With less than three weeks in Ramadan, the fast approaching month is definitely the highlight of our thoughts these days. Some may be wrapping samosas and rolls while others may be working on their spiritual dimension to reap most benefits from this blessed month. I undertook a 15 day Ramadan Craft challenge.
In Ramadan, we should definitely focus most on ibadah (worship) and work on restoring & strengthening our bond with our maker. But for us women, cooking shall also constitute a fair portion of our Ramadan as well. And there is another aspect we kind of, sort of ignore. Involving our kids into all this festivity.
Few options on how we may do it:
- Telling the importance and stories about Ramadan to your kids
- Getting creative with crafts to develop their interest
- Allowing them to help in Iftaar preparations & laying tables
- Asking them to Pack and give gifts to others, so they may learn to share.
- Taking them to Masjid for Aftaar & Taraveh (prayer)
Because “It is especially important for sisters to take extra efforts in engaging their children in Ramadan, as mothers are the primary source for education!” says Hafsa Waseela at ProductiveMuslim here.
Living in the Cayman Islands, I have witnessed how much preparation goes into the welcoming of Christmas and Easter – even months before the actual events we have story-time with easter related themes, easter related craft classes for toddlers & preschoolers. Different kids & teens session in relation to their festival and special sales at the stores are just to name few. And note all these events were not linked by the religious institution or church, but they were organized by teachers and mothers and salesmen.
I look up to them in it, and don’t get me wrong – they believe in something and they put in effort to make it exciting for their younger generation, they make it fun and something everyone looks forward to for many weeks before the onset of the actual occasion.
We as muslims believe in the holiness of Ramadan, and I think there is nothing wrong in borrowing the strategy too, to inculcate its love and anticipation in our younger generation.
I think crafting is just an awesome way to learn and even to celebrate something. And since Crafting is my thing, I will work on my crafts so others may have a resource and maybe g
et inspiration to do kafting (crafting) with their kids.
Hence, I decided to embark on the journey of crafting and undertook a Ramadan crafting challenge for myself. During next 15 days, I will try to post one interesting craft, in relation with Ramadan, each day along with the ‘how-tos’ and pictures. Other than these craft posts I will only post our weekly Learning letters and Comic strip during these days.
So well, Happy crafting 🙂
- Day 1: DIY calligraphy wall art
- Day 2: DIY Felt Muslim doll puppet
- Day 3: DIY Masjid sun-catcher
- Day 4: DIY Masjid puffy paint craft
- Day 5: DIY Felt doll prayer mat
- Day 7: RCC 7 – Lantern Shrinky Dink
- Day 8: RCC 8 – Rope basket DIY
- Day 14: RCC 14 Najmat al-Quds Wall art
Thank you thank you thank you!!! I really look forward to this, as I intend to craft with my children during Ramadan but it’s not one of my talents. I’ve looked online for ideas but a lot of them are geared towards older children, and I still have a preschooler and toddler.
This afternoon I crafted with my children and my oldest asked me if it was Ramadan yet. As in, we hardly ever craft, only when it’s Ramadan. Ahem… ;). The craft this afternoon was actually inspired by your post on the letter A. I thought just do it, instead of think how it’s not really my thing, especially because my children like to do it.
And I wholeheartedly agree with your point on making Ramadan special for our children. We’ve started a calendar last year, by which we do something special every day of Ramadan. I try to decorate with lights and decorations to make it feel festive. Alhamdulilah, it seems to work because my oldest really liked it last year and keeps asking when Ramadan will start this year. I just made the mistake last year to say that every day we will do something fun, because sometimes we would do an activity he didn’t really like that much and kept nagging he wanted to do something else. So this year, I’m going to call it something ‘special’, haha!
I am intending to add crafts for kids of all ages, You can try the ones for older kids yourself or maybe you can do/make them and then play with your kids.
Aww! It is sweet your baby had a good memory of last ramadan (i.e. you both crafted together)
I am thinking to do a calender too – but still unsure about it. I am so glad to read your post. Its so nice to know that there is someone who is being benefited from all the hard work that you put in!
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Thanks for sharing I love reading craft posts , but it makes me a bit sad as I’m not near my monkeys to do the craft posts with
aww! i hope you get to be with them soon!
Great post sis! I agree with you, we need to get our children excited for Ramadan and crafting is a great way to do just that! Looking forward to seeing all the crafts 🙂
thankyou Sumaira! I have two crafts as of now but insha Allah will keep adding as the days pass. Do check them out.
I remember how my Dad used to make us write Ramadan Kareem and Eid Mubarak for the Ramadan and Eid each year. My brother and me would come with a whole new creative idea each hear incorporating colors, flowera and crafts! My younger sisters do nothing at all these days! It is a great opportunity to get creative and come up with designs and crafts! Thank you for bringing my memories back with this post.
May be you can inspire her and involve her (when you will prepare something crafty for ramadan yourself) so that she can develop her instrest as well.
I am so glad you liked it.
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This is a lovely post. I think women are sometimes so busy prepping for Ramadan with the food and even eid clothes so they don’t have to shot during ramadan but we forget with little kids in the house we need to get the excited atmosphere going. These are lovely ideas 🙂 (www.beautywithzainy.com and http://www.spicyfusionkitchen.com)
True that! I so second 🙂
Ramadan is special and we need to inculcate that spirit in the young ones. The sweet memories will live on forever plus they will have something blessed to prepare for and celebrate In shaa Allah.
The crafts are such a great idea – to srimulate the mind, body and soul.
thats the main motive behind doing and sharing these crafts.
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السلام عليكم ورحمة اللة وبركاته
Barak Allaah feeki for sharing this with us. May Allaah Subhanahu wa Ta’aala accept our acts of worship and fasts this Ramadan, aameen. I think it’s a great idea to get the kids involved with activities in relation to the blessed month and to get them excited for it. I may not be much of a crafts person, but I do admire creativity, so I look forward to look at what you will come up with and you never know, I might be inspired to get crafty too *winks*.
Jazak Illaah khair ❤
Ameen! Insha Allah you will be inspired 🙂
Colors are pretty! And kids love to craft or watch us craft 🙂
Wow…this is so nice….being growing a country where we get few Muslim neighbors and sometimes no one around…doing crafts like this…is mostly missed….thank yo for sharing the inspirations….will try that cute doll for my little darling….
I am so glad you liked them.
Exactly the feeling is same 🙂 my daughter loved her finger puppet, yours will too Insha Allah
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Oh wow sistee you really went far and beyond. Mashallah!! So many creative ideas and they are so simple to make too!
Thank you for liking them! I hope you will try them out too 🙂
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