5 Fun Ways to Keep your Kids Busy During Ramadan

June 25, 2015

One of my biggest challenges during Ramadan is keeping my 4 kiddos engaged and busy. It’s not always easy keeping them occupied while fasting these long summer days. I ask Allah to give all of us Mommies some extra bonus points for being patient with our littles while fasting.

I had big plans of doing some out of this world activities with the kids during Ramadan, but once Ramadan started I realized I didn’t have as much energy as I thought I would. I try my best to do a small activity on a daily basis with them, but then there are those days where I just want to do the basics and then take it easy until its time to break my fast. For those days I came up with a little list of things they can do on their own that would still keep them engaged and learning.

 

1. Miraj Audio

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I can’t say enough good things about Miraj Audio. Their audio keeps my kids engaged and asking for more. It’s a fun way for kids to listen and learn about their deen. Some of my kids favorites include: the Salah ad-din series and Yusuf and his Amazing Dreams.

Tip: Set up your audio on an iPad with minimum apps so your children won’t be distracted. Keep a pair of headphones close by just in case one wants to listen while another wants to craft.

2. Get Crafty with Hello Holy Days and RamadanCrafts

 

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Manal’s simple yet beautiful website, Hello Holy Days has tons of wonderful DIY Ramadan and Eid projects your littles (and you!) are sure to enjoy. I just came across the Tarawih Tote craft on her instagram feed that I’m eager for the kids to make, absolutely adorable!

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And speaking of instagram, be sure to follow ramadancrafts for lots of inspiration. The wonderful crafter behind HafsaCreates started this awesome instagram feed that will leave you with tons of craft ideas.

Tip: Remember when picking a craft choose something you know the kids can  do on their own or with the help of each other. Next, gather all of the materials needed and set up the items as an open invite to craft. You will find them gravitating towards it when they need something to do.

4. Quran by Heart 

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Kids love watching things so why not let them watch something beneficial and encouraging? My kids love this documentary about a global Quran competition for kids that takes place annually in Cairo, Egypt during the month of Ramadan. A perfect documentary for this holy month and a great way to encourage kids to memorize.

Tip: When the kids finish watching the documentary have them try to locate the different countries the children in the movie are from.

5. DC Seminary’s “A Year with the Prophet (sws)”

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I first came across this children’s audio series of the Prophet’s (pbuh) seerah from the one and only unschooling Mama of three, Muslim Mommaholic. Let’s just say when I played the first episode on the jambox the kids stopped what they were doing and ran towards the audio. They were instantly hooked and keep asking for more!

Tip: Have children create a timeline of main events as they listen to the seerah.

I hope this tried and tested list is of benefit to you (more naps!) and your children.

 

Happy Ramadan,

Farah

 

Irving Art Center-Saturday School

February 15, 2015
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Irving Art Center

I recently found a little gem right here in Irving, TX. I was browsing the City Spectrum when I came across some children’s art classes that would be taking place at the Irving Art Center. I’ve heard about the Art Center on a few occasions but never really looked into what it was. It’s a nice facility with a courtyard, art galleries, theaters, and classrooms. There are a few sculptures outside the building that were nice to look at as well. The property is kept very clean and they are currently renovating the fountain walkway in front of the building. The super friendly and helpful staff also made for a good experience.

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Moose Lee and ECB enjoying the courtyard while they wait for Iss Miss.

When I saw that they offer Saturday School for ages 6-12 I thought it would be a great opportunity for my Iss Miss. As much as I love art we don’t always make time for projects and learning about different types of art form when we are homeschooling so this acted as a great supplement for art class for us.

During the first few weeks of class Iss Miss dyed yarn using natural dyes that they made out of blackberries, coffee, cochineal, tumeric, onions peels, rosemary and acorns. They also kept a little journal of the yarns and what they were dyed with.  After they were done dying the yarn they made a few projects such as a woven bowl, pouch and bookmark.  Weaving class has become the highlight of Iss Miss’s Saturdays. Today was the last day of class. My daughter had a wonderful learning experience with her teacher Ms. Carleen Michener who made her feel very welcome. The teacher was always smiling, enjoying what she was doing and giving the children individual time. I’m looking forward to seeing what new things Iss Miss will learn in the next session: Adinkra Stamping and Printmaking.

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On our way out we walked through the art galleries. Their current exhibitions are the Golden Legacy: Original Art from 65 Years of Golden Books, Jessica Martinez: Fact, Fiction and Whimsy, and Art: A Profound Impact. My favorite was the Golden Legacy exhibition as it brought back nostalgic memories of my own golden book collection I had when I was a child.

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Piece from “ART: A Profound Impact” Exhibit


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If you live in the DFW area definitely check out the art center’s website for more info on classes and events for the whole family.

“Logic will get you from A to B.  Imagination will take you everywhere.”

–Albert Einstein

 

 

 

Pause Mama…Pause!

January 26, 2015

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My three year old (a.k.a ECB) is a ball of energy. He makes his presence known when he walks into a room. He calls me pretty Mama and whenever I make something delicious to eat he tells me I’m the best with a thumbs up and a wink. When we tell him to whisper or lower his voice it goes from very loud to just loud. He is the life of our home.

He does the cutest thing when he wants me to stop dead in my tracks. He doesn’t tell me to stop what I’m doing but instead screams “Pause Mama pause!” I love it and I hope he never changes it.

If I’m running up the stairs to get something and he wants to come along…”Pause Mama pause!”

If I’m sitting on the couch and about to read a book that he wants to listen to as well…”Pause Mama pause!”

If I’m playing cars with him and he needs to get an additional 10 cars from the playroom in his little basket…”Pause Mama pause!”

My sweet ECB if only you knew how much I would like to pause this moment in your life. I want to keep you small so I can enjoy your cute little phrases for just a little longer. I want to carry you around and give you cuddles forever. But most of all I want to press pause so I can keep you small and under my wing, protected. I don’t want for you to know what hate is, or what injustice is or what it means to fail. I want you to live in your little happy kid bubble.

The truth is if I pressed pause you would not feel the warmth of love or witness justice being served. And how will you ever taste the sweetness of success without ever failing? As far as your protection, that I will leave to the All Mighty Allah. By placing my trust in Him I know you will be protected whether I am with you or not.