Assalamualaikum wa-rahmatullahi wa-barakatahu,
Ramadan is just a day or 2 ahead, with preparations in swing I am sure all of you are as excited as I am to make the best use of this month, inshaAllah! 🙂
While we have our preparations and goals set, those of us who have kids in the family let’s not forget to take out time to educate the little Ummah about what Ramadan is all about.
A few activities for them can be:
- Talk to them about Allah (swt), Jannah and everything that He has blessed us with.
- Take out few mins in a day to read the Quran together with translation and discuss about it. “Teaching Kids the holy Quran” should be a great site to make them understand better, inshaAllah.
- Educate them about why we fast. Sister Yasmin Mogahed adviced in a webinar to not reward the child with gifts such as money, toys etc since this makes them associate fasting just for temporary rewards and if you take the reward away from them they may lose interest. So, instead tell them about the rewards of fasting and how Allah loves them more and will bless them with better things in Jannah as a gift for fasting for His sake, inshaAllah.
- Allot a certain time during the day or a day during the week to tell them stories of Prophets(peace be upon them all). If you do not have any book from which you can read it out to them then read the story on net and narrate it to them in your own words.
- Make a Ramadan fun pack – this can contain coloring pages, books to read, and some Ramadan craft work materials and ideas. (Useful resources to get these linked below).
I was looking out for some fun things for Ramadan through which kids might learn something good about Ramadan and also be able to spend their time well rather than watching TV. I found some wonderful sites and suggestions for the same. Here’s a list of the sites:
- 30 Children activities for Ramadan: It consists of 30 activity suggestions for 30 days of Ramadan, giving kids a variety of things that can be done throughout the month, inshaAllah.
- Mini Mu’min Ramadan Kit: I just loved the stuff on this website, mashaAllah. They have a Ramadan road map, coloring workbook, certificates etc that can be downloaded for free and printed or bought online.
- Ramadan Joy: This website contains some wonderful project ideas for Ramadan that can be done with family. I especially loved their printable Ramadan stickers.
- Ramadan Online games: I think these games are a good substitute to other online games that kids might play online. It might maintain the atmosphere of Ramadan, inshaAllah
- Muslim Kids Ville: A website where kids can learn, play, listen to nasheeds and read stories.
Some additional tips:
- Ramadan For Kids– IQRA foundation
- Ways in which your kids can celebrate Ramadan without fasting
- Top 5 Ramadan books for kids
- Ramadan Lesson Plans & Games for Kids
- 99 ways to help kids fast during Ramadan
Lastly, I found this Ramadan cartoon quiet cute! It might be a good replacement for the cartoons they watch on T.V.
(WARNING: Contains light music!)
To end with treat the kids with simple but fun eid party, here are some resources that might help, inshaAllah:
- Celebrate eid with cake, craft, cookies
- Eid parties for busy moms
- Eid Treat Bags! (SO want to make these for the little ones in the family!)
- Eid Supplies Websites: Modern Eid & Eid Creations (Read reviews here)
That’s all for now from me! 🙂 Do you have any other resources or suggestions to involve kids in Ramadan? Do leave your suggestions in the comments 🙂