The idea for these Ramadan story circles was born from my daughter’s extensive rock collection. I initially wanted to use those to come up with some Ramadan story stones, but they weren’t large enough and large, smooth rocks are really expensive!
What are they?
Story stones, cubes or circles are great to use as story-telling prompts or to spark creativity and imagination when it comes to narrating stories. You can make them sequential to follow a story, or use abstract illustrations, or use them to convey facts (like I’m doing with these Ramadan story circles). I decided to use wooden circles instead so that I could get the image across clearly without having to skimp on details. My children are 3 and 4 and half years old, so teaching them about Ramadan needs to involve simple concepts that are easy and enjoyable for them to grasp. If you have older children, this would be a great activity for them to do as a Ramadan present for younger siblings, cousins or friends. If you’re short on time and really want to create these but don’t want to do all the drawing and colouring in – just download my printable, cut the circles out and stick! (more details at the end)
How will you use them?
Here’s what I’m hoping to do:
- Show my children the circles and ask them to tell me what they think the circles represent.
- I will then explain what the illustrations on the circles represent.
- Let them use the circles in their own way – are they going to arrange them in a certain order, will they pick up patterns from the circles? For example, fasting is a pillar of Islam – show them the ‘no food and drink’ illustration and the pillar illustration, ask them if they can see any other pillars of Islam? That could lead to a discussion about how Salah is another pillar of Islam – get them to find the circle that represents Salah, and the one that represents Zakat.
- We will also use them as we read Ramadan themed books throughout the month. They could try matching illustrations on the story circles to the ones in books.
As they grow insha’Allah, and as we go from one Ramadan to the next, we will try to incorporate storytelling more and see if they are able to perhaps tell a short story – using themselves or others as characters – with the story circles. For example, Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, it is a pillar of Islam and Mummy and Baba must not eat or drink from sunrise to sunset – and so on and so forth.
How do we make these?
To create these Ramadan story circles, all you’ll need are some wooden circles, a pencil, my printable (if you’d like to copy the same illustrations) Sharpies and/ or fineliner pens. I found that the Sharpies bled a little and created a fuzzy outline, so I switched to using the fineliners for detailed parts.
Sketch the illustrations onto your wooden circles:
I am really bad at drawing, but I somehow managed these! I used bottle caps and little things around my desk for straight lines and to get the semicircle of the sun just right, but everything else is freehand – if I can do it, so can you!
Then, use your fineliners or even a biro for details and colour the rest in with your Sharpies:
And there you have it! These are really simple to do and they’re a great size for little hands. If you prefer to just use the printable, you could even print these out on card and laminate them so you have some sturdy story circles – no wooden circles needed. To download the printable, you’ll need to sign up to my mailing list here.
Once you’ve done that, you’ll get an email with a password (yes, you’re special!) that you can enter on my Free Library Printables page for access to this printable and all my other free resources too!
I’m excited to how we get on with these insha’Allah and I hope you will try them in your home this Ramadan too! Have you tried story stones or story circles before? I’d love to hear about your experiences with your children!