Ramadan is a great time to involve children in the beliefs, blessings, and opportunities during this auspicious time. Even if they are not old enough to fast, you can still teach them about why we celebrate this month and involve them in other ways. The best way to approach this is to reveal the purpose of Ramadan from an early age. This way your child will know the importance of the actions completed during Ramadan and be motivated to achieve it themselves when the time does come.
It is also a great idea to teach them by involving their emotions. When a child is emotionally invested in an activity, their motivation to complete it is much higher.
Ramadhan is the month of giving. It’s important to teach your children the importance of charity and providing donations in order to feed the hungry during Ramadan. It is also equally important to show them that all good deeds – no matter how big or small – are seen and rewarded by Allah (SWT). Any deed in Islam that benefits someone or something else is a good deed. Remind your children that doing these deeds during Ramadan is a great way of showing appreciation for all that they have and compassion for those that do not have so much.
Show your children images and videos of the less fortunate to teach them what their conditions are like. This will give them an emotional attachment to the act of donating money. Teach them about cost and how little they need to donate to change the life of someone in need. It’s a good idea to demonstrate to them that things some may take for granted, like running water and food, is not as readily available to those less fortunate. Ingrain this from a young age and these thoughts and feelings towards this time of year will remain positive and most importantly, your children will want to continue performing these acts of kindness, long after you’ve gone in shaa Allah.
A great game to create is one which requires your children to do one good deed every day. It’s something your child can get involved in, even if they are not fasting, which will give them a huge sense of importance. Give them a challenge that they have to do one good deed every single day and make it into a game. Everyone in the family has to do one, and you all act out your good deed every evening together during the month of Ramadan. Ensure you commend them and get excited about their good deeds, as children catch onto your enthusiasm and if your showing passion about what they’ve done, they will become all the more excited to share it with you.
“Good Deed Everyday” activity ideas:
You can mix and match according to your needs!
30 Days of good deeds for your Ramadan jar by In the Playroom (Free Printable)
Free Ramadan Kindness Calendar for Kids (Free Printable)
30 days of giving – List of activities by Silver Envelope (Free Printable)
Little acts of kindness each day by The Visual Age (Free Print)
Good Deeds Log by Come to Learn (Free Printable)
Give them the opportunity to take the lead, if you have one child, then they lead the game, if you have more than one then they take it in turns to lead the game. Allowing them to take charge, rather than an adult, will give them a sense of leadership and make it much more exciting and enjoyable. Children take responsibility more seriously than adults and allowing them to take control will motivate and inspire them. This is a great idea you can apply to everyday life when raising children, not just during Ramadan. However, Ramadan is the perfect time to introduce these concepts.
There are lots of fun Ramadan crafts and activities you can do with your children that are great ways to occupy, inspire and teach them about this blessed month and its importance. Following is an ultimate list of FREE Ramadhan printables for kids.
Free Ramadan Printables for Kids
Iman’s Homeschool has pretty much EVERYTHING on the topic of Ramadan collected in one place in THIS LINK.
We have several printables for our subscribers as well as some can be seen below:
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Free Ramadhan Activity Packs/Journals
Ramadan Kids Activity Pack by Little Wings Gallery (who kindly featured #AlhamdulillahForSeries Gratitude Journal as well <3 )
Free Ramadhan Craft Printables
Free Ramadhan Coloring Sheets
Free Ramadhan Worksheets
Free Last 10Days of Ramadan/ Laylatul Qadr Resources
Co-Author’s Bio: Maise Carter is an active campaigner for a UK based charity and specializes in strategic programs that focus on Education and Skills Training for those living in poverty. She believes that providing individuals with education and job prospects will allow them to earn a living wage and help to develop their community. As part of a Ramadan 2017 project, she is promoting the good deed everyday challenge to help make charitable giving a way of life.