Ramadan and Eid ul-Fitr

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By Jenni TavenerEarly Years teacher and writer

Try some fun activities with your children to discover more about these Muslim festivals, which celebrate sharing and giving

Young girl celebrating Ramadan

Activities in this article:

  1. Happy hearts
  2. Creative cards
  3. Charity arts exhibition

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1. Happy hearts

Create an interactive display based on sharing and giving to celebrate Ramadan

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Dispositions and Attitudes

Development matters: Seek and delight in new experiences (30–50 months); Display high levels of involvement in activities (40–60+ months).

Early learning goal: Be confident to try new activities, initiate ideas and speak in a familiar group.

Group size: Small groups.

What you need

Heart template activity sheet

Pre-cut paper heart shapes, or copies of the activity sheet, ‘Heart template’ ; hole-punch; ribbon; display board; colourful pens and pencils; scissors; pictures and magazines; glue.

What to do

Explain to the children that during the festival of Eid ul-Fitr, Muslims think about sharing and giving to others. Discuss how sharing and giving can help us to feel happy inside.

  • Provide each child with a large, heart-shaped sheet of card or paper, or with a copy of the ‘Heart template’ activity sheet, and invite them to draw a picture of something they could share with others, for example, a toy, some sweets or a book.
  • Alternatively, invite children to cut out a picture from a magazine, for example, children sharing a game, a person giving a gift or someone offering help to an elderly person, and stick this onto their paper heart.
  • Help children to use a hole-punch and thread ribbon to hang all the hearts on a low level display board.
  • Label the display ‘Happy hearts’ and invite your children to turn over the hearts, one at a time, to reveal a scene that reflects sharing, caring and giving.
  • Encourage discussion about each picture and why the scene would help someone feel happy.
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