A lovely article of a mum’s experience of Umrah with her kids…
Many people have asked for a resource for the younger ones, as Alhamdulillah, for the older ones the Umrah Journal has plenty to keep them busy!
This recently released activity book will Inshallah fill that gap 🙂 It is perfect for the 0-5 year olds and has a variety of different things to keep them busy…and learning!
Features dot-to-dot drawings, colouring fun, puzzles to solve and 63 stickers to stick.
For more details, or to buy, check out: http://www.kubepublishing.com/shop/makkah-and-madinah-activity-book/
One last minute idea i got from a friend before i left was to take a thin blanket with us. Thin enough to fit in a bag but blanketty enough to cover our kids while they rest/sleep in the haram.
This is especially handy for when in Masjid-un-Nabawi/Masjid-ul-Haram at Fajr times or after Isha when it gets a bit chilly! Now the only challenge is carrying them back to the hotel 🙂
There are some great clips out there which explain the importance of Zam Zam water, the story of Prophet Ibrahim and Bibi Hajar, and how Prophet Ibrahim and Prophet Ismail build the Kaaba back up again.
These will help children get more of an understanding of the philosophies of much of what we do in the Umrah rites, Inshallah!
Here they are:
Story of how Bibi Hajar came to be in Makkah and the well of Zam Zam: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrxCVfDTE2U
Another cartoon on Zam Zam water: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzHX8SlJkoM
The building of the Kaaba: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EuPHP9rHYTg
I know I’m stating the obvious here, but unlike other holidays, the focus of going to Umrah is less entertainment-based and more spirituality-based.
This necessarily means that there will be lots of time where we will need to entertain the kids or provide them with things to do, as there is only so much time we can be at the haram, praying, etc.
As well as packing the usual card games, colouring packs, etc, why not take some Islamic games along too?
Buzz Ideazz stocks some games for all ages, and they are either foldable games and so weigh practically nothing and take up little or no space at all, or are small boxes. The only exception is Islamic Brain Quest which is a little heavy, but it is filled with so many questions to help pass the time AND encourage learning that it is worth it’s weight
P.S. Wouldn’t it be awesome to play a game about the Prophet while sitting in his mosque?!
Here is the link to check out the games for yourself: