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 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