Continuing on with our catch up about the Holy Prophet’s birthday…
As mentioned earlier, we have previously done celebrating his birthday with a week of emulating his life. (See:http://www.buzzideazz.com/glimpse-of-week-ahead/ and http://www.buzzideazz.com/week-of-emulating-the-prophet/).
One mum did something similar, but in such an amazingly creative way! Check it out…
“Count down to the Holy Prophets’s khushali:
To make my kids learn and look forward to the Prophet’s birthday we made an advent calendar with 7 days of different activities.
We put together 7 tissue rolls and covered them with a coloured tissue. Each day had a learning activity about how the Prophet lived and how we could incorporate them in our daily lives. So in each tissue roll I put in a note of what they had to think about do.
Here’s what we did on each day:
1. We talked about the story of the Prophet and the sour grapes. How the poor man had brought the Prophet grapes and the Prophet ate them all himself and when the companions asked why he didn’t share he said they weren’t sweet and he didn’t want the poor man to feel sad if at all the companions made a face.
We learnt that we should share only what we like 🙂. I put in one tube of smarties for all to share!
2. We listed a few things that the prophet ate, eg. Dates, grapes, figs, honey,pomegranate, olive oil, etc. I put in some khajoor pak as a treat (because I didn’t have enough khajoor!)
3. Discussed how the prophet ate. I gave them a napkin each and asked them to write down how he ate so they can keep it with them at the table.
I got the kids small emoji pillows and wrapped them up and kept them in their beds. On a piece of cloth I wrote down simple things that they can do before/when sleeping to remind them of the prophet. They then stitched the cloth on to the back of the pillow and keep it with them in bed! They made small tasbeehs at madressa which fit on perfectly with the pillow so it all stays together.
6. Cleanliness. The prophet was always smart and clean..
For this, I got the kids some small things to remember what the prophet carried with him to be clean at all times. I got a small towel, perfume, hairbrush with mirror and a toothbrush (in place of miswak) I didn’t put in the toothpick and scissors for safety reasons.
Here are some amazing calendars that you have done!
Here is one from 2012:
30 days of fasting; 30 balloons. Kids pop one balloon each evening and find varying amounts of cash inside. Added a “sadaqa” (charity) box to remind us all of our responsibility to help those in need, especially in Ramadan.
And here is an idea sent in this year:
“FZ and I have been working on a calendar countdown for the month of Ramadhan, leading up to Eid, insha’Allah. We used foam sheets in different colours that we then stapled together to form cone shaped ‘pockets’. We decorated and numbered these and then pinned onto a big sheet of cardboard.
I am going to fill up each ‘pocket’ with a moral story from the lives of our Masumeen as, a treat such as Kinder Egg Chocolate, a party popper and a scented tea light that we will light in remembrance of whichever personality we talk about each day in the month of Ramadhan, Insh.
The stories I plan to link with short qur’anic verses as well that FZ and I could work on memorising together. FZ is already so excited for the month to start so as to look in the ‘pockets’ for her special surprises. Bring on Mahe Ramadhan!”
And lastly, I love how this creative mum has linked each of the little goodies to an Islamic concept 🙂
One great idea to help mark Ramadan is to have a countdown calendar. I will share specific ideas of what parents do every year on another post, but here i would like to compile some ideas of different types of calendars:
- Cloth calendars: These have boomed over the last few years – check out this very reasonable one: https://eidparty.co.uk/collections/ramadan-calendars – or you could just make your own!
2. Now there are also chocolate/candy calendars out for the month! Some are available through main stores, and others through individuals. I suggest you do a google search and see what comes up! Check out this one:
(For those in the UK interested in the above, contact Faiza on 07826 865 244 )
3. Check out this twist on an advent calendar – where the emphasis is on giving during the month.
Try and find a charity near you that is running one! If not, simply collect some items over the month in a box and hand it to a food bank.