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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.
  • 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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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.

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 :)