Updated: Mar 17
Ramadan is the month of mercy, forgiveness, and blessings. It's a time when Muslims around the world come together to fast, pray, and do good deeds. As parents, we want our children to love and appreciate this blessed month, and to understand its significance. But how do we make fasting fun and engaging for kids? In this blog post, we'll share some practical tips and activities to help you make the most of Ramadan with your children.
Start with the basics: Before you dive into the fun activities, make sure your children understand the basics of fasting, such as the importance of Suhoor (pre-dawn meal) and Iftar (breaking the fast), the reasons behind fasting, and the rules and exceptions. Use age-appropriate language and examples, and encourage questions and discussions.
Use the power of storytelling: Narrating stories about the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his companions during Ramadan can be a powerful way to inspire children and connect them with the spirit of the month. For example, you can tell the story of the first revelation, the Battle of Badr, or the story of the generous Sahabi Abu Hurayrah who said: "The Prophet (peace be upon him) was the most generous of all people, and he was even more generous during Ramadan."
Involve kids in the preparation: Involving kids in the preparation for Ramadan can be a great way to build excitement and teach responsibility. You can assign them age-appropriate tasks such as setting up the Ramadan decorations, making Ramadan crafts, preparing Iftar or Suhoor, or helping with charity projects. You can also let them choose a Ramadan goal or habit to work on, such as reading Quran, saying extra prayers, or doing a good deed every day.
Make fasting fun: Fasting can be challenging for kids, especially younger ones. To make it more enjoyable and manageable, try some of these fun ideas:
Make a Ramadan calendar with colorful stickers or drawings to mark each day of fasting.
Have a family Iftar picnic or potluck, and let each family member bring their favorite dish or treat.
Play Ramadan-themed games, such as Islamic trivia, Ramadan Bingo, or Pictionary with Islamic words.
Organize a family night out to watch the Ramadan decorations and lights in your town or city.
Teach gratitude and empathy: Ramadan is not just about abstaining from food and drink, but also about cultivating gratitude, generosity, and empathy. Encourage your kids to reflect on their blessings and share them with others. You can do simple things such as saying Alhamdulillah (All praise be to Allah) together, expressing gratitude for the food and water we have, or donating to a local charity or food bank. You can also involve your kids in acts of kindness, such as visiting a sick neighbor or writing a thank-you note to a teacher.
Use the Hadith of Ramadan: The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "When Ramadan comes, the gates of Paradise are opened, the gates of Hellfire are closed, and the devils are chained." This Hadith illustrates the immense blessings and rewards of Ramadan, and can inspire kids to do good deeds and seek Allah's pleasure. You can repeat this Hadith often and explain its meaning, and encourage your kids to memorize it.
Ramadan is a precious time for us and our children, and it can be an opportunity to strengthen our bonds, teach valuable lessons, and earn Allah's rewards. By following these tips and ideas, we hope that you can make the most of this blessed month with your family. Remember that every small effort counts, and every moment spent in remembrance of Allah brings us closer to Him. Let us strive to make this Ramadan a transformative experience for ourselves and our loved ones, and may Allah accept our fasts and prayers. Ameen.