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Easy Ramadan Craft Activities for Children
Celebrating Ramadan in Your Setting
Teaching children about different cultures and festivals that are celebrated by people and communities around the globe is a fantastic way for kids to learn about the diverse world we live in. Ramadan is a precious time for Muslims all over the world and with Ramadan coming up what better way to celebrate this special Holy Month than with beautiful Ramadan-themed crafts. We hope you have a blast creating these wonderful activities!
What is Ramadan?
In Islam, Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar and the holy month of fasting (abstaining from food and drink during daylight hours). It is also a time for introspection, prayer, and the reading of the Qur’an.
When is Ramadan in 2021?
The Islamic calendar follows the lunar moon cycle therefore the dates for Ramadan change every year as it is dependent on the appearance of the crescent moon. This year Ramadan falls on the 12th of April and ends on the 12th of May, lasting for 30 days. It is followed by Eid (Eid-al-Fitr), a magnificent holy celebration that marks the end of the month-long fast.
Ramadan Craft Activities to Do with Kids
Here are some of our top craft activities to do this Ramadan. These activities are great as a discussion starter and are a fantastic way of celebrating this special holy month in your setting.
Hanging Lantern Craft Activity
‘Fanous’, also known as Fanous Ramadan or Ramadan Lanterns are traditional lanterns that are used to decorate streets and homes during the holy month of Ramadan. Typically made of glass and metal, the decorative lanterns trace back over a thousand years ago, and according to Islamic history, originate in the land of Egypt. Fast forward to current times, they are a common symbol associated with this special holy month and symbolise hope and light.
To create your own beautiful hanging lantern you will need:
- To get started print out our free lantern downloadable template.
- Cut around the template and place it onto the black card.
- Trace around the lantern shapes and cut around the edges and windows.
- Glue strips of cellophane to cover the windows.
- Carefully punch out a small hole at the top of the lantern using a pencil or scissors.
- Hang from a length of string or thread.
- Alternatively, thread multiple pieces to create your own lantern banner.
- Hang up and display for everyone to see!
Crescent Moon and Star Activity
The crescent moon and star is a widely recognised symbol of Islam and has many meanings. In ancient times, navigation along trade routes often occurred during the night and depended on the position of the moon and stars. As the Islamic calendar follows the lunar calendar, it is tied to the phases of the moon and so the crescent moon also marks the beginning of a new month.
This easy crescent moon and star craft is a fantastic activity for teaching kids about Ramadan and injecting festive spirit into your setting.
You will need:
- Start by cutting out each crescent moon and star shape.
- Place the moon and star shapes onto the glitter card.
- Trace around the crescent moon and stars and cut around the edges.
- Punch a hole at the top and bottom of each shape using a pencil or scissors.
- Thread a piece of string thread through the holes and you’re done!
We would love to see what fun craft activities you get up to this Ramadan! For a chance to be featured on our feed don’t forget to upload your wonderful creations to Instagram and tag us in your post, making sure you use the hashtag #ExplorewithEYR.