Thursday, 25 May 2017

Ramadan Calendar

Here I will show you how I made a Ramadan calendar for my children. A Ramadan calendar works like an advent calendar but instead of counting down the days til Christmas, it counts down the days of Ramadan til Eid day.

During Ramadan Muslims must fast from dawn to dusk. This means that they must not eat or drink anything during daylight hours. The length of time of the fast varies each day as the days either lengthen or shorten throughout the month. At the end of the month, we celebrate Eid.

Muslims all over the world celebrate two Eids, or festivals, each year. The first is at the end of Ramadan and the second, two months later, comes at the end of the Hajj pilgrimage. Festivities can last for three days and include lots of food, presents and parties, as well as religious rituals.  

There are many ways to make a Ramadan calendar and I have made them a few different ways in the past. This year I wanted to make it slightly differently by including the phases of the moon on each numbered pocket to show the children how the moon changes throughout this special month. 

The Ramadan moon is something we talk about each year on the lead up to Ramadan. It is quite exciting waiting and keeping a look out for it, as this determines when Ramadan will begin and end and, therefore, when Eid day will be. We wait in anticipation for the new moon and then we know that the blessed month of Ramadan will begin.


Coloured paper
Large piece of card
Washi tape
Double sided tape
Moon phases for the month (you can find them here. You will need to put the correct dates in to get the correct moon phases.)

Firstly, cut the coloured paper into long strips. The size of your strips will depend on the size of the card. I started by cutting the A4 sheets of paper into four pieces length ways but then had to trim them slightly to fit them on the card. 

Fold each strip of paper in half and secure at either side with washi tape to create a pocket.

Stick each pocket to the card with double sided tape. Number the pockets. Then cut out the moon phases and stick them on each pocket. Fill the pockets with whatever you like. For example, sweets, good deeds or Ramadan activities.

Have you ever made a Ramadan calendar?

Indoor Fun Review

The second of the review posts I am doing will give you an idea of all the indoor fun we have had over the last two years. Yes, two years is a very long time but I will try my best to sum it up.

We spent a lot of time baking.

We made lots of crafts. See a few ideas here, here, here and here.

We made our own toys from junk.What could be better than a cardboard box!

We had lots of fun with bicarbonate of soda, vinegar and food colouring. Take a look how to set up this activity here.

For more bicarbonate of soda and vinegar activities, check out this post.

We went to the theatre and met Julia Donaldson!

K discovered chalk.

Small world play.

We played with gloop.

And hosed down the tuff tray outside. Very easy way to clean up!

We learnt about the Olympics in the summer of 2016.

We painted.

We had fun with literacy.

Here is another literacy idea. And another.

K discovered pom poms(he did not eat them!)

Have a look at some of the fun we have had with pom poms here and here.

We painted with cars.

We learnt mathematics in a practical way. Here R is measuring how far his cars travelled from the end of the track.

For more numeracy ideas, look here, here and here.

We played dressing up.

We made homemade gifts. Here is another homemade gift idea.

We learnt about dragonflies.

We built things.

We made and played with play dough.

For more play dough ideas, check out this post.

What do you like to do indoors?

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Outdoor Fun Review

This is the first post of my review on the past two years. Here I will share some of the fun we have had outdoors.

Almost 2 years ago, a healthy baby boy joined our family. I spent a lot of time baby wearing.

We fed the ducks.

We climbed trees.

We went fruit picking.

We went to see where our vegetable boxes come from.

We did a cooking class at Tyntesfield, one of our local National Trust properties.

We played in dens.

We jumped in leaves.

We played with water.

We went pond dipping.

We played in muddy streams.

We jumped in puddles.

We made fires.

We watched a battle reenactment.

We grew our own fruit and vegetables.

Riyad tried to cut worms out of the apples (there were no worms in the apples!)

We went to the park.

We played in the snow!

We rode on a steam train.

We rode on a miniature train.

We went to the beach.

And enjoyed many wonderful family days out.

What do you and your children like to do outdoors?

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