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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. 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.



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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 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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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links.

Ramadan Meal Planner

Hello everyone, I’ve decided to put together a free Ramadan meal planner for all of you. It has a simple layout and is easy to use. It has spaces for Suhoor, Iftar, Dinner and Snacks. I’ll be using the snack section to include lunch ideas for the cookie monster, can’t forgot our feasting kids.



Free Printable Ramadan Meal Planner



Yes I know Ramadan isn’t about the food. For me personally I’ve found that being organised during Ramadan means I spend less time fumbling in the kitchen, less time thinking about what to cook and less time in the grocery store. This means more time spent on prayer and worship (for me anyway).

I’ll be using this meal planner during Ramadan and in shaa Allah it helps me to keep on track. If you need some organisation too, feel free to download the planner. Just click here and print. And don’t worry, yours won’t have modestmunchies.com splashed across the middle 😉

The above planner was from 2014 and 2015 is below.



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Review: Craft it Up This Ramadan and Eid

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.



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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.

Making up Missed Fasts

I recently read this article about making up fasts from Productive Muslim. I’ve been meaning to start making up my missed fasts and although I’m a bit late of the mark, starting now is better than not starting at all. I’ve missed fasts in previous years from being pregnant, breastfeeding and of course the usual missed fasts. While I make up a few each year, I never push myself hard enough and it’s always easy to forget until Ramadan rolls around again. We have just over a month before Ramadan and I’d like to make up as many as I can, I have 44. I know I won’t get close to finishing them all but I’d be happy if I knock off at least 10, if not more. My goal is to make at least the Sunnah fasts each week and then throw in a few others where I can manage.

Making Up Missed Fasts.



I know there is  a difference of opinion in regards to whether certain fasts are meant to be made up or paid the fidyah for. I recommend you discuss this with an Imam or learned scholar. From my knowledge the consensus is that pregnancy and breastfeeding fasts are meant to be made up as they are a temporary state, based on this I plan to make up all my missed fasts, even though they may be many in number. Again, please seek advice in regards to this matter.

We’re about to hit Winter here in Australia, so our days are short, a mere 12 hours of daylight. A perfect time to start making up fasts and I plan to continue after Ramadan as well. By posting it here quite publicly my hope is that it can help me stay on track and serve as the motivation I need. I know you may not all be in the same boat, and many of you reading this are in the throws of Summer with long hot days, babies and busyness but make a start, even if it’s just a few, it will good practise for Ramadan as well.

Whether you’ve got as many fasts as I do to make up (or more) from pregnancy, breastfeeding, from menstruation, sickness and general forgetfulness, just remember you can do it! Set your mind to it, set a goal and In Sha Allah you can knock them off. If you’d like to join me on this journey, I have a few things that might help us along the way.

I’ve started a Facebook group for support and motivation as well as some free printable trackers. If you’re joining me in the Facebook group I want you to get in there and tell everyone how many fasts you have left to make up (if you’re comfortable with sharing) and also set a goal of the number of fasts you want to complete before Ramadan. Keep the goal small and achievable. Hopefully, this will give you the support and encouragement you need to get started. If you’re a social media junkie and plan to post your suhoors, iftars or just anything in general related to this, feel free to use the hashtag #missedfastsclub. It will help us check in with each other as well as keep you motivated to keep going, in sha Allah.

I commissioned my cousin-in-law Aysha of Penny Paperoni to create these beautiful printables, these are yours to download for FREE. The printables include a Missed Fasts Tracker, a Missed Fasts calculation sheet and a Fasts Left print. You can easily download and print these with a single click at the end of this post. The printables are pretty clear, but I’ve included a little explanation of how to use each one at the end of the post.



Missed Fasts Tracker Free Printables Download



How to use your printables:



Example Missed Fasts Calculations



Missed Fasts Tracker – Calculations – this sheet is an ideal place to jot down and calculate your missed fasts over the year. Consider each year you have had missed fasts and all the reasons you would have missed them, then give each reason an approximate number. Don’t forget to tally it at the end. This reason and set out of this sheet was inspired by the post on Productive Muslim I mentioned earlier.



Example Missed Fasts Tracker (1)



Missed Fasts Tracker- the sheet gives slots for 38 fasts, I know not everyone has the same number of fasts but this seemed like an ideal number as a starting point (plus it fitted best on the page ;)). If you have less than 38 just scratch out the extras and use it from the number you need. Or make the blank sheet with your ideal number. If you have 38 fasts, awesome, you’re good to go. If you have more than 38 fasts, print out the sheet as well as a blank sheet and mark the extra numbers you require.



Example Fasts Left Print



You can do it _ Fasts left in sha Allah – this sheet makes such a cute printable to have on display (you may want to display it somewhere private though). Place it in a cute frame or laminate it and put it on a stand, use a dry erase marker to write in your number.

 

 

 

Penny Paperoni is launching soon, I’ll be sure to share all the details with you as soon as I have them. The printables are just beautiful so I know there’ll be more gorgeous prints coming our way.

DIY Magnetic Bookmarks

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.

9 DIY Bookmark Ideas



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.

DIY Magnetic Bookmark Tutorial



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.

Reading Challenge – Week 5

Can you believe there’s only 2 weeks left of the #littlemuslimsread Reading Challenge by Read Little Muslims? I sure can’t. I had a good week but it did make me realise I didn’t have a lot of books related to that theme specifically. I suppose a lot of book cover the 5 pillars in some way, whether it be with characters praying or talking about Hajj. I guess that’s the best way to teach little children, but I may have caught onto something. Anyone out there want to write a 5 pillars book? 😉 I’ll buy!

This week’s theme is #StoryfromtheQuran. Such a great theme, Mr Munchies reads a lot of Quran stories to a little one and honestly there’s been times where I’ve even learnt things through those stories from my son. I will be posting our collection on Instagram and Facebook, don’t forget to check it out and follow along.



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