Assalamu Alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu dear sisters,
Look what mama made me!
Aye admiring her beautiful blue bead dress
My name is Eva, I'm a Muslim Revert, and have a daughter who is almost 3 years old. I'm also an Early Childhood Educator and I have a passion for Arts and Crafts! When I was teaching I noticed that my favourite part of the job was coming up with new ideas and making new learning materials for my students.
What is sweeter than a bundle of babies for your children to bring with them wherever they go!
So once I graduated I decided to start my own blog where I would be able to showcase and share all my creations with others for them to try, and also link up all the amazing blogs I was coming across. I decided the name Handmade Beginnings was a perfect fit, since it was very unique and all my teaching aids were handmade and geared to young children.
I like to browse blogs, websites, and library books to get inspired and find ideas on how to make handmade teachings aids for my daughter.
20 hidden treasures can be found in this securely sewn I spy bag toy!!
Perfect for keeping little ones busy during waits in restaurants, during travel,
or in line at the grocery store.
When you make them yourself you really value them and it also saves you money! But the best part is you know for sure what materials are in your toy so you don't have to worry about all the leads and chemicals that you find in manufactured toys.
Teach children how to set the table with this fun reversible placemat!
I also love making things from materials found in our recycling box. In that way if my daughter does ever tire of the toy I've made I can just put it back in the recycling box :). Also, children tend to find a lot of enjoyment in playing with simple materials like a cardboard box.
recycle an old umbrella ... for a creative skirtTo make the process of educating young children at home simple and fun, a friend of mine and I designed a weekly curriculum to follow that includes:
My Faith Monday- where our activity for the day focuses on teaching religion
Tumbling Tuesday- where the focus is being active
Wednesday's Words- where we learn words from other languages. I'm currently focusing on French and Arabic
Tea Time & Rhyme Thursday- where we read books, sing songs, and do a craft
A crayon wallet is a great way to keep a child busy and engaged
whether on the road, at home, or at the doctor's office
File Folder Friday- where we do a file folder or some other cognitive activity
As mothers it may be hard to find time to sit down and do activities with our children, so designing this curriculum made it easy since it was little doses of learning everyday!
I found it difficult to find Islamic websites with resources geared to educating our little Muslims so I set up Tarbiyah Wiki where I'd be able to link all the beneficial resources in one place. The great thing about a wiki is others can join it too and add things they find, so it becomes a really great resource.
I recently opened an Etsy shop where I'd be able to sell some of my handmade creations. Some of the things I have for sale include: Fabric Eid Mubarak Banners, Arabic Numbers and Alphabet matching games, and much more, with more to come!
I really enjoy creating toys that promote education to Muslim children, so if you don't find exactly what you're looking for don't be shy to contact me, I'm sure we can work together to create a unique toy for your child.
JazakAllahu Khairun to all of you for taking the time to read my guest post and to Sister Amber for inviting me to feature! My blog has become such a pleasure for me to write, and I have met so many wonderful people, please do come on by to visit :)
Wa alaikum salam
Thank you Eva for this lovely guest post. I really love your blog and creative work. Bismillah MashaAllah