Even if you’re in lockdown, make this year’s Ramadan special with a Ramadan Moon party! Use the Moon Sighting download at the bottom of the page to help your children record this special time.
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My kids associate the moon with Ramadan so much so that whenever they see the moon, they shout, “RAMADAN MOON!”
The moon sighting kicks off a month of community gatherings and Iftar parties. Not this year, though. Muslim families around the world are wondering what to do this Ramadan with most countries experiencing lockdowns and quarantines.
But who said you can’t have a socially-distanced Ramadan Moon party? With just you and your kids at home, find out how to create a memorable experience without leaving your garden!
No party is complete without snacks! Try these:
- A range of different dates. Note down which dates each family member prefers! (I vote Medjool every time. Yum!)
- Surprise popcorn! I talk about the wonder of surprise popcorn in this post.
- Outdoor picnic. Have your dinner outside under the stars whilst you wait for the moon to appear.
The idea of a Ramadan Moon party is to create excitement for the children, especially as Ramadan is going to be quite different this year! So try these ideas to add some excitement to the air:
- Fairy lights! Decorate the house with fairy lights or even put them up in the garden. They add a magical touch that makes kids’ eyes wide with wonder.
- Decorate with Ramadan lanterns.
- Snuggle up with blankets and teddies and toys whilst you wait outside. Whether you’re able to lie down on some grass or snuggle together on chairs outside, make it fun and cosy!
- Have Ramadan nasheeds playing whilst you’re outside. Kids can sing along or just enjoy the music. Try this playlist I’ve put together:
We know what kids are like; they’ll spend 5 minutes excited, but then the novelty will wear off because: “Why isn’t the moon here yet?? I can’t see it!!”
Keep them occupied with some of these activities. That way, even if the moon doesn’t make an appearance, you’ve still had fun!
- Make some Moon Sighting binoculars.
- Read a Ramadan story:
– It’s Ramadan, Curious George
– Ramadan Moon by Na’ima B. Robert
– Where’s The Ramadan Moon? by MamaTeachesMe (This is an interactive pop-up book your children can make!)
– Rameena’s Ramadan by Twinkl (This one is brilliant because Twinkl also offers lots of resources and activities to go with the story!)
- Play 20 questions. Each person has to think of something to do with Ramadan and the others have 20 questions to guess what it is. e.g. Think: Taraaweeh. Questions: Is it something we do or something we eat? When do we do it? How long does it take?