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Ramadan Craft Party

I recently hosted a Ramadan Craft Party for the Cookie Monster and his friends. It aligned with two of the activities on our Ramadan Calendar, ‘make a masjid picture’ and ‘do a craft with a friend’.

I wrote about it on the My Ramadan Fun site, check it out here How to Host a Ramadan Craft Party.



Ramadan craft party image (Large)



Thank you to everyone that came out. I hope it was as much fun for you as it was for us.

Playdough: Small Batch Recipe

On our Ramadan calendar today the activity was to play with some playdough. Not very Ramadanish, I know, but definitely a good activity to keep the little ones busy.


playdough



This recipe is honestly amazing, makes the softest most pliable playdough and I just had to share. This is a small batch recipe, the perfect amount for hours of fun. It takes 5 minutes and is a no cook recipe. What could be better than that?

Playdough

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tblsp salt
  • 1/2 tblsp cream of tarter
  • 1/2 tblsp vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • Few drops of food colouring 

Instructions

In a bowl mix together flour, salt, cream of tarter and oil and add in the boiling water. This will be extremely hot, so mix carefully with a spoon until it’s at a manageable temperature. Add in your colouring and knead well until soft and smooth. Store in a ziplock bag or air tight container while not in use.

This recipe is adapted from Kids Activity Blog

http://modestmunchies.com/playdough-small-batch-recipe/

Ramadan Mubarak Bunting

If you’ve been following my posts you’ll know about my recent Ramadan Advent Calendar activity tickets. One of the activities was to create a Ramadan Poster, instead of making an actual poster I decided on creating some Ramadan Mubarak Bunting. I made bunting flags with letters, but left the rest blank so we could decorate it ourselves. If you have instagram, follow me here so you can be a part of all our fun advent calendar activities, here’s us decorating the bunting.



Ramadan Mubarak Bunting Printable (Large)



What do you think? Yes, nothing fancy, but having made it together is what makes it special. Since I like sharing, I’ve included the bunting here as a free printable for you all.

Of course, you could decorate it on your own, put it up as is or even print it on coloured or fancy paper, but if you have kids it’s a great activity to do with them. We made stripes, circles, squares and scribbles squiggles. I used a whole punch in the corners, some wool to string through the flags and up it went with some blu-tak. Simple!

Warning: This bunting involves a lot of cutting.

Ramadan Advent Calendar

We made our Ramadan advent calendar yesterday. Yay! Now I hope the cookie monster can hold out till Ramadan.



Ramadan Advent Calendar (Large)



Some quick notes on our calendar. Yes, the advent calendar activity tickets are viewable, but the cookie monster can’t read yet so I don’t have to worry about that too much. Also, I put the numbers of the days on the pegs instead of the tags so that I can chop and change the days if I need too. I know that probably makes me sound like a really mean deceiving mum, but in my defence some of the activities take more time and planning than others and I may not know if I’m able to take on that activity until the actual day.

I kept it pretty simple. We used:

I used the printable from my previous post and cut the tickets up. I cut out little pieces of felt, approximately 1cm x 2cm in size and glued these onto the pegs. Then cut 3 pieces of wool and attached them to the wall with blu tak. The tickets were attached by the pegs to the wool. We made the ‘Ramadan Mubarak’ poster a few days ago, I’ll post about that soon in shaa Allah.

See, simple, didn’t really need instructions did I? Lol. If you’re making your own Ramadan Advent Calendars please post a picture to my Facebook page (you don’t have to be using my printable). Would love to see all the wonderful calendars everyone is making :)

30 Activities for a Ramadan Advent Calendar

Ramadan is around the corner and I wanted to do something fun to get the cookie monster excited about Ramadan and Eid. He is already pretty excited, he even wants to fast (he’s only 3, so I’m not going to force that one). Last year I made a Hajj Advent Calendar for Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha, it worked out so much better than I could’ve expected and it has motivated me to ensure I can make learning at home fun and exciting for him.

I’ve made a printable with all the things I would like to do with him this Ramadan. I’ve included a copy for all of you here if you would like to use this as well, the list is in no particular order. (I hope there’s no typos)



Free Printable 30 Ramadan Activities (Large)



As you can see the they aren’t numbered so I can choose them day by day as I see fit. I’ve also included this blank version if you’d like to print out the cards and fill them with your own ideas. I know these activity tickets don’t have a Ramadan feel, but it’s all I could come up with right now.

When I did the Hajj Advent Calendar, it was very rushed, I made it on the first day of Dhul Hijjah. I didn’t have chance to come up with ideas to fill into the calendar, which meant a lot of lollies and cheap little toy cars. This time I wanted to fill the calendar with things that aren’t material, there’s crafts, games, colouring and more.

I’m including the list below and will update the list with links to that particular activity, either from my blog, other blogs or links to pics from my instagram and facebook accounts, as the month goes on. Be sure to follow! In the next few days I’ll also be making the actual calendar and will try to get a tutorial posted up for that as well in shaa Allah.

Here’s the list (in no particular order):

  • Make Ramadan CookiesDay 6
  • Make Eid Cookies – This would have been Day 30, but who am I kidding? Did I honestly think I’d get to do anything on day 30? It’s the day before Eid!
  • Donate some toys to those in needDay 14
  • Donate some clothes to those in need
  • Donate some coins to those in needDay 8
  • Draw the phases of the moonDay 16 and here
  • Plant some seedsDay 17
  • Make an Eid Poster – Day 22
  • Make a Ramadan Poster  – Day 4 we made bunting, if you’d like to make it too, check out my post here for a free printable.
  • Write/tell your own Ramadan storyDay 15
  • Read a Ramadan story – Day 3
  • Read an Eid storyDay 21
  • Play with play dough – Day 18, recipe here)
  • Paint/colour a Ramadan PictureDay 2 – There’s a whole lot of options with this, just searching Google and even Crayola has some colouring pages. Our printer wasn’t working when I needed this so I drew a picture instead.
  • Paint/colour and Eid pictureDay 23
  • Look at the moon Day 1
  • Make a food plate Day 13
  • Count dates – Day 10
  • Look at pictures of Ramadan around the worldDay 7
  • Look at Eid pictures around the worldDay 27
  • Make prayer beadsDay 25
  • Learn the Eid TakbeerDay 24
  • Choose/try on Eid clothesDay 26
  • Learn a surah/dua/supplicationDay 19
  • Make moon sighting binoculars – Day 29
  • Make a treat with datesDay 5
  • Play arabic alphabet memoryDay 28
  • Make a masjid picture Day 11/12, post with link here
  • Build a masjid with your blocksDay 9
  • Do a Ramadan/Eid craft with a friendDay 11/12, post here

Here are some other ideas I just absolutely love!!

Amnah from littlelightofmine.com created these gorgeous Ramadan baskets for her girls as well as this Ramadan Bucket List. I adore the bucket list idea and think I will implement it when the kids are older. I also found some great ideas on this blog, on this facebook page and more ideas here and here. This is not an extensive list by any means, just some I’ve seen recently. If you’ve seen some interesting stuff around, post the link in the comments :)

Shoes! Left or Right?

My son is that age where he can put on most of his shoes by himself. The problem is he gets mixed up with right and left, as most kids do, I suppose.



shoe stickers



I saw a picture of shoe stickers like this online once and thought it was brilliant. If your kids need a hand with left and right too, give this a go.

Read the instructions below or check out my quick YouTube tutorial.

 

Shoe Stickers

a piece of felt
a marker
scissors
good quality craft glue (non-toxic)

Cut small pieces of felt into shapes (go for shapes that don’t have pointy edges, see a list of ideas below) . Cut each shape in half. Stick the right side of the shape into the inner left of the right shoe, and the left sticker into the inner right of the left shoe. When you put the shoes together, they stickers should line up.

Here’s more shape ideas (for boys and girls):

  • circles (soccer, tennis, basket, beach ball)
  • squares or rectangles
  • cars or other vehicles
  • road signs
  • bolts or other tools
  • hearts
  • rainbows
  • flowers
  • butterflies

The next time your child wants to put their shoes on, they can easily line them up. It may not solve the problem completely, but it’s definitely a start.

Hope this helps some kids out their still finding their feet (excuse the pun). As well as mummies or daddies that have the tiresome job of having to swap their kids shoes around all the time.

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