I think many of you would agree with me that rain isn’t really something that kids usually get too excited about (remember the “Rain, Rain, Go Away” nursery rhyme?). In fact, they might even get a little upset since a rainy day means staying indoors instead of going out and playing with friends.
When our kids start complaining about rainy weather, maybe it’s about time to make them realize that it really isn’t such a bad thing afterall :).
Why do we need rain?
Allah says in Surah An-Nahl, verse 10:
“It is He who sends down rain from the sky, from it is drink and from it is foliage in which you pasture the animals.” (An-Nahl: 10)
In the same surah, Allah also says:
“And Allah has sent down rain from the sky and given life thereby to the earth after its lifelessness. Indeed in that is a sign for a people who listen.” (An-Nahl: 65)
There are probably tons of “rainy day activities” that you can think of to keep your little ones occupied at home (which I think is a wonderful thing, really). However, what’s more important than that is to teach our children that rain isn’t something that we should complain about. This is even more important since as Muslims, we consider rain as one of the greatest blessings that Allah has sent down to us.
Spend some time to ponder upon the above verses with your children and the lessons we can learn from them:
- Begin by reading these verses and the translation together. There are a number of places in the Quran where Allah talks about rain; you can always refer to these other verses as well. Then, ask them to list the benefits of rain as mentioned in those verses.
- Discuss with your children what they think would happen to people, animals and plants if Allah doesn’t send down rain. Show them pictures of places that are/were affected by drought. Make your children understand why it’s not good to complain when it rains.
- Teach them to recite the du’a when it’s raining, and the du’a for asking for rain.
- Tell your children that rain water is considered pure and can be used for purification, i.e. making wudhu’.
Let me share a few other activities that you can do together with your kids:
- Explore lessons on water cycle to give them an idea how rain is formed. You can even make your own water cycle diagram.
- Help them make their own rain gauge. The simplest way is by using an empty plastic water bottle:
- First, cut the top part of the bottle (about 5 cm from the top).
- Turn this top part upside down and place it inside the bottle to make it look like a funnel.
- Mark the measurement units on the outer part of the bottle using a marker (in centimeter or inch).
- Set the rain gauge out to collect rain water. Once the rain stops, let your little scientist measure the rainfall! 🙂
- Ask your children to set out an empty bucket to collect rain water so that it can be used for watering the plants, washing the car and cleaning. Explain to them that this is one of the methods to conserve water. Additionally, this can be a good point to introduce our children to the concept of being “eco-friendly”.
Have a great time learning with your children!
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