Soon it will be the most holy month in the Islamic calendar. Teach your kids about Ramadan with these four easy steps.
Did you know more than one billion Muslims worldwide celebrate Ramadan? Everyone spends more time with their families, doing good deeds and helping other people.
To help your children start understand the Holy Month, here are four ways to help you introduce Ramadan traditions to them.
Joanna Nazareno-Santillan is a mother and founder of Afterschool.ae, UAE’s online resource for schools, nurseries and kids’ activities. She shares these simple tips:
Pay It Forward
Ramadan is a month known for charity and good deeds. This is a great time to introduce the idea of giving and receiving. To get your children started off on the habit of paying it forward, discuss with them what it means to give and receive, and the importance of being kind to others.
You can collect old clothes and toys they have outgrown or don’t need. You can also try preparing simple food packages or hot meals together to give out to those less fortunate.
If they are old enough, take kids with you to a charity event so that they gain a new perspective and appreciation for acts of kindness. We’ll be sharing details of these soon, so keep checking back!
Ramadan is family time and people make an extra effort to visit each other and spend time together. Plan get-togethers with extended family and friends, especially those you have not seen for a while.
You can use the time to make your children familiar with the family tree by asking each member to explain how they fit into it.
Squeeze in activities that will help your children bond with other members of the family, such as games that promote teamwork. You can make family time a regular thing by blocking off one day in a week – just to make the transition of getting used to it more gradual.
Ramadan is also a time for self-reflection as people strive to be better versions of themselves. With your child still starting to get to know themselves better, giving them time to sit and reflect on themselves might be challenge.
Share with them how you usually go through self-reflection yourself, and recommend a certain time and place when they can do it. You can also try setting up questions that will help them start reflecting, and create a goal improvement sheet.
Get Festive and Fun
Ramadan is a celebration. Get your children excited by making the atmosphere at home fun and festive.
You can cut out paper lanterns and decorate them around the house. Give the home a celebratory vibe by researching Ramadan decorations you can do together. You can also search for sweet treats to prepare.
To commemorate the celebration each year, create a scrapbook of all the memories you have shared during the season. This makes your children see Ramadan as a month to look forward to and that it can be filled with excitement.