Ramadan

7 Delightful Children’s Books about Eid

Eid Books for Children

Eid is a time for celebration! Muslims across the world come together with friends and family to pray, share food, give gifts and be thankful for the Blessings in their lives. Reading children beautiful stories about Ramadan and Eid is one way we can encourage our children to be excited about Eid, as well as teaching them that Eid is about more than just presents!

Eid Books for Children

However, let’s be honest, celebrating Eid in non-Muslim countries can sometimes be a bit of a let down!

Although Muslims may be celebrating, the majority of the country is not! Children still have to go to school and parents head off to work! Depending where you live, there are no festivities in the streets, no fireworks, and no community meals. If you do have these things where you live, you are fortunate. The truth is, many families experience Eid in isolation.

We want out children to experience the excitement of Eid morning and to feel the anticipation leading up to the day.

Many of these books touch on the idea of giving; giving to friends, neighbours and those less fortunate.

One of the most significant ideas that runs throughout these books is the concept of Muslim identity. By emphasising the importance of Eid, particularly over other national holidays, you are reinforcing the child’s sense of Muslim identity. We want our children to be confident and proud of their Muslim identity, and I believe that reading Muslim children’s literature is one way of achieving this.

This is my list of 7 delightful Children’s Books about Eid! Some of them are about Eid al-Adha, some abot Eid Al-Fitr but most could be used for either holiday.

Take a look through my list. Perhaps you will find something your family will enjoy!

Children's Eid Books

Sweet dates to Eat

This delightful picture book by Jonny Zucker is a simple introduction to Ramadan and Eid for young children. As you follow this family through each day, you see how they fast, visit the masjid and celebrate Eid.
The sweet hand-drawn illustrations add to this book’s heart-warming nature.

Children's books about Eid: sweet dates
Sweet Dates to Eat is suitable for children aged 2+

 

Hassan and Aneesa Celebrate Eid

The Hassan and Aneesa series by Kube Publishing follows the life a young Muslim family in the West. In this particular book, the family prepare the night before for the Eid festivities, get ready for and attend the Eid prayer, and celebrate with their family at home. The scenes in this book as so familiar to many of us, that children will instantly relate to what is happening in the story.

This book is the perfect way to get younger children ready for Eid, and prepare them for what will happen on the day.

Hassan and Aneesa Celebrate Eid is suitable for children aged 2+.

 

Eid by Maria Migo

This book is set to become a classic for every Muslim household! Eid is the story of two siblings, as the watch with anticipation for the moon of Eid.

It follows their story through an exciting Eid day. The illustrations in this book are utterly charming and I’m sure your younger children will love it!

Children's Books for Eid

Eid by Maria Migo is suitable for children aged 2+

 

An Eid for Everyone

This is my daughter’s favourite Eid book! She adores the vibrant colour illustrations and seems particularly fond of the character Yasmin!

An Eid for Everyone is the story of a group of children and their different experiences of Eid. Whilst some help their mother’s in the kitchen, others are wrapping presents, and others getting ready in pretty clothes! The group of children meet at the mosque and later go to distribute gifts to the poorer families in their community.

Muslim childrens books about Eid: An Eid for Everyone

An Eid for Everyone is suitable for children aged 2+.

 

Rashad’s Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr

Rashad’s Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr is a 4 chapter picture book that follows Rashad and his experiences in Ramadan. What is really special about this book is that it emphasises some of the deeper meaning of Ramadan, with chapter entitled “Thinking about Allah” and “Thinking about People”.

This charming book is available in paperback, on Kindle and even as an Audiobook through Audible.

If you haven’t tried Audible, you can sign up for a FREE 30-Day Trial HERE, and listen to Rashan’s Ramadan for FREE!

 

The Best Eid Ever

This is the story of  Aneesa, a young girl who is staying with her Grandmother while her parents perform the Hajj. On Eid day she meet two refugee girls in the mosque and learns more about their war-torn country. Aneesa can’t stop thinking about them and want to make it their Eid the best Eid ever!

The Best Eid Ever is suitable for children aged 5-8 years old.

Ilyas and Duck and the Fantastic Festival of Eid al-Fitr

You can always rely on Ilyas and Duck to bring action and laughs in every book! This action packed adventure follows Ilyas and his crazy, but lovable, duck on Eid day. They learn about the importance of the day, and why Muslims celebrate it.

Books about Eid for children Ilyas and duck

Ilyas and Duck and the Fantastic Festival is sure to have your children giggling, and is suitable for children aged 4+.

Eid Childrens Books

Eid books for kids

 

Those were our 7 delightful children’s books about Eid!

All these were many in this list, there are many more! Perhaps you have some other books about Eid on your shelves at home!

What is your family’s favourite children’s book about Eid?
Please let us know in the comments below!

Peace and Love,

Dr Gemma Elizabeth

Ramadan Basket Ideas + GIVEAWAY!

Ramadan Basket Ideas

With Ramadan just around the corner, I thought I would share some of the things that I will be including in my kid’s Ramadan baskets this year.

Ramadan baskets are a great way to prepare your kids for Ramadan! Fill your basket with gifts to teach your children more about Islam, or with toys and books that they can use during the month.

This blog post is being done in collaboration with Nilly Dahlia. She is a young mum from the UK, please Subscribe to her channel!

We are also running another GIVEAWAY this Ramadan!

Details on how to enter are at the bottom of this post!

Please note: Affiliate links may be included in this post. See Disclaimer for more information.

Ramadan Basket Ideas

What is a Ramadan Basket?

A Ramadan basket is a basket of goodies that you give to your children, or husband, on the eve of Ramadan. You may chose to fill it with:

  • Toys they can play with during them month
  • Educational resources that will teach them more about Ramadan
  • Ramadan Craft activities (such as making decorations or Eid cards)
  • Resources that will encourage them to do more acts of worship

Ramadan Basket ideas and inspiration for children

If you’d like to see what I’ve put in my children’s Ramadan baskets:

Watch This Video:

Links to Products Mentioned:

Ramadan Sticker Chart

It’s Ramadan Curious George Book
Little Explorers Magazine

Ramadan Calendar

Ramadan Planner

Rabbi Zidni Notebook

Colour-In Eid Cards

The Great Night Journey (New Edition)

Baby Traveller Bismillah

Five Prayers Each Day
Hassan and Aneesa Go to Madrasa

The Night of the Moon

Under the Ramadan Moon

Sweet Dates to Eat
Ramadan Moon

An Eid for Everyone

 

GIVEAWAY!

It’s Giveaway time!!!

Ramadan Basket Giveaway

For Ramadan this year, I will be sharing THREE of my favourite products with one of you guys!
I will be giving away:
  • Ramadan Chart from MuslimStickers.com (R.R.P. £2.99)
  • Ramadan Journal by StoriDori.co.uk (R.R.P. £5.99)
  • Eid Mubarak Bunting from IbraheemToyhouse.com (R.R.P. £3.00)

This Ramadan Basket Giveaway will run from Wednesday 17th May 2017 untill Thursday 25th May 2017 at 12am GMT.

This giveaway is open internationally!

All entrants under the age of 18 must have parental permission to enter.

Please be aware that if you are entering from overseas, you may be liable to pay customs tax (or the equivalent), so please check before entering.

You can enter by following the directions in the Rafflecopter widget posted below (click HERE is you would like to know more about Rafflecopter).
I’ll announce the winners on THIS blog post and contact them directly through email.
The winner has 24 hours to respond, otherwise I will have to select another winner.

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Thank for stopping by and seeing what we are putting in our Ramadan Baskets this year.

Peace and Love,

Dr Gemma Elizabeth

Meal Planning for Ramadan + FREE Printable

Meal Planning for Ramadan

We all know that to make the most of Ramadan, we need to prepare ahead of time.

Being organised will help us to use our time more wisely during this Blessed month. This includes spiritual preparation, physical preparation and practical preparation.

As a busy homeschooling mum, cooking and preparing food takes up many hours the day. This Ramadan I have decided to meal plan for Ramadan so that I can spend less time in the kitchen, and have more time doing other acts worship insha’Allah.

Get Ready for Ramadan with this FREE Meal Planner! Meal Planning for Ramadan

 

For more about meal planning in Ramadan:

WATCH THIS VIDEO!

 

 

This blog post was written as part of a Meal Planning Collaboration with loads of other bloggers. You can find links to their articles or videos at the end of this blog post!

Benefits of Meal Planning in Ramadan

 

  1. Grocery Shop before Ramadan

When you are fasting, shopping for groceries can not only be tiring, but make fasting more difficult that in needs to be. By planning what you will be eating for the month, you can purchase many things ahead of time and minimise the hours spent trawling the supermarket shelves.

Meal Planning for Ramadan

 

  1. Eat more Nutritious Food

After a few days of fasting, we often slip into the mistake of just making whatever is easy or satisfies our cravings! If you plan your menu ahead of time, you can consider what foods are more nutritious and beneficial for you to eat before or after you fast. Taking to the time to think about nutrition, and food that will give you long lasting energy and hydration, will help to make your fasts easier on your body insha’Allah.

  1. Less Time in the Kitchen

Meal planning allows you to be efficient with your time. You will know precisely what to cook and prepare, and so you can use your time most effectively. This may mean marinating something the night before, or preparing vegetables earlier in the day when you’re less tired. Whatever works for you! You may even be able to prepare some dishes ahead of time before Ramadan begins, and keep them in the freezer.

Also spend some time thinking about what you are going to give your children to eat. When you are fasting, it can be hard to keep up with the demands of hungry children. Try to plan some nutritious and easy to make lunches and snacks for your kids.

Less time in the kitchen means more time in ibadah! It will also give you time to rest in the afternoon, so you can pray taraweeh insha’Allah.

Praying in Ramadan

 

  1. Less Wastage

Wasting food is a sin. However, sometimes due to our disorganised lives, food does goes to waste. In this blessed month, the last things we want to do is to commit bad deeds. Meal planning will help you to minimise food wastage insha’Allah, because you will only buy what you need. Also, it allows you to plan your meals so nothing is wasted. For example, if your curry only requires half an onion, you can plan to use the other half in the vegetable side dish.

 

  1. Free your Mind

Knowing that the meals for Ramadan as planned, and the shopping has been done, will free your mind!

Instead of spending time wondering what you will cook that afternoon, you can use that time to reflect on more important things!

 

The Ramadan Meal Planner

 

My gift to you this Ramadan, is this Ramadan Meal Planner. I hope that it will help you be prepared for Ramadan, and make the most of this Blessed month insha’Allah.

You may wish to plan out suhoor, iftaar and kids meals; or you may only need to plan iftaar. Please use these FREE PRINTABLE sheets in whichever way suits your family.

You do not need to use all of the pages if you do not need them. Similarly, you can print out multiple copies of each page.

Ramadan Meal Planner

It is my gift to you, to use as you please!

To get your FREE Ramadan Meal Planner, sign up here:

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If you are already a member of our online homeschooling community, you can find the planner in the “Featured Freebie” section on the FREE Resources page.

How to Use the Meal Planner

  1. Think about WHAT you want to cook

This first step it to plan the meals that you and your family enjoy eating in Ramadan. Sometimes, your family’s preferences and the type of food you eat in Ramadan is different to other times in the year.

Personally, I know my family prefer to eat lighter foods, and foods with a lot of sauce! This is the stage where you can consider nutritious value of the meal, and if it will sustain your family through the long fast or the long taraweeh prayer.

Use our Meal ideas sheets to plan out what you will be serving your family. I have included a page for suhoor, iftaar and for kids lunch.

 

Now is the time, before Ramadan starts, to get out your cook books. Look through Pinterst or Google now. Looking at all the yummy recipesout there is not easy when youre fasting. Do it now! Try to chose recipes that are simple to make, or that you can prepare now and freez ahead of time.

  1. Fill in the Weekly Chart

The next step is to fill in the weekly chart. Print out 4 copies of this chart and, using the Meal ideas pages, fill it in. You will probably be repeating some recipes throughout the month. That’s ok! My planning out the month, you can make sure those repeated meals are not too close together.

Ramadan Meal Planner Weekly spread

  1. Write your Shopping List

Use our shopping list to write out what you need to buy, and refer back to your weekly plan. You may want to print out several copies of this and use one for the butchers and one for the supermarket.

Also, print one out for this you can buy now ahead of time (like rice, lentils, canned tomotatoes etc.). Then write a shopping list for each week of Ramdan. It will be so nice for you, when Ramadan begins, to have everything already written out!

Ramadan Meal Planner Shopping list

Join discussion on Forum

To support you as you plan your meals for Ramadan, we are adding a thread on our Forum, so that you can share your meal planning journey there! Use the Forum to share which recipes your family loves in Ramadan, what you give the kids to eat, as well as how you are finding the meal planning process.

When you sign up for the meal planner, you will automatically be made a member of our Homeschooling community, and you will receive the password for the forum by email!

For more information about Our Online Homeschooling Community, please CLICK HERE,

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Having your meals planned out before Ramadan begins is wonderful way to free your mind and free up your time during Ramadan.

I hope you will try it and let me know how you are getting on!

 

More About Meal Planning

This blog post was written as part of a Meal Planning Colloaboration with some other amazing bloggers including work at home mums, homeschoolers and even a certified nutritionist!

Please check out their take on meal planning too:

 

I sincerely hope that this planner helps you to make the most of Ramadan insha’Allah.

Please remember my family in your duaas.

Peace and Love,

Dr Gemma Elizabeth

 

 

Ramadan Favourites

It’s Ramadan! During this month almost everything changes in our homeschool. We stop our normal homeschool curriculum and turn our focus to learning more about Islam. 

The great thing about home-education, is that we can catch up with all the things we’ve missed later in the summer. For now, I felt it was important for the children to partake in the month, and a major part of that is changing the  focus of their school work.

Here are some of the products we have been using and enjoying in Ramadan. I’m so excited to share these with you all!

Ramadan Homeschool Favourites

I’m also running another GIVEAWAY this month, so scroll down to the bottom of this blog post to enter 🙂

For an overview of all the products mentioned, please WATCH THIS video:

Ramadan Favourites

Ramadan Cookie Cutters

These cookie cutters are made by With A Spin . If you are in the U.K. like me, you can purchase them online from Silver Lining.
Ramadan Favourites Cookie Cutters
My kids and I have two sets:

Islamic Shape Cookie Cutters: which includes a mosque, minaret, star and crescent moon.

Interfaith Harmony Cookie Cutters: which includes a Christmas Tree, Hannukah Dreidel, Diwali Diya and Eid Lantern. 
The idea behind this particular set is:
“We hope to bring people together across divides of religion, culture and nationality with Love, Unity and Respect; one cookie at a time.”

I love the concept!
The cookie cutters are really well made and come out cleanly from the dough, leaving a clear imprint of the shape.

We’ve used them to make some delicous Ramadan cookies,to cut out water-melon for iftar, as well as other art-and-craft activities.
Ramadan Favourites Cookie Cutters

Ramadan Favourites Cookie Cutters

Ramadan Favourites Cookie Cutters

Quran Memorization Cards

These cards are a fantastic way to encourage your children to memorise Quran! 

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you’ll know that my son has just memorised the last ten Surahs of the Quran mashAllah! I believe that these Quran cards were a huge help to him whilst he was learning.

Ramadan Favourite Quran Cards

The cards contain the last ten surahs of the Quran; from Surah Al-Feel (105) to Surah An-Nas (114). Each cards contains the Arabic, a transliteration, a translation. The Tashkeel (vowel markings) are colour-coded to help with correct recitiation.

One feature that I really liked was that on the bottom of each card there is a hadith or brief explanation (tafseer) to encourage deeper understanding of that Surah.

These cards are laminated, making them incredibly sturdy, and are mounted on a steel ring. This was a great feature! It meant I didn’t worry about my son leaving them on the floor or mistreating them. He knew that after he read from them, they were to be hung up above his desk. 

At the beginning of the set there is also a section on the virtues of memorising Quran and some of the etiquettes one should have when reciting. 

I purchased my set of Quran Memorization Cards from Ibraheem Toyhouse .

They’ve been an invaluable asset to our homeschool, and I’m looking forward to my younger son using them too.

Ramadan Favourites Quran Cards

I Love Islam Curriculum

This has to be the BEST Islamic curriculum for children that I have come across. 

We have been using it throughout the Academic year, but wanted to finish it off during Ramadan. 

Ramadan Favourites Islamic Curriculum
It approaches teaching in a fun and interactive way, that my children have really enjoyed. Book 1 introduces children aged 5-7, to the fundamental principles in Islam.
I loved how the book uses fun characters to teach Tawheed in simple language, drawing on the Quran and Hadith of the Prophet (s.a.w.). Seerah, the five pillars, Islamic manners and etiquette are covered, as well as the Holy mosques and Islam around the world.
At the end of every chapter then are questions that can be answered and fun activities for your child to do.

Ramadan Favourites Islamic Curriculum

Ramadan Favourites Islamic Curriculum

Ramadan Favourites Islamic Curriculum

Ramadan Favourites Islamic Curriculum
This book also comes with a CD of nasheeds and Quranic stories to go along with the book. 
If you were to read one chapter a week, this book would last you the entire academic year insha’Allah! 
In fact, I’m so passionate about this series of books that I’ve started selling them myself! 

If you’d like more information about this curriculum, or would like to purchase it, please visit my SHOP.

SHOP AT: Homeschool Shop UK

If you’d prefer to purchase it from AmazonUK, HERE is the link. 
Or if your are in the U.S.A. HERE is the link for Amazon.com.

MiniTafseer Series For Children

This series of books by Ad-Duha Institute teaches tafseer (Explanation of the Quran) to children. 

They are worded very simply, so even young children will understand; and if your child is able to read themselves, they could do so independently. 

Ramadan Favourites Mini Tafseer Series

There is one book for each Surah. 

Inside they include facts about each Surah, inspiring stories of the Prophets, Arabic vocabulary and colouring pages/worksheets. 

The tafseer is based on that of Ibn-Kathir and everything is referenced with Quran or ahadith.

To be honest, they’re not only for kids! I’ve learnt so much reading these to the children. Alhumdulillah!

We’ve been looking through most of the Tafseer books pictured above, and will be studying Surah al-Qadr during these last ten days.

   

Learning tafseer is a fantastic way for children, and adults, to attach their hearts to the book of Allah (swt). I highly recommend these books.

Quran Translation

This English translation of the Quran was recommended to me by my teachers, and so I wanted to pass that information on. 

Ramadan Favourites Quran

It is published by Oxford University Press and is translated by M.A.S. Abdeel Haleem.

I have been told that this is the best English translation of the Quran available at the moment.

Modest Clothing for Nursing Mummies

I was recently introduced to the shop The Boutique Liverpool on Instagram

They specialise in modest, stylish and practical clothing for the mummies! The best thing part is that you can breast-feed in most of their clothing!

I love this piece called “The Drapes.” It’s lightweight, flattering, and has a concealed opening for nursing!
I also have an abaya from this shop which is suitable for breastfeeding too. I’ll be sharing the photo of this piece on Instagram in the next few weeks insha’Allah! 
If you’re nursing mum looking for something comfortable and practical, that is still flattering and stylish, check out The Boutique Liverpool.
I’m already planning what else I want to buy from them!

GIVEAWAY


It’s Giveaway time!

Ramadan Favourites Islamic Curriculum Giveaway

This Ramadan I  wanted to share two of my favorites with one of you!!! 

I will be giving away:
– One copy of the I Love Islam Book 1 Curriculum with CD (RRP £23.99)
– Three books from the Ad-Duha Mini Tafseer series: Al-Ikhlas, Al-Falaq, and An-Naas (RRP £9.69)

Ramadan Favourites Islamic Curriculum Giveaway

The Ramadan 2016 Favourites Giveaway will run until Monday 3rd July 2016 at 12AM GMT.  
The giveaway is open Internationally.  
All entrants under the age of 18 must have parental permission to enter. 

Please aware that if entering overseas, you may be liable to pay customs tax (or the equivalent), so please check beforehand.


You can enter by following the directions in the Rafflecopter widget posted below (click HERE is you would like to know more about Rafflecopter).  

I’ll announce the winners on THIS blog post and contact them directly through email. The winner has 24 hours to respond, otherwise I will have to select another winner.

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I hope you enjoyed seeing what products we’ve been using in our homeschool this month. 

I’d love to hear activities and products you have been using in your family this Ramadan.

Please let us all know in the comments below.

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See you next month insha’Allah!

In need of your duaas.

Peace and Love.

Ramadan Decorations: Lanterns

Ramadan Decorations Lanterns

Lanterns are an festive way to decorate your home during Ramadan and to prepare your home for Eid. They are very easy to make and something that even the youngest children can help with.

Materials

  • A4 foil card
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Sequins(optional)
  • PVA glue (optional)

How to make it

1. Turn the foil card horizontally, and cut a strip 1/2″ from the end.

Ramadan decorations
2. Using a pencil, lightly draw a line 1″  from on the top and another 1″ from the bottom of the card.
Ramadan decorations
3. Take the larger piece of card, turn it vertically, and fold it in half.
Ramadan decorations

4. Then cut into the card, starting at the folded edge, all the way up to the pencil line. You will need to make between 12-14 cuts, each about 1/2″ apart.

Ramadan decorations

Ramadan decorations

5. Now its the fun part! Unfold your card and decorate. We used sequins and glue. If your children are younger you could use stickers.

Making Ramadan decorations

6. Once the glue has dried, hold the card horizontally in your hands and curve it round. Holding the edges of the card together, use your stapler to secure it. Then take the small strip of card you cut off in step 1, and staple this to the top of the lantern to act as a handle.

Ramadan decoations

7. Push down a little on the top of the lantern to make it ‘fan’ out.
You lantern is now ready to hang and decorate your home for Eid and Ramadan.
Ramadan decorations

Ramadan decorations

Ramadan decorations
I would love to see photos of the lanterns you make with your children. Please share them with me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook
Please keep us in your duaas.
Peace and love.

Ramadan Advent Calendar

This advent calendar is so easy and quick to make. It is a great addition to your Ramadan decorations and is a fun way to get you children excited about the blessed month.

We fill our advent calendar with halal sweets, and allow the children to open them up just before we go to our daily Ramadan class. You could also put a little note inside, indicating a new activity or game that you will be doing that day, or even a little toy.

If you don’t want to make the envelopes, you can buy them premade, and just decorate them. Its super easy, so why not give it a go!

Materials

  • String/Ribbon
  • 3 sheets of good-quality gift wrap
  • Number stickers
  • 30 clothes pegs
  • Glue stick
  • Pencil
  • FREE TEMPLATE
  • Goodies to put inside!
Make  a Ramadan Advent Calendar

How to make it

  1. Using your FREE TEMPLATE, draw the outline of the envelope on the back of a sheet of gift wrap. You will need to draw the around the template 10 times on each sheet.
  2.  Cut out the envelope outlines. You should have 30 in all.
  3. Fold the envelopes and apply glue to the tabs to hold them in place.
  4. Stick number stickers on the front of the envelopes.
  5. Fill envelopes with ‘goodies.’
  6. Hang string and attach envelopes with clothes pegs. 

ENJOY! Have fun with it!

You can use any color gift wrap, coloured paper or stickers to create the look you want.

Give it a try! I would love to see how you’ve decorated yours.
Please share your photos with me and my followers on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

Ramadan Mubarak!