by Eaman Elhadri
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever fasts Ramadaan 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.
A bit of a disclaimer here – 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 that 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, I am saying don’t make it all about the activities
and decor because that isn’t the true essence of
The true essence of Ramadan is
Focus on ebadah and your children will follow suit, inshAllah.
Conduct Ramadan activities, but don’t do all.of.the.ramadan.activities. And
certainly don’t skip priorities (worship) 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 ebadah and gaining taqwa.
Ramadan Activity #1 – Read Ramadan themed children’s literature
Reading-aloud is the best thing to do with children year round, so why not read Ramadan themed books prior to Ramadan so that your child can learn about Ramadan and ebadah, inshAllah!
Ramadan Activity #2 – Read Eid-Ul-Fitr themed literature
We typically read Eid-ul-Fitr themed literature about a week before Ramadan, during Ramadan, and on Eid.
1.I’m Learning About Eid-ul-Fitr by Saniyasnain Khan
Omar Khawaja’s book set is super fun for young children!
Ramadan Activity #3 – Conduct various Ramadan literature unit studies
We are eclectic homeschoolers, which means we do a little bit of everything. I find that literature unit studies are really fun for young children, alhemdulilah!
Alhemdulilah, we’re having fun with Curious George so far!
Celebrate Ramadan with Curious George!
Celebrate Ramadan with Curious George is really fun for young children who are already in love with Curious George’s shenanigans! 🙂
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Ramadan Activity #4 – Solar System Unit Study
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. 😉
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
But, of course, we won’t skip the most important activity! Literature!
Ramadan Activity #6 – Sky Guide by The Peaceful Press
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
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
Well, all you need are some marbles, literally and metaphorically speaking.
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. 😉 Ok, enough corny jokes for today. #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
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. 🙂
Activity #10 – DIY Moon Phase 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.
Activity #11 – Moon phase clay bead necklaces
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
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
Alhemdulilah, it works out perfectly that it is both Sha8baan and National Letter and Card Writing Month. We decided to start writing our Eid cards prior to Ramadan.
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
No need to spend money on fancy Ramadan Decorations, trust me. Ramadan isn’t about the decorations, and we don’t want our children to think that either.
We usually put up lights and a felt Ramadan Banner that we’ve made in the past. That’s it!
Check out this awesome website for DIY decoration ideas!
I’ve save the best for last! – Study Islam
Studying our religion is not really an activity, it’s life.
If you haven’t already done so, look for qualified online teachers for your child to study with.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any Ramadan workbooks for very young children?
There are a ton! But I’ll name my favorite so far – our sister Freshta from @dearmuslimchild is giving a stunning Ramadan pack for FREE this year!
What Ramadan Activities are great for families to do together?
All of them. 🙂 Perhaps try out a dua poster board so that everyone can write personal duas to remember them easily. Or try some crafts that I’ve named above!
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 or secular studies. It’s OK.
Be grateful that you are safe and healthy and alive in Ramadan.
Wa alhemdulilahi Rabil A8lameen.
FREE and Helpful Printables and Links!
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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, dear sister in Islam; and all of us and all the Muslims. Allahuma Ameen.
Listen to this inspirational beautiful recitation, mashAllah, Allahuma barik.