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What Is Hajj? 16 Activities to Teach Kids About Hajj

what is hajj? 16 Activities to teach your kids about Hajj

Eid al-Adha is almost here! We can use this special time to teach our kids what Hajj is and why it is so wonderful. Use these activities to not only teach your kids about this amazing journey, but to create meaningful memories and experiences. 

We can sometimes feel like our time for worship is diminished when we are doing chores or taking care of the kids. However, teaching them about Hajj can be filled with rewards when done with the right intention.

What is Hajj? 16 Activities to teach kids about HAjj

What is Hajj?

Abu Hurairah narrated that he heard Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) say:

“Whoever performs Hajj and does not commit any obscenity or transgression will return [free from sins] as he was on the day his mother gave birth to him.” (Al-Bukhari)

Hajj is one of the five basic pillars of Islam, and it happens once every year during the month of Dhul Hijjah. Muslims from all over the world make their way to Makkah in Saudi Arabia. Each Muslim must make this journey at least once in their lifetime, if they are able. Therefore, 10 days of this special month are celebrated by Muslims around the world in recognition of those performing Hajj.

However, just because you’re not making the blessed journey yourself, doesn’t mean you and your family can’t honour the pilgrimage at home.

Try these Hajj-themed activities to teach your kids what Hajj is and why it is so special. 

Sensory Activities

Hajj Sensory Bins 

These sensory bins from The Muslimah Guide are easy to make and fun to explore. Find stones to throw at the jamaraat with the Muzdalifah bin, pour water using the Zam Zam bin, and use the Safa’ and Marwah bin to tell your kids the story of baby Ismail.

Finger print painting

This activity designed by Muslim Kid Genius will show the wonderful diversity which exists within the tawaf ritual. Little ones will love getting their fingers in some paint! As a result, you can teach them about the unity of Muslims from all backgrounds walking around the Kabah together. 

Papier mâché kabah 

What is Hajj? 16 Activities to teach your kids about HAjj
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What is a Hajj lesson without a Kabah activity? Using teamwork and the many cardboard boxes we save “just in case”, build your very own Kabah using this papier mâché method. You could use this Kabah for the tawaf ritual during the role play activity below. Scroll down for details!

Mixed media Picture 

Mixed media pictures are wonderfully fun to make, because you can literally use anything to fill your picture with texture. Little ones will particularly enjoy this activity, and even your older kids will be pretty impressed with the results. Check out this amazing picture from A Muslim Child is Born.

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Quiet Time Activities

Hajj ritual display

What is Hajj? 16 Activities to teach kids about Hajj
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Use items from around your house to set up a Hajj ritual display like this one from Garden of Knowledge. This is a great way to help your kids visualise the various rituals for the 5 days of Hajj. For kids who love Lego, set them a challenge to set up their very own Hajj Lego diorama like this one from Muslim Learning Garden. 

Transportation colouring sheets 

Discuss with your little ones the various ways someone can travel to Makkah. Explain how the Prophet (pbuh) and his companions travelled from Madinah to Makkah before we had planes and cars! Your kids can use various art supplies such as pastels, paints, and collage materials to make these transportation colouring pages fun and creative! 

Tracing pages 

Train those fine motor skills by giving younger kids these tracing pages from Muslim Learning Garden. You can discuss tawaf, pelting stones at the jamaraat, the tents in Mina and even the run between Mounts Safa’ and Marwah.

Reading time

An activity as effective as it is timeless, reading will always be a joy for your kids when you get involved. There are so many kids’ books online which cover the Hajj pilgrimage in a fun and beautiful way. 

Related: The 9 Best Children’s Books about Hajj

Get Crafty Activities

What is Hajj? 16 Activities to teach your kids about Hajj
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Make an old Hajj map

Give old treasure maps a creative spin and talk to your kids about the different locations which are so important to the Hajj pilgrimage. Plus, you could use these maps in the role play activity below! Scroll down for details.

Kabah paperclip bookmark 

This activity from A Crafty Arab is brilliant because not only can your kids have a lot of fun making these paperclip bookmarks, they will make wonderful little Eid gifts from your kids to other family members. 

Mosaic art 

Teach your kids the wonders of mosaic art as they learn the patience and perseverance it takes to make something truly amazing! These Hajj-themed pictures will make great gifts. Plus, what child doesn’t like getting glue on their fingers?

Foam pilgrims

What is Hajj? 16 Activities that teach your kids about Hajj
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Teach your kids about ihram (the garment pilgrims wear on Hajj) by making these amazing foam pilgrims from Hello Holy Days. Your kids could use them as props for role play or when using their Hajj displays from the activity above. 

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Group Activities

Role play

Get the whole family involved and role play the rituals of Hajj, just like this post from Multicultural Motherhood. This can be done inside or outside. If you’re inside, use a different room for each location. Use your maps and your papier mâché Kabah from the activities above!

Sheep cupcakes 

What is Hajj? 16 Activities to teach your about Hajj
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Make some delicious cupcakes for Eid al-Adha. These sheep cupcakes will be lots of fun to make and the whole family can join in and decorate them. Try using some gummy sweets from the Halal Sweets Company, and don’t forget to stock up on Halal marshmallows. 

STEM Day 

Using these 4 challenges from The Muslimah Guide, let your older kids put their engineering skills to work. Using these challenges as a guide, you can have a Hajj-themed building competition. Complete with prizes, of course!

Family Quiz 

It’s time to put all your Hajj knowledge to the test – as a family. Host a Family Quiz Night using these questions from Education Quizzes. Switch up the fun by letting your kids hold the question cards and test YOUR knowledge!

Related: 7 Delightful Children’s Books about Eid

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Have fun!

The most important aspect of this special time is to have fun with your kids. Use these activities to create positive associations with Islamic learning and bond at the same time.

If you try any of these activities with your kids, make sure you take a photo and share it on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #ourmuslimhomeschool so I can see it!

For more resources and activities, check out the Our Muslim Homeschool Free Resources Library. It has hundreds of Educational resources to teach children about Islam, including Hajj!

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Islamic Studies for Kids: The 9 Best Children’s Books about Hajj

Islamic Studies for Kids | 9 best children's books about Hajj

One of the most effective ways to teach our kids Islamic studies, is by using excellent children’s books. 

Over the past decade, I’ve collected a small library of Islamic books for kids. I know what makes a good children’s book, and what makes an excellent one!

Islamic Studies for Kids: The 9 Best Children’s Books about Hajj

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Seriously, when it comes to Islamic Studies, you cannot be too particular about which books you use with your children.

If you’re looking to teach your children more about Hajj, then read on friend! 

In this blogpost, I’ll be sharing with you my favourites kid’s books about Hajj; books that inspire wonder and awe, whilst also informing the mind and heart. 

I know…I expect a lot from my books!

Here are my recommendations!

The 9 Best Children’s Books About Hajj

Islamic Studies for Kids: The 9 Best Children’s Books about Hajj

For Children Under 5

Two Pigeons on a Pilgrimage

This is the story of two pigeons, as they witness the rites of Hajj! Illustrated by a very talented 12 year-old girl, this rhyming story even includes some fun matching games.

Buy HERE: Amazon UK | Amazon USA

I Am Hajj

A Poem picture book to help your youngest children understand the rituals performed at Hajj

Buy HERE: Amazon UK | Amazon USA

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Children Aged 5-9

Makkah and Madinah Activity Book

This fun sticker activity book is packed with dot-to-dot drawings, colouring pages, puzzles to solve, and loads of stickers, to help your children explore the sacred sites of Makkah and Madinah.

Buy HERE: Amazon UK | Amazon USA

Related: 7 Delightful Books about Eid

Yans Hajj

This touching book follows Yan, a humble man desperate to go for Hajj. Despite all the trials he faces, he never gives up. A truly beautiful book!

Buy HERE: Amazon UK | Amazon USA

An Ocean in One Drop

This is retelling of Hajar in the desert, and her struggle to find water for her baby son, Ismael (as). Beautifully written, with spectacular illustrations, this is a book your family will treasure.

Buy HERE: Amazon UK | Amazon USA

The Road to Hajj Activity Book

This beautifully printed activity book will capture the imagination of your children! Its brimming with all kinds of fun activities, colourful illustrations and fascinating facts to teach your children about the amazing journey of Hajj. They’ll love it!

Buy HERE: UK | USA

Islamic Studies for Kids: The 9 Best Children’s Books about Hajj

Elif and Emre Learning Our Religion

This is the heart-felt tale of Elif and Emre, and their experience performing Hajj with their family.

Buy HERE: Amazon UK | Amazon USA

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Going to Mecca

This stunning book, captures the emotions and the feelings Hajj brings. A great book for people of all faiths wanting to learn more about Hajj.

Buy HERE: Amazon UK | Amazon USA

Children Aged 10+

Young adventures in Makkah

This unique book, follows a young family on their trip to Makkah. In addition to the usual important sites, it also shows you where many other sites of Islamic historical significance can be found; including the house of Khadijah (ra) and what it looked like inside.

It tells you about the birth place of Prophet Muhammad (saw) and how to find it! More than half of the book is dedicated to sites around Mecca that hold an importance with the Seerah and our Islamic heritage.

One NOT to be missed!

Buy HERE: Amazon UK | Amazon USA

Related: Full Review of Young Explorers’ Adventures in Makkah HERE!

Tell Me About Hajj

If your kids like facts and information, this is the book for you!

This book is presented in a simple and informative style, with beautiful illustrations and colour photographs.

Buy HERE: Amazon UK | Amazon USA

Islamic Studies for kids

Do you have a favourite children’s books about Hajj? Let us know in the comments below!

Peace and Love,

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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!

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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


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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


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Ramadan Children’s Books

It is Ramadan! This month in Our Muslim Homeschool we have been enjoying a wide variety of Muslim children’s books, to teach the children about Ramadan and Eid.

Muslim children’s literature is an easy and fun way to introduce important concepts in Islam; such as fasting, tawheed, sincerity, amongst others, to children from a young age.

Ramadan books for children

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I strongly believe that the stories we tell our children leave an imprint on their hearts and memories, impacting them in later years. What can be better than to read books to them with beautiful meanings and strong morals.

Here are some of the Ramadan children’s books that we have been reading aloud in our homeschool!

For a quick look at which books we have been reading in Ramadan,

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Ramadan Children’s Books

Five Prayers Each Day by Elizabeth Lymer

This charming rhyming story teaches toddlers to count up to five using the Five Daily Prayers (Salaah). It’s short but very sweet!
” One, two, three, four, five prayers each day that we’re alive…”
Suitable for ages 1-3

 

Angels and Rainbows by Elizabeth Lymer and Brooke Alam

This is a touching story about a girl who loves to pray Fajr with her father, but is scared of the dark. Her dad teaches her some words (dhikr) that she can say to invite the Angels and their light (Noor) into her home.
The illustrations in this book are stunning. It is also worth noting that the depictions of people do not have facial features.
I would recommend this book for children ages 4-9.
 

 

Under the Ramadan Moon by Sylvia Whitman

This lyrical story introduces children to the excitment of Ramadan by focusing on the family rituals and events that take place.
This book is suitable for children aged 3-5.
 

 

The Amazing Calendar Quilt by Sheikh Zubia Imami

This book teaches children about months of the Islamic calendar, teaching the names and of their significance Islamically.
Unfortunately this book is out of print, but you can find it second-hand if you’re willing to hunt around!
I would recommend it for children aged 5+.

 

Ramadan Moon by Na’ima B. Robert

By far, this is the most well-known of all the books I have mentioned. It introduces Ramadan beautifully, in all its wonder and awe, to children. The story follows a family through Ramadan, from one moon to the next, capturing their excitement and feelings.
The illustrations in this book are stunning.
This book is suitable for children aged 4-9.
 

 

Night of the Moon by Hena Khan

Night of the Moon is the story of a Pakistani-American girl who watches the moon’s phases, and talks about all her different experiences during Ramadan.
The illustrations are spectacular and remind me of traditional Islamic art, with lots of geometric patterns and vibrant colours.
I would recommend this book for children aged 3-9.

 

Sweet Dates to Eat by Jonny Zucker

This short and simple story introduces young children to Ramadan and Eid. It shows the family in the mosque, eating iftar, and celebrating Eid.
The illustrations are very cute and colourful!
Suitable for children aged 2-4 years-old.

 

An Eid for Everyone by Hina Islam

This is a story about several children from different families, and their experiences on Eid day. The book focuses on remembering the poor on that day, and shows the children giving out Eid gifts to poorer families in their community.
This book is suitable for children aged 3-5.
 
 

 

 

 
 
I hope you got some new ideas and inspiration from this blog post. Perhaps you found some new books for your children here.
 
What books do your children enjoy reading in Ramadan?
Do they have a favourite?
Please share with us in the comments below. I’d love to hear about other Ramadan books!
 
 
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