Ramadan is one of the most celebrated months by Muslims all over the world. As parents and educators, we can do various activities with our children to get them excited about this blessed month!
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Here are our top 7 Children Activities:
1) Share YOUR excitement
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Your excitement about Ramadan is contagious and talking about the blessings of this month and why you are excited will get your children excited too!
“Whoever fasts the month of Ramadan due to faith and seeking reward, his previous sins will be forgiven. Whoever stands in prayer during the Night of Decree due to faith and seeking reward, his previous sins will be forgiven.”
“On the first night of the month of Ramadan, the devils are chained, the jinn are restrained, and the gates of Hellfire are closed and none of its gates are opened. The gates of Paradise are opened and none of its gates are closed. A heavenly caller announces: O seeker of good, come near! O seeker of evil, stop short! Allah will save them from the Hellfire and that is during every night of Ramadan.”
2) Read Ramadan books together
Another children activity you can do is reading together. Children love when they are read to by their parents as it is great bonding and relaxing time.
So bring out your old favourites and perhaps get a new addition to your library to read aloud during family time.
For book recommendations, check out our blog post with our favourite Ramadan books, including discussion questions and activities.
3) Watch animations about Ramadan
We all know kids love animations! So perhaps watch together videos about Ramadan like “Ramadan is Here” or “Ramadan Reminders with Zaky” or Omar & Hana’s “Ramadan Compilation”. They are educational and entertaining and will pave the way for fun discussions with your children.
4) Set goals together
Now that we all understand the amazing opportunity that is coming upon us insha’Allah, it is time to set an action plan.
During family time, discuss how Ramadan is a great opportunity to improve and develop good habits. Then talk about your goals for this month and how you are planning to achieve them.
Some tips for setting your goals:
1. Focus on the obligatory acts before moving to voluntary acts. So before making sure you are doing Qiyaam (Night Prayer), make sure you are doing your five daily prayers.
2. Write your goals in a notebook or a Ramadan goal tracker. Research has shown that people are more likely to stick with their goals if they are written down and they have specified their time and place.
3. If it is a completely new habit, we recommend you simplify your goal as much as possible. Ideally, it can be achieved in 2 minutes.
For example, if your goal is to read Quran. Then your goal would be: “Read Quran for 2 minutes every day after Fajr Prayer in my room”
Remember the most beloved actions to Allah are the ones done consistently.
“Take on only as much as you can do of good deeds, for the best of deeds is that which is done consistently, even if it is little.”
Now, that you have set the example, ask each of your children to think of one goal. Help them come up with a simple plan, with a specific time and place.
Perhaps they want to fast for 3 hours every day. So decide on the timing they would like to start their fast, their pre-fasting meal, and anything else you can do to help them achieve their goal.
Make sure each child is tracking their progress as well. There are many free and available for purchase Ramadan trackers.
Here is our FREE Ramadan Booklet for children!
It includes a goal-setting activity paired with making dua, a good deeds challenge, a fasting tracker, a prayer tracker, and more fun activities!
For other good ones:
5) Prepare your house for the special guest
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Make your house feel special to welcome Ramadan. Clean it thoroughly with your children, with enthusiasm and pleasure, like you would when you are welcoming a special guest.
Have special decorations for Ramadan. It does not have to be too extravagant. You can find many beautiful decorations second hand or you can DIY some with your children.
6) Prepare “Welcome Ramadan” packages
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It is a lot of fun to spread the joy of Ramadan by creating “Welcome Ramadan” packages. These can be as simple or as sophisticated as you would like them to be. You can use empty jars, paper bags, and baskets. Fill them up with goodies and then decorate them with a ribbon and tag.
Here are some ideas of what to include:
- Dried Fruits
- Ramadan Activity Book (Here is a list of printables or buy this one or this one)
- Colouring Pages (Allamah Colouring Book is a great choice)
Get your children and prepare these packages for your family friends! Be creative and environmentally friendly.
7) Host a “Welcome Ramadan” party
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Why not spread the excitement even more and invite your children’s friends to do these Ramadan activities together.
Host your very own “Welcome Ramadan” party!
Serve delicious star- and lunar-shaped snacks and you are on set insha’Allah to get all the children excited about Ramadan!
May Allah grant us Ramadan!
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