Creating a solid Islamic identity in my kids is extremely important to me. I want them to go out in the world and feel confident and proud to say they are Muslim. In our current cultural climate in the US, that can be a big task for such little people, and since none of our family is Muslim, it’s all on my shoulders to build up their identity in a well-rounded way.
Some of the ways we use to build this positive identity include building an Islamic home library, making holidays exciting for the kids, and making sure we spend time with other Muslims on a regular basis.
Still, I’m always looking for more ways to excite my kids in Islamic ways.
The following is a review of Noor Box in which I was compensated for my time in compiling the review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.
I’m a big fan of subscription boxes because it pairs a child’s love of getting mail, and it takes some time and effort off my shoulders to come up with creative ideas for my kids. I’m not the most creative mom, and I’d much rather just follow instructions from a creative person in order to provide that outlet for my kids, so this works perfectly!
As I’ve looked through different subscription box services for the kids, I’ve always wanted something more Islamic, and especially with the holidays coming up, I know those boxes are going to center more around the holidays, even if it’s just in a subtle way.
My kids already see all the holidays in the stores, decorations on neighbor’s houses, in the coloring pictures offered at the YMCA day care (during my workout), and everywhere else. I don’t need it in a subscription box coming to my house, too.
Islamic subscription box, ages 3-10
Honestly, I wondered how Noor Box was going to cater to a 7-year age range before I got the box. Now that we’ve received the box, I see they do it beautifully.
The box we received centered around maps, exploration, and Muslim explorers. With Aamina at only 4 years old, we spent most of our time on the concept of maps, the craft, and using the inflatable globe to talk about some of the people mentioned in the book.
For an older child, there was a lot more that could be discussed. We just skimmed the surface and she still gained so much from our discussion, mashaAllah!
Each box comes with a virtue to discuss, ayat and hadith to back it up, and ideas on how to implement the virtue. There are Christian curriculum options that just cover virtues, but this box includes it each month already!
I even re-organized our white board so I could make room to write down our virtue of the month.
We know that Islam is more than a list of do’s and dont’s. Virtues guide our every day actions, and I believe it’s so important that we instill these in our kids from a very early age. Naming these virtues so the kids can watch for them helps our children see these virtues in action in their every day lives.
I feel that the virtues component of the box is a gift for me already, but additionally, Noor Box includes a small gift for the mom. This month was an encouraging note that nearly brought tears to my eyes.
Mothering is tough stuff. No joke.
I think with each kid I get softer and softer, so tearing up over things that really hit home isn’t terribly uncommon, but I appreciate the times it happens. It keeps me feeling positive, knowing that this is a journey so many have walked before, and in sha Allah many will walk after us.
Until you’re in the trenches of motherhood, it’s hard to explain to others how the mundane can mean so much.
And the gift they included reminded me of the gift of the mundane. MashaAllah. I needed it.
Islamic curriculum supplement
In sha Allah, I see this box as a supplement to any Islamic curriculum. No, it’s not going to teach you to memorize Juz Amma, but you know what?
Islamic studies is so much more than memorizing du’a and Qur’an. Tweet this
Islamic studies is lighting that fire of curiosity and love for Allah and the Prophet (sws).
Letting kids see that Islam permeates all subjects, and helping them see Islam in their every day life builds that Islamic identity we hold so dear.
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Fill the Western holiday season with Islamic activities, crafts, and knowledge to keep your little Muslim feeling strong and proud!