Ramadan and Eid ul-Fitr
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Try some fun activities with your children to discover more about these Muslim festivals, which celebrate sharing and giving
Activities in this article:
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
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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