One of the benefits of Ramadan in lockdown has been the amazing videos that have been created to help children keep learning… here are a collection!
Ilm did a four part series on Ramadan:
Kisa Kids did full 30 day series!
As did Noor Kids:
Islam From The Start did a 30 day series on a verse of the Quran a day:
For older kids, there was a series on Sura Yaseen:
Muslim Kids Book Nook (check her out on instagram!) put together a comprehensive list of Ramadan and Eid books! Check it out below:
1. My Rhyming Eid Book by Fatima Salem
2. It’s Ramadan, Curious George by Hena Khan
3. R is for Ramadan by Greg Paprocki
1. Hassan and Aneesa Love Ramadan by Yasmeen Rahim
2. Hassan and Aneesa Celebrate Eid by Yasmeen Rahim
3. Ramadan Around the World by Ndaa Hassan
4. The Most Powerful Night by Ndaa Hassan
5. Ramadan Moon by Na’ima b. Robert
6. One Perfect Eid Day and No More Cake by Suzanne Muir
7. My First Ramadan by Karen Katz
8. Rashad’s Ramadan and Eid ul-Fitr Lisa Bullard
9. Hamza’s First Fast by Asna Chaudhry
10. A Little Tree’s Ramadan Adventure by Eman Salem
11. Who Will Help Me Make Iftar? By Asmaa Hussein
12. Rami the Ramadan Cat by Robyn Thomas
13. Lailah’s Lunchbox by Reem Faruqi
14. Iqbal and His Ingenious Idea by Elizabeth Suneby
15. Celebrating Eid ul-Fitr with Amma Fatima
16. Eid Breakfast at Abuela’s by Mariam Saad
17. The Gift of Ramadan by Shazia Nazlee
18. Migo and Ali: A-Z of Islam by Zanib Mian
19. My Grandma and Me by Mina Javaherbin
20. Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns by Hena Khan
21. Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets by Hena Khan
22. [Personalized] Perfect Eid by Tasmea Mahmud
23. I’m Learning About Eid ul-Fitr by Sanyasnain Khan
1. Planet Omar: Accidental Trouble Magnet by Zanib Mian
2. House of Ibn Kathir: Year Captain by S.N. Jalali
3. Bedir and the Beaver by Shannon Stewart
4. Isa’s First Fast by Hira Rizvi
A few people have asked about any sort of lesson plans for Ramadhan, to be able to do a presentation at school.
Here are a few options…
A. Ramadhan talk at school (put together by a mum):
1. Play the months of the year song and child can show her calendar
2. Ramadhan – why is it one of the most special months of the year? Because…
• The Holy Qur’an was sent down through angels – R can show the Qur’an and read a short chapter, with the meaning
• It is a chance for us to think about ourselves, about all the things we have said and done in the past year, whether we have been kind to people or not and to make promises about how we can try our best to even better next year.
• In fact Muslims love the month of Ramadhan so much that we all look out for the moon of Ramadhan on the first night – R can show her poster on the phases of the moon
3. Play ‘Ramadhan Moon’ (4:05)
4. In the month of Ramadhan, Muslims do lots of things:
• We spend lots of praying, reading the Qur’an and thinking
• We try our best not to say anything or do anything that might make others feel sad..so we try our best to use our bodies in a good way
• Don’t eat anything during the day and when we eat at night, start with milk and dates to give you energy and give thanks for all the wonderful food that you have to eat everyday
5. Use interactive whiteboard to talk about how our bodies are very special and it is nice to use them to do good things and to do things that make people happy. This is what Muslims try especially hard to do in the Month of Ramadhan. Group discussion and annotate diagram on the white board-how can we use our hands, eyes, ears, mouths, tummies, legs, heads in a good way?
6. Read a Ramadan storybook
7. Activity: Make a new moon poster
B. A Ramadan play/assembly for all of primary:
Here is a play/assembly that one school did with all the Muslim children in their school and it was very well received!
C. Ramadan talk at pre-schools and Key Stage 1:
Here is a lesson plan for teaching about Ramadan in Early Years
Here is a powerpoint on Ramadan – with a focus on the moon
D. Ramadan Activity Day in Primary Schools:
Here is an example of an activity day in school, teaching about Ramadan through hands-on activities!
E. One mum sent this in, from her time in at her child’s school:
“I thought I’d share these pictures. I went into my daughter’s school and we did a few Ramadhan activities.This is a British School in Bahrain – a lot of the kids (and teachers) really didn’t know much about Ramadhan so it was really nice spending time with them.
We made a telescope to spot the hilal (after we talked about the moon and watched a nasheed) – the teacher was so excited about the mobiles she told all the rest of the infant classes to make them too! We also made a moon and star mobile which was hung up in the school, and a good deed jar. With the good deed jar for every good thing the child would get a coin. At the end of each week the jar will be emptied and money given to charity. The kids were very enthusiastic!
We also drew around a few children and they labelled how the would fast with different parts of their body. Lots of fun! We finished off with Ramadhan goody bags for all the kids!”
F. Here is what another mum shared:
“Since Christmas my son Mahdi has been asking me to come to his school and talk about Ramadan! He had to be a bit patient but i finally went to my sons KG class and did a Ramadan class! The kids and teacher were super happy, but best of all was how excited my son was to share his holiday and be represented in the classroom!
We read Ramadan by Hannah Elliot and Curios George Celebrates Ramadan by Hena Khan. I used my flannel board to show the stages of the moon and how we follow the Lunar Calendar. I also had images of things relating to Ramadan: Quran, no eating, prayer, etc.
After learning about all the Ramadan terms we sang the Ramadan song from Elizabeth Lymers ‘Ramadan Rhymes’ book.
We then did our paper lantern crafts using white crayons to draw moon ? and stars ⭐️ that we would later watercolor paint on cardstock! I had ramadan nasheeds playing on a speaker while we crafted! ?
I ended the session by giving each kid a goody bag with a fruit snack and a paint it your self coin bank in the hopes that it would be used to collect for those less fortunate! (I had given this a lot of thought and went to dollar store to see what i could get for his 26 classmates. But in the end I realized I couldn’t stand the little dollar store trinkets that we all end up throwing away the next day so spent a little bit more on these great paint yourself banks that are $1 a piece at your local DT!)”
F. Here is what another mum shared:
“Last week we visited my daughters class for a Ramadan presentation. We started by introducing Ramadan, why and how we fast. Then I spoke to the kids about how they can fast with their bodies.
Kids were encouraged to come up and label the card board cut out of a girl. Mouth – tell the truth, hands, share etc…
Next all the kids made a good deed spinner – each section had one good deed. The idea was to spin each morning and see what deed they will concentrate on that day.
Finally we played a what’s behind the squares game. Here the kids had to try and figure out what was behind the squares. Kajoor, a mosque, someone visiting the sick etc. Each time the picture was revealed we talked about the significance. The final picture was one of their class which made them laugh!
Then we handed out moon shaped biscuits and Ramadhan party bags.”
P.S. This is what one mum gave out when she went into school!
G: Ramadan sessions at the library
One mum takes it one step further and goes to the local library to share Ramadan there! Working with the librarian, they came up with a lesson plan and voila! It’s now a yearly tradition and all the local library users join in. What a wonderful way of truly sharing Ramadan with the local communities around us!
For some reason, I couldn't share this video with the other pics so here it is as a standalone…A wonderful video showing the engagement of the children at the library event led by Sabera Husain and Al-Hadi Learning Organization that I posted about earlier!
Posted by Buzz Ideazz on Saturday, 7 March 2020
There are many duas to recite in Ramadan, and we should aim to try and explain the concept behind these duas to our children so they are aware of what they are reciting and why. There has been an amazing influx of different ways to help our children know what they are reciting in the short duas, as opposed to reciting it simply by rote. Here is a collection of them!
- These animated versions of the dua with simplified words and matching pictures are great to print out, laminate and stick up: Ya Aliyyu Ya Azeem and Allahumma Adkhil
- We’ve also made it into a game! Here is the link for that.
- And here is a lovely rhyme for Ya Aliyyu Ya Azeem:
- Why not get your children to act out the lines in Allahumma Adkhil? Here is a lovely example of one family who did that:
- And here is another video done by children to explain the dua through art!
- And here’s another video on Allahumma Adkhil:
- Here is a video on how to teach Allahumma Adkhil through pictures:
- Here is an activity on Dua no 3 by Towards Jannah
- For older children, how about these duas in English:
Alhamd there is so much out there now for our children to help them benefit from the month. Here is a round up – including both those for purchase, and those available as a free download. I’ve loosely placed them by age, but please note that different resources may suit your child even if they’re not that age!
- Toddler Worksheets by Um Aimen
- Colouring pages to occupy the little ones by Allah to Z
- A Quran based 30 Day Colouring Book by Darul Arqam
- Ramadan Colouring Book
- https://ramadancalendar.ca/downloads/ – has colouring books and more
4 and older
- Kisa Kids have several amazing resources for teaching lessons every Ramadhan. Check them all out here.
- Ramadan Activity Pack (For children under 7) by Homely Hammock
- My Ramadan Diary by Seek Perfection (4-7 year olds)
- Ramadankidz2020 colouring sheets/questions
- Salamoji Ramadhan 2019 Workbook by Zahra Trust
- Salamoji Ramadhan 2020 Workbook by Zahra Trust
- Ramadhan Activity Pack by Smart Ark
- Ramadhan Activity Pack 2 by Smart Ark
- Ramadan Activity Book by CraftZilla Oman
- Learning Roots Ramadan Activity Book
- Ramadan and Fasting Activity Book by Discover Islam Sticker Activity Book
- Family Ramadan Planner
7 and older
10 and older
- Ramadhan Journal by Sh. Azhar Nasser (10 and older)
- Salamoji Daily Dua Book by Zahra Trust
- Ahkam Handbook by Zahra Trust
- 30 Day Shukr Journal by Fatema Meghjee
- Family Ramadhan Planner by Tasbih Project
14 and older
- Ramadhan Diary by The Qur’an Project (Children ages 14 and older)
- Ramadan planner by Lubna Zaidi
- Ramadan Planner by Zahra Kaneezan
- Ramadan Journal 2020 by Jaffari Education
If you know of anymore, send them to me and will add them on inshallah 🙂
With Ramadan being such a beautiful and blessed month, why not share it with those around you? The children can get involved with the cooking, giving out of food and entertaining! Here are some ideas:
- Make iftaar for others:
Saw this awesome idea on Facebook and loved it. Building bridges with those around us is something we believe in strongly (thus the neighbour cards/cards for non-Muslims) and boy has she done it in style 🙂 Here is her link to the printables.
***We may not always see the effect but we are having one! Check out this man’s response to someone knocking on his door!
“In light of recent events, I’ve felt the need to share a heartwarming experience I just had with anyone who is willing to pause scrolling for just a minute.
I just had a knock at the door – I wasn’t expecting anyone, so opened the door pretty sheepishly. A lady who was clearly of Muslim faith was standing outside with a carrier bag filled to the brim with containers. Confused, I asked if she was okay – she told me her name, and apologised for knocking so late in the day before explaining that she lived on my road in another flat and was walking round the houses to give people gifts; bearing in mind that I hadn’t ever seen or spoken to her before. She opened her bag and handed me a selection of beautiful smelling food, wrapped in foil with a small note titled ‘Dear Neighbour’, a jar filled with Bombay Mix, and a double-sided letter titled ‘Ramadan’ – picture attached.
She told me that she wanted to share something with everyone on our road to explain what Ramadan actually is for those of us who aren’t aware, and to give us the gift of food at a time when neither her, nor her family, we’re able to eat. The letter detailed what Ramadan is, why it is practiced by followers of Islam, and what the principles of Islam actually are. I had expected the knock at the door to be a disgruntled neighbour complaining about my parking, or god forbid, a political canvasser – *shudder* – I didn’t expect a visit from someone who simply wanted to share community spirit, generosity and most importantly, someone who wanted to actively share the knowledge of a religion which is currently at the center of recent events, and which is integral to the lives of over a 1/6th of the planets population.
Recently there’s been a lot of headlines in the news referencing Islam in relation to the terrible events which are taking place far too regularly. I’ve found it disheartening and disappointing to see quite a few comments online, and quite a few ignorant tweets from moronic individuals which have been aimed at anyone who classes themselves as a Muslim – all because a small handful of barbaric, twisted individuals feel the need to commit atrocious acts in the name of a God they incorrectly believe they’re serving.
Innocent lives have been unnecessarily lost enough times now in this country alone; not to mention the fact that the events which have happened in the UK are more of a daily occurrence for thousands upon thousands of people in less privileged countries around the world – places where the inhabitants don’t have the luxury of safety, emergency services, protection, or shelter. Some people need to be reminded that these attacks have not been carried out by true followers of Islam; these events have been carried out by Extremists who have their own fucked-up beliefs. The people affected most by these events are people within the Muslim community, who have to fight against the claims made by the so-called Islamic State on a regular basis.
Today, I’ve been lucky enough to learn a bit about a religion which I’ve never invested time to learn about. If the c***s who are carrying out these destructive acts had any brains, they’d learn to read and have a flick through the Quran themselves, because as I understand, they’re clearly reading a different book entirely if it’s telling them to go and slaughter innocent men, women and children without any reason or cause. Perhaps they’ve mistaken the Holy Scripture for Mein Kampf?
There need to be more people like my neighbour, because it’s amazing what a bit of good can do in a time when almost everything we read in the news is negative. What an amazing lady.”
Planning on having an iftaar party for your children? Here are some ideas to get you going!
- Take them shopping for charity!
I loved this idea done by a clever mum – “Invite them home a little early and pop into the closest supermarket and give them some money, then ask them to buy some food for charity! Make it a challenge to make it even more exciting: Who can get the most items out of the designated £5? Who can spend the closest to £5? What kinds of food do you think would be most appreciated?”
So many lessons to learn! And so fitting for this month!
- Another idea was to give out an empty box and a Ramadan Giving Calendar (see: https://www.buzzideazz.com/ramadan-giving-calendar/) as a party favour to encourage children to give charity during the month.
- How about this Diner idea? Instead of presents, everyone was asked to bring a brand new unwrapped toy to the value of £10-15 to give to a child at Hillingdon hospital. They managed to deliver 27 ?!
And finally, the icing on the top was their party favours. They distributed reusable (and collapsible to fit in pockets and purses!) tea cups filled with sweets, to encourage the girls to bring their own dishes to iftars and do their bit to protect the earth that we live in by cutting down on disposable waste.
- And if your children are older, why not hold a sehri party instead? Here’s an example of a mother-daughter sehri 🙂
Great advice and examples for fasting teens in WHY and HOW we fast well…
A recent conversation with my son about fasting sports people made me want to share this here… Maybe it will be a source of inspiration for your kids too!
- England’s Moeen Ali: Ramadan fast makes me feel sharper: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-33479503
- And how about this:
‘“The first five days are difficult,” Kolo Touré, a Liverpool defender, told the club’s website last year. “After that, the body just starts to” adapt, he added, “and you feel really happy. You clean your body as well, and you feel even stronger after Ramadan.”’
- An interesting article for the young world cup/footie fans in the house! May lead to a good discussion on “what would you do?”!
- This is a great documentary to watch with older ones.
Mashallah, there is an abundance of articles out there listing ideas of things to do with children during this month, to help them appreciate the value and importance of it and most of all, to LOVE it! Below I have rounded up some of my favourites – hope it gives you lots of ideas!
I like this idea of Ramadan Craft Circles by And Then She Said