Learning Arabic Numbers (wahid to ashara)

Asalaam ‘Alaikum:

I’ve been trying to find ways to get my daughter to work on practicing Arabic numbers and counting. One day she sat down and happily worked in a math workbook (much to my surprise) for the english numbers. She considered it fun – she could count out loud and then color the pictures. It got me thinking . . .

I decided to create a few worksheets similar to those she had in English. I had to do this because she had already colored on the other ones I had. I’m still thinking of possibly continuing to create more . . . but that will depend on my time. Here are the worksheets I have created so far – covering 1 to 10.

Since so many of us are limited in our time, but we are dedicated to teach our children, I thought I’d share an idea with you. If you have access to a copier – use it! I was looking at the pages in her workbook and there is no reason I could not put little pieces of paper or post-it notes over the numbers written in English and write them in Arabic for her. Yes, I know there are “workbooks” available in Arabic already – if that’s what you want to call them. However, most of them are not interesting, expensive and quite small – not worth the expense in my opinion.

Well, this is just an idea – but when time is important to you – sometimes creating everything yourself is not always the right way to go (trust me, I know). If your children are not into flashy stuff (etc.) you could also easily just draw little pictures on a piece of paper similar to the layout in the documents I created and have your child count and color them. Some kids are not picky (although mine usually are).

Insha’Allah this will be of benefit to you.

Asalaam’ Alaikum,
Sumayyah Umm SAA

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12 Responses

  1. Jane says:

    I think your blog is very helpful, you pdf file altough doesnt work.

  2. The pdf file works fine – at least I can open it. Perhaps you need to update your Adobe Acrobat software – also check to make sure it is installed.

    Sumayyah Umm Sadiqah wa Asma

  3. Jane says:

    Well i found a way, your idea is great. im trying to look also for games that make it fun to learn math in arabic.Shukran

  4. Unfortunately, we often think that only what is “out there” is what we can use. However, there are a lot of math games that you can use for Arabic even though they are meant for English.

    For example, we recently borrowed from the library a book about Curious George Counts to 100 (or something like that). We go though the book and I have my daugther count through the pages in Arabic instead of English.

    The way I usually come up with ideas is to see what is implemented in teaching children math in English and changing it to teach them Arabic.

    We also just purchased a game called “Hi-ho Cherry-O” which I intend to play with the girls both in Arabic and English.

    What about other games – Uno, for instance? You could easily create your own game with Arabic numbers – have the children learn the color names, etc. It just takes some cardstock and either a printer or your own handwriting. I know I’m making it sound simple – but things don’t have to be perfect in order to be learning tools.

    Personally, I think the opportunities for learning Arabic this way are limitless. The problem is – we are used to trying to find a book in English to teach English and forget that we can use them also to teach bilingual studies (we just need to think creatively).


  5. Sakeenah says:

    Jazak Allahu Khair for this workbook! It really is wonderful. I was afraid my 3 year old would not like it but he sat for a long time with me to color it and had a lot of fun

  6. Henry says:

    Thank you so much for all these materials! I am teaching a class of 7-9 year olds and these worksheets are ideal. Shokran!

  7. shokran says:

    Thank you so much for all these materials! I am teaching a class of 7-9 year olds and these worksheets are ideal. Shokran!

  8. Naceera says:

    Jazake Allah
    Your material is helpful, but we should tell children that these number are not the Arabic numbers for not being confused although they are used in the Qur’an. In fact the Arabic letters are the one used in the world technology 1,2,3…

  9. Susan says:


    Thank you so much. We are working with our duaghter on her Arabic this summer and these worksheets are great. Shukrun.

  10. Shellz says:

    Jazakallah for this sister I needed something like this for some children I teach
    May Allah reward you

  11. Dee says:

    Yes I found it very useful. I was looking for stuff that would help the local ustas at a Gambian nursery. Only slight problem was that you did not write (in English for me) how to pronounce the numbers.

  12. Ernie Abdullah says:

    Salam Sumayyah,
    I dont have children of my own but I do help to take care of my 3-year old nephew, Durrani. He simply loves numbers and I have started to teach him numbers in Arabic.

    Was looking for materials (as I come from a non-arabic speaking family) and found your blog and worksheets. You cant imagine how thrilled I am!!!

    Will be seeing him tmr and so looking fwd to trying out the worksheets with him – I am sure we will be having a great time 🙂

    Thank you for your generosity.

    Ernie, Singapore

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