This year, I wanted the kids to really get into the spirit of Ramadan this year and do a little countdown to Eid. I knew we’d need a calendar, but I wanted to add to our Ramadan/ Eid traditions and make one myself that we will use every year.
It was important to make sure that whatever I came up with; took no space at all, didn’t involve chocolate, and was easy and age-appropriate for the kids. So this is what I came up with.
The calendar consists of a frame (that you can re-use over and over again and use to display a picture outside of Ramadan time), envelopes, good deed cards for the day and that’s about it.
A frame or a piece of cardboard or canvas. I got this IKEA FISKBO frame for £5. It measures 50×70 cm.
Good deed cards – I used some leftover scraps of scrapbooking paper and stuck some white labels on and then cut around them so they had a little border. These will be reused so I wanted them to look nice. You could just print these off, cut them into strips and pop them into the envelopes. Whatever works for you!
(Optional) – I used some glitter card that I got at Poundland and my With A Spin cookie cutters to cut out a masjid and a moon and star to jazz it up a little. I added some tiny LED fairy lights that I got at Poundland (I’m becoming a regular!) just for extra effect because I have younger children.
Occasional treats to compliment the good deed calendar
I also purchased several little bits and bobs (they’re called party bag fillers here in the UK) that I know the kids would love, to give them as a treat on some (not all) days. These were all really inexpensive. Here’s a list of what I purchased:
Since these came in larger quantities, I’ll be using the rest of the items as fillers for children’s Eid gift bags.
To see how I put it all together, watch the video below:
What I put in the good deed calendar
Here’s a list of the good deeds that went into this calendar (in no particular order). My children are 3.5 and 2 years old. Some of these were inspired by The Visual Age’s free Ramadan resources:
- Thank Allah for something today
- Donate some toys with Mummy today
- Clean your spot in the car before you get out today
- Learn the dua’a for entering the toilet (use my free duaa printables for this)
- Help Mummy to cook today
- Keep your room tidy today
- Thank Allah for giving you Ramadan today
- Bake cookies for a neighbour today
- Call a family member (grandparent/ aunt/ uncle etc.) today
- Smile at everyone today
- Remember to say your salaam today
- Set the table for all your meals today
- Recite Surah Al Ikhlas today
- Make Eid cards for your family today
- Pray with your parents today
- Put money in the donation box at the masjid today (you could slot these ones in on Fridays specifically)
- Recite Surah Al Fatihah today (the calendar starts with this)
- Do something nice for your sibling today
- Say a prayer for someone today
- Recite Surah Al Falaq today
- Use your thank you’s, please’s, Bismillah etc today
- Recite Surah An Nas today
- Learn the dua’a for entering the home (use my free duaa printables for this)
- Learn the dua’a for leaving the toilet (use my free duaa printables for this)
- Help Mummy to make Eid food gifts for family & friends today