If your family celebrates Ramadan, you may have noticed it a little more difficult to include your little ones in a way that really makes them understand the true meaning behind it. There is a vast history behind Ramadan, but giving kids a long history lesson, unfortunately, is likely to go in one ear and out the other. It may be easy to understand for us, but for them, it is simply far too much information. We’ve put together a short list of a few fun activities to include your children in that will help teach them about the holiday.
- Create a calendar. Ramadan lasts for a full 30 days; the perfect number of days to create a calendar with! Do a quick Google search for a free printable, or simply use a calendar you already have laying around the house. Grab some fun felt pens, glitter, and stickers to decorate each day as it passes. You can also choose one topic about Ramadan to learn about each day before you decorate!
- Create a box for charity. Ramadan is a month that teaches us to be more charitable. Why not grab an old shoe box or other cardboard box to create a charity box? Decorate the outside, and include Ramadan-themed crafts inside (stars, crescent moons, lanterns), as well as money and choose a local charity together as a family to donate it to.
- Learn about the moon phases. Ramadan coincides with the phases of the moon, so this is a great way to teach your kids all about it. Create a large poster with each moon phase and turn it into a learning opportunity.
- Get some tattoos. Okay, not real tattoos. Henna is a temporary tattoo paste used to paint intricate designs on hands and feet, and is often used in celebration of the end of Ramadan. Have some fun!
- Decorate your home. Crescent moons, stars, and lanterns are all symbols of Ramadan, so why not use them to be festive and decorate your home?