Idea Number 8:
Have a Party!! Small party or big party, Eid is as good a reason as anything to have a little celebration isn’t it? Even if it’s just the family 🙂
Inspired by the videos below (must watch!), do a random act of kindness on Eid day! Tie a balloon on someone’s door, pay for the next person’s coffee, leave a smiley picture for the next customer at the shops… And why not anonymously leave an Eid card for your recipient as well, to let them know your act was inspired by Eid?!
Here are a collection of inspiring stories and videos on Hajj to share with our families 🙂
- A man returned from Hajj – debt free!
- Oprah did a series on Belief – and Hajj was in the episode entitle Love Story:
- Saying farewell to the Kaaba:
- Reflections on Hajj:
- Abdullah brothers gave up the NFL for Hajj:
- British riders cycled to Hajj for 5 weeks! This was their welcome 🙂 :
- 8 Brothers vie to take mother to Hajj (pictured) :
Here are a collection of cctivities for children to learn about Hajj:
Activities E-book: http://www.islamfromthestart.com/2014/09/hajj-activities-ebook.html
Hajj Activity Pack: https://learningroots.leadpages.co/hajj-ac/
Craft Ideas: http://modestmunchies.com/29-ideas-hajj-home-kids/
This has a good round up of all you can do: http://themuslimahmommy.com/10-different-ways-to-teach-children-about-eid-al-adha/
Read some good BOOKS on Eid-ul-Adha!
I’m not talking about the common textbook – there are some awesome Eid picture books and stories out there, which can be a perfect accompaniment to a presentation, or just for your bedtime story and cuddle with your little one.
Check out some of the titles below:
- The Best Eid Ever by Asma Mobin Uddin
- Peg and Cat – The Eid Al-Adha Adventure by Jennifer Oxley
- Going to Mecca by Na’ima B. Robert
- Little Batul’s Eid Celebration: the Most Pleasant Festival of Sacrifice by Munise Ulker
- Yippee! It’s Eid-UL-Adha by Farjana Khan
- The Lost Ring – An Eid Story by Fawzia Gilani-Williams
- Husna and the Eid Party – An Eid Story by Fawzia Gilani-Williams
- Three Muslim Festivals by Ibrahim Ali Aminah
- Hajj by Saniyasnain Khan
- Eid Al-Adha by Shalini Vallepur
- Zaahir and Jamel the Came – Hajj by Amatullah al Marwani.A rhyming reader based on story of a young Muslim boy who goes for Hajj.
- The Builder of the Kabah by Saniyasnain Khan. The story of how Prophet Ibrahim(a) built the Kabah.
MAKE A KAABA! Grab a box, some black paint or paper, and get creating! (Check out the link for an idea on how to do this.)
This can be a perfect tool for teaching them the difference between this Eid and Eid-ul-Fitr, going through visually the steps of Hajj, or just as a decoration in the living room :).
There are many tutorials on the internet if you’re stuck – just have a look and then get going!
Whether you’re going in or not to give a talk, let your child GIVE OUT EID CARDS to the class! The Buzz Kidzz Cardzz were especially created for this – to give Muslim children an alternative to the Christmas cards that are exchanged every year.
Small, funky and colourful, the Kidzz Cardzz come in packs of 10 – check them out here.
And don’t forget the staff! This year, instead of giving teachers a present at Christmas like everyone else, why not give them something at Eid instead? The receptionists/caretaker/head often get forgotten too…why not grab a box of chocolates and give it to them this Eid?
Small gestures like these go a long way in building good relationships with the people who are taking care of your children 🙂 Our range of contemporary Cardzz are perfect to accompany any gifts/chocolates you decide to give, or even just on their own!
This series shares ideas to make the marking of Hajj and Eid-ul-Adha fun and memorable for our children, as well as spread the message of love and celebration to the wider community about us!
Idea Number 1:
1. Go into school and do a presentation
Most nurseries (especially Montessori/Steiner and the like) encourage parents to come in and talk about Eid. Likewise, some schools also invite parents to come in but if they do not, GO TO THEM YOURSELVES! They will never say no, and most R.E. teachers will even appreciate an expert going in and explaining Eid better than they ever could 🙂
The best part is, you can involve your children in the nursery and school presentations, and they LOVE it! I know mine are already asking me about going in to their classroom again this year!
JUMP at this chance and do it! If you’re stuck for ideas, check out this lesson plan, which has ideas for objects to take in to show, a rhyme to sing and things to do.
Here is one for older children.
2. Do a play
And for a change, how about doing a play? We did a play on Hajj at our primary school: The whole school came in to the assembly wearing their Eid Mubarak stickers which we had distributed to their classes earlier on. After a quick intro, the Key Stage Two-ers began their presentation and there was pin drop silence throughout!
Here is the script of the play they performed: https://www.dropbox.com/s/wpctwqy2tgxgg9r/hajj%20presentation.docx?dl=0
Alhamd they did great, right to the very end where they all called out ‘Happy Eid everyone!” Cheers accompanied the applause for them, and Alhamd, the participants were all buzzing after and wearing their religion with pride. 🙂
Their classmates were truly appreciative, especially when we went round and dropped off their Eid Mubarak cupcakes off, with calls of “Thank You!” coming from them as we did so. The teachers and head were all given Eid gifts and Eid cards, and Eid cards were given out by the children as well.
As well as the informal thank yous from the staff, we got a very official looking letter from the school to say the same, and that they hope for more such opportunities for us to share our customs with them! Who can refuse such an invitation?! 😉
Alhamd all in all a great morning with Inshallah many seeds planted in minds, young and old 🙂
3. Run a Hajj Activity Day
A group of parents got together and planned a whole day of activities for the primary school their children went to. As there is a lot to it, check out the full post on it here.
In the wake of the sudden and tragic death of a young, beautiful, bright girl, beautiful tributes have flowed for her, describing what they love about her and the memories that they cherish. Inshallah these will be much appreciated by her family and friends for years to come.
It got me thinking though… The unfortunate reality is that we have so much that we love, appreciate and admire about people, but don’t necessary tell them so. Well, at least I don’t, not to the extent that I should anyway. When sharing these thoughts with my family, we decided to try something new. We decided to ‘die before we die’, where we choose a member of our family and each write the things we most appreciate and love about them, and the memories that we share. In other words, a tribute to them while they are alive.
Alhamdulillah, it’s proving to be a lovely experience for us all, and so I thought I would share it with you to maybe try… Inshallah, I pray it gets all of our families buzzing with love 🙂
As it is Imam Jaffer Sadiq’s wafat today, I thought this might be a good opportunity to share an amazing resource that’s out there – useful for both parents and teachers alike.
You know how we’re always looking for craft activities to go with certain lessons/days like today? And we usually have to end up making them from scratch? Well, no more! Here is a website that is compiling activities that amazing creative people have thought of and carried out, which gives step-by-step instructions, downloadable templates and photographs of what the finished product should look like. Their aim is to have a one-stop shop where people around the world both contribute their ideas and utilise other people’s ideas, making learning fun and educational for our children, while hassle-free for us.
For today’s wafat, I found this: http://www.madressa.net/arts-and-crafts/personalities/ahlul-bayt/198-make-a-zarih. Make the 6th Imam’s Zarih with your children and use that opportunity to discuss the hadith that you choose to decorate the Zarih with, and also a little about his great life.
P.S. Do you have any other ideas for a craft activity? Do share on this post! I also know that the Creative Resources are looking for more contributions so please e-mail your activities through to firstname.lastname@example.org. The more people that contribute, the bigger the database to choose activities from!