At this time of the year, I spend a few days making decorations with my children. As a family, we love welcoming Ramadan with happy hearts and minds. This year is no different, only I want to add to what we normally do, by making it more meaningful. I want the whole family to feel more connected, on a spiritual level. I’m hoping this will be achieved by knowing and understanding more about Ramadan. Here are some awesome products by some amazing creatives, who have done all the hard work, so we don’t have to.
The first thing that comes to mind, when decorating is a banner. Something as simple as a banner never fails to put a smile on my face. This banner comes in a few colours, the heart shape design is unique as I’ve not seen it anywhere before. Made out of a thick glittery card, this banner can be put away and used over and over again.
Making cookies is a great way to celebrate and welcome Ramadan. Most cookie recipes are simple to follow and with this stamp, you can use any cutter you already own. Adding this Ramadan Mubarak stamp, adds a special finishing touch, making ordinary cookies into Ramadan cookies! Simply laid out in a small box or inside a cellophane bag, tied with a ribbon. These will make the perfect gifts for family, friends and neighbours.
Every year without a fail, Heidi Hansen comes up with something new. There is so much you can print off for FREE from her Sweet Fajr blog and this year she’s created this beautiful Ramadan mini mosque calendar. Designed in pastel colours, with numbers displayed on the front, for counting down to Eid. Honestly, you can’t go wrong. This printable is easy to make and can fit small treats inside.
I saw this idea a while ago, on Asmaa Hussein’s Instagram account- Ruqayas bookshelf. It’s been on my list of things to do with my kids, since. With Ramadan approaching, I thought this would be the perfect time to do one. The idea is to cut out leaves and write something you’re grateful for each day and stick it on the tree. You can purchase a tree decal for your wall and then stick the leaves on the branches. Or like me, draw a tree on paper and stick the leaves on it, instead. I purchased this small pad of stickable leaves and pen from Araish.
These Hadith cards are a perfect way to learn about Ramadan in small bursts. The Hadiths on each card are chosen with the Ramadan in mind, its benefits and practices. These are FREE and once printed, can be laminated if you prefer and ready to use. 30 cards, for 30 days.
These cards are beautifully designed. You’ll receive 30 printable cards, with a good deed on each one. All you’ll need to do is, print and cut them out. Although these are aimed at small children 2-5 years old, they can easily be used for older kids too. By writing your own age-appropriate good deeds on the blank space, at the back of the cards.
30 puzzles and activity cards, teaching a new lesson every day. These are great for little hands. All my kids enjoy doing puzzles and I can see these being pulled out every day. The puzzles and activities come in a colouring an envelope, with large numbers for counting down to Eid. I received mine in numerical order and beautifully tied with a ribbon, ready to use.
Now, this challenge is unique. It’s a family game, everyone can get involved. You get a question every day for the 30 days of Ramadan, related to Ramadan. Once you’ve got your answer, you need to take the specified letter and write the letter down on the back of the slip. At the end of Ramadan, if you’ve answered all the questions correctly, those letters will make a sentence.
The print out is free and comes with easy to follow instructions.
This is another great challenge. A great way for children to learn about the Qur’an by not just reading and reciting, but by pausing and reflecting on the meaning behind each ayah and implementing them in their lives. You can print the list of verses and explanations for free. If you email Shohana from The Homeschool Diaries, she’ll happily send you a printable PDF.
When I saw these cards, I was excited. These are beautifully designed and can see myself using them all year round. Although these are designed for parents in mind, I think anyone can use these. Set one is hadith reminders about gentleness and controlling one’s anger. The second set to help reduce tension and stress. The last set is positive reminders for bad days. Best of all, these are all FREE.
That’s it, guys. Ramadan Mubarak!
Born and raised in London, writer and children’s author Khanom recently published four pictures books. Today a mother of six, Khanom lives a busy life, splitting her days between home educating her children and her motherly responsibilities. She shares her home in Bolton with her family, and anytime she has a moment to herself, she reads and writes.