WELCOME TO THE “RAMADAN FOR KIDS” SERIES
Part 2: 5 Favourite Ramadan Activities for Kids
If you haven’t already, you can check out Part 1: 5 Tips for Celebrating Ramadan with Kids here and download the FREE Ramadan Ready Kids Pack.
Ok, so you’ve set up your decorations and have hopefully got your kids excited and ready for Ramadan.
Ramadan is an opportunity to improve ourselves, be thankful for what we’ve been given and to show generosity and kindness to others.
It’s like a month long intensive bootcamp to prepare you for the year ahead, with the goal being to take what you’ve learnt or practiced during Ramadan and applying it throughout the year.
It’s also an opportunity to teach children important values such as being grateful for what they have, helping those in need and being mindful of what they say and do.
So below is a list of my 5 favourite activities to do with the kids during Ramadan to help nurture these values.
To help you out there’s a FREE Ramadan Kid’s Activity Pack to download at the end of the post.
Time to get busy….
1. Alhamdullilah Poster
Ramadan is the perfect time to teach children about gratitude. Explain why it is important to be thankful for the many blessings given to us every single day and how each one is a precious gift from Allah.
To help them recognise this, create a poster with the heading “Alhamdullilah for…” and each day get the child to write (or draw) 1 thing they are grateful for on the poster.
If the poster becomes full, create another one and staple them together.
At the end of Ramadan, sit down with the child and go through all the blessings they’ve received.
Another option is a gratitude journal and this is a great one by Ayeina…
2. Bake A Treat To Share
Kids love to get “hands on” in the kitchen! Help them bake or make a treat that can be shared with neighbours, friends or their classmates and teachers.
A family favourite in our home are good old Chocolate Truffles, but this year I decided to also try the version by The Lebanese Plate. It has a dash of rose water and pistachios for a slightly more sophisticated, Middle Eastern twist.
I highly recommend you give them a try and you can get the recipe here.
I love nuts so I decided to roll some of mine in crushed pistachio instead of coconut.
My daughter however doesn’t like nuts at all and boldly stated “I don’t like nuts, unless it’s Nutella!”
Unfortunately I had run out of Nutella, otherwise I would have created a Nutella version too! *Mental note for next time…
So to keep my daughter satisfied, I decided to create a “Glam” version and roll some of the chocolate truffles in sparkly pink sprinkles. They turned out great and the colours worked well with the Ramadan theme I was using too!
The beauty of truffles is that you can create so many variations. Some alternatives I love are below, just substitute cocoa with your chosen flavours (quantity according to your personal taste):
Fruit Truffle: add sultanas and chopped dried apricot
Peanut Butter Truffle: add peanut butter and roll in crushed nuts
Double Choc: roll chocolate truffles in chocolate flakes or cocoa.
Glam Truffles: roll in coloured sprinkles
Or get creative and come up with your own flavour combo!
*Please keep in mind that if you’re making treats for your child to take to school, make sure they’re nut free!
Basic Truffle Recipe:
250g Plain Sweet Biscuits (arrowroot/milk coffee biscuits/teddy bear biscuits)
1 Cup Desiccated Coconut
2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
395g Sweetened Condensed Milk
Shredded or Desiccated Coconut (for rolling)
Using a food processor, crush biscuits to a fine crumb. Transfer biscuit crumbs to a large bowl and combine remaining dry ingredients (excluding extra coconut). Stir together. Add condensed milk and mix well so it coats all dry ingredients. Dab the palm of your hands with water. Take one tablespoon of the mixture and roll into a ball. (Note: having wet hands makes this process a lot easier!) While the ball is still moist, roll through the extra shredded coconut or topping of your choice to coat. Store in refrigerator until needed.
Your truffles are now ready to package and gift…
Try to use packaging that can be sealed, as this will help to keep your truffles from drying out. I’ve also included some Ramadan gift tags for you to use in the Ramadan Kid’s Activity Pack. There’s two tag options to chose from, one is a simple Ramadan Mubarak greeting and the other design is perfect for kids and includes a brief intro into what Ramadan is about.
3. Colouring and Drawing.
Like most children, my 3 love to get busy with their crayons and markers. So a great idea is to nurture the creativity of children during Ramadan with colouring and drawing challenges.
Get your child to create a Ramadan poster that can be displayed in their room.
There’s a Ramadan poster and colouring sheet included in the
Ramadan Kid’s Activity Pack!
4. Story Time.
Ramadan is the month when the Quran was revealed and there is great importance placed on reading, seeking knowledge and education in Islam. Reading and reciting Quran during Ramadan is considered of huge benefit and it is a recommended goal to try to read the entire Quran during this holy month.
“The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong)” – The Quran, Al-Baqarah 2:185
“Jibreel used to come to the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) every night in Ramadan, and study the Quran with him.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari – 5: Muslim, 4268.
Establishing a reading routine for children is a wonderful way to build a foundation when they are young.
It provides an opportunity for them to connect with stories while spending time with you (or another loved one) while you snuggle into a cosy spot and read to them, or have them read to you.
I’ve made it a goal of mine to continue to build upon my children’s library and these are some of our favourite books to read during Ramadan…
5. Good Deeds Tree
The concept of being rewarded for good deeds and acts of kindness is something that can be taught to children at a very young age.
Inspired by Muslim Kids Guide’s Flourishing Deeds Tree, I decided to create my own variation. Based on my Arabic Alphabet Tree art print I’ve created a Good Deeds Tree to track and reward children for each good deed they perform.
Use the printable template and instructions provided in the Ramadan Kid’s Activity Pack and you can create your own.
Simply assemble the tree trunk and write different good deeds on the back of the leaves. Every time your child performs one of the good deeds, they get to stick the leaf onto the tree. The goal is to finish Ramadan with a tree full of leaves!
As an extra incentive, you can also chose to reward them if they collect a certain amount of leaves by the end of Ramadan.
These were just a few of our favourite activities to do during Ramadan, but I’d love to hear what you enjoy doing with your kids!
Hopefully you’ll be able to add a couple of these to your list now too!
You can get all the free printables mentioned above in the Ramadan Kid’s Activity Pack below.
Included are the following printable items to do with your child…
• Alhamdulillah Poster
• Ramadan Mubarak colouring Poster
• Mosque Colouring Page
• Gift Tags for Treat Bags
• Good Deeds Tree Activity