General tips on teaching about Ramadan
Keep the information light to start with
Chunk the information into subsections- Section 1 may be: What is Ramadan? | Section 2: Why do Muslims fats? | Section 3: Benefits and rewards of fasting. |Section 4: Good deeds in Ramadan | Section 5: Lalylatul Qadr and Taraweeh. | Section 6: Zakah and charity | Section 7: Eid and its sunnahs
Read some stories about Ramadan- there are so many great ones on Amazon or better yet buy from online Muslim stores to support the authors and businesses. Check out this blog for some great Ramadan and Eid book recommendations: 21 Children's Books about Ramadan and Eid (coloursofus.com)
Include plenty of crafts- see below for some ideas and a plan with all the resources required- (I will update this in the coming days Insha'Allah)
Give them a few activities or Ramadan specific games (check out our popular Ramadan Bingo Game)
Work through the numerous free downloadable Ramadan activity booklets out there (check out our previous blogs on how to download and access them)
Get the kids to talk about and share their experiences
Be mindful of your actions- remember children do as they see more than doing what they are told!
We are about to wrap up our Ramadan workshop which has been a great success Alhamdulillah. Our Ramadan workshop is currently running every Saturday for 2 hours. I thought it may be nice for our readers to have a little insight into how we ran our workshop and engaged the kids with Ramadan in a fun and interactive way. Ramadan is a great opportunity to grab children's interest as they will be more open to learning about it due to the somewhat festive nature of Ramadan. The festivity comes from eating together as a family and attending and meeting fellow Muslims in the Masjid and generally the feeling of hope and mercy which permeates Ramadan is felt by adults and children alike. Also during Ramadan, kids are more connected to the Deen in much the same way as adults are!
In our first session we introduced Ramadan to the kids in a very basic and easy to understand way. Sometimes going back to basics just works and revising important facts about Ramadan is a good idea to see where they might have gaps in their knowledge. I used the Ramadan Ebook (free download) and read it out. If you'd like to grab a copy, visit the RESOURCES tab and it will be under the RAMADAN section (free sign up required).
Before doing that I just went around and asked the children to tell me one thing that they knew about Ramadan. They were eager to share and predictably, the older children knew more than the younger children. (Next year we might be splitting the sessions by age but due to Covid this year, we had to cap our numbers and we only allowed 10 children to join.)
They seemed to enjoy listening to the book and I stopped every now and again to delve deeper into the topic or ask a question like: Have you ever fasted before? What did it feel like? What's the best part about fasting?
Moving on, I then planned a related activity to what we had just talked about. The activity usually involved a quick colouring, glueing and cutting activity that they spent around 15-20 mins on. Check out our free Ramadan range to see what kind of activities they completed. Also see our previous blog posts for a whole range of free printable Ramadan activity booklets.
After doing that I usually had a really fun game planned. One of the games was pass the parcel. In each layer I placed a chocolate and a question about Ramadan. They loved this and got a little over excited at some points :)
The game whilst being fun, also allowed me to see what they already knew and what I might need to focus on in the coming weeks.
I also planned a moon on the Masjid game which worked a treat. I simple drew a masjid on a large A1 board. The aim of the game was to get the moon on the dome without looking (we used a cheap sleep mask that covered their eyes to prevent them from looking). I marked where they had put the moon (made of yellow card, laminated and with blue tack at the back) and the closest one won a prize.
These games provided a little break in the 2 hour sessions and the time flew by so fast that the kids couldn't believe that it had already been 2 hours.
After I delivered the first hour, my sister stepped in to complete a few crafts with the children. There were quite a few planned and completed. I've included a few links below that you can watch. I've also included a planning sheet which has all the things you'll need for the different types of activities. Some don't have a link to watch but I will be adding some information to those sections to make it a little clearer.
Moon paper plate craft- Moon Paper Plate Craft for Kids - YouTube
Suhoor/iftar frame- Masjid At Home - DIY Decor Ideas - ft. My Younger Sister! // Art Therapy - YouTube – 0:12-1:40
Moon sighting binoculars- Moon Sighting Binoculars - Hello Holy Days!
Ramdan bookmark- Easy DIY Eid Card (artsycraftsymom.com)
Ramadan craft plan
Aside from this just celebrating and praising when a certain child had kept a fast was important and just helps the child feel secure in their Islamic identity. I will hopefully come up with a slightly more fun way of celebrating the fact that they are fasting next year. If you have any ideas, I'd love to hear them!
And that's all for now. I will add to this in the coming days. Meanwhile if you have any suggestions, feel free to get in touch!