Welcome To The “Ramadan For Kids” Series (Part 2 Activities)
Fun Ramadan Activities For Kids
~ Includes Free Kids Ramadan Printable Activities ~
If you haven’t already, you can check out Part 1: Celebrating Ramadan with Kids here and download the FREE Ramadan printables.
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 but 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 are some of my favourite Ramadan children’s activities to do with the kids to help nurture these values.
To help you out there are FREE Ramadan kid’s activities to download as well!
Time to get busy….
Ramadan is the perfect time for activities that 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.
Keep in mind that if the poster becomes full just 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.
You can download this ready made Alhamdulillah Printable Poster here.
Another option is a gratitude journal and this is a great one by Ayeina…
Bake A Treat To Share
Children love to get “hands on” in the kitchen! So a great Ramadan activity for kids is to 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. 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. However my daughter doesn’t boldly stating “I don’t want 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!
Also, 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, be mindful of allergy concerns and 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 fresh and prevent them from drying out. Then decorate with ribbon and gift tag.
I’ve created some Ramadan gift tags that you can use. There’s two tag options to chose from. One is a simple Ramadan Mubarak greeting and the other design is perfect for kids because it includes a brief intro into what Ramadan is about. Download the Gift Tags here
Now let’s get stuck into something creative…