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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.