30 Acts of Ramadan Kindness For Kids

30ActsOfRamadanKindnessForKids

inspired by Atlanta Masjid of Al Islam’s “30 Days of Kindness – A Ramadan Family Project”
i’d like to share acts of kindness for children to do during ramadan
(or anytime).

do them in order,
or pick and choose.

once you get started it gets addictive.
this is the best kind of competition to get into during ramadan.

download a ramadan kindness calendar or use these suggestions to make your own:

  • leave a kind note on someone’s car
  • do something nice for your neighbor
  • make a treat and give them to friends or a local police or fire station
  • offer to watch a friend’s child or pet
  • take a minute to tell someone’s boss that they are doing a good job
  • volunteer
  • write a letter to someone important to you and thank them
  • thank a soldier, police officer or firefighter
  • make dinner for a friend
  • donate an item to someone in need
  • donate to your favorite charity
  • put change in a vending machine
  • hold the door open for someone
  • do a chore for someone without them knowing
  • return someone’s cart at the store
  • leave a kind note in a library book
  • clean up after iftar
  • feed the birds
  • leave happy notes around town
  • call your grandparents and ask them about their childhood
  • pick up litter at park or playground
  • let someone ahead of you in line
  • compliment a friend
  • clean up after suhoor
  • compliment a stranger
  • wash someone’s car
  • clean out the inside of someone’s car
  • write a thank you note for your mail carrier
  • plant something
  • cook something for a neighbor
  • check in on an elderly neighbor
  • prepare dates & milk for others to break their fast
  • bury treasure at the playground
  • clear the table after dinner
  • leave bubbles on someone’s doorstep
  • tell someone why they are special to you
  • donate gently used clothing or shoes to charity
  • pass out stickers to kids waiting in line
  • write chalk messages on the sidewalk
  • put down the prayer rugs without being asked
  • donate food to a food pantry
  • tape change to a parking meter
  • donate supplies to a homeless shelter
  • take treats to a fire station
  • tell someone how much you appreciate them
  • say hello to everyone you see
  • make someone else’s bed
  • say thank you when you see a soldier
  • make a thank you sign for sanitation workers
  • help make dinner
  • bring your neighbor’s garbage bins in from the curb
  • give someone a hug coupon
  • donate coloring books & crayons to a children’s hospital
  • help someone unload groceries at a grocery store
  • buy someone a reusable bag at a store
  • clean up your toys without being asked
  • make a thank you card for your librarian
  • send a postcard to a friend
  • smile at everyone you see
  • spend the day saying only nice things to and about other people
  • leave an inspirational quote in an unexpected place
  • give a care package to homeless person
  • make dua for your parents
  • bring flowers to an iftar
  • create a handmade Eid gift
  • create a hand made Eid card
  • share an inspirational quote

ramadan mubarak!

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ramadan and eid books for children

here’s a mix of mostly picture books
with a few non-fiction books, activity books,
and even a young adult (13+) novel thrown in.
i have read most of them with my children,
but not all.
look for them in your local library,
at your favorite islamic bookstore
or online book retailer.

Amira’s Totally Chocolate World, by J. Samia Mair
Bestest. Ramadan. Ever. by Medeia Sharif
Celebrate Ramadan & Eid al-Fitr, by Deborah Heiligman
Celebrating Ramadan, by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
Eid and Ramadan Songs, by Fawzia Gillani Williams
Magid Fasts for Ramadan, by Mary Matthews
Moon Watchers: Shirin’s Ramadan Miracle, by Reza Jalali
My First Ramadan, by Karen Katz
My Ramadan Fun Book (from Goodword Books)
The Night of the Moon : a Muslim Holiday Story, by Hena Khan
A Party in Ramadan, by Asma Mobin-Uddin
Ramadan, by Susan L. Douglass
Ramadan, by Suhaib Hamid Ghazi
Ramadan and Id-ul-Fitr, by Rosalind Kerven
Ramadan and the Quran: Quran Stories for Little Hearts (from Goodword Books)
Ramadan Moon by Naima Bint Robert
Rashad’s Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr by Lisa Bullard
Under the Ramadan Moon, by Silvia Whitman
Welcome Ramadan (from Goodword Books)
The White Nights of Ramadan, by Maha Addasi

are there some that you like that are not on this list? where do you find your favorite islamic books for children?

ramadan 2009

ramadan 2009 found us in atlanta.
we did several activities from my own post in 2008.

we did a ramadan dawa project:

we baked crescent cookies for our neighbors
to tell them about ramadan.
crescent cookies
i somehow forgot to get a picture of the final products.
we outlined the sugar cookies in white icing,
and ate just one a piece after packing a couple in each plastic baggie
to hand out to the neighbors
along with a little note about ramadan.

we made kaba pop-up cards
kaba pop up card
and beaded crescents for friends and family.

first we bent jewelry wire in a crescent shape
leaving enough to finish with a twist
and make a loop.
then we threaded clear beads.
it took lots of concentration for the 2 year old,
but then she wanted to make another and then another and then another…
beading crescent
beading crescent
beading crescent

after the beading was complete
and we’d twisted the top into a loop,
we added pretty, silver-lined, white ribbon so the crescent could hang
and glitter in the light.
they were very satisfied with the finished product
and couldn’t wait to give them as gifts.
aya's ramadan beaded crescent
rahmah's ramadan beaded crescent
sanaa's ramadan beaded crescent

we made a good deed trees to keep track of the girls’ good deeds.
first we talked about what good deeds were
and how during ramadan
Allah multiplies His reward for good deeds.
good deeds tree
alHamdulillah the girls were SO excited to do good deeds
that i soon knew that we’d run out of good deed leaves
so i modified the rules for getting good deed leaves:
they would start out with 5 leaves each day
and a leaf would be taken away if they did a bad deed.
good deed trees
ever the artists, they added tree houses and other flourishes to their good deed trees.

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