3 Early Years Ramadan Crafts
Three fun Ramadan craft ideas for you to try at your setting or home this month.
Ramadan month is upon us, and Eid will be celebrated at the start of May. It’s important for children in the Early Years to learn about all of the different cultures and religions across the world as it helps them to understand more about the world in which they live and develops their understanding of life in modern Britain.
In this blog we share a little about this holy month and provide some helpful new ways for you to embed the British Values within your curriculum planning.
What is Ramadan?
Ramadan is a Muslim observation and is also the name of the ninth month in the Muslim lunar calendar. The month of Ramadan begins with a crescent moon, and also ends with it. Due to this, the month of Ramadan is sometimes 30 days and sometimes 29 depending on the moon in the sky.
During the month of Ramadan, people ‘fast’ which means that theyacoid eating food from sunrise to sunset. This is to allow people to understand how a starving man might feel and it helps them to appreciate the blessings they have in life. It is an important way to instil willpower, sacrifice, and self control.
The end of the fasting month is called Eid-ul-Fitr. On this day families get together to enjoy feasts, wearing new clothes, and exchaning cards and gifts.
Here we have 3 different crafts you can do with your toddler to get them into the spirit of Ramadan! If you try them, be sure to tag us on Social Media.
Crescent Moon and Stars Mobile
What you’ll need:
- Card or paper
- Holepunch or knife (adults only)
- Draw a crescent moon shape and 3 stars of varying sizes on your paper or card. Cut out the shapes.
- Allow children to paint the shapes fun colours and leave to dry.
- Create a hole at the top and bottom of each shape either with a knife or a holepunch.
- Cut pieces of twine and thread them through each hole, with the bottom of one shape connecting to the top of the next.
- Hang up your mobile and enjoy!
Good Deeds Tree
What you’ll need:
- White card
- Coloured Card
- Draw a tree like shown below on white card.
- Make a cut on each where the black line is, and then slot one over the other so that the tree stands upright.
- Draw some leaf shapes onto different coloured cards and cut them out.
- Write down some good deeds a child can do throughout the month of April on the back of each coloured leaf. – for example helping a friend or family member.
- Every time a child does a good deed, add a coloured leaf to the tree. By the end of the month you should have a colourful tree decoration!
What you’ll need:
- An A4 piece of paper
- A small strip of paper
- Watercolour paint
- Wax crayons
- Draw a design onto the paper with wax crayons. Allow children to have fun thinking of different patterns and designs.
- Wet a paintbrush and dip into watercolour paint, and then paint over the design. The wax will repel the paint and this will make a pretty design. Leave to dry.
- Once dry, fold your paper in half on the long side. Use scissors to cut from the folded side in strips, stopping about an inch from the end.
- Open up the paper and roll it until the ends meet in a lantern shape. Stick together.
- Open out the cuts you made to make a lantern design.
- Use the extra strip of paper to make a handle for the lantern.
We hope you like these Ramadan craft ideas and use them with your children this month.
See our Tik Tok for more activity ideas and check out our resources page on our website for lots of free downloads and guides. One of our most popular guides this month is our Spring Activity Guide. It features 15 free activities you can do with your child to celebrate the season of life.