Ramadan with littles is pretty new to me still, and now I have THREE little ones to manage with the longest days of he year, alhamdulilah. While I know to build anticipation, we are still building traditions for my little ones. In sha Allah (God willing), I want my kids to grow up with a strong sense of a Muslim identity, so making sure our holidays and special times are memorable is a big deal.
I’m still looking for a different name for this, as I don’t want to just take the idea of Easter baskets and transplant it to Eid. Ideas? Ramadan bins doesn’t have the same ring to it. LOL. Anyway, the idea is that the kids get some small gifts at the start of Ramadan to start celebrating this blessed month. I personally love to.target.com/c/142090/81938/2092?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.target.com%2Fp%2Fthreshold-global-media-decorative-basket-set-of-4%2F-%2FA-15144758%23prodSlot%3Dmedium_4_14%26term%3Dbasket” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>these baskets, and I fill them up with a mix of secular items and Islamic items. Some of my favorite things to include are:
- Plaster hand print kit
- New Islamic kids video
- tore.com/a5137.html” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>Kids prayer rug or hijab
- New Islamic book
One thing to note with the Ramadan baskets:
- I don’t want to make the kids think it’s actually part of Ramadan as they get older. As they age and they’re able to take part in traditional Ramadan activities, like fasting and taraweeh, we’ll start making that transition. The goal is to alert them that something special is happening. In the future, we might start Ramadan with a new book to read, or movie to learn from.
I know I already covered books when talking about creating Ramadan anticipation, but it’s worthwhile to mention again. We picked up Ramadan and Id-ul-Fitr at the library, and we already have Fatimah’s First Fasting Day. In sha Allah I’ll be able to find more books at the library throughout the month, and I’ll keep building our home library as well.
Let them help decorate
Not only should the house be decorated for Ramadan, but let them help! I love these lanterns and window clings, and they are easy for kids to help out! We’ll also be printing out the Ramadan Road Map from the Mini Mumin FREE Ramadan kit, and letting Aamina choose where it goes. She loves to watch Hubby work on things, so we’ll make sure he puts up the lights while she’s awake. As she gets older, she’ll be able to help hang lights and banners, in sha Allah.
Go to the masjid
I won’t be bringing Amatullah to iftars this year since it’s about two hours after her normal bedtime, but Aamina should be able to join Hubby sometimes for iftar at the masjid. There’s a buzz in the air as everyone joins together to break their fast with the community. In sha Allah it can be a special memory with her dad.
I’m still so new to having little ones during Ramadan. What do you do to get them excited to take part in Ramadan, and get ready for Eid?