple book is aimed at babies aged newborn-18months. It introduces children to the five senses, to different modes of transport, and to dhikr.


The word Allah is repeated frequently throughout the book. I hope that my baby will be saying Allah soon ...because of this book!

The words our children hear, and the stories we read them, do leave a lasting impression. I am certain that hearing this book, and the dhikr it contains, will impact positively on her and leave a lasting imprint on her heart...insha’Allah.

To purchase this book:
UK customers CLICK HERE
US customers CLICK HERE 





Elizabeth Lymer Review
Enjoying his new book!

I’m getting a bit emotional writing this review because I really feel like Elizabeth Lymer has gifted our children something incredible...Something that will truly enrich their lives. It is such a blessing…May Allah reward her!

For more information about Elizabeth Lymer and the numerous books she has written, CLICK HERE to visit her website.


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Disclaimer: This review was NOT sponsored. Although Elizabeth Lymer sent me  complimentary copies of these books, all opinions expressed are genuine!

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Thursday, 17 December 2015

Product Review | Ali and Sumaya: Let's Read

This DVD is a brilliant educational resource for Muslim children. We have been using it in our Muslim Homeschool as part of the kid's Islamic Education...and they LOVE IT! 

Ali and Sumaya: Let's Read aims to teach Muslim children the basic foundations of Tajweed, Recitation of Quran.



Ali and Sumaya: Let's Read is the second DVD produced by Imanination Studios. It uses the lastest technology  to produce exceptional quality animation. The graphics are SO much better than anything else on the market! It's very impressive!

CLICK HERE to read the REVIEW for their first DVD Ali and Sumaya: Let's Pray

The whole concept behind th e DVD is very clever. Sumaya is upset because she doesn't know how to read the Quran; so her brother, Ali, offers to help. They visit a Tajweed teacher, who takes them on an adventure around his 'Tajweed Factory.' Each room features a special invention that teaches a different rule of recitation. It's SO MUCH FUN!

There's an 'Echo Blaster' to teacher Qalqalah, a 'Stretching Zone' to teach vowel elongation, the 'Ghunna Lift' and many more!

Watch this clip of the DVD:



There is NO MUSIC in this DVD. Imanination have gone to great lengths to ensure the authenticity of the material they produce. However, as with any Islamic educational product, I would always advise you to check the material with a religious teacher you trust.

All Quran and duaas are written very clearly in Arabic with translation and transliteration.The Arabic pronunciation is excellent, and the way the characters recite is SO BEAUTIFUL. It certainly captured my children's attention!



I was pleased to see that it also taught some etiquettes of reading Quran and going to the Masjid.

I would recommend this DVD for children aged 6+ who have begun learning Quran. The DVD moves at a fast pace and will work well to reinforce the rules of Tajweed that your child has already learnt, as well as introducing them to new concepts. 

Imanination have also produced an FREE APP to go along with the DVD:




Overall I feel that Ali and Sumaya: Let's Read is a truly innovative product. It make learning tajweed fun and exciting, whilst maintaining the utmost respect for the Quran itself. 


If you need more information or would like to buy this DVD, just CLICK HERE! 

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Disclaimer: This review was NOT sponsored. Although Imanination Studio sent me a complimentary copy of this DVD and the posters, all opinions expressed are genuine!


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Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Preschool Activity: Popcorn Construction Site!

In our homeschool, I am always trying to find a way to keep my preschooler entertained while I teach his elder brother. This preschool activity worked amazingly! It entertained my three year-old for almost two hours. He had a lot of fun and we got some homeschooling done!

Preschool Activity Popcorn Construction Site

[I know technically its not popcorn, but that sounds a lot better than 'un-popped corn construction site'!]

This activity is brilliant for encouraging imaginative play. It also works you child's fine motor skills and is a fabulous sensory experience!

It's not hard to set up. Just empty a bag of un-cooked corn (rice or lentils would work well too) into a shallow wide tray and add some construction vehicles!

Preschool Activity Popcorn Construction Site

Preschool Activity Popcorn Construction Site


Preschool Activity Popcorn Construction Site

Preschool Activity Popcorn Construction Site


Please give it try and let me know in the comments how you get on. What other activities do you do with your preschooler whilst your elder children study? I'd love to get some new ideas. :)


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Sunday, 6 December 2015

Sewing For 5 year-olds

Bee and Ladybird Sewing Craft

This week in Our Muslim Homeschool the boys have been learning to sew.They sewed these cute bee and ladybird toys. It was really easy and so much fun. Keep reading to see how they did it!

Sewing for kids

Ever since my 5-year-old learnt that Prophet Muhammad(pbuh) used to repair his own clothes, my son has wanted to sew! 

I found these Sewing Craft Kits, made by Baker Ross, and the boys were so excited to get started!

Contents of sewing kit
Image from Amazon.co.uk

It included all the materials you needed to make both the ladybird and the bee including:

- Coloured felt 
- Wool
- Needle
- Felt stickers
- Toy stuffing
- Instructions

Contents of children's sewing kit


The manufacturers recommend this kit for ages 5+, but you know if you child is capable or not. Use your own judgement. My 3-year-old surprised everyone by doing the bee almost entirely by himself....he's a natural! mashAllah.

Sewing together the felt circles
Sewing together the felt circles


Stuffing his toy ladybird
Stuffing!

Applying felt stickers
Adding the felt stickers

This kit was PERFECT for little ones. The pre-punched holes made it easy to thread the needle through, the large plastic needle was safe, and the final product was SO CUTE!

My natural!


Sewing for 5 year olds

Sewing for 5 year olds

If you wanted to, you could easily recreate this kit yourself, and purchase everything from your local craft shop. 

If you would like to purchase this Children Sewing Kit just click HERE



Have you taught your children to sew? What sewing projects did you do together? Please share with us all in the comments below. 

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