Ramadan is a special time of year for Muslims around the world. It's a time when we come together to fast, pray, and give to those in need. For parents, it's also an opportunity to create lasting memories with their children and help them develop a deeper appreciation for this blessed month.
From arts and crafts to cooking and games, there are so many ways to get your kids involved in the festivities. Whether you're looking for ways to educate your children about the importance of Ramadan, or simply want to create some fun family traditions, we've got you covered.
What Is Ramadan?
Ramadan is one of the most special months in the Islamic calendar. It's a time when Muslims all over the world fast from dawn until dusk, abstaining from food, drink, and other physical needs during the day. But Ramadan is much more than just fasting. It's a month of spiritual reflection, self-improvement, and community.
During Ramadan, Muslims wake up early for a pre-dawn meal called "suhoor." It's important to eat a nutritious meal to prepare for the long day ahead. Once the sun rises, the fast begins and continues until sunset. It's a time for self-discipline and self-control, as well as a time for reflection and prayer. At sunset, Muslims break their fast with dates and water, followed by a meal called "iftar." This meal can range from simple to extravagant, depending on personal preference and cultural traditions. It's also a time for families and communities to come together and break their fasts as one.
Ramadan is also a time for giving to those in need. Muslims are encouraged to donate to charity, help their neighbors, and perform acts of kindness throughout the month. It's a time for generosity and compassion, and a reminder of the importance of helping those less fortunate. The end of Ramadan is marked by a three-day celebration called "Eid al-Fitr," or the "Festival of Breaking the Fast." It's a time for families to gather, exchange gifts, and enjoy delicious food. Eid al-Fitr is a joyous occasion and a time to give thanks for the blessings of the month.
There are many ways to make Ramadan special for your children and get them excited about the month. Here are some fun activities that you can do with your children to make Ramadan special:
Create DIY Designs Envelopes For Sadaqah
Giving Sadaqah is an important part of Ramadan. It's a time when Muslims are encouraged to give to those in need and help their communities. One fun and creative way to involve your children in giving Sadaqah is to create DIY design envelopes with them.
The following is a step-by-step guide to making your own Sadaqah envelopes:
- Gather colorful paper, stickers, markers, and other crafting supplies.
- Have your children cut out rectangles of paper and fold them in half to create the envelopes.
- Let your children decorate the envelopes with stickers, drawings, or any other creative ideas they have.
- Help your children write "Sadaqah" on the front of each envelope, along with messages of kindness and encouragement.
- Decide on a cause your children want to support, such as a local food bank or a charity that helps children in need.
- Provide funds for the Sadaqah or encourage your children to use their own allowance or money.
- Fill the envelopes with the Sadaqah money or small gifts.
- Have your children deliver the Sadaqah envelopes to those in need, such as neighbours, friends, or family members who they know could use the support.
Craft a Colorful Ramadan Lantern
One of the most iconic symbols of Ramadan is the colorful lantern, also known as a ‘fanous’ in Arabic. These lanterns are often seen lighting up the streets and homes during the holy month. Making your own Ramadan lantern can be a fun and creative activity for children to celebrate the spirit of the month.
- Gather materials such as colourful paper, scissors, glue, and a ruler.
- Cut the paper into long strips, around 1 inch wide.
- Take four strips of paper and glue them together at one end, making a square base for the lantern.
- Weave additional strips of paper over and under the base strips, forming a diamond pattern until it covers the entire square base.
- Reach the desired height of the lantern and fold the top ends of the strips inward to form a pointed top.
- Cut out a handle for the lantern from a strip of paper and attach it to the top of the lantern using glue.
- Decorate the lantern with additional paper cutouts, stickers, or any other creative ideas they have.
- Place a tea light or LED light inside the lantern, and enjoy the colourful glow it provides.
- Display the lantern in a special place in your home, so your children feel proud of their creations.
Decorate the House Together
Decorating the house together is a wonderful way to involve your children in the celebrations of Ramadan. This activity allows everyone in the family to come together and create a festive atmosphere that celebrates the importance of the holy month. There are several fun and creative ways to decorate your home during Ramadan. For example, you can make your own banners and garlands using colourful paper, glitter, and string. You can also display Islamic calligraphy or set up a special table for your family to gather around during Ramadan.
By making Ramadan-themed crafts with your children and creating a Ramadan countdown, you can add a personal touch to your decorations and add to the excitement of the holy month. Whether you make your own decorations or purchase pre-made art pieces, decorating the house together can be a fun and meaningful activity for the whole family. By creating a welcoming and festive environment in your home during Ramadan, you can help everyone feel connected to the traditions and values of this special time of year.
Read Them a Ramadan Story
Reading a Ramadan story to your children is a wonderful way to introduce them to the traditions and values of this important holiday. To make this a meaningful experience, choose a book that is appropriate for your child's age and interests, read together in a quiet and comfortable space, ask questions, and use the story as a starting point for discussion.
After you finish reading, follow up with related activities, such as making a craft or cooking a traditional Ramadan dish. By engaging with the story and discussing its themes and values, you can help your children understand the importance of Ramadan and create lasting memories as a family.
Try a Doodle Art For Kids
Trying a doodle art for kids is a great way to keep your children engaged during Ramadan while also encouraging their creativity. Doodle art is a simple and fun activity that involves drawing and colouring with no specific goal or end result in mind.
Here are some tips for trying a doodle art activity with your children during Ramadan:
- Set up a designated space for doodle art. This can be a table or desk with plenty of art supplies, such as paper, markers, crayons, and colored pencils.
- Encourage your children to let their imaginations run wild. There are no rules or guidelines when it comes to doodle art, so your children can draw whatever they like, from geometric shapes to abstract patterns.
- Consider incorporating Ramadan-themed elements into your doodle art. You can encourage your children to include crescent moons, stars, and Islamic calligraphy in their drawings to celebrate the spirit of the holy month. You can also download and color Kabrita’s Ramadan themed doodle.
In today's fast-paced world, it is easy to get caught up in the demands of work and daily life. However, it is important to prioritize quality family time, especially during Ramadan. By doing so, we can strengthen our relationships, deepen our spiritual connections, and create a sense of unity within our families and communities.
Let us use the holy month of Ramadan as an opportunity to focus on what truly matters in life - our relationships with our loved ones. Make the most of this special time by spending quality time with your families, engaging in meaningful conversations, and creating lasting memories that will bring you closer together!