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5 Ways to Celebrate Ramadan With Kids

A craft, recipe, and more!

By Macaroni KID April 19, 2022

Muslims will celebrate Ramadan — the holy month dedicated to fasting, prayer, and studying and reciting the Quran — April 2 through May 2, 2022. Muslims see the month of Ramadan as a time to become closer to God through reflection and divine revelations. It is also a time for families and loved ones to gather and celebrate.

Not very familiar with Ramadan? Here are five ways to learn more with your children:


1. Teach children Ramadan greetings

During Ramadan, faithful Muslims greet one other by saying "Ramadan Mubarak" (Blessed Ramadan) or "Ramadan Kareem" (Have a generous Ramadan). Practice with your kids!


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2. Craft a crescent moon and star

The Muslim year follows a lunar calendar and the sighting of the crescent moon marks the beginning of a new month. This is especially significant at the end of the holy month of Ramadan, when the sighting of the crescent moon marks the end of the fasting period. Kids can make a crescent moon and star out of two paper plates to decorate for Ramadan.

What you need:

  • Two white paper plates
  • Gold paint
  • Black paint
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Glue

Directions:

  1. Use one paper plate to trace the shape of a crescent moon onto the other, then cut it out.
  2. Draw a star with your pencil on the other side of the cut plate, and cut out the star.
  3. Paint your moon and star gold. Paint the whole plate black.
  4. Glue the moon and star to the black painted plate.
  5. You can hang your moon and star in a window by adding a hole near the top of the plate and tying on string.


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3. Learn about Ramadan with Adam and Ayan

There are lots of great kid videos about Ramadan on YouTube. We liked this one because it gives a great explainer about Ramadan for kids, and even includes a fun quiz at the end!


4. Spend time in the kitchen together

Because most practicing Muslim adults fast from sunrise to sundown during Ramadan, meals are hearty and filling. Dates are the traditional food used to break fast. Try this simple recipe, featuring stuffed dates. It's easy enough kids can help!

Ingredients:

  • 20 pitted dates, preferably Medjool dates. 
  • 20 almonds
  • 4 oz whipped cream cheese

Directions:

Slice partway through the dates and remove any seeds. Stuff each date with cream cheese and an almond. Want it sweeter? Mix a teaspoon of honey into your cream cheese!


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5. Read Lailah's Lunchbox

There are plenty of wonderful kids' books about Ramadan to choose from! We like Lailah's Lunchbox, a sweet picture book about a little girl who has recently moved from Abu Dhabi to Georgia and introduces her classmates to Ramadan. It's based on the experience of author Reem Faruqi, an award-winning writer, former second-grade teacher, and mom.