Ramadan is a beautiful time to bond with your family and share with them the blessings of this month. Young children, in particular, are inquisitive and eager learners, and are just beginning to learn about the importance of this blessed month. So, to make Ramadan a little extra special goes a long way to help create positive associations and memories which will last for a lifetime.
As my 6 year old daughter was becoming more aware of the importance of Ramadan this year, she began to ask more questions. She was curious as to what makes it unique. She hears about other holidays during the school year and we are constantly seeing it at the stores while shopping so I thought it would be nice to create a special day for her to welcome Ramadan, acknowledge it’s significance, appreciate its connection with the Qur’an, and share the day with some of her munchkins friends.
Too young to fast right now – especially during our long summer fasts in North America – we decided to have a little party for lunch with crafts and games involving the theme of Ramadan. I let my daughter do all the planning and I guess with the influence from my personal love for all things handmade, she also wanted her party consisting of everything handmade!
So, we began the afternoon with some crafts…
Then they made a very interesting craft which my daughter learned from school called a “Triorama“. It’s basically a 3 sided “box” which you decorate to create a scene. In our case, we made a Ramadan room! The girls first coloured the freehand template I drew and photocopied for them, and then they cut out the pieces to glue to their simple triorama models.
Taking a break from all the cutting and gluing, we all went into the kitchen to make our homemade customized pizzas! Again, my daughter’s idea, she wanted all the kids to chose their own toppings and create their very own pizzas made from my special Honey Pizza Dough Recipe.
And, while they played their game, supervised by my older daughter, I went ahead and brought out the treats. To be honest, it was sugar overload, but since we don’t eat like this all the time, our special occasion seemed to be the perfect exception. 🙂
I admit, the cake was not handmade by me but I did add my personal touch to it. It was a plain white cake when I purchase it. Then we jazzed it up with some rainbow sprinkles and an adorable handmade mini Ramadan banner. The banner was actually quite simple to make. I used 2 bamboo skewers, jute string and my favourite washi tapes. Easy peasy!
After a final Ramadan lantern craft (made from this template) and some storytelling, we called it a wrap!
As the girls waited for the parents to arrive for pick up, in unison they began singing, “This was the best day EVER!”
Alhamdulillah, that made my day and definitely confirmed that carrying out my munchkin creative Ramadan party planning was well worth the effort! I think she did a great job, mashallah. What do you think? 🙂
Sobia Hussain is a professional soap artisan who runs The Olive Tree Soap Company located in Toronto, Canada. She creates vegan natural soaps and skincare products with an eco-conscience. She is also a writer for various international publications. Sobia loves teaching creative Discovery Workshops designed to help children discover their inner talents and inspire creativity through explorations in art and science.