Living in the West, it can be difficult to get children all excited about Ramadan. I remember as a child I didn’t take much notice of Ramadan except knowing that the family were not eating and sneakily trying to stay awake so I could eat with my dad when he came home from work in the summer months.
But the truth is we need to make Ramadan and Eid special for our children. You can’t miss the festivities around Christmas; the decorations, the fairs and the general excitement, and we do not have that on Eid. I remember as a child just pretty much seeing it as a day to get dressed up and simply eat. However, nowadays there are so many resources and activities that can help make Ramadan fun for children.
Read Ramadan Books
The first thing that can easily be done is to read books relating to Ramadan. There are a number to choose from and I am sure more will be released. We are currently impatiently waiting for Curious George which we pre ordered. But others we have and will be reviewing in the run up to Ramadan are:
Ramadan Moon and Under the Ramadan Moon.
Do Ramadan Crafts
Most children love crafts and crafts can be started before Ramadan to entice excitement, or done during Ramadan.
We have done a number of crafts which we can use for Ramadan, with more planned.
I’ll be sharing bloggers Ramadan crafts in a post soon.
Make a Ramadan Countdown Calender
I try to make a countdown calendar each year but one that is educational rather than simply treating the children. And again I try to involve the children in making them rather than simply buying. The first year we did this, I got Munchkin to decorate some cups. In each cup I put a small treat, such a sweet, a marble, a small toy with a fact about Ramadan. So rather than it just being about treats, it was educating her about Ramadan.
Another year I purchased some small boxes and in each box I placed a small treat again but this time a ‘good deed’ was put in the box too which Munchkin had to perform either that day or as soon as possible.
This year I haven’t decided yet what we are going to do. I may just cheat and buy one……
Decorate the house
I started decorating the house for Eid but the last few years we have also started to decorate at Ramadan. We keep it simple at Ramadan and then go all out the night of Eid and decorate fully. Rather than just buy decorations. we make our own as it will involve the children more if you make the decorations. One year we made an Eid Banner and each Eid we make paper chains and stars. The decorations don’t have to be Pinterest worthy, but should be about making Ramadan fun for the kids.
If children aren’t fasting still allow them to stay up
So long as it doesn’t mean they are going to be exceptionally tired for school/nursery then it can be made special for the younger ones who may not be fasting to share in Iftari with you. However with Iftari being so late in the UK I highly doubt Bee will still be awake at that time.
Have a family and friends get together for Iftaar
In all honesty our Iftari is kept very simple. We don’t do much preparation in advance of Ramadan and basically just cook and eat what we do every day. So to make it special it is nice to do a family get together or maybe even go out to eat after prayer as a treat one day.
Send gifts to school for Eid
It is nice to get school friends involved by sending gifts. It doesn’t have to be elaborate, even just simple sweets (they always go down well). That can also lead to questions and a discussion about what Ramadan and Eid is.
Have an Eid Party
This is something I am considering for Munchkin. We don’t have birthday parties so I feel this would be a nice treat for her and something else for her to look forward to during Ramadan. It will also show her friends the importance of Eid and allow them to get involved.
What do you do to make Ramadan fun for the children? Do share in the comments and look out for a few guest posts on this topic over the coming weeks.
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