Ramadan is an exciting time for Muslims, a month of worshipping Allah (SWT) to reap the rewards of this blessed month. Many children want to engage in acts of worship during this month to practice acts of worship like fasting and because they want to copy members of their family to be included in the happiness that this month brings. This is why positive role models in the home are so important – your children want to copy your actions. Therefore, if parents pray Salah regularly, fast during the day, give charity in Ramadan and do other acts of worship, their children are likely to pick up these Ramadan habits, too.
Parents should aim to make Ramadan a fun and interesting month for children, with the intention of teaching their children about the month and about Islam in general. There are several ways in which parents can do this, including doing activities with their children.
Ramadan Activities for Children
Some activities for children to do during Ramadan include:
- Use a Ramadan calendar to keep track of the days.
- Read educational but interesting books about Ramadan.
- Let children be involved in making Iftar - the meal that is eaten after the fast.
- Make a sticker chart for them to track their fasts.
- Reward them with treats for fasting.
- Do Ramadan quizzes with your children.
- Decorate your home with Ramadan decorations such as banners or lanterns.
- Watch a Ramadan video series designed especially for children.
- Ramadan colouring.
- Buy a kids’ planner/journal with Ramadan tasks for them to complete.
Ramadan Gifts for Children
Gifting children presents for Ramadan will make them more excited about the month and acknowledge that this month is special. Some gift ideas can include a Ramadan countdown calendar, sweet cones, Ramadan books, Ramadan games and Islamic knowledge quiz games.
Donate to Orphans in Need
Many children around the world, especially those who are orphans, do not receive gifts during Ramadan or Eid. To bring a smile to their faces, donate to Orphans in Need who can provide essential items to these children to bring them some happiness.
“A charity is due for every joint in each person on every day the sun comes up: to act justly between two people is a charity; to help a man with his mount, lifting him onto it or hoisting up his belongings onto it, is a charity; a good word is a charity; and removing a harmful thing from the road is a charity.” (Al-Bukhari, Muslim)