Zaydo Potato-A Series to Inspire

Having a strong identity. How do we raise our children with one?

We want our children to be confident. And it all begins with us! Engaging with them. Encouraging them. Providing them with good content! All these possible opportunities, you will see in the Zaydo Potato Series! And that is only part of the reason we love them!

If you’re a revert like me, your kids are already the minority in your family. The school they attend, where you live adds to this as well! Whatever the case may be, knowledge and familiarity go a long way. And through books, you can do just that! In sha Allah.

Who is Zaydo anyway and how is he relevant to my child?

lol well this character was inspired by husband and wife author’s son, Zayd, nicknamed Zaydo Potato. A young muslim kid who finds adventure in his every day playful curiosity such as:

  • hide and seek in their book titled “Can Allah See Me Now?”
  • a big helper in their book titled “A Muslim Superhero”
  • and keeping ties with family members in their book titled “Allah Loves Me”

Each book starts with either a sahih hadith or ayah that relates to the content. While each story is playful, it provides simple Islamic knowledge that children can grasp and understand, in sha Allah, such as:

  • names of Allah in “Can Allah See Me Now”
  • Sadaqah in “A Muslim Superhero”
  • blessings of Allah in “Allah Loves Me”

Truly an all-in-one experience. But how?

This book gets the whole family involved. With two colors of “super-hero” gear to choose from, pretend play is encouraged for boys and girls! Disclosure: Husbands may get involved! I mean we’re talking muslim super hero capes here lol

For your inner teacher or just downright fun, the story is concluded with suggested activities that will promote counting, phonics, shapes, spatial relations, animals, critical thinking and/or matching that put you and your kiddo on a story hunt back through the pages.

Did I mention dawah? When its storytime, and they choose this book to be read by non-muslim family members. Its amazing the connection, the openness, the learning that so effortless takes place. Sub han Allah.

And last but not least, it teaches us muslim parents as well with its Islamic knowledge, be it a refresher or not! Remembrance of Allah is the outcome. In sha Allah.

Where can I get these books?

Rummana Publishing Website

Crescent Moon Book Store Website

Both ship worldwide! Alhamdulillah!

You can also follow them on instagram for updates, discounts and special giveaways!

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Salam!

Review-Omar and Hana Islamic Songs for Kids

Before converting to Islam, music was a big part of my life. As a latina, music is such a big part of the hispanic culture. From cleaning at home by yourself to social gatherings..salsa, merengue, bachata, reggaeton and more is usually blasting on the music player. Your dancing, your singing to lyrics that are not so modest. But the rhythmn and catchy hook phrases pull you in! For me, it pulled me into a professional dance team. Since being little, that was a dream of mine. Before I knew it, I was performing & teaching professional latin dance well into my early adulthood.

Fastforward to today, I try my best to filter out the songs that I listen to especially for my kids. I realize that the type of music you listen to DOES have an impact on you. So while I clean the house or drive the car and want to listen to music, nasheeds and songs with Islamic content are what I default to first. In todays world, music is everywhere. Though it may be difficult to avoid “main-stream” music, in sha Allah your efforts will have a positive impact on your iman and your family.

That is why I am excited to share with you Omar & Hana: Islamic Songs for Children. My children really enjoy listening to these cute tunes about salah, sharing, salam, and more! As a muslim mom in the US, it is so refreshing to see them enjoying such relatable lyrics and vivid cartoons as little muslims. In an environment where muslims are the minority and various holidays are among us, it’s comforting to share these videos with my kids. You can find a list of their most popular English videos at their website.

https://www.omarhana.com/

Save them to your playlist for the car!

One thing I like to do is save my favorite nasheeds/Islamic songs to a playlist on youtube.

Omar & Hana Islamic Songs for Kids YouTube Channel

You can create more than one. One for you, your kids, or both. You can link it to your bluetooth in the car or play it straight from your device. It “halal-ifies our “radio” experience in the car and you don’t have to worry about your kids listening to inappropriate music.

[Sorry Keke, I ain’t down for ya always!]

[Off topic] My daughter learned this drake song in her kindergarten class from her classmate…Kindergarten! As cute as it is to hear her sing it, Keke ain’t for kindergarten. You feel me? So Alhamdulillah for these resources that help us muslim mamas entertain our children while teaching them Islam. Whether you come from a large muslim family or you are a revert raising little muslims like me, in sha Allah, these songs allow our children to feel comfortable and confident!

Take for example, Omar and Hana’s song about Playtime ! [you can click that link for a listen] This song is so relatable to my five year old as it sings about sharing. With her brother at home, I have used this video/song as a reminder to take turns and encourage playing together nicely. As the song says, everyone is happier when you share and play together. I love how each song ends with Alhamdulillah and an Islamic reminder we can teach our kids about, in sha Allah.

Alhamdulillah, I came across this amazing children’s Islamic resource through their instagram page OmarandHanaEnglish. Their content I feel is captivating for children as young as toddlers to early elementary! My 5 year old and 1 year old both really enjoy them. Our personal favorites are Assalamu Alaikum and The Virtues of Salah. [click those links for a listen!] These adorable videos double as little cartoons for our kids. Are you like me? I get totally excited when I find hijab in cartoons or anything positively Islamic on tv! Maybe its because I’m a revert. Maybe it’s because I live in a country where Islam is the minority. But with Omar & Hana’s recently released vidoes in English, I’m happy to include them in our household as an exciting new Islamic resource. In sha Allah, you will too!

[Disclaimer: This blog post was sponsored by Omar & Hana, however all opinions are my own, real and honest. I only recommend things that I use and genuinely think are awesome! Alhamdulillah]

Noor Kids – Review

We received a box of Noor Kids Comic Books and we love it. Alhamdulillah. From the packaging to the content for both parents and children, its nothing short of wonderful! Check out the cute little box it came in below, bottom right.

I am really impressed by their structure.

  • A series of books that revolve around 4 main characters that are totally cute and muslim! Already sounds like your very own kids, right?! 😉 ma sha Allah.
  • Each book starts with a letter to the parents explaining with detail the focus behind the moral of the stories. I love this part because it totally preps you for questions your child(ren) may have. It revolves around good character and islamic knowledge…win win!
  • It has 2 stories related to the title and in between them is an activity section which vary from book to book! Some examples include drawing your house in Jannah in sha Allah, coloring in a prayer mat and even uploading your very own talent of choice to the Noor Kids website.
  • You know how sometimes you read a book to you kid and you wonder, hmmm were you paying attention? Well, Noor Kids got you covered. Each mini story has a couple questions at the end to recap the story and get your child(ren) exercising their thinking skills! In sha Allah. Honestly, the content is so vivid my daughter actually enjoyed this part. If there was a question she didn’t know the answer to, it was because the topic was new to her. This is a great convo starter and learning opportunity for both parents and the kids. Teach them something new and learn something new about them. In sha Allah.
  • And the Noor Kids Passport! My daughter was especially excited about this. Well done with this reward system! Each book comes with a badge that reflects the topic of the book. She just couldn’t wait to add the sticker badge to her passport! Talk about incentive to get through the book first. In sha Allah. She was so ready to just peel it off and place it in her book. Alhamdulillah for the little things that make them happy 😊

I am very happy to be a part of the Noor Kids Family and I think you would be too!

You can subscribe monthly or buy books in different bundles. Check out their website to see the deets. You can even try it for just 99 cents! If you think that’s you, please sign up through my affiliate link below. I would appreciate it soooo much 🤗

Click here to try Noor Kids for 99 cents!

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Miraj Stories App-Review

Whether you have an iphone or an android, sisters, this app is one I believe you will truly enjoy for your kids! When we received a membership to this app to review, I was very excited. Currently with 27 audio books, 6 picture books, 5 video stories and 11 interactive books (all Islamic) this is screen time you probably won’t feel guilty over letting your kids have! Mamas you know what I mean!

What I love about this app is that there are so many ways it can be used. You can stream stories in the car while driving, use them as bedtime stories or even while cooking dinner to keep your kids entertained…and the best part is that the stories aim to build your child(ren)’s faith as a teeny tiny muslim. Alhamdulillah! Stories about Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. Stories inspired by Quran and hadith. Stories about history and heroes. Stories about animals. There’s such a wide range of topics! It is almost sure to captivate your child’s interest! Just take a look at how they further simplify your options in the screen shot below. Its so easy to navigate.

Miraj Stories are known for their just that, audio books on their website…but now they elevated their story telling through this app. And in more ways than one by including picture books, video stories and interactive ones!

I like the picture books because they encourage word recognition along with visual stimuli in a split screen style just like an actual book. For kids who already know how to read, there is an option to mute the audio. Check out an excerpt from “A Story of Creation”.

The video stories play just as a cartoon would. Fact (at least in my house): When it comes to cartoons, kids get so excited. Soooooo, let’s just swap out a lil’ netflix cartoon for a miraj audio cartoon and everyone’s happy! In sha Allah. My daughter especially loves these! Screen shot below is from “The Selfish Monkey” who learns how to share after seeing Prophet Muhammad, peace by upon him (not pictured or portrayed by any character) show his generosity.

Let me just say the interactive books are very cool. Learning the arabic alphabet, salah, wudu are just some of the topics covered here. They are like very simple video games where your child must problem solve through the characters provided or just complete the task mentioned (depending on the topic). You can see some examples in the screen shots below.

What an amazing way to utilize today’s technology. Having this one app, your child can obtain some Islamic knowledge through stories, videos and games that are entertaining, fun and age appropriate. In sha Allah. Please go to your app store and check it out.

You can subscribe 1 of 2 ways shown below.

They even have a section for latest releases! So be on the look out for new stories, games, etc. Miraj is keepin’ us on our toes! You never know when something new will pop up! In sha Allah.

And kuddos for this! Saving my battery life?! Keepin’ it real! Miraj you truly care!! 😆

For latest updates, you can follow them on their social media platforms:

www.twitter.com/mirajstories

www.instagram.com/miraj_stories

www.facebook.com/mirajstories

www.mirajstories.com

www.mirajaudio.com

Please drop a comment below! Salaam!