49 Ways to get Kids Involved in Ramadan

One question I’ve seen floating around on social media a lot is ‘How do I get my children involved in Ramadan?’, so I put together a post to answer this question. Involvement can mean a lot of things, it can mean creating, learning, doing, making or helping, it can also mean so much more. Essentially it is about including children and getting them to be and feel like they are a part of something and I think the ideas in this post will help you achieve that.

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I had my 4 year old in mind when writing this, but there’s so many ideas in this post this could range from babies right up to children 10 years old. I’ve also included links to purchase items where relevant. So here they are, 49 Ways to get kids involved in Ramadan:

1. Let them help set the table for suhoor or iftar. 

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2. Make a Ramadan banner or poster.

3. Use a countdown calendar. Check out some of the printables below.

4. Or better yet, create your own.

Free Printable 30 Ramadan Activities (Large)



5. Have the kids help you decorate the house and set up a little Ramadan display with/for them.

6. Do Ramadan crafts.

  • Check out my my review for Craft it Up
  • Follow Ramadan Crafts on Instagram. they’re full of great ideas
  • I have a few more ideas in the Crafts section of the blog

7. Learn about the customs and traditions of Ramadan in other countries – a simple google search should bring up plenty.

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8. Make a sadaqah/charity box.

9. If you share some food/dates/info about Ramadan with your neighbours- take your kids along with you.

Ramadan Dear Neighbour Tags




10. Let them share Ramadan with their friends. 

Last year we made cookies to share, the recipe and free printables are here.

Mini MnM cookies for sharing



11. Use Ramadan activity books and sheets to keep them busy

12. Turn traditional Ramadan menu items into fun, kid friendly versions – this can be as simple as lowering the spice, cutting into fun shapes, or even offering a smaller serve.

13. Have a Ramadan party.

14. Create your own Ramadan story, if your child is too young, ask them to tell you about Ramadan in their own words and write down what they say. This will be a great keepsake for years to come.

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15. Read stories from the Quran.

16. Take part in Islamic Children’s Book Day – Coming up on the 10th of Ramadan. Hosted by Emma Apple and Read Little Muslims

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17. Donate clothes and toys to those in need.

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18. Give your child money/coins to fill a charity box that you can drop off with them at the end of Ramadan or at a later stage.

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19. Wear traditional garments – if you have traditional garments in their size, get them to wear it for a day. This can be traditional cultural dress or even modest Islamic dress.

20. If your kids are old enough get/make a fast tracker and give rewards for completion. Praise and encouragement work just as well as a toy or lolly.

21. Get them involved in suhoor, if it’s too early for them wake up, let them have a ‘suhoor’ meal at breakfast time. Set the scene – do everything just as you would during suhoor so they can experience it and don’t forget to finish off with a date, some water and your intention to fast (just as a practise of course).

22. If your children are too young to fast, but are excited by the prospect of fasting, let them attempt a practise fast (this doesn’t have to be longer than a few hours, making sure you don’t force or push them to do so) . Offer praise for any attempt made, it will encourage them to fast when they are required to do so, in shaa Allah.

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23. Ask them to help choose their eid clothes- try to purchase these before Ramadan, or if you’re using existing clothes or are purchasing them yourself, get them to try them on before Eid, and ask them to get accessories ready (socks, shoes, belt, headbands, hair ties etc).

24. Get/make a salaah tracker and offer rewards for completing salaahs.

25. Learn a new surah – if your kids are old enough and able to memorise, try learning a surah with them. There are so many short surahs to choose from.

26. Play Quran recitation in your house. If possible incorporate the playing of Surahs that your children have memorised or are familiar with.

27. Set up an I’tikaf tent. Idea from How to get your kids to love Ramadan on Productive Muslim.

28. Search for the moon together and talk about its phases and what they symbolise in welcoming the Islamic month.

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29. Make food and cookies in fun islamic shapes. 

30. Encourage your children to perform simple sunnahs – or they can compete with themselves by setting a Sunnah goal and trying to beat it each day. This can be a great one to work on as a parent as well.

31. Encourage good deeds or make good deed sticks.

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32. Listen to islamic songs or Nasheeds (if you prefer instrument free, there’s a lot of options, if you look).

33. Increase knowledge together, watch (child appropriate) lectures on YouTube or put on some Islamic Children’s DVDs if you have them. 

  • Little explorer’s Australia is our current favourite.
  • We also own all the Zaky DVDs – Let’s Learn Quran with Zaky and Friends was played over and over again last Ramadan, I think we all know the words off by heart. Purchase through Amazon or in the 1Islam store. We plan to buy part 2 very soon in shaa Allah.

34. Create an iftar box – I saw this idea on Amnah’s (Little Life of Mine) Instagram last year. If your kids have started fasting or even if they’re doing part fasts, start an iftar box with them, it’s a great motivator to get to iftar time so they can enjoy all the treats they’ve packed.



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35. Take them to the mosque when you can. If they’re up and can manage, take them for Taraweeh prayers one night.

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36. If you have special ramadan recipes, ask your kids to help you prepare them, be patient, it may take longer and be more messy than usual but they will enjoy the time with you.

37. If you’re having friends and family over for iftar, get the kids to help with the meal, to set up for the guests or help with the table.

38. Pack hampers for the disadvantaged/homeless and ask your kids to help you pack. Delegate tasks that will be simple and easy so they can be pleased with themselves and aspire to do more.

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39. Eat together on the floor – give the dining table a rest (or the kitchen nook as the case may be), throw a mat on the floor and enjoy your iftar Sunnah style.

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40. If you’re sharing Eid gifts, get your kids involved by getting them to help you make it if it’s homemade, or help you choose something of you’re making a purchase or they can help gift wrap and fill envelopes for you.

Eid Gift for Kids



41. Start a Ramadan Journal or scrapbook. It’s a great way to for them to keep track of each Ramadan, see how far they’ve come, track new achievements and set better goals each time. You can keep it simple and use a good old fashioned notebook and pen or try some of the options below:

42. Teach them about Layatul Qadr – change your routine in the last 10 days/nights and increase your worship so they recognise the  significance. 

43. If your children use an iPad or Tablet why not incorporate some Islamic/Ramadan Learning apps. 

44. Get your kids to help you plan your Eid decorations, and help you decorate when the time comes. 

45. Make a Dua list of simple and easy Duas to learn with your children. You can introduce the fasting Duas too.

46. Create Ramadan traditions with them. Some ideas below.

47. Let them experience iftar – start their dinner off with some water (Zam Zam would be great) and a date just as you would if you were breaking your fast before eating ‘dinner’.

48. Read Ramadan/Eid stories with them. We only have a few but I’m hoping to increase our collection this year.

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49. Encourage love for learning and reading Quran.

  • Read in front of your kids when possible
  • Try this Quran 30 day word activity Let’s find a word in the Quran
  • If they’re old enough and ready, get them books to learn Arabic alphabets
  • Also check out The Story of The Elephant by Shade 7 publishing purchase on Amazon
  • Teach them about when and how the Quran was revealed.

BONUS: Make it fun and lead by example! 



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22 Comments on 49 Ways to get Kids Involved in Ramadan

  1. Zakkiya
    June 18, 2015 at 3:49 am (2 years ago)

    JazakAllah sister Faaiza for the mention and the awesome tips and links, May Allah Reward you. Ramadan Kareem!

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    • modestmunchies
      June 18, 2015 at 8:06 pm (2 years ago)

      Ameen. JazakAllah!

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    • Asma
      June 21, 2015 at 6:04 pm (2 years ago)

      Jazakallah khairun katheera

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    • modestmunchies
      June 18, 2015 at 8:06 pm (2 years ago)

      Was Salaam. Ameen!

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  2. sarahjmir
    June 18, 2015 at 12:04 pm (2 years ago)

    Thank you Faaiza for this incredible round up! I know this will be great for our family

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    • modestmunchies
      June 18, 2015 at 8:07 pm (2 years ago)

      Glad they’ll get put to good use :)

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  3. Amira
    June 18, 2015 at 12:11 pm (2 years ago)

    Great ideas Jazakom Allah Khairan, shared on facebook for my Arabic and English blog.. really a treasure to keep. Ramadan Kareem.

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    • modestmunchies
      June 18, 2015 at 8:08 pm (2 years ago)

      That’s great! JazakAllah for sharing! Thank you! Ramadan Kareem!

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  4. Amber
    June 18, 2015 at 9:15 pm (2 years ago)

    Ramadan Kareem. Thank you so much for your efforts in putting this together for families to enjoy together. May Allah bless you and continue to give you great wisdom.

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  5. MyNinjaNaan
    June 24, 2015 at 1:17 pm (2 years ago)

    Such a great and useful compilation mashAllah! InshAllah planning on sending some treats to Zunoon’s school for Eid, much thanks for the idea :)

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  6. we3threeblog
    June 29, 2015 at 9:57 pm (2 years ago)

    these are such fantastic ideas, so inspiring. it’s so important that children feel included in ramadan and these are easy creative ways of making sure they get to take part in lots of the fun!

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  7. Alia Hafez
    May 4, 2016 at 8:49 pm (2 years ago)

    El Salam alekom I am from Egypt

    In Egypt we make something called Ramadan bags and I think it’s one of the most effective and touching , we put in it the essential things needs for the whole month (rice,oil, butter, salt, sugar, tea as it’s very important for the Egyptian to drink tea after eliftar , pasta…etc) and let our children prepare it with us then we distribute it to the poor people , widows , divorced women , unemployed ……

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  8. diyana
    May 6, 2016 at 11:54 am (2 years ago)

    thanks you for the great ideas

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  9. Mumtaz
    May 29, 2016 at 4:23 pm (1 year ago)

    Masha Allah, what a Ramadan star you are !!!
    So professionally done !!!
    May you have abundant ajjar every time someone uses it

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  10. Lina
    June 1, 2016 at 2:45 pm (1 year ago)

    MasyaAllah…many brilliant ideas. Jazakumullah khair. Ramadhan Mubarak.

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  11. pakistan zindabad
    May 10, 2017 at 4:24 am (6 months ago)

    Jazakillahu khairan kaseera dear sis!
    May Allah grant u more wisdom & knowledge!

    Reply

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