ibn batutta muslim explorer

Ibn Batutta


How Best To Use This Book
  1. Find a quiet and comfortable space where you and your child can read together.
  2. Use the prompt sheet at the front of the book to understand the purpose and instructions for effective reading.
  3. Encourage your child to engage with the story, ask questions, and share their thoughts and feelings.
  4. Make use of the comprehension questions, relatable story, frequently asked questions, and activity provided at the end of the book to reinforce understanding and enhance the learning experience.
General Tips for Reading:
  1. Use expressive and engaging voices to bring the characters and story to life.
  2. Pause during the reading to allow your child to absorb the information and ask questions.
  3. Take breaks to discuss the illustrations and relate them to your child’s own experiences.
  4. Encourage your child to participate by repeating key phrases or actions mentioned in the book.
At the End of the Book:
  1. Comprehension Questions: Test your child’s understanding of the book by asking questions related to the story, characters, and themes.
  2. Relatable Story: Share a relatable story that reinforces the importance of prayer and its impact on daily life, helping your child connect the book’s message to their own experiences.
  3. Frequently Asked Questions: Find answers to common questions children might have about prayer, allowing you to address any curiosities and deepen their understanding.
  4. Activity: Engage your child in an interactive activity related to the book, which encourages hands-on learning and further exploration of prayer concepts.
Comprehension Questions:
  1. Who is the main character that goes on the journey around the world?
  2. What is the name of Ibn Battuta’s donkey companion?
  3. What important Islamic pilgrimage do Ibn Battuta and the main character travel to complete?
  4. Name one of the places that Ibn Battuta visits during his travels.
  5. What does Ibn Battuta decide to do at the end so he can share all of his travel experiences?
Relatable Story

My Amazing Field Trip


Amir was so excited for his school field trip to the science museum. He loved learning about new things and exploring new places.

When they arrived, Amir’s teacher said they could work in partners to visit all the different exhibits. Amir and his friend Zara ran from room to room, pressing buttons to start experiments and looking at interesting objects under microscopes.

In the space room, they got to try on astronaut suits and pretend to walk on the moon! Amir thought about how Ibn Battuta must have felt visiting new lands for the first time.

After lunch, they saw a show in the planetarium. Amir learned that early Muslim astronomers like Ibn al-Haytham studied the stars and planets too.

On the bus ride home, Amir told Zara all about Ibn Battuta’s amazing travels. He realized that explorers aren’t just people from history – anyone who learns about the world can be an explorer!

Questions Children Ask?

Q: Who was Ibn Battuta?

 A: Ibn Battuta was a famous Muslim explorer and traveller. He was born in 1304 and went on many adventures around the world during his lifetime.


Q: How did Ibn Battuta travel?

 A: Ibn Battuta travelled in many ways – by foot, by camel, by horse, and by boat. He often joined large groups crossing dangerous areas for safety.


Q: Where did Ibn Battuta go on his travels?

 A: Ibn Battuta travelled across North Africa, the Middle East, India, China, and many places in between. He visited important cities and landmarks of the Muslim world.


Q: Why did Ibn Battuta love to travel?

 A: Ibn Battuta was curious about the world and wanted to see and learn as much as he could. Traveling let him meet new people, sample new foods, and have amazing adventures.


Q: What did Ibn Battuta do after his travels?

 A: When he returned home, Ibn Battuta spent time recording all his travel experiences in a famous book called The Rihla. This let others learn about the places and cultures he encountered.


Q: How can we be explorers today?

 A: We can explore the world around us by observing carefully, asking questions, learning from books and media, and experiencing new places and cultures. Exploring can happen anywhere!

Interactive Activity

Make an Ibn Battuta Travel Journal


Materials Needed:

– Notebook or journal

– Colouring supplies like markers, crayons, etc.

– Stickers, cut-outs from magazines, other decorative items



  1. Have children imagine they are Ibn Battuta, setting out on his great journey across the world.


  1. Encourage them to decorate the cover and pages of their journal however they’d like – they can draw pictures of modes of transport, places visited, people met, foods eaten, etc.


  1. Inside, have them record diary entries from different stops along Ibn Battuta’s route. Where does their entry take place? What did they see and do there? Who did they meet? What did they think of the place?


  1. Children can include souvenirs like drawn or coloured postcards, maps of the routes, flags of places visited. Remind them to make each page colourful and fun!


  1. When finished, let kids share their journals with each other and you. Discuss how travel lets you experience new cultures and learn so much about our amazing world!


This activity lets children imagine themselves as explorers like Ibn Battuta, sparking their creativity and engaging with the themes of adventure, discovery and cultural appreciation from the story. Most importantly, it’s hands-on fun!

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