Another wonderful Tot Book from the 1+1+1=1 Website this time focusing on farm animals. You can visit the website to download the templates for this tot book. I also created my own additional pocket and cards for this folder to add in a little Islamic reminder called “Why Did Allah Create the Animals?”
I made this tot book with my 3 year old daughter, Amina but my two year old daughter, Basma loves to join in and she understands it all just as well as her older sister, masha’Allah.
When the tot book is opened out it shows a neat selection of books and pockets.
This little pocket holds the pieces to a 9 piece jigsaw puzzle.
I printed out the picture of the barn and glued it down onto an empty cereal box to make it a bit sturdier. Then I cut it out and cut it into sections.
Basma, my 2 year old daughter loves anything to do with size sequencing so these little tractor cards are perfect for her.
And when play time is over there is a neat little pocket to tidy the cards away.
These matching pair cards are great fun. We played the matching pairs game and the memory game and we learned the names of the different farm animals along the way.
The cards can be stored in this nice little pocket until next time.
A favourite addition to any tot book is the counting tab. Both girls love counting and naming the different animals in this cute counting tab.
Next up are the Heads and Tails cards. The girls spent ages playing with these cards and after we had learned which head belonged with which body the girls had a great laugh mixing and matching the heads and tails to create weird and wonderful creatures LOL!
Next up was Amina’s (my 3 year old) favourite bit … COLOURING! She loves to colour so she always looks forward to the colouring pages of the tot books.
Another nice mini-book is the phonics book. With the kids already knowing the names of the animals it made sounding out and remember the phonics easier. I am also encouraging Amina to start tracing the letters with her finger so that she becomes familar with the letters as she begins learning the phonics alphabet and writing the letters.
Finally I decided to add in an additional pocket of cards to give the kids a little Islamic reminder. I made a pocket called “Why Did Allah Create the Animals?”
The front of the cards show pictures of different farm animals using real life photos so that they become familiar with what the animals really look like.
A close-up of the front of the ‘COW’ card.
A close-up of the back of the ‘COW’ card reveals photos of the products that are produced from the cow including milk and meat products.
I decided to include a card about pigs.
And on the back of the ‘PIG’ card I added signs and images to explain that Allah has commanded in the Qur’an that Muslims are not to eat the flesh of swine.
To download the the template for the “Why Did Allah Create” cards, please use the BOX file share at the bottom of the menu bar on the right.