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Thoughtful Gift Ideas 40: Sharpies and Oil Pastels

Thoughtful Gift Ideas 40: Sharpies and Oil Pastels

Next in the thoughtful gift series is this burst of colour! Not only is it a great gift, but the little message linking the gift to the holy month adds that special something 🙂

The message reads: May all your hard work during this month fill your day with a burst of joy and colour!

  • Here’s another colourful gift – love the Colours of Islam reference!

Book Review: My Ramadan Dua’ Book

Book Review: My Ramadan Dua’ Book

It’s been a while since we have had a book review! Here’s one to change that 

When i was asked if i would like to review this one, I grabbed the opportunity as a) I love anything to do with books and b) I know so many people would love and benefit from this one!

My Ramadan Dua’ Book is the second book by Desi Doll Company creator, Farzana Rahman (the first one is Don’t Forget to Say Bismillah). What is unique about these books – especially in the Muslim market – is the incorporation of sound, which makes it great for reaching the different learning styles that children may have.

So what’s the story line? Well… it’s Ramadan, and Fatima and Ali are excited to be fasting for the first time ever. In the book, kids can follow their journey through the holy month. Fatima and Ali go through all the normal stuff kids do, such as take out their water bottle to take a sip before realising they are fasting, and having their mum insist they take a nap . They have incorporated lots of beautiful themes eof Ramadan into the story, such as sharing the iftar with non-Muslim friends, collecting items for the food bank, and paying special attention to Laylatul Qadr.

At different points, children can make the links between the story and the buttons on the right and enjoy pressing and hearing the different clips – from the dua’ for beginning the fast to the dua’ for the new moon at the end, as well as some just for fun! (Mmmm…. brownies!)

It’s a great way to introduce or consolidate the learning of these duas, and they can be heard in Arabic or the English meaning. They are recited by children, and so will be relatable to the young ones reading the book! Desi Doll Company have even thought ahead and included the (replacable) batteries so they can start reading and listening from the get go 

There are few great extras in the book such as the Eid Takbir which is written out, how to say Happy Eid in different languages and a yummy Brownies recipe at the end!

The best part is that in tthe spirit of Ramadan, Desi Doll Company have partnered with PennyAppeal and £2.50 of every book sold will go to Orphan Kind, so this is a book that gives in many ways!

Ideal for children up to 8 years I would say, but even older ones will enjoy having a quick read! Younger ones will love being read to as they press on the buttons when prompted (or just whenever ).

Check it out here:…/ramadan-story-sound-book/


Marking Ramadan with Older Kids

Now that my kids are older (10 and 12), I find that a lot of the activities/books/calendar inserts out there are not quite suitable for them. So I have been looking out for a few things that are and which I have found useful, and thought I’d share here in case anyone else does!

  • Calendars/Journals

There are many Ramadan Calendars and Journals available nowadays, even for their age! Check them out through the links!

  • Split the recitation of the Quran:

To try and finish the Quran on your own isn’t easy – but why not split it between your family to try and get it done? With older kids this is quite do-able and even if it doesn’t get done in the month, it can be something that will help maintain the regular recitation of the Quran in the days/weeks after Ramadan.

Here is some advice sent in by a mum on a practical way to do this:

“Each part (para) is 20 pages so we can split into 5 – so by reading 4 pages after each salat, we can finish a part a day (and the whole Quran in 1 month). The 4 pages can be split between the family so for example, if a family of 4 shares it, it would be only 1 page after each salat.”

  • Quran Journalling:

Sitting down with them in a discussion circle, choosing some verses of the Quran and journalling them down. Here are some YouTube clips from Islam from the Start which are super easy to follow and great to start off with! This link may also be useful!

  • Charity:

As they are now too old to like finding coins in their calendar and popping them in the sadaqah jar, why not get them to donate a lump sum of £30 to feed a family iftaar for the month? That’s just a pound a day!

  • Pay It Forward:

I loved this idea! I printed 2 each for my kiddos – we don’t frequent drive thru’s so their challenge is to find different ways to pass on the kindness!

“Pay it forward this Ramadan! The next time you’re in a drive-thru buying coffee, ice cream?, or other munchie ?, tell the cashier you’d like to pay for the car behind you and ask for this slip to be passed over to them when they pull up! Free printable on my website! Print them out and keep them in your car so you’re always ready!” –

  • These quizzes are a great thing to do with older kids during Ramadan:

  • This podcast includes some invaluable tips:

YOUR Ramadan Calendars 2018

YOUR Ramadan Calendars 2018

Check out this Date Palm Tree idea:

And how about these awesome Ramadan Light Up Jars done by Towards Jannah?

And here are some more calendars and home decor for Ramadan that were sent in:

Ramadan Idea 23: Helping children understand the Ramadan duas

Ramadan Idea 23: Helping children understand the Ramadan duas

There are many duas to recite in Ramadan, and we should aim to try and explain the concept behind these duas to our children so they are aware of what they are reciting and why. There has been an amazing influx of different ways to help our children know what they are reciting in the short duas, as opposed to reciting it simply by rote. Here is a collection of them!

Short Duas:

  • We’ve also made it into a game! Here is the link for that.
  • Ramadhan Dua’s is another version for the three short duas by Tanveer Shares, and also includes Dua Faraj (Ilaahee ‘adhumal balaa’), Dua Hujjat and Dua Ma’rifah.
  • And here is a lovely rhyme for Ya Aliyyu Ya Azeem:

  • Why not get your children to act out the lines in Allahumma Adkhil? Here is a lovely example of one family who did that:

  • And here is another video done by children to explain Allahumma Adkhil through art!

  • Here is a video on how to teach Allahumma Adkhil through pictures:

  • Here is an activity on Dua no 3 by Towards Jannah
  • And here is a video for Dua no 3:

  • For older children, how about these duas in English:

Dua Iftitah:

A series of videos has also been created to go in depth into some concepts of the dua, for children 10 years plus – for more info, click here.