Ramadan is almost here, and for Muslim families this is one of the most special times of year. For the whole month, we fast from dawn until dusk and take the opportunity to slow down and focus on our connection with God. For me, Ramadan is a time to reflect and to strengthen my faith, and as my children are growing up it’s important to teach them the significance of this month too. I’ve shared some simple Ramadan activities over on my blog In The Playroom and I’m excited to start off the Ramadan series here on the Multicultural Kid Blogs for this year.
Throughout the month, members of the Multicultural Kid Bloggers group will be sharing Ramadan crafts, activities and ways to teach children about this special month (see more below).
One idea we have prepared this year is a Ramadan jar.
To make the Ramadan Good Deeds Jar, we took an empty glass jar and painted it with acrylic paint. Any acrylic paint should work well on glass, and you can decorate with a crescent moon design like ours, or any Ramadan design that you prefer. We also painted the word Ramadan at the bottom of the jar in Arabic letters.
Once Ramadan begins we will fill the jar with 30 slips of paper, each with a good deed written on it such as giving money to charity, helping a neighbour or parent, reading or learning something from the Quran and other beneficial activities for Ramadan. You can work together with your kids to prepare the list of activities, which will be a good way for them to think of ideas to help others, and to help themselves to make the best of their Ramadan.
The children can each choose a piece of paper from the jar per day and follow through with that good deed for the day as a fun way to do good.
You can also fill the jar with ideas for Ramadan crafts and activities, or fill it with slips of paper each with a different ayah (verse of the quran) or hadith (saying of the Prophet) on it for the children to choose at random and read.
This post is part of our Ramadan for Kids series. Follow along all month long as we share crafts, activities, and other special ways to teach children about Ramadan!