This year the holy month of Ramadan is going to be quite different from every year since all mosques, community centres and grand ‘iftars’ will not be held on account of social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
How can one celebrate Ramadan in a way that brings excitement and love to children for this wonderful time of the year? Parents can do so by doing a few activities that are fun, enjoyable and give their little ones a wonderful window to see what Ramadan is all about!
Here are 7 fun activities you can do to celebrate Ramadan with your little ones:
1. Decorate For Ramadan
Bring a sense of festivity inside your homes. Decorate with a Ramadan Mubarak banner, some balloons and include the children as well during the activity so they can join in the fun too.
2. Ramadan Art and Craft Activities
Art is a great way to learn more about Ramadan. The kids can make different shapes of the moon to indicate the start, middle and the end of the month and put them up for all to see. Pakistani actress, Sarwat Gillani recently made Mosques with her kids as a fun and learning activity. Check it out below:
3. Make a Ramadan Calendar
A simple Ramadan Calendar made out of felt pockets labelled 1 to 30 for the month is loved by children as they love marking off the days of the month. You can add sweets or dates around Iftaar time for the children to find a surprise at the end of each day.
4. Create a dedicated corner to Ramadan
It is a great idea to keep a small corner in the living room for the children to practice all their Ramadan activities such as reading verses from the Quran, praying and listening to Ramadan stories. The corner can also be decorated as a Mosque, to give a more authentic vibe.
5. Read-out Ramadan Story Books
Parents can read children’s books, like the book, “My First Ramadan,” by Karen Katz, which introduces the principles of the month to the children. It is appropriate for toddlers, this board book follows one young boy as he celebrates the holiday with his family. Other books such as Ramadan Moon are also great titles to add to your collection.
6. Involve the Children in Meal Preparation
It is a hustle and bustle in the kitchens before Iftaar and Suhur preparing for the meals. Involve your children during this time and let them help out as much as possible. The memories they will create during this time will last them a lifetime!
7. Plan Ramadan Goals
Remember to keep goals for the month, for kids aged 4 to 5. Have them set three goals for the whole month. The goals can be things like “learn a new dua”, “memorise three new surahs”, “fast for two hours once a week” or “help mummy everyday”.
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