Ramadan is just around the corner and man am I excited! If you’re unfamiliar with this holiday, Ramadan is the month of fasting, where Muslim families from all over the world fast from dawn to dusk. This month is filled with family festivities, prayer, and reflection. I put together this Ramadan basket for Liyana, which I think is a perfect way to get her into the spirit of Ramadan. I put together this blog post to give you some ideas for a Ramadan Basket for kids, and have even included a free printable for you!
We celebrate Ramadan as a family with lots of different traditions including decorating, cooking delicious meals, and so forth. We also give gifts to our neighbours and friends. Over the last few years, I have started to put together new traditions for Liyana to make Ramadan more memorable and something she looks forward to while learning about Islam.
Liyana’s Ramadan basket will have items that Liyana can use throughout the month of Ramadan to help her learn more about it, and have fun at the same time! I think as parents that we should use any opportunity we can to connect faith with fun for younger people, and this is really at the heart of the basket idea. The best part about this project was deciding what to include to make it exciting and educational. I included new books, Ramadan colouring pages, new colouring pages, and more!
Here is what I included, including a FREE printable I created for you to download.
When making this Ramadan basket, I included things from these 5 categories, and found the list kept me focused and mindful of my purchases.
Something to Read
We are so lucky to live in today’s society and world where there are books on Ramadan available in mainstream stores like Indigo, Amazon, and other online avenues for purchase. Liyana is an avid reader and I added these three new books to her Ramadan library!
Something to Learn
This is an idea I got from Liyana’s Quran teacher, who suggested the students pick an activity they want to increase in frequency to set as a goal for Ramadan. It could be adding an extra prayer to their day, or using more kind words, or helping set the table. I wanted to bring this to life for Liyana, and so I took a regular old chore chart template and customized it as a Ramadan Jannah Point Tracker with space for a daily checkmark or sticker! You can print this out yourself and laminate it to reuse weekly, or print new copies weekly during Ramadan. I created this because it is a tangible way I can teach Liyana about doing good deeds in Ramadan, and start to explain the concept of Jannah.
At the end of the month, we have decided we will tally up the points and get her a reward, because the overall idea is to teach the concept that good deeds = rewards = Jannah, and this is amplified more in Ramadan. You can see how this chart is a perfect addition for a Ramadan Basket!
You can download the free fillable printable here and type in your own Ramadan goals for your kids before you print it out!
Something to Use
Who doesn’t love new colours and colouring pages?! I found these cute Ramadan colouring pages on Amazon! Paired with a new set of markers make this really fun!
I also purchased this adorable rainbow ceramic plate and cup set from H&M, which I think will be a fun addition to the basket and something she can use while setting the table (and earning points!!) during Ramadan. Unique table accessories make meal times more fun, and are a great addition to any Ramadan basket.
Something to Decorate
Home decor is a big part of Ramadan for us, and Liyana is obsessed with decorating and creating vignettes – she takes after her mama of course! I included some fairy lights for her to add to her playroom with other decor that we are adding soon. We keep our Ramadan decor almost the same from year to year, but it is nice to add a new little something to keep things exciting and fresh!
Something to Wear
My fondest memories of my childhood Ramadans involve wearing something new on Fridays. Every Ramadan Friday, my mom would have a NEW outfit for us to get dressed in for Friday Prayers. This year, my mom stitched Liyana two new outfits by hand for Ramadan and I absolutely had to include them because they are so, so special. I included some fun summer earrings from Joe Fresh in the basket as well because every little girl needs some accessories!
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