Surah Al Kahf Lapbook

This is my son Yusef’s lapbook on Surah Al Kahf (The Cave), chapter 18 of the Quran. I was inspired to make this lapbook with him after seeing Umm Rashid’s fantastic Surah Al Kahf Lapbook here. I have made templates available for anyone who would like to make this lapbook. You can download  them HERE. This Surah contains many wonderful and miraculous stories, and we chose four stories to include in this lapbook.

  • The Sleepers of the Cave
  • The Two Men and The Two Gardens
  • Musa and Khidr (as)
  • Dhul Qarnain and the Iron Wall

We started by reading the small stories individually from the ‘Quran Stories for Little Hearts’ collection by Saniyasnain Khan, published by GoodWordKidz.

[Note: I have only taken what is authentic from the stories that correspond with Quran and authentic ahadith].

Having understood the stories, we then read from the Quran itself before looking at the Tafsir (commentary) for each story and discussing it.

When closed the lapbook is A4 size. We made the lapbook by taping 2 sheets of A3 card together. When the lapbook opens out at the first fold it reveals two pages, one on the story of the Two Men and Two Gardens and one on the story of the Sleepers of the Cave.

This is the close up of the page on the story of the Two Men and Two Gardens.

At the top of the page is an ayah that we felt introduced the story, ayah 18:32. Below that is a four door flap book that shows the ayat of what the men said to one another regarding their gardens.

Yusef wrote out each ayah under the relevant flaps.

At the bottom of the page is a piece of artwork showing a split scene showing the grateful man’s garden and the ungrateful man’s garden after it had been destroyed.

Yusef used felt and crepe paper to make the images.

The second page is the story of the Sleepers of the Cave.

At the top of the page is the ayah 18:10 which introduces the story and below that are 3 flaps. Two of the flaps pose questions while the third flap has some silver foil stuck to it to represent the silver coin mentioned in the story.

Under the flaps Yusef answered the questions with ayat from the Qur’an and under the silver coin flap he wrote the ayah in which the coin was mentioned.

At the bottom of the page is a large flap on the front of which is an image of a cave which Yusef decorated with scrunched up pieces of tissue paper to make it look realistic.

Inside the cave flap he wrote the story of the Sleepers of the Cave as he had understood it from reading the short story book and ayat and tafsir (commentary).

Then the first two pages open out to reveal the centre of the book which contain the stories of Prohet Musa (as) and Khidr and the story of Dhul Qarnain.

Two and a half pages inside the lapbook are devoted to the story of the Journey of Musa and Khidr and Khidr’s explanation to Musa.

The first part of the story focuses on the journey when Musa and Khidr boarded a ship. Yusef used card and felt to make the base of the ship, a pipe cleaner to make the mast and card and crepe paper to make the sails.

The base of the ship is a flap that folds down and Yusef wrote ayah 18:71 inside and we made one of the sails as a flap underneath which Yusef wrote ayah 18:72.

The next part of the journey focuses on the story of when Khidr killed a boy.

We didn’t want to depict anything in terms of physical violence so I thought it best that we use a brightly coloured, jagged speech bubble to express ayah 18:74 which Yusef pasted underneath.

Below that is a figure of a boy made from card, white crepe paper and felt. There is also a cloud shaped speech bubble containing ayah 18:75.

The final part of the journey leads Musa and Khidr to a town where Khidr rebuilds a crumbling wall.

Yusef covered a split flap with light brown card and then cut some block shaped pieces of brown felt to glue down to look like the bricks of a wall.

Under each of the flaps Yusef wrote ayah 18:77 and 18:78 which tells the story.

On the bottom of the third page is a flap book under the title ‘Khidr Explains To Musa’.

On the front of each flap is a question asking why Khidr did the things he did on his journey with Musa and under the flap Yusef wrote the explanations based on the ayat from Qur’an.

Above the Musa and Khidr section is a small flap which I decided to include as an additional lesson from Surah Al Kahf all about the importance of saying ‘Insha’Allah (God Willing)’.

The front of the flap depicts the Arabic script reading ‘Insha’Allah’, decorated with a gold glitter-glue pen.

Underneath the flap Yusef wrote the ayat 18:23-24 plus an explanation of it’s meaning.

The final page is all about the story of Dhul Qarnain and the Iron Wall.

The page shows the two mountains mentioned in the story with the wall being built between.

The two mountains are actually flaps that contain the ayat which tell the story.

There is also a flap which shows a smelting pot, underneath which is written ayat 18:97-98.

The wall itself is made of a piece of card covered in silver foil and then the brickwork has been drawn using a permanent marker. This slots in place between the two mountain flaps. On the reverse of the wall is ayah 18: 97 which explains that the armies of Ya’juj and Ma’juj (Gog and Magog) cannot dig through it nor scale it.

And when the wall is slides out of place, behind it is revealed the ayah 18:98 in which Dhul Qarnain warns that the time will come when Allah will permit the armies of Ya’juj and Ma’juj to break through the wall.

We had so much fun making this interactive lapbook and Yusef really learned the stories from the Surah thoroughly, masha’Allah by breaking it down in this way, and we quite often refer back to it when reading Surah Al Kahf on Fridays.



25 comments on “Surah Al Kahf Lapbook

  1. Mashallah Yusef done a great job, it has inspired me to do something similar with my little girl. I have been scratching my head for ideas of how to make reading and understanding the Quran for children. U r doing a great job! Xxx

  2. Masyaallah…such a great idea to make learning Quran fun. Thanks a lot.

  3. mashallah great cant seem to print out templates

  4. Mum and Son duo like you are an inspiration masha’Allah =)

  5. masha allah .great idea

  6. Alsalaamu alaykum Ukhti,
    This lapbook is really good, and insha’Allaah will help young minds remember the surah of Al-Kahf. Well done Allaahumma barek lah.

  7. MashAllah! I love the lapbook. I’ll be using these ideas to teach the same subject to a group of 8-10 year old children.

  8. Masha Allahu la quwwata illa billah!

    I must say that this was truly inspiring for me. I did the same with my kids (in a class of 7-10 year olds) and masha Allah, they really enjoyed it.
    They feel really good about themselves after completing it, and alhamdulillah, they know the entire story now. Pictorial representation really sticks! 😀

    BarakAllahu feeki
    Jazakillahu khairan 😀

    • *P.S.: We only did the Journey of Musa and Khidr (‘alayhimussalam).

      • Really I don’t know what can I say about your great work which inspired me a lot and helped me teach my kids and my students how to love our Deen and apply it in our Dunyah. May Allah SWT bless you and your family
        Ummu Omar

  9. Assalaamu alikum wa rahamtu Allah wa barakatuh
    Jazaki Allahu Khairan for a wonderful work, I am using the project with the class I teach, May Allah reward the best.
    I just want to point out that the man of the two gardens: One has two gardens, and the other was poor.. we call him in Arabic: Sahib Aljannatayn (The man of the two gardens) . From the project it make it seems that each one has a garden.
    An idea is to draw the garden before and after it was destroyed because of his kufr.
    Baraka Allahu feekum.

    • Walaykum salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu Sister Huda,

      Jazaki’Allahu khayran, you are quite right in everything you have said and I can see how my template is confusing. I have updated the document to show it as you suggested: before and after. Barak’Allahu feeki.

      • May Allah reward you the best, Jazaki Allahu Khairan for you quick response.
        May Allah grant you knowledge and more ideas to help the young learn our Deen.
        May Allah grant Yusuf righteousness and strong faith. Make be become from As-Saliheen. Ameen.

      • Ameen thuma, ameen. Barak’Allahu feeki sister. Thank you for your du’aas.

  10. as-salamu alaikum, msot wonderful work. masha’allah. May Allah (SWT) reward you for all of your hard work. Ameen

    One of the sisters commented above that she was unable to download this beautiful project. I too am having difficulties. Can you help us?

  11. indeed a very creative way to teach kids Quranic stories in a fun way rather than just narrations! May Allh swt bless you. it is surley a very helpful teaching tool!

  12. Assalam u alaikum! Masha Allah you have done a great ob by making teaching of Quran so interesting. May Allah reward you with best of ajar.aameen
    Please email me the material as well.
    JazakAllah in advance 🙂

  13. slam alaykom, i ve no experience in trying such method in stories would u plz provide me some details in the way i introduce it for the kids, which steps shall i prepare on my own and which steps i make them color or draw???

  14. ASA,
    This is wonderful. Will share with the children.(some adults too)

  15. Assalamu alaikum warahmathullahi wabarakthu sister.
    I hope to do this lapbook with my son inshaAllah. Could you please email the template to me.
    JazakyAllahu khair! May Allah grant you increase in all goodness.

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