Ramadan activities, crafts, books, and resources for kids.

Ramadan Activities for Kids

The Prophet (SAW) said: “Whoever fasts Ramadan out of faith and in the hope of reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.”

(al-Bukhaari, 2014; Muslim, 760)

May Allah AWJ Open the way for us to live through Ramadan and reap the full benefit, and may Allah AWJ Forgive our sins.  Allahuma Ameen.

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A bit of a disclaimer

As Ramadan approaches, we find ourselves scramming for activities, crafts, decorations, etc., but what about the true essence of Ramadan?

Now I’m not saying Ramadan activities are bad and that we should avoid
them. Not at all.

It’s fun and beneficial to teach children about Ramadan through a hands-on approach.

However, don’t make it all about the activities and decor because that isn’t the true essence of Ramadan.

The true essence of Ramadan is worship

Quran and ebadah is the best thing that any Muslim can do during Ramadan.

Focus on ebadah and your children will follow suit. Conduct Ramadan activities, but don’t do all.of.the.ramadan.activities.

And certainly don’t skip priorities (worship) just because of an activity you want to do with your child.

The last thing we want is for our children to think that Ramadan is all about lanterns, lights, and crafts – vs gaining taqwa.

With that being said, I recommend conducting Ramadan activities prior to Ramadan. The following activities in this blog post are just a few of my personal favorites.

Ramadan Activity #1 – Read Ramadan themed children’s literature

Ramadan books are great for Muslim kids to read, as well as Eid ul Fitr books.

Reading aloud is the best thing to do with children year round, so why not read Ramadan themed books prior to Ramadan! Here are a few Ramadan read-aloud options –

Ramadan by Suhaib Hamid Ghazi

Click on the image to learn more about this book.

Celebrating Ramadan by Diane Hyt-Goldsmith

Click on the image to learn more about this book.

Ramadan Activity #2 – Read Eid-Ul-Fitr themed literature

We typically read Eid-ul-Fitr themed literature about a week before Eid, so during Ramadan. Below are a few Eid themed read-aloud book options.

1.I’m Learning About Eid-ul-Fitr by Saniyasnain Khan

2.Ilyas and Duck and the Fantastic Festival of Eid-al-Fitr by Omar Khawaja

Omar Khawaja’s book set is super fun for young children! Click on the image to see more information about this book!

Ramadan Activity #3 – Conduct various Ramadan literature unit studies

I find that literature unit studies are really fun for young children. I’ve created my own Ramadan themed unit study for my youngest child by pairing a Ramadan themed book with go-along activities.

You can learn more about how to homeschool young children in this free course.

Celebrate Ramadan with Curious George!

It's Ramadan, Curious George, is a great book for Muslim children during Ramadan.
The beautiful moon phase board is from @treasuresfromjennifer

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    Ramadan Activity #4 – Conduct a solar system unit study

    Ramadan activities include solar system activities such as needle felt planets and clay bead moon phases.

    As Muslims we follow the lunar calendar, therefore I thought it would be fun for us to start a solar system unit prior to Ramadan.

    My children have been begging to do a solar system unit since forever. We are eclectic with strong unschooling tendencies, therefore I allow them to choose their topics for the year and go down whatever rabbit trail they’d like. Mama gets to choose the resources, however. 😉

    Moon phase board from Treasures from Jennifer

    You can put together your own Ramadan solar system unit study, or you can use a ‘ready for you’ solar system guide or resources, such as the ones below!

    Oh, by the way, planets are always there, so don’t feel the need to conduct your solar system study and do all.of.the.moon.things right now if you don’t feel like it. 🙂

    Ramadan Activity #5 – Read solar system themed literature

    Here are some of our favorites. –

    Nature Anatomy by Julia Rothman

    Nature Anatomy by Julia Rothman is a beautiful book for Ramadan Solar System activities for Muslim kids.

    Click on the image below to see more information!

    Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock

    Handbook of Nature Study is a great resource for a solar system unit study during Ramadan.

    Click on the image below to see more information!

    Ramadan Activity #6 – Sky Guide by The Peaceful Press

    Ramadan activities include the Sky Guide by the Peaceful Press.  It is perfect for Muslim kids.

    The Peaceful Press offers beautiful guides for young children! The Sky Guide is awesome for a solar system unit study.

    Ramadan Activity #7 – Needle Felted Planets

    Ramadan activities for kids should include fun needle felted planets.

    I was inspired by Sarah Wilson’s @withhisgrace needle felted planets, and had to give it a go. Yes, I let my children needle felt, but with finger gloves and close monitoring.

    And no, I didn’t force my kids to felt the planets to size. Imperfection is beautiful, afterall. 🙂

    Ramadan Activity #8 – Play Marbles

    Marbles is a fun game to play during a Ramadan solar system unit.

    Well, all you need are some marbles.

    Pandemic Joke of the day: If you ask a store clerk where the marbles are, they’ll tell you that they’ve been left in the toilet paper section. 😉 #laughalittle

    Do you remember playing marbles as a child? I had to watch this YouTube video to refresh my memory!

    Ramadan Activity #9 – Soar high into a moon phase lesson

    A Year of Tales by Lisa Wilkinson and the Sky Guide Phases of the Moon Poster is great for Ramadan moon phase activities.
    A Year of Tales by Lisa Wilkinson + Sky Guide Phases of the Moon Poster

    According to my children, the moon is the most important part of the solar system. 🙂 We are still in the middle of doing all.of.the.moon.things, but don’t feel the need to do it in Ramadan if you don’t have time.

    The moon is always there, afterall. 🙂

    Create your own Ramadan moon lessons or follow a guide. We use the Peaceful Press Guide and A Year of Tales for all of our moon phase fun!

    Activity #10 – DIY Clay Moon Phase Wall Hanging

    DIY moon phase wall hanging decoration for Ramadan.
    My eldest child’s wall hanging

    We were, again, inspired by the super talented Sarah Wilson @withhisgrace to make our DIY Moon Phase Wall Hangings.

    My children made it entirely on their own, after watching a ton of YouTube how to’s.

    DIY moon phase wall hangings are perfect for Ramadan moon activities for Muslim kids.
    DIY Moon Phase Wall Hanging by the littlest bean.

    Activity #11 – Moon phase clay bead necklaces

    Moon phase necklaces are a great craft for Ramadan!

    Make some simple beads with air dry clay!

    Simply shape them into balls, and make a hole using a skewer. Let them dry for about a week and paint them.

    My daughter hasn’t painted hers yet.

    Activity #12 – Felt moon phase discs

    Moon phase learning is a perfect activity for Muslim kids during Ramadan!
    Nature Anatomy + Sky Guide + Felt Moon Phase Discs
    Ramadan moon phase felt discs are a perfect Ramadan activity for kids!

    We followed our Year of Tales Curriculum, which has a felt pattern to make our felt moon phase discs.

    Activity #13 – Hand written Eid cards

    Writing Eid cards is a great Ramadan activity.  We also happen to be in National Letter Writing Month!

    It works out perfectly that it is both Shabaan and National Letter and Card Writing Month. We decided to start writing our Eid cards prior to Ramadan.

    It is Shaabaan and National Letter and Card Writing Month

    Don’t have cards? Use postcards. We’re using masjid postcards. Don’t have postcards? Use construction paper. Be resourceful!

    By the way, this is a sneaky way to get writing in! 😉

    Activity #14 – DIY Ramadan Decorations

    Making Ramadan Decorations is a great Ramadan activity for kids.
    walnut shell candles

    Ramadan isn’t about the decorations, and we don’t want our children to think that, however Ramadan during a pandemic is a bit different and it’s important for me to make it special for the kids this year.

    We usually put up string lights and a handmade Ramadan banner that we’ve made in the past.

    Hand crafting your own Ramadan decor is a great activity for Muslim homeschooling families.

    Learn how to DIY these floating walnut shell candles that make a great centerpiece for iftars!

    Activity #15 Make a Ramadan Advent Calendar

    Handcraft lovin’ families rejoice! This handcraft will help your child gain skills in stitching and embroidery, which is perfect for Muslim homeschooling families who’d like to handcraft through the Holy months!

    Stuffed with duas, mini treats, or scavenger hunt clues, these mini felt envelopes are an adorable way to count down the days of Ramadan. And I’ve got two ways that you can make these cuties!

    Get the full tutorial here!

    I’ve save the best for last! Study Islam

    Isalmic studies is the best Ramadan activity for kids!

    Studying our religion is not really an activity, it’s life.

    If you haven’t already done so, look for qualified teachers for your child to study with.

    Read all about Islamic Studies for Kids here!

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What Ramadan Activities are great for families to do together?

    All of the above, however if you’re pressed for time, try creating a personalized dua list together.

    What tips would you give for Ramadan at home during Quarantine?

    Take it easy. Nothing has to happen in Ramadan except for ebadah. If you choose to focus on something, try Math.

    The Last Thing You Need to Know About Ramadan Activities and Resources for Kids

    Have fun, but not to the point where your children begin to think that Ramadan is all about the fun.

    Take it easy and focus on ebadah.

    Don’t mind if your kids end up doing zero crafts.

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    Dua and an Inspirational Quran Recitation

    May Allah AWJ Open the way for us to live through Ramadan and reap the full benefit of it. Allahuma Ameen.

    May Allah AWJ Bless you with a beautiful Ramadan and accept from you your worship. Ameen.

    Listen to this inspirational beautiful recitation, mashAllah, Allahuma barik.

    Please keep me in your dua. xx

    Eaman Elhadri shares her favorite Ramadan activities for kids! Plus, read up on great Ramadan moon phase activities as well!

    4 thoughts on “Ramadan Activities for Kids”

      1. eaman.elahdri@muslimhomeschoolersunite.com

        Wa alaykum wa salaam wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatuhu.
        Thank you for visiting our site, reading the post, and taking the time to comment! We appreciate you! Jazakum Allahu khairun. Allahuma Ameen, Ajma8een, wa jamee8al Muslimeen. Ameen.

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