Allah says in verse 38 of Surah Al-An’aam:
“And there is no creature on [or within] the earth or bird that flies with its wings except [that they are] communities like you. We have not neglected in the Register a thing. Then unto their Lord they will be gathered.” (Al-An’aam:38)
Watching how other living creatures live – animals, birds and insects – is something that children usually love doing (talk about finding joy in the simplest of things 🙂 ).
As mentioned in the above verse, these creatures live in communities, just like we do! They communicate with each other, they work for survival and they all play a role in their communities. There’s actually so much to learn from the life of these creatures, and they can serve as wonderful lessons for our children, mashaAllah.
Some of the amazing life lessons that we can relate to our kids include:
- Importance of hard work
- Benefits of working together and helping each other
- Not to underestimate others (e.g. Ants are known to have the ability to carry a load 20 times their own weight!)
The Internet is an amazing resource for children to learn better about animals and insects. Here’s some awesome information you can share with your children:
You can always do fun activities with your kids to encourage them to think and learn more. I’ll share a few ideas:
- Read verse no. 18 in Surah An-Naml and the translation together with your kids. In this verse, Allah talks about an ant who told the other ants to enter their dwellings as so that they would not be crushed by Sulaymaan ‘alaihissalaam and his soldiers as they approached. Tell your kids that this verse shows that ants DO communicate to each other, although we can’t hear them. Don’t forget to let them know that this particular chapter in the Quran is actually named after the ant!
- Watch videos/documentaries on ants, birds, bees and other animal communities together with your kids to let them see the way these creatures live more closely.
- Ask your children what they have learned from these creatures and how they can apply them in their daily lives (at school, at home, when they’re with friends, etc.).
- Ask your children to relate what they have learned with what happens in their own community. Who plays what role? How does this benefit others? InshaAllah, this can help them see the big picture – members of the community working together to benefit each other.
Happy learning! 🙂