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Ramadhan is nearly here and for many of us, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. We look forward to that change in routine, the buzz of blessings around and the (pre-lockdown) socials associated with a month – a chance to gather in remembrance of our Lord. So how do we make things exciting for our kids?
Well, this month at MMM we have SERIOUSLY got you covered. From activities to recipes and gift guides we have got it all coming your way, but first let’s start with the foundation. Our take on how to get your kids to look forward to Ramadhan!
Before we get started, a small disclaimer to say that this article is in no way intended to put pressure on you. As a mum, it’s hard enough to juggle life normally let alone during Ramadhan and we totally understand that. Take from our words whatever works for your family and inshAllah may blessings in abundance fill your home this Ramdhan.
These ideas have been put together based on two criteria: fun and purpose. For children to learn authentically, these are two key components that are essential. These ideas are by no means the be all and end all, the key thing is to make Ramadhan fun and give your child (no matter what their age) some purpose for this month. InshAllah this will enable them to thrive spiritually and gain closeness to Allah (SWT).
Before Ramadhan begins, build up the excitement by preparing yourselves and your home for it. There are so many ways you can do this depending on the age of your children and their level of understanding already. Here are a few of our suggestions:-
Talking about the month to come:
- For the toddlers and primary school kids, explain and remind them of the basic concepts of fasting, charity and how the Qur’an was revealed to us in this special month. Talk about how things might look different this month in their routine.
- For the older ones get them involved by letting them do the research and pick the charities they want to support and by talking to you about what they want to learn for the month
- For the even older ones (we’re talking tweens here) engage in some healthy debate and conversation around the dinner table, talk about their goals aspirations and how they want to use this month.
Get the house ready by doing a spring clean
Go through your wardrobes, toys and even kitchen cupboards and identify items that you aren’t using/no longer need which may be better off going to someone else! A great way to kick start the charitable feels for Ramadhan.
Decorate your home ready for the month
This does not need to be fancy – it could mean simply setting up your coffee table with some essentials for the month with a nice table cloth (Qur’an, dates, prayer mat, sadaqa box etc) or if you’re up for it going all out with banners and balloons. Perhaps even making your own decorations with the kids if you’re feeling super creative. Either way, preparing the home for a change in routine is a lovely way to celebrate this month.
Give some gifts to family, friends and neighbours to celebrate this beautiful month
Package up some dates and write some Ramadhan cards. Drop them off to your neighbours, family and friends. Kids will love getting involved at every stage of the process.
Keep it simple – do things together as a family
Our fondest memories of Ramadhan from our childhood generally don’t tend to involve a lot of ‘stuff’ or even fancy presents. It’s about family, togetherness, spirituality and that excitement that comes with sitting together for Suhoor or breaking fast together and praying Salaah together. So our final tip for getting your kids excited about Ramadhan is really to keep it simple – think of things you can do as a family or that they can do with their friends to build some
There you have it Mamas, our take on how to get the kids excited for Ramadhan. What are your suggestions? Let us know in the comments below