Our 5 favorite Muslim Cartoons on Youtube!

As parents we all know how hard it is to resist technology use at home. Our kids constantly need to watch cartoons and play games whether having food or during long traveling journeys. Tablets and phones are our helping hand in parenting. As a mother, I’m constantly hunting Muslim content that Nayel could watch. Kids are like sponges, they are absorbing everything they see around. I want him to learn the best of our deen. I thought of writing a blogpost on my top 5 favorite Muslim cartoons on youtube that Nayel enjoys. Hope your kids will like them too 🙂

1. Omar and Hana: our absolute current favorite – and the best part- we recently met the team of Omar and Hana on their visit to Dubai! Nayel also got toys from them! Omar and Hana are available in English along with Malay- and more languages coming up soon!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC178EmfQAV3OT-UpuO6WUMg

2. Zaky and Friends-

One of the firsts we started with! Love their cartoon stories on Prophets!

https://www.youtube.com/user/wwwone4kidsnet

3. Abdul Bari ( Urdu/Hindi)

There were introduced to Nayel by his grandfather when he was just 6 months old. They are in Urdu and very detailed- well written cartoons on islamic lifestyle- I would highly recommend!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpITdHWi-M3rVKX4L2TP0AQ

4. Islamic kids video- Stories from Quran.

These one- even I listen to whenever I start a new Surah! Extremely amazing!!!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvWyP-vFhlS1-XENpD6w68A

5. Quaid se Batein:

This is not an Islamic one but amazing urdu cartoons for Pakistani kids! Culturally appropriate and great topics covered! Nayel enjoys watching them!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5s8STnSC2SMsg09uFSfq7g

I hope your kids will enjoy these! Please leave me a comment if you’re already watching these or any other that I should be adding in my list for Nayel!

JazakAllah khair! ❤️

Step inside my Ramadan Freezer!

Meal preps is an essential thing in Ramadan. For me, it saves me time and keep home cooked food stored right when you need the most! That is while going through a tough day with a 2 year old while fasting.

Okay before I go ahead, if you’re a mum who enjoys buying all ready made stuff, you’re amazing too. If you’re someone who likes ordering, you’re perfect too and if you’re someone who has help at home in making this- you’re super lucky!! This is my personal way as I enjoy doing all this. Please don’t feel bad while reading that you’re less worthy;) instead you can say – ”omg such a jobless mama 😂!”

I thought of taking you guys through my freezer, a typical Pakistani one in Ramadan. A week before Ramadan, I start preparing. This includes deep cleaning my home, rearranging shelves, ironing a few nice shalwar kameez and preparing food items that can be frozen.

I’m sure many of you do exactly or way better than this.

So here are few things that you will find in my fridge and freezer! Also you’re most welcome to join me for iftar! I’m prepared😛

Chicken Spring rolls! Ok- I love these!! So I make sure I am well stocked. One roll in my iftar is a must. I prepare the mixture with boiled and shredded chicken, cabbage, carrots, spring onions and capsicum. I even add boiled thin spaghetti! A little soya sauce, vinegar – salt and pepper! Done!

Boiled chicken breast chunks! These come in handy for quick chicken sandwiches. Just defrost, shread , add mayonnaise or anything you like with some iceberg lettuce and you’re good to go! 🙂 – Also, I don’t throw away the chicken stock, freeze them in batches as its super helpful to be added in other food you’re cooking 😎

Chickpeas: Okay this is a must if you’re a desi! Boiled chick peas – white and black! A nice spicy chana chat with papri , yoghurt, and chaat masala. Such a help to be stocked well! Not just chana chat, they’re super helpful in making quick chana pulao when you’re totally out of ideas to cook.

Mini Samosas: These I made yesterday as I was missing having them in iftar. Crispy and spicy. I made the mixture with chicken mince, onions, coriander and green chilies- perfect crunchy bite sized for iftar. In a few ,I just added shredded cheese as my husband likes them 🙂

Shami Kababs: Sehri is incomplete without a shami kabab with paratha. There are days when you’re out of eggs or not feeling like having the usual oatmeal, omlette or salan( gravy) , fry a kabab and enjoy with paratha! These you will find in my freezer all around the year. Not just Ramadan.

Frozen fruits for smoothies: This is something new that I’m doing this Ramadan. I have frozen batches of berries and bananas ( that went extra soft) in my freezer. For iftar, I just add them in the blender along with some fresh yoghurt and milk and a refreshing quick smoothie is ready! No need for ice! Very very helpful.

Homemade Tamarind Sauce: no chat is complete without this sweet imli sauce. So I prepared a batch of this to last me all Ramadan. Just imli, jaggery, few dates and kalunji. Hayee chatpati and mazedar!

Along with all these, I have a packet of french fries, frozen pizza dough and frozes parathas always stocked up!! With a toddler, it’s super helpful to be over prepared! all this is really helping me to focus more on using the time for zikr and duas rather than in the kitchen!

What’s your Ramadan freezer like?

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Okay before I go ahead, if you're a mum who enjoys buying all ready made stuff, you're amazing too. If you're someone who likes ordering, you're perfect too and if you're someone who has help at home in making these , you're super lucky!! This is my personal way as I enjoy doing all this. Please don't feel bad while reading that you're less worthy;) instead you can say – ''omg such a jobless mama 😂!'' . . Also please- we get one month a year to munch on samosas and pakorays- healthy gurus please let us enjoy and stand far away getting jealous on seeing us munching with green mint chutney! Hayeee😂😂 . . Link in bio @frommummytonayel – I would love to read what is in your freezer this Ramadan. Please leave me a comment! 🙂 enjoy 😉 . . ————————————————————————— #timeoutkidsdubai #uaemoms #dubaimoms #growingup #motherhood #dubaiblogger #uaemomblogger #momtogs #littleandbrave #honestparenting #mumlife #oureverydaymoments #letthembelittle #uniteinmotherhood #thatsdarling #nothingisordinary #mashAllah #mummyblogger #childhoodunplugged #clickinmoms #littlethings #dubaiexpat #hijabiblogger #muslimmom #motherhood #foodblogger #muslimstyle #mbdailyposts #muslimshblogger #ramadan #ramadanfood

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Welcoming Ramadan with toddlers

I keep editing this particular banner onto a countdown to Ramadan! Yes we’re almost a month away now and inshAllah will be entering the most beautiful and blessed month of all- Ramadan.

This will be even more special for me as after 2 years – I will be fasting all inshAllah- no more breastfeeding 😁!!

Also- Nayel is 2 now and he has started to comprehend and understand things around him! So I’m super excited to celebrate Ramadan with him! If you’re thinking how with a toddler, let me take you through onto our first mini planning and I pray these might be helpful for you with kids at home too:)

1. Decorating the house:

We do birthdays and weddings, and we see alot of Halloween, Christmas and Diwali set up around, why not Ramadan? Make it fun with your kids and set up your home. Older the kids , more the fun. Balloons, banners, laterns, calender , DIY Ramadan crafts- make it interesting for kids! It’s the most beautiful time for bonding as a family for us Muslims! (Images via Pinterest for reference only)

A super cute online shop: My Little Ruhm

https://frommummytonayel.wordpress.com/2018/05/08/make-room-for-little-ruhm-this-ramadan-and-eid%e2%9d%a4%ef%b8%8f/

2. Create a personalized pray area:

Google and Pinterest are right on our tips now and I have seen so many cute ideas for little masjid at home for kids! If you can go fancy , great ! If not- even handmade charts, keeping prayer mats, puting up lights and telling kids this is their own little home masjid would make a great difference. Imagine how they love their doll houses or play pens- this will be a special place for them to sit and do their Ramadan crafts or for you to pray with them.

(Pictures source- unknows via pinterest )

3. Celebrate everyday’s little things:

Talk about Ramadan with your kids. Tell them what it is, watch cartoons that is related in teaching them about Ramadan. Take them for grocery shopping for Ramadan to involve them. Be it as simple as choosing dates and rooh afza or asking for Dua together before iftar. Tell them to dress up nicely, stay clean and about doing good deeds.

4. Wishing Ramadan:

On the night of 1st Ramadan, get them to call or message family member with you. Make videos and voice notes as families to send across wishing and praying for everyone. Take memorable pictures! Make cards, buy little gifts for family and friends and personally go and wish:)- you need to show and create enthusiasm so they get in that mood. It will stay with them forever ❤️

5. Books and Crafts:

There are so many books on Ramadan available now, get them and read with your kids. Talk about different cultures and tell them what people do in Ramadan around the globe. Take out activities from books for kids to enjoy. Be it colouring, making crafts or learning new words. You will find endless options on the Internet!

Find some interesting books here :

http://coloursofus.com/childrens-books-ramadan/

Let’s pray this Ramadan brings happiness and peace across the globe and make us a good muslim example to lead for our kids.

What would you add in this list?

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This post is part of the UAE Mom Bloggers Blog Hop for Ramadan.

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Gymtastic Time at My Gym

What an experience Nayel and Mummy had last week at My Gym! It’s a children fitness centre that has programs to facilitate kids from 3 month old to about 13 years old.

I wanted to have a structured physical activity for Nayel and Kidzapp helped me choose ‘My Gym’ for him. We booked a day session and walked in about 10 am. A clean place with different rooms for activities. Currently they’re running their Spring and Easter camps offering Arts n crafts, My Gym fitness, dance classes, Zumba, yoga , cooking and many more.

I wanted to experience their classic- Gyming Time – hence we headed into their gym studio.

A huge indoor room with different sections- a coloured ball pit, soft flooring, slides, swings, trampoline and different bars around along with an extra empty space where they host classes.

As a parent, you must be thinking – why My Gym?

That because children have loads of fun as they gain strength, balance, coordination, agility and flexibility while developing social skills, confidence and self-esteem in their everyday activities.

Nayel went crazy in their balls pit- jumping and playing with other kids. Next he spotted the slide- where at-least 10 times in a go- he went up and down! 😂- I just stood there watching him.

Soon the session began and I was so happy to see parents involved with their little ones! My Gym runs different activities each week and in one session around 4-5 new activities to keep kids involved and enthusiastic!

Our carefully constructed programs are constantly analyzed and adjusted according to up-to-the-minute advances in medical and psychological research. My Gym’s main objectives are to ensure that program ingredients are safe, age-appropriate and optimal for building self-esteem- My Gym

These are their different classes- My Gym offers Parent Participation classes and Independent classes too:

You can find all about it on:

www.mygymuae.com

We experienced their Gymster class where it was all about working on fine and gross motor ability and coordination via jumping , running, swinging, balancing and focusing !

Nayel enjoyed their swings the most! They had a plank to help kids balance and cross it! What a fun one!

After all the physical focusing activities- to calm kids down, they had a red circle play time where kids got toys and puzzles to play with and interact with other kids while parents stood outside the circle. This was to develop their social skills and independence.

The last part of the session had a puppet reading time.

What a rollercoaster experience for Nayel! He came home and slept for hours- tired and happy! ❤️

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Please check their website on the list of prices and class schedules.

www.mygymuae.com

My verdict- super fun and challenging for kids ! It’s good to take out their underutilized energy in a fun way! I’d recommend parents to experience this with their kids!

Also download Kidzapp to keep you updated with upcoming camps and activities with MyGym!

Sneak Peak into Xpark Junior!

Slides, swings, pets and water fun- you name it and you’ll find it all at a super cute new place in Dubai called Xpark Junior . It’s located just off the Kite Beach Dubai and is a lovely new place for little ones.

Making the most of the last few cool days here in Dubai before it gets terribly hot, I wanted to take Nayel for outdoor play, so I grabbed my phone and instantly opened kidzapp. That’s how I found Xpark Jr and got super excited! Come let me take you through Xpark Junior via a quick tour!

•What is Xpark Jr?

It’s the latest adventure spot for children aged 1-12 along with their parents / guardians. A natural playscape park with activities.

How is X park Jr different from any other park?

It’s a unique one. From running to climbing, from jumping to swinging, from petting to splashing- and much much more. It’s a park having thick green trees that envelop the entire area, water channels flowing on the sides, wooden bridges and ropes to get adventurous with slides and swings to add more to it! Rocks, sandpits , tree houses and wooden dens making it all look like a jungle theme or safari kind perhaps! ❤️

Some of the main highlights

1. A cute small petting zoo with bunnies, parrots, tortoise and chickens! ( a pony and some more birds to arrive soon!)

2. Splash pads– these were Nayel’s favorite of all , ofcourse after those rabbits! Running water and a small water fall along with lots of toys scattered around for kids to get wet in and play. Perfect for hot summer days!

How much does the ticket cost?

XPark Junior is open every day from 8am to 6pm, and admission costs Dh45 for a child and one adult for two hours of free play. Opening hours will change during summer months; visit ww.xparkjr.com

The way the park has been designed allows children to let their imaginations run riot, to gradually build their confidence levels and take what its owners describe as “healthy risks”. kevin Hackett

Other than all the play and adventure, X park offers art and crafts in a lovely indoor place with high ceilings and fans giving it a natural look. Nayel was so busy in running and enjoying the water fun that he couldn’t get time for that!

There is also a nice cafe kind of area where you can grab a snack or a juice to relax while kids enjoy outside.

Moreover- Nice and clean toilets for boys and girls separately to change and freshen up!

Things I’d recommend:

1- Pack an extra pair of clothes/ swimwear , towel and a sunscreen as hot days stand strong ahead!

2- Carry your flip flops and dress light to be able to enjoy with your kiddos.

3- Charge your phone for lovely pictures around!

4- Go around 4 pm or after when it’s not very sunny to make the most of it.

5. Be with your child ‘ALL’ the time- the park requires adult supervision as places have sharp ends, water area with slippery rocks and climbing around alone by kids is hard. It’s a lovely adventurous park to be explored together !

Nayel and I had a lovely time at X park Junior. It’s definitely the new kind of ‘safe play’ for little ones. It’s a special place- all and all about messy carefree fun! What are you waiting for , head to X park junior before it gets way too hot! And don’t forget to give our big ‘Hi’ to Mr bunny!