Ramadan is a time for the entire family to come together for the Holy month and engage in prayer, fasting, celebration and goodwill. It can be difficult for the children of the family to feel a part of things when they’re not old enough to fast, or truly understand the significance of the Ramadan. That’s why we’ve got 4 activities that kids will love, and will help them understand what makes the Holy month so special.
1. Make their own prayer mat
You can find prayer mat colouring pages by searching on the internet that you can print off at home, or you can go to your local craft store and select a tough fabric like felt to make their own which is a bit more challenging for the older children.
It’s a great activity for siblings as they can make a large prayer sheet together for congregational salah, and you can educate your children on which designs are acceptable on a prayer mat and how to keep it simple.
2. Observe and study the moon
The Islamic calendar is based on the cycles of the moon, but how well do your children understand the lunar calendar? This is a great time to take some binoculars to the night sky and track the progress of the moon, it’s different stages and why it’s so relevant to Ramadan.
Teaching your children about the way the moon is sighted to herald the start of Ramadan and the beginning of Eid, and about the 3 “white days” of ayyam al beed and show them how to do so themselves is a fun way to explain the significance.
3. Make a good deed tree
The idea is to start with a bare tree that will have branches full of leaves by the end of Ramadan when your child writes their good deeds on a paper leaf and sticks it to the tree. This can be as simple as a basic tree drawing on a large piece of paper, or older children may prefer to make their own 3d model of a tree they can attach fabric leaves to.
You could have different coloured leaves for different types of good deed, pale green for simple, dark green for time-consuming and silver for deeds of special significance, for example.
4. Learn Arabic using books and games
It’s never too early to introduce Arabic to your child, and there’s a wide range of books, games and computer programs that will make it fun and interesting. Teaching your child how to write their name in Arabic using calligraphy is a fun activity, and something they can use to decorate their bedroom and belongings.