30 children’s activities for ramadan

listed here are 30 ramadhan activities
from all over the web
in one place.

if you appreciate this
gathering of information,
make dua’ for my family and i
that our sins are forgiven this ramadhan, inshaAllah!

  1. sight the moon

    try to sight the moon from a elevated location in your neighborhood.
    memorize and say the dua for sighting the new moon.

  2. review the pillars of islam

    recycle paper towel or toilet paper rolls to create the five pillars of islam.
    http://www.crayola.com/lesson-plans/detail/pillars-of-islam-lesson-plan/

  3. good deeds calendar

    make a calendar of good deeds that children can do everyday.
    they can be as simple as hugging a sibling or eating everything on their plate at dinner.
    SmartArk has an cute, colorful printable good deeds Ramadan calendar.
    http://www.crayola.com/lesson-plans/detail/good-deeds-calendar-lesson-plan/

  4. star and crescent cookies

    bake star and crescent sugar cookies for your neighbors and attach a little note about ramadhan.
    http://ramadanjoy.com/peace-cookies/

  5. sadaqah jar

    make and decorate a sadaqah jar or box from, for example, an empty pasta sauce jar or tissue box.
    collect coins from around the house, in the neighborhood, or allowances.
    give it to a needy person at eid.

  6. fasting chain

    use construction paper to cut strips and make a fasting chain for the family or each person fasting.
    you can make 29/30 strips to countdown or add on a strip a day.

  7. prepare to break the fast

    give your child the responsibility to fill a small dish with dates each evening and distribute the dates to each fasting person at iftar.

  8. pillowcase prayer rugs

    decorate a pillow case with fabric paint.

  9. make your own dhikr beads

    use string and plastic beads to make dhikr beads.
    try to remember as many names of Allah as you can.

  10. ka’ba pop-up cards

    make ka’ba pop-up cards for ramadhan or eid to give to friends and family

  11. tin can luminary

    make your own tin can luminary using a can opener, hammer and screwdriver to make the holes.
    light the luminary during the night of lailat alQadr and last 10 nights of ramadan.

  12. moon phase calendar

    there are several variations of varying complexity.
    some even include sewing.
    the most simple one is make a calendar
    from dark-colored paper or poster board
    and cut out the shape of the moon every day.

  13. read books about ramadhan and eid

    check out library books about ramadhan and eid
    or buy them for your own library.

    Ramadan Moon by Naima Bint Robert

    A Party in Ramadan, by Asma Mobin-Uddin
    The White Nights of Ramadan, by Maha Addasi
  14. good deeds list

    make a list of good things that each child wants to do during ramadhan
    then try to do at least one of them each day;
    or help your child keep a list of their own good deeds during ramadhan.

  15. ramadhan drum

    recycle an oatmeal container or coffee can to make a drum to wake up your family for sahoor or use for ramadhan songs and eid celebrations.

  16. light up the house

    string up lights inside or outside the house and turn them on every night at maghrib.

  17. eid costume party

  18. kid’s iftar / sahoor

    let the children plan, shop for, and then prepare suhoor and / or iftar.

  19. make a ramadan bookmark

    since we’ll be reading the entire quran, make a beautiful handmade bookmark to help keep your place.

  20. memorize ayat 2:183

    يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ

    O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint

  21. memorize the dua’ for breaking the fast

    اللَّهُمَّ اِنِّى لَكَ صُمْتُ وَبِكَ امنْتُ [وَعَلَيْكَ تَوَكَّلْتُ] وَعَلَى رِزْقِكَ اَفْطَرْتُ
    O Allah! I fasted for You and I believe in You [and I put my trust in You] and I break my fast with Your sustenance

    or

    اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسأَلُكَ بِرَحْمَتِكَ الَّتِي وَسِعَتْ كُلَّ شَيْءٍ أَنْ تَغْفِرَ لِي
    O Allah, I ask You by Your mercy which envelopes all things, that You forgive me.

  22. ramadhan words

    define, write and use these words on a daily basis: sawm, suhoor, iftar, hilal, ramadhan, hijri calendar, eid ulFitr, zakah / zakat ulFitr, salatul taraweeh, ihtikaf

  23. learn about the phases of the moon

    the moon seems to change by dr. franklyn m. branley

  24. read from quran why we fast ramadhan

    AlBaqarah 2:183-5

    يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ

    أَيَّامًا مَّعْدُودَاتٍ فَمَن كَانَ مِنكُم مَّرِيضًا أَوْ عَلَى سَفَرٍ فَعِدَّةٌ مِّنْ أَيَّامٍ أُخَرَ وَعَلَى الَّذِينَ يُطِيقُونَهُ فِدْيَةٌ طَعَامُ مِسْكِينٍ فَمَن تَطَوَّعَ خَيْرًا فَهُوَ خَيْرٌ لَّهُ وَأَن تَصُومُواْ خَيْرٌ لَّكُمْ إِن كُنتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ

    شَهْرُ رَمَضَانَ الَّذِيَ أُنزِلَ فِيهِ الْقُرْآنُ هُدًى لِّلنَّاسِ وَبَيِّنَاتٍ مِّنَ الْهُدَى وَالْفُرْقَانِ فَمَن شَهِدَ مِنكُمُ الشَّهْرَ فَلْيَصُمْهُ وَمَن كَانَ مَرِيضًا أَوْ عَلَى سَفَرٍ فَعِدَّةٌ مِّنْ أَيَّامٍ أُخَرَ يُرِيدُ اللّهُ بِكُمُ الْيُسْرَ وَلاَ يُرِيدُ بِكُمُ الْعُسْرَ وَلِتُكْمِلُواْ الْعِدَّةَ وَلِتُكَبِّرُواْ اللّهَ عَلَى مَا هَدَاكُمْ وَلَعَلَّكُمْ تَشْكُرُونَ

    O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint,

    (Fasting) for a fixed number of days; but if any of you is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed number (Should be made up) from days later. For those who can do it (With hardship), is a ransom, the feeding of one that is indigent. But he that will give more, of his own free will,- it is better for him. And it is better for you that ye fast, if ye only knew.

    Ramadhan is the (month) in which was sent down the Qur’an, as a guide to mankind, also clear (Signs) for guidance and judgment (Between right and wrong). So every one of you who is present (at his home) during that month should spend it in fasting, but if any one is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed period (Should be made up) by days later. Allah intends every facility for you; He does not want to put to difficulties. (He wants you) to complete the prescribed period, and to glorify Him in that He has guided you; and perchance ye shall be grateful.

  25. moon and crescent beads

    using craft wire, shape the wire into moon and crescent shapes. add colorful beads. use ribbon to hang from the ceiling.
    from ramadan crafts for kids by dana jadallah and dana amer

  26. ramadhan / eid around the world

    learn about ramadhan / eid around the world.
    celebrate ramadan and eid al-fitr with praying, fasting, and charity
    by deborah heiligman and neguin Yavari
    celebrate ramadan and eid al-fitr with praying, fasting, and charity

  27. ramadhan mosaic suncatcher

    http://www.highlightskids.com/Express/Crafts/Decorations/C1103_ramadanMosaic.asp
    ramadan mosaic suncatcher

  28. make a fanoos

    http://edwomencan.wordpress.com/2008/08/14/ramadan-fanoos-template/
    fanoos

  29. henna hands

    trace your child’s hands on paper. let them put henna on their hands with a red or brown marker.
    http://www.crayola.com/lesson-plans/detail/celebrate-with-henna-hands-lesson-plan/

  30. enjoy eid ulFitr!

sources and more inspiration:

Free Mini Mu’min Ramadan Kit:
http://www.mini-mumin.com/RK2.html

Free Ramadan Activity Packs and decorations for both Ramadan and Eid:
http://www.smartark.com/1/fun-stuff

Eid Cards, Crafts, Cakes & Cookies from JannahSteps:
http://blog.jannahsteps.com/2011/08/celebrate-eid-with-cards-crafts-cakes-cookies/

30 Days of Ramadan Crafty Challenge from a Crafty Arab:
http://acraftyarab.blogspot.com/2012/03/30-days-of-ramadan-crafty-challenge.html

Fun Stuff to do with your children during Islamic holidays or anytime:
http://ourseeds.tripod.com/activities.html

Day-by-Day Activities for Ramadan
http://tj-ramadan.tripod.com/ramadanlearning.htm

back to the farm

it’s always fun to visit the farm at the end of summer.
here’s a local one
about 30 minutes outside of metro atlanta
that features a catfish pond, corn maze,
dairy and farm tours, a pumpkin patch and more.
pumpkins on flatbed truck
carlton farms of rockmart, GA
located at 1267 cartersville hwy.

if i get a chance to go, i’ll let you know, inshaAllah.

do good to neighbors, near or strangers

Hello Neighbor seems to be an excellent community building exercise
that can be done on a small or large scale
with homeschoolers or other groups
like the girl/boy scouts, boys and girls clubs, or other youth groups.

i could see my 5 year old,
using daddy’s “good camera”,
interviewing our neighbors
and taking portraits of them,
culminating in a gallery showing at our home
or local library.
lightbulb!

Hello Neighbor was conceived by photojournalist Julie Keefe, after she observed how gentrification was leaving many of her own neighborhood’s kids estranged…

And, as Keefe noticed, neighbors were no longer saying “hello” to each other.

“So I thought, if the kids could somehow approach their new neighbors,” Keefe said, “and let the neighbors know they were actually interested in them, the kids and the neighbors could meet one another. It’s all about building community.”

Using her strengths as an accomplished photojournalist and her skills as a teacher, Keefe launched Hello Neighbor with Caldera, a Portland-based arts organization. The yearlong project involved kids from six Portland neighborhoods and six central Oregon towns. In the process, all of them learned interviewing techniques and portrait photography.

Here’s how Hello Neighbor worked. First, Julie Keefe and her group decided on a list of locals they wanted to meet, of any age or race…

Those willing to participate — and most were — were then invited to school, or invited the kids to their homes, to answer questions the kids had come up with. Among them: How old are you? Do you feel safe on your street? What are you most proud of? [ more: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=93515006 ]

hello neighbor in the neighborhood

Serve Allah, and join not any partners with Him; and do good- to parents, kinsfolk, orphans, those in need, neighbours who are near, neighbours who are strangers, the companion by your side, the wayfarer (ye meet), and what your right hands possess: For Allah loveth not the arrogant, the vainglorious

holy quran, surah 4 [an-nisa]: ayat 36

setting a table

there is nothing like the real thing
montessori services place setting
montessori services has a setting the table activity
as pictured above —
to practice how to set a table.

but here is another option
from martha stewart:
table place setting informal
download the pdf [ http://www.marthastewart.com/article/place-setting-practice ], cut it out, and after a demonstration, let them have a go.

here is the formal place setting
that will use all the pieces in martha’s practice activity above,
minus the tea spoon, #7:
formal place setting

  1. salad fork
  2. dinner fork
  3. dinner plate
  4. napkin
  5. dinner knife
  6. dinner/soup spoon
  7. tea spoon
  8. bread plate
  9. butter knife
  10. dessert spoon
  11. dessert fork
  12. water glass

i’d let them try martha’s activity
so, should they go out to a fancy place
and encounter a formal place setting,
they won’t have to ask: why are there so many spoons, knives and forks, mom?

i’m not including all the glass options for alcohol ’cause
neither the children, of course, or i will be drinking that!

here is the informal place setting:
informal place setting

  1. salad fork
  2. dinner fork
  3. dinner plate
  4. napkin
  5. dinner knife
  6. dinner/soup spoon
  7. water glass

however, in the montessori homeschool, i’ll present this type of place setting
because on a daily basis, this is what they’ll see:
basic place setting

once they’ve got it down,
they can take turns setting the table for breakfast or dinner.

here’s a grown-up link from washingtonpost.com:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/artsandliving/features/2007/holiday-guide/entertaining/anatomy-of-a-place-setting/index.html


image credits: i photoshop-ed the black and white place setting images from http://www.beverlybremer.com/table_setting.php

imagine it: home school days!

from my favorite museum in atlanta:
imagine it children's museum of atlanta
NEW! Home School Days

This year Imagine It! presents a new program developed just for the unique needs of home school groups. Perfect for grade levels K through 3rd/4th grades, this program gives your students a chance to enjoy the Museum in a whole new way! Enjoy Imaginator-led special activities that teach important concepts from math and science to language arts and social studies. $8 per student, free for adults.

2008-2009 Home School Days program dates:
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 1-4 p.m.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 1-4 p.m.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009 1-4 p.m.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009 1-4 p.m.

Join us for a FREE sneak preview Home School Open House on Tuesday, August 26, 2008 from 1-4 p.m., when you can meet our staff of educators and learn more about this exciting new program.

Reservations are required for both the Open House and all Home School Days. Please contact our Reservationist at (404) 527-3693, or via e-mail at reservations@imagineit-cma.org.
http://www.imagineit-cma.org/teachers_0809.html#home