10 Arabic Language Products for Toddlers
BY: Nadine Ismail/Ambassador Blogger
The earlier you start teaching and using a second language, the more embedded it becomes in your child’s routine. Toddler years are perfect for introducing the Arabic language as a first or second language. The majority of the education resources for learning the Arabic language are intended for ages 4 and up, so I often get asked about resources specific for toddlers.
Here is a list of my 10 favorite products intended for toddlers. As always, look for those products that can be used as your child grows. I am also very fond of printable products that can be used over and over again.
Here are links for 2 playlists on my YouTube channel that covers the alphabet in Arabic. The first playlist covers comprehensive alphabet songs and the second playlist covers individual Arabic letters. Songs are excellent, fun tools you can use to teach the Arabic language.
2. Arabic Alphabet Bag from Child’s Cup Full
This product is perfect for those little explorers, who are on a mission to touch and play. Each bag comes with a full Arabic alphabet of soft, colorful letters made with vegan leather and fabric. Each letter is stitched with two pieces of fabric, making them very durable. It comes in 4 colors. As the alphabet bag contains small pieces, this toy is designed for children ages 3 and up.
3. The Glittering Series from Asala Publishing
This series of 4 board books will keep those toddlers busy with their simple stories and glittery elements. Toddlers are fascinated by everything sparkly and colorful.
4. Arabic Alphabet Puzzle Mats
I love these mats because they are perfect for those crawling to walking toddlers. You can practice the letters, the colors and create shapes by interlocking the mats. The possibilities are endless: you can play “What is this letter?” “What is the sound of this letter?” “Order the letters” “Make a triangle” “What color is this letter?” or “Name an Animal/fruit/veggie that started with this letter.”
5. Arabic Letters Lacing from Arabic Playground
This online resource is great for building fine motor skills, as well as letter identification, shape recognition and letter order. If you read my blogs, you know that I am a big fan of resources that can be used in many ways. Print the paper, let your child color it in, laminate it, punch holes into it, and use it over and over again.
6. Animals ABCs from Kalimat Publishing
This is a wonderful board book of animals illustrated in a fun and attractive way. What makes this book special is that the letters are embossed so that the child can trace the letters, which makes this a fun and tactile activity.
7. Coloring Pages
This printable product is another great resource from Arabic Playground. It can be used in so many ways as your child grows. It can be used as a coloring activity that focuses on the beginning letters and sounds in Arabic. It can also be used to identify objects that start with certain letters such as “Point to the Duck”. This is a great tool for building the vocabulary.
8. Write with the Caterpillar from Arabic Playground
I love this set of flashcards because you buy it once, but use it as many times as you wish (as with all printable products). What is great about this product is that it can be used as flashcards for memory games or as a tracing exercise. It can even be used for outdoor activities. Laminate the flashcards to practice writing with dry erase markers or make play dough shapes as your child grows and learns.
This is a book about a toddler and her adventures. Her name is Maryam, but her parents call her Marmar. It is a great book to read to toddlers because it allows them to identify with the main character of the book.
10. Have You Seen My Letters by Rania Zaghir from Asala Publishing
I highly recommend this book as it can be used in different ways as your child grows. It is written by one of my favorite children’s book authors, Rania Zaghir. Each picture shows the Arabic alphabet, as well as a picture and a sentence that highlights the various positions of each letter (initial, medial, final). Additionally, it focuses on asking the question “Have you seen?” in Arabic. At the end, the alphabet is sung in a simple song that enables children to easily memorize the letters and also emphasizes the sound of each letter.
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Nadine Ismail of Reinventing Nadine is a blogger living in the Bay Area in California. Nadine shares on her blog and Instagram account her recipes, crafts and embroidery tutorials, and parental advice, especially raising a bilingual child.