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10 Ways to get your children interested in Ramadan
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and as all of us living in the UAE know well, a time when Muslim friends and neighbours will be fasting. It is also a great time to teach our families about this Holy month and it's significance. Irrespective of our religious beliefs, here are some ways to get your kids involved and nurture an attitude of acceptance, kindness and good will.
1. Get creative with Ramadan Crafts and activities
With shorter school and work days you'll need ways to keep the little busy and entertained so why not add some Ramadan themed arts and crafts activities? The fruits of your efforts will serve as great keepsakes to gift to class mates or relatives. You'll find loads of ideas on our Ramadan and Eid Pinterest board.
2. Use Ramadan activity books and sheets to keep them busy
3. Donate clothes and toys to Charity or volunteer at a charity.
For ideas on suitable charities and their contact details have a look at Volunteer in UAE.
4. Read books about Ramadan traditions
Good Reads has an extensive list of options for various ages and your local bookstore is bound to be stocking up!
5. Create a good deeds chart.
Make a good deed chart like this one from Crayola and decide on one thing to do every day. Adjust the deeds based on ages, some examples are giving gifts, doing chores, phoning Grandparents or picking up little in the neighborhood.
6. Make food and cookies in Islamic shapes.
7. Take a tour of a Mosque with your children.
8. Let your kids invite friends for an Iftar.
They can help in the preparation of the food, table settings and making decorations from their earlier crafting activities!
9. Learn about the moon and its phases:
You can achieve this either through various activities like these from In the Playroom or through daily observation and discussions.
10. Ramadan themed games
Play some Ramadan themed games such as this clever memory game from Umm Abdul Basir. It will keep the kids busy and irrespective of your familiy's religion everyone can learn some key facts about Ramadan.