Ramadan is such a special time of year, and now that my girls are old enough to understand basic concepts, I wanted to do something very special for them. After getting into the blogging sphere, I have found so many wonderful accounts and bloggers to follow for beautiful inspiration. One of the ideas that I have come upon over and over again is a Ramadan advent calendar filled with good deeds and treats for each day of this holy month.
I thought my kids would be too little, until I came upon Hira’s rendition of toddler deeds. The Do-It-Yourself Ramadan calendar and free inserts from Zair Zabr Play are the inspiration for my little project, and I am so very thankful to her for creating such an easy, fun Ramadan project and most of all it’s perfect for little toddlers/preschoolers.
What you’ll need:
Everything I needed for this project was purchased from Michael’s, but can be found at any craft store.
Felt board $2.99
Place cards $9.58
Elmer’s glue $1.79
How to Assemble:
So I had gone to the store with a vague idea, but once I started to see what products they had, I was inspired. They had a brand new Martha Stewart party decor section that I fell in love with. My sister-in-law had introduced me to it, she had bought it for her daughter’s birthday which falls in Ramadan. We were drawn to the light pastel pink and silver colors, and of course the crescent moons and stars. They had plates, napkins, confetti, balloons and much more. I bought the place cards so that my kids can easily open the flap for each day. You can also use mini envelopes.
The felt board is large enough and sturdy to last more than one year, and I do plan to use this more than once. I arranged the place cards row by row (need 30 pieces) in mint green and pink. Then I printed out numbers from Word in font: Chalkduster, because I like how it looks like a child could have wrote it.
Then I printed the free printable inserts of good deeds from Zair Zabr Play and cut them, pasted them into each card with a glue stick. And began pasting everything onto the board. After that, I just pasted some confetti onto the sides and wrote out “Ramadan Calendar” with a sharpie at the top. I thought about adding the year, but I wanted to reuse this board for a couple more years.
And that’s it!! It really is a simple and fun idea. I think it took me about 2 hours from start to finish, and just one trip to Michaels. The total cost for the project was: $16.56
[Things like glue/gluestick are things that I had already]
I can’t wait to have the girls participate in Ramadan this year. I’d love to hear what ideas you have for getting your toddlers and little ones involved with Ramadan. Please do share in the comments! 🙂