Sunday, 29 June 2014

Prayer mat craft

                     

So today was the second day (or was it the first day?) of Ramadan. There was a bit of confusion over the start of Ramadan due to the moon sighting and calculations being different in different countries. As a Turkish family, we went with the Turkish calculations, making this the second day of Ramadan.

Ramadan is an exciting time of the year. I dread it and look forward to it at the same time! I worry I won't be able to fast, I worry about being tired and hungry but, on the other hand, the atmosphere is great, it's electric! There's a great feeling of excitement amongst the Muslim community as people become more aware of religious duties and expectations. They take time out to read Quran and spend time in religious reflection.

D has started to get into the Ramadan spirit since we read about the Ramadan Moon a few weeks ago. She has been eagerly awaiting it and wanting to look out the window and see it over the past few days. Unfortunately, due to the cloudy weather, she has not seen it yet but inshallah she will be able to see the moon at some point over the next few days.

This year I really want to make Ramadan special for the kids as D is now old enough to understand what it is about. I am planning to do lots of arts and crafts with a religious feel, read lots of stories and start to listen to the Quran.

Here is out first Ramadan craft - a prayer mat made of scrap pieces of fabric. First I cut a rectangular piece of fabric and the kids stuck it on some white card. Then a cut some pieces of fabric in a contrasting colour to decorate the mat. D helped to cut her pieces of fabric and also added a bit of extra sparkle with some sequins.

                         

This is R's prayer mat, he needed a lot of help from me to stick the pieces in the right places and insisted on it being blue!

                         

This is D's prayer mat which had to be pink of course!


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