Our First Hajj Diorama

Tuesday, August 06, 2019 Umm Khadeejah Elly 0 Comments



This year we kicked off our Hajj week with the story of Prophet Ibrahim (AS) from our 'My First Quran Storybook' by Goodword books. There are a few chapters in this book about the Prophet Ibrahim (AS) and I was planning for us to go through it a day at a time but Khadeejah was really into it that she asked me to read them all, so we did. If you're wondering, here are the list of chapters:- 

  1. The Prophet Ibrahim 
  2. The Prophet Ibrahim's Faith
  3. The Prophet Ibrahim Travels to Arabia
  4. The Great Sacrifice
  5. The Prophet Ibrahim's Guests
  6. Building the Kaabah
  7. The First Call to Hajj
It's a wonderful book for ages 3+ to introduce them to the stories of the Quran and I'd highly recommend it. You can get it online at Dakwah Corner Bookstore .





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What I would usually do whenever I introduce new stories to her is always to engage with her and ask her what she liked about the story and ask her again what she can remember and if she can re-tell the story on her own. It's the most simplest and effective way to improve her reading comprehension inshaAllah. Some of the things that made her face lit up was when the story mentioned that Allah took him as his best friend. She could relate it to it as she too has a best friend of her own (Her name is Saudah and they even send whatsapp voice messages to each other! They have a super cute friendship) so she understood how much Allah love the Prophet Ibrahim AS. 

Then we reached the chapter of 'Building the Kaabah' and we decided to make a simple craft and found the perfect little box for it! 

All you need:
1. Cardboard box
2. Black paint (I used the IKEA brand)
3. Brush and pallette
4. Gold ribbon
5. Double sided tape 

Easy peasy craft! The painting of the kaabah kept her occupied for at about 10-15 minutes. 




First item done for our Hajj Diorama! The next day we moved on to making the Mount Arafah (at first it was supposed to be for the Sa'ee but then realised it was too big). I cut out a part from a cup holder carton and stuffed it with some crumpled newspaper. 


The Mina tents were the easiest, we just folded a white art paper (half and a bit on both ends to glue it down). As for Muzdalifah, we cut out little felt rectangles to make blankets/sleeping bags and crumpled brown paper into tiny pebbles. 





The Saffaa and Marwah are made of crumple newspaper as well, wrapped in brown paper. Then the Jamarat are made out of paper towel rolls, cut into three different sizes. Recyclables FTW! For the signs we used toothpicks and playdoh but I would just to use sticky tack instead so it won't fall off so easily. I ended up just pasting the signs on to the board itself later on. 



Last but not least, we made our little family pilgirms for use to play pretend Hajj on the diorama! How I plan to play with her is to sing these simple rhymes (found on @ifahussain 's IG) while performing the actions to help her remember the hajj terms and places. 

The original is called 'During Our Pilgrimage' but I just changed the 'pilgrimage' to Hajj instead so it's easier for her to sing and pronounce. 

During our Hajj
(Sing to the tune of “Skip to my Lou”)

We make tawaf around the Kaabah
We make tawaf around the Kaabah
We make tawaf around the Kaabah
During our Hajj

We make Sa’i 
From Safaa to Marwah
We make Sa’i 
From Safaa to Marwah
We make Sa’i 
From Safaa to Marwah
During our Hajj

We spend the night 
At Mina,
We spend the night 
At Mina,
We spend the night 
At Mina,
During our Hajj

We make lots of Du’a 
At Mt Arafah,
We make lots of Du’a 
At Mt Arafah,
We make lots of Du’a 
At Mt Arafah,
During our Hajj

We pick up pebbles
At Muzdalifah,
We pick up pebbles
At Muzdalifah,
We pick up pebbles
At Muzdalifah,
During our hajj

We throw the pebbles 
At Jamarat
We throw the pebbles 
At Jamarat
We throw the pebbles 
At Jamarat
During our Hajj

Super fun and easy! She quickly memorised the song and names in an instant! 



Have you made a hajj diorama before? Do share and tag me on Instagram at @muslimmummyhood if you do! This was a very fun activity for us and we loved playing with it and learning about the hajj journey.


Looking for more ideas for #hajjactivities with the kiddos?

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1. Hajj Lapbook - ABC's of Hajj by Umm Abdul Basir

2. Hajj Colouring Play Set by Smart Ark


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