We all know Ramadan is a time of reflection and renewal for accountable Muslims. It’s a time of self control, prayer, Qur’an, cooking special foods and general focus on the deen (religion). However those of us with kids know that keeping them busy, happy and actively involved is just as important, in fact it’s imperative, if we are going to be able to focus at all on our own duties and raise them to know the beauty of the blessed month.
So here are 5 different ways you can keep your kids active and involved this Ramadan, inshaAllah (God willing).
1 Involve Them
Well, this one is kind of obvious, but the best thing you can do with your kids is to involve them in all the duties and extras that Ramadan offers. Of course, within reason, Taraweeh and Qiyam come late you’ll better serve them and yourself if you keep them on a reasonable bedtime routine. Ask them to pray with you (if they don’t have their own sajada (prayer rug) you can make one by folding a rectangle scarf in half and laying it next to yours), read the Qur’an aloud to them and discuss with them what Allah is saying in the verses, ask them to help you in the kitchen or to help you serve the meals and use it as a time to teach them more about their deen and about what makes Ramadan special. Whatever you’re doing, involve them in an age appropriate way. Take a few minutes to watch the Qur’an Weekly episode ‘Family Friendly Ramadan‘ by Abdul Nasir Jangda for more ideas.
2 Listen to Stories & Lectures with Them
I’ve recently discovered the wonderful Miraj Audio, a series of audio books based on ahadith (sayings from the Prophet peace be upon him) and islamic history. My children and I enjoyed listening together to their free story and we’ve decided we’ll listen to a story together each day during Ramadan. In the past I’ve listened with my older child to lectures and they’ve enlightened her and sparked some of the best discussions we’ve had. Listening to audio together gives you the chance to just be together in each others company and learn together, you can pause and discuss and it can become a wonderful way to foster enriching family time.
3 Give Them Books and Activities
You can’t spend all your time doing activities together and it can be hard work for some kids to remain focused and attentive for long periods. That doesn’t mean you can’t set them up for an enriching Ramadan, even while you’re busy! There are many Islamic activities and books out there, so that even in their play time, they’re engaged and learning. Noor Kids has a series of Islamic themed activity books that come highly recommended by our family and many others. Mini Mu’min has several downloadable coloring and activity pages and books and there are many more free downloads and books to buy if you do a Google and Amazon search. If your kids have iPads or iPods, there are several Islamic books and games that you can download for them too, browse our Muslim Friendly Apps reviews for some digital media ideas.
4 Do Crafts Together
Karima’s Crafts is doing 30 Days of Ramadan Craft ideas on her blog, that’s a great place to start for ideas and we’ll be doing some here! There are so many great craft ideas on the internet and many general ideas that can be adapted to suit Ramadan. You can have older kids help younger kids, you can do a craft together each day, you can even get little kid friendly crafts and set them up to do them while you’re busy. If you want to get lost down the Pinterest wormhole here are all the Ramadan themed pinboards on Pinterest, you’ll find craft ideas galore down there!
5 Journal with Them
This works for any kids who can talk really, if they aren’t old enough to write, you can write what they tell you. If they’re learning to write then you can have them write a sentence about their day or what they learned about their deen or even just something they know about Allah, Muhammad, Salah etc. It depends on the child, but a journal is a great thing to do and keep so they (and you) can look back on it in future. Our friend Zaufishan has some great Ramadan journal ideas.
So, now you have 5 ways to make this a great Ramadan with your kids! Go out there and start some traditions. From all of us at Muslimas’ Oasis and from our family to yours, Ramadan Mubarak, a blessed Ramadan.
I wrote this post as a part of Middle Way Mom’s Ramadan Blog Hop, if you’re a blogger, write a post of your own and share your link on the blog hop page.