Every year I try to make something for my sons friends for Eid. Sometimes it’s easier than others. Last year for Eid Ul Fitr I made these play dough gifts and this Eid Ul Fitr was homemade chocolate bark for the parents (and the kids as well). This year for Eid Ul adha I thought something crafty might be nice. So, I put together these little Eid Sheep Craft Bags.
These packs are so cute and super easy too with the printables I made. I printed A4 sheets of sheep (4 to a page), I cut them out and we placed them in snack sized snap lock bags with a handful of cotton wool balls, then sealed the bags. I also made and printed those bag labels. They fit perfectly onto the snack sized snap lock bag. I cut them out, folded in the centre and stapled them on. It’s so simple and you can even get the kids involved with filling the bags. Older kids could definitely help with cutting, folding and stapling too.
They were very well received, everyone I spoke to told me their kids wanted to make them straight away. If the kids are happy i’m happy. I’m so glad they all enjoyed it, we definitely did.
Here are the printables if you’d like to make these sheep. There’s 4 labels to a page and 4 sheep to a page. If you just want to make the sheep you could just print that page alone. To download your printables click here or on the image below.
It’s Ramadan and we’re all looking for ideas to keep the kids busy. Part of Ramadan falls in the Winter break here in Australia (and other Southern countries) and in the Summer break in the Northern Hemisphere, which means the kids will need something extra to keep themselves occupied. Sometimes you just need to have something on hand that is self guided, so you can get on with worship or housework or the laundry or whatever else needs doing and activity books are the perfect solution. They’re easy, you can just give them to your kids with some pencils and crayons and they’re on their way. I wrote a post on getting kids involved in Ramadan in which I share many ideas, one of them, of course includes activity books and sheets.
I recently received this Ramadan activity book from Shaheda of ShahedOPrints and it’s been included in our Ramadan book basket this year. It’s a little smaller than A4 making it easy for little hands and has a bright and fun cover. The layout is simple with an easy flow of activities
It is filled right to the end with 25 fun and varied activities. There’s the standard colouring in pages, as well as a maze (which kid doesn’t love those), word activities and more. I’m not sure what age range the book is designed for, although considering the word activities I’d say say it’s probably best for 6 years and over. My 4 year old would be able to do at least half of the activities in the book. In fact he’s been quite excited about it and has started working on some today.
Ramadan Fun is a cute activity book that will keep the kid(s) from getting bored this Ramadan, it’s a good resource to supplement other Ramadan learning and activities. Purchase from Shaheda O on etsy – shahedaoprints.etsy.com.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
10. Let them share Ramadan with their friends.
Last year we made cookies to share, the recipe and free printables are here.
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.
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.
17. Donate clothes and toys to those in need.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. You can find Season 2 at Read Little Muslims.
- 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.
35. Take them to the mosque when you can. If they’re up and can manage, take them for Taraweeh prayers one night.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Read Little Muslims or Amazon
- Teach them about when and how the Quran was revealed.
BONUS: Make it fun and lead by example!
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I can’t begin to describe how excited I am about this book. Craft it Up is the brainchild of Zayneb of Zed&Q. A beautiful online store I have come to love. I love their prints, wooden keyrings and plaques and have even had gorgeous custom prints made for wedding and housewarming gifts.
Islamic kid’s book enthusiasts would know that nothing like this currently exists. Zayneb clearly knew there was a gap in the market and created something not only for the purpose of filling a need but also serves to educate children about Islam through the use of clever and fun crafts.
The book is designed for children aged 6 and above, however I do believe a lot of the crafts can be adapted for a younger audience with a more instructional and guided approach. The crafts do have a feminine touch, I love that I can feel of the personality of the book’s creator come through. But if you prefer a less feminine feel you can adapt the crafts to suit. This can be done easily with the use of other colours, materials, textures and papers (whatever you have on hand) to tailor to the needs and preferences of your child.
The book is beautifully presented. Each craft includes a step by step tutorial with gorgeous pictures and instructions at each step, making this a great book for the avid crafter or even the craft novice. One thing I really love about Craft it Up is that you can make all the crafts using things your already have lying around. It is so important to teach our kids about reducing our waste and recycling. It is not only our duty as citizens of this planet but also as Muslims.
The crafts are a great way to facilitate discussion and engage with children about meaningful Islamic topics. I can already imagine all the discussions that will be started and all the questions that will be asked. Something as simple as a ‘Sadaqa Sheep’ or some ‘Good Deed Sticks’ can be all that’s needed to engage children in a fun and exciting way. Zayneb also includes useful tips for parents as well as important Islamic tidbits that can be read to children.
We’ve already started our own Ramadan traditions, last year we made a countdown calendar and did activities each day of the month and even had a craft party. I know I’ll definitely be pulling this one out to use in some of our Ramadan activities this year. The ‘mini Mu’min’, the ‘good deed sticks’ and the ‘play mosque’ are already on my shortlist. I think I’m almost more excited than my little one will be. You can buy the Craft it Up directly from Zed&Q or purchase from Amazon.
Disclaimer: I received a digital sample of this book to conduct a review. This post contains Amazon affiliate links.
I was recently working on a post for Read Little Muslims about DIY bookmarks. These are bookmarks you can easily make at home for yourself or with your kids with fairly standard craft supplies. Most of them were super easy and I made them in just a few minutes.
You’ll be able to read that post soon, but for now I wanted to share a tutorial to one of the bookmarks I shared in that post, a DIY Magnetic Bookmark.
A while ago I noticed Mr Munchies used a magnetic bookmark in his English translation Quran. The one he has is from Kikki.K. I thought these were such a brilliant, yet simple idea and had planned to make one of my own. I have made versions of it over the years, some with card, some laminated, some with craft paper. They are simple and you can have fun with the way you make and decorate them. Like the name suggests the bookmark is magnetic, it has 2 sides, each side with a small piece of magnetic tape/paper that holds your page between the 2 sides.
The thing I love about it is that if you’re making your own, you can make the 2 sides different, for instance one side can be plain and the other have some writing on it. This way you can easily tell which side of the book you’re on. I one like this a while back which I printed and laminated, it’s the one I currently use for my Quran. This bookmark had my name on one side and Bismillah printed on the other, I’ve found this as such a blessing in being able to determine which side of the page I continue reading from.
To make your own, simply watch the tutorial below. You don’t really need much instruction for these but the video can help you along the way.
The final guest post is from my dear friend Razeena at Read Little Muslims. I’m not sure if I ever mentioned this, but Razeena and I are not only virtual blogger friends but friends in real life too. We live a few minutes from each other, run in the same circles and have a shared enthusiasm for Islamic books/resources. Even our sons are good friends and are the same age too (they just turned 4, where does the time go, Alhumdulillah). Razeena has put together a great list of their top 5 Islamic Apps. I have all of these and they’re definitely favourites in our house too.
Our TOP 5 Islamic Apps for Kids
There’s no denying the influence that technology has on the children of this generation. Love it or hate, it’s sure to catch up to you sooner or later. Our kids both use the iPad and we have a variety of Islamic and other apps for them to both learn and play. Everything in moderation, we believe. 😉
These are some of our favourites
1. Ali and Sumaya Let’s Pray
An extremely high quality and well designed app. The two characters are just so cute and the little introduction to why Sumaya wants to learn to pray is endearing. We love that it makes learning Salaah so relatable for young children.
The easy-to-follow steps for making wudhu and Salaah make it seem lessdaunting to learn. The animation is fantastic and our kids have learnt so much. We can’t wait to see if there will be any more Ali and Sumaya apps.
2. Arabic with Taha and Mariam
A simple yet well-designed board game-style app that makes learning the Arabic alphabet fun and easy. You can choose from four characters and three different levels. The game works by simply tapping the dial and moving your character the number of spaces you have spun. Once on your spot, depending on the level you have chosen, you have to identify the Arabic letter that pops up. Every few turns you are introduced to a new letter and the best part is that you can store your names, and the app will remember you the next time round. A fun, interactive way to learn!
3. Kids of the Ummah
Another high quality app for Muslim kids. Designed by the well-known Peter Gould, the Kids of the Ummah are cute and colourful. The app features 26 kids, each one’s name corresponds to a letter of the alphabet and a city in the world.
There are puzzles of 26 different mosques worldwide and the illustrations and graphics are beautiful. It also features colouring and book mode. This is a fun, interactive app useful for exploring diversity.
4. Arabic with Zaky
Zaky is a well-known character worldwide. Most children will lovingly recognise the familiar purple bear. Our favourite Zaky app at the moment is this one. We love the Arabic alphabet song. It is catchy and useful when trying to teach young children. Also, introducing them to the colours and animals is a bonus with out making things too serious. It keeps their attention unlike some of the other apps that try to teach similar things.
5. Little Muslims memory match
A cute, simple memory match game with an Islamic twist. It has two levels of play – easy and hard – which is great for younger kids. The matching pictures include the Ka’aba, Masjid and Zakat among others. Once you find the match, a little voice gives you an explanation of the picture. This app is a nice alternative to other matching games that can give children that little extra.