Crafts for me are a way to engage and create all the different skills that children are learning and bring a Ramadan theme to them.
Arabic geometry peel away painting:
For our mini canvases, I based this on an activity we’ve done many times before;
Peel away painting.
(Click here to see the existing activity )
This time, I did it on little canvases and gave the children a little more control with applying the masking tape. The Ramadan twist to this activity was, we used Arabic geometry patterns, and they only chose two colours to paint with.
The best part is, they could get as messy as they wanted too, which they loved. But they loved the peeling off part more, once the painting was dry.
The end result, a pretty and unique geometric painting; these are great to add to existing decor, or better yet a little gift – and a message can be added to the painting itself.
Mini Lanterns for mini monkeys:
Cut a piece of card, long enough to be wrapped around a small plastic container. Cut out some shapes on the piece of card, and then let your child decorate it.
Once it’s dry add some coloured cellophane/tissue paper to the cut out shapes and wrap it around the container. Add a battery powered tea light to the container, and voila you have a mini lantern.
These are pretty easy to make and can get anyone in the ramadan/Eid mood.
To learn how to make these check out this Youtube tutorial, you could even get the kids to decorate them.
Before we head back to the UK, to celebrate Eid with our families. I set the kids up with a little card station to make Eid cards for their relatives. This includes little cut outs of moons and stars, glitter, paint and all things crafty.
‘Sensory’ prayer mats
To make these you need soft foam sheets in 2 different colours, cut shapes out, we cut a mosque dome outline, and little windows. For the door, I made sensory squishy bags (how to make them can be found here). I then stuck both the sheets together.
We then applied a thick layer of glue, one window at a time, and stuck down different types of sensory materials (bumpy card, pom poms, pasta, velcro)
Baking is a brilliant way to spend time with the kids, especially in Ramadan and for Eid.
These are a great addition for Iftaars, food plates for neighbours, or parties.
Sun catchers are a lovely addition to decorate the home. We’ve made Moon & star ones, as well as mosque cut outs. All you require for these are card/paper plate, contact paper and tissue paper/coloured cellophane.
Click here to find out how we made them.
My boys love making eid cards for their friends and family. You can use anything for it, I usually cut out shapes for them, and let them decorate them using glue, glitter, paint and crayons.
These are some brilliant websites/Instagram pages that I like to get inspo from:
- Visit Ramadan Crafts instagram page
- Sweet Fajr have brilliant craft ideas, as well as free decor downloads.
- Mom Junction has brilliant craft ideas for all ages
- Artsy Craftsy Mom has been amazing inspiration
Do you have more activities that you’ve done with the kids? Please leave a comment below with your tips.