Fun ideas to make Ramadan exciting for kids

Fun ideas to make Ramadan exciting for kids

Qatar Living
By Qatar Living

Ramadan is just around the corner and it’s time we prepare ourselves, our homes and families for the late nights and long fasts. Ramadan can be exhausting for kids, and it’s best we prepare them early, on what to expect during the holy month.

Here’s a list of suggestions to make Ramadan enjoyable for children in Qatar.

Read and share stories about the holy month, the prophets and more!

Children love storytime, and narrating stories about the holy month of Ramadan is an excellent way to help children understand the importance of Ramadan. It’s also a fantastic way to introduce them to obligatory responsibilities such as fasting, helping those in need, reciting and exercising patience.

Here’s an assorted mix of stories that are both informative and engaging about the holy month and its obligations for children in Qatar:

Suggestions for Islamic books for kids:

  • Ramadan around the world
  • Illyas and Duck series (Ramadan Joy, the Fantastic Festival of Eid-Al-Fitr, A Zakat Tale: A story about giving)
  • The most powerful night: A Ramadan story
  • Stories from the Qur’an
  • Animals in the Qur'an

Places to buy Islamic books in Qatar:

  • Jarir Bookstore
    Location: Jaidah Square - Old Airport, Ramada Signal Salwa Road and Al Rayyan-Al Jadeed
  • Gift Shed
    Location: Doha Festival City & pop-up stores in Alif Stores Dafna, Alif Stores Place Vendôme Mall, Salam Stores The Gate Mall & Virgin Megastore Villaggio Mall
  • The Storyteller Qatar
    Visit: Instagram Page
  • Little Muslim Reads
    Visit: Instagram Page

Places to buy Islamic books online:

Here's more places to buy Islamic books in Qatar.

Get creative and decorate!

Qatar celebrates the month of Ramadan with great enthusiasm. Bring in the festive vibes to your home by creating something unique with your little ones or heading out to a store for some cool decorations.

Decorative items to create: Ramadan lamps, Ramadan themed banners, wreaths for doors, wall hangings and a Ramadan calendar.

Check our guide on places to buy Ramadan decorations and essentials.

Bake some Ramadan themed cookies

Cookies are always an excellent snack, welcomed and loved by all. Add a creative spin to your baking time by customizing your cookies with personalized messages that act as reminders for the holy month. For instance you could pipe out messages that say ‘be kind’, ‘have patience’ or ‘sharing is caring’.

Alternatively you can bake some crescent and star shaped cookies with your little ones to go in line with the Ramadan theme.

Here's a list places to buy baking tools and accessories in Qatar.

Maintain a Ramadan advent calendar during the holy month

A Ramadan advent calendar is unique as it has cool little gifts stored inside each box to be opened at the end of the day. In Qatar you can get creative and make your own, or head to a store for ready-made one.

Places to buy a Ramadan advent calendar:

Make a Sadaqah jar

Giving charity is an essential obligations during the month of Ramadan. Muslims are encouraged to increase charity and almsgiving, also known as ‘Sadaqah’ (voluntary charity) and ‘Zakat’ (obligatory charity).

Making sadaqah is an exciting way to introduce children to concepts of charity, and make them understand the importance of helping those in need.

The jar can be customized to their preferences with decorative items and a personal touch. Try encouraging them to set aside a portion of their weekly allowance for charity and discussing why it’s important.

Set creative goals

Having goals is important for us all. Children most of all can get overwhelmed by all the obligations during the month of Ramadan and to make it easy for them, it would be best to break it up into small doable chunks. For instance, for bigger kids you could reward them for memorizing a chapter of the Quran (surah), completing a fast, or helping out with household chores.

For smaller children, you could ask them to fast for a few hours, listen to Qura’n or help a friend. Alternatively you could also make a goal chart for each day of the month with daily tasks. Setting doable goals will help them develop a sense of accomplishment during the holy month.

Places to buy a goal chart or Ramadan calendar: 

  • Little Muslim Reads
    Visit: Instagram Page 

Looking for more things to do this Ramadan? Here's all you need to know about Ramadan 2023 in Qatar.

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