Parents often express how difficult it is to get their children involved in Ramadan, especially when they don't fast. For children, Ramadan can pass by without them even noticing. We would like our children to feel a part of this beautiful month and to instill a love for it from a very young age.
Below are some fun activities you can do with your children, as we gear up for Ramadan.
1. Decorate the House
Welcome Ramadan into your home by putting up banners. Keep the Ramadan spirit alive. This allows children to feel the festivities and excitement around Ramadan. In months prior to Ramadan, you can get your children to collect their scrap paper and recycle them into paper ring banners.
2. Read Islamic Stories
This Ramadan, make story time a blast by adding an Islamic twist. Stories of the Prophets have morals and lessons that can be used to spark interesting discussions with your children. You can also think about donating a book about Ramadan to the local library or your child's school.
3. Involve Children in Charity
From an early age, we want our children to understand the importance of generosity and the concept of giving to the less fortunate.
A fun way to get them involved is by collecting money in homemade Sadaqah boxes. You can accompany your children to local businesses and get them to ask for donations. At the end of the month, you can count the money together and let your children decide which causes they would like to donate towards.
4. Prepare a Daily Kindness Chart
One way to get your children involved is to get them to document kind actions. We have created a chart that you can use with your children to help them track their good deeds as well as encourage them to act on daily kindness tasks. Check out the free printable below.
5. Involve Children in Iftar Preparations
Since many children don't fast, encourage them to help in the kitchen and become the official assigned family 'food taster.' This can be a fun way to make them feel useful in Ramadan. We have some fun Ramadan recipes you can try with your children.
6. Learn a Dua
Get your child to learn a dua with its meaning.
7. Take your Children to the Mosque
Allow your children stay up an hour or so past their bedtime so they can accompany you to the mosque. This can help them build excitement during Ramadan. By praying in congregation, your children will understand the importance of unity. They can also listen to the khutbah, seek knowledge at the mosque, and interact with other children their age.
8. Play Islamic Board Games
After iftar, you can bring the family together by testing their Islamic knowledge and playing Islamic board games
9. Make Eid Cards
In the run-up to Eid, your child can make Eid cards for their classmates. Not only does this bring the family together, but it is also an opportunity to do dawah.
10. Give Ramadan Gift Hampers to Neighbours
Help your children understand the importance of dawah by encouraging them to create a small gift hamper for your non-Muslim neighbors. You can even get your children to write a card explaining what Ramadan is about.
We hope your little ones enjoy Ramadan. May it be a month filled with Allah ( swt's) Barkah and Rehmat. Ameen.