My kids are still a tad bit too young to fast during Ramadan. So I’ve been on a search for a fun but simple & cheap way to get the kids feel the Ramadan spirit.
And when Iman shared her good deed calendar that she made for her kids – I was just inspired!
The good deed calendar is fun, light-hearted yet meaningful! I felt it was a good starting point to instill the blessings of Ramadan in the hearts of my children – in a joyful way!
The concept is simple really; each day the kids will open an envelope to reveal a good deed they need to do. If they do it-they’ll get a sticker for their Ramadan chart.
I didn’t want to buy anything so I simply drew up envelope templates which has numbers for each day in Ramadan.
It turned out better this way since I didn’t have to write the numbers on the envelopes (Unfortunately, I don’t really have nice hand-writing).
What you’ll need:
- Blue tack/cellophane tape
- Blackboard (optional)
- Download and print out the ‘Good Deeds Printable Envelope‘ template (Link at the end of this post)
- Download and print out the ‘28 Good deeds for 28 Days of Ramadan‘ template
After you’ve downloaded and printed out the ‘Good Deeds Printable Envelope‘ template,
Step 1: Cut along the straight solid line. I know it seems like a lot of cutting to do, but if you have really sharp scissors you can actually cut 5 pages in one go (like I did).
Step 2: Then flip the envelope on it’s back (so that the number faces downwards). Fold the side flaps. Then fold the envelope over (see purple arrow) along the dotted lines (the dotted lines are actually on the number side).
Step 3: Make sure your envelope looks like this. Glue the side flaps.
Step 4: Just fold the number flap over along the dotted lines and ta-daaa! You’re done making an envelope! Now just repeat this process another 29 times. Hehe:)
Next, I stuck little balls of blue tack on the back of the envelopes before arranging them on the blackboard that we already had (You can also use picture frames, cork boards, your walls – the world’s your oyster!)
You can also use glue or cellophane tape if you don’t have blue tacks.
I couldn’t resist sprucing up the board with a bold pops of color using the Ramadan buntings that I downloaded here. P.S: Her work is just love, mashaAllah!
I then cut out each deed from the ‘28 Good deeds for 28 Days of Ramadan’ PDF template (While you’re at it, check out her other awesome resources!).
P.P.S: You know, as I was looking for Ramadan material for the kids I’ve come to realize that our ummah has seriously awesome talented people:)
Then simply slip each deed in an envelope.
And that’s it! Super simple!:)
How It Works
Each day, the kids will retrieve a deed from the numbered envelope (envelope #1 for day 1 of Ramadan and so on) to reveal a random act of kindness.
Once they’ve done the deed, they’ll get ONE sticker from these bunch of stickers that they can choose from.
The stickers will go on their Ramadan Chart. I let them doodle freely on it so that they can plan on which sticker they want next – it sort of adds excitement for them:)
The kids absolutely love it and they’re, Alhamdulillah, genuinely excited about Ramadan – which is the aim of the whole thing. Though maybe it’s working too well because the kids keep opening the envelopes throughout the day and asking if they could do the deed now. Still working on that. Hehe.
So if you’re looking for something for your kids, maybe this is it! I’m considering to use it on other days outside of Ramadan – so maybe it’d be a permanent thing in the house to encourage the kids to do random act of kindness each day.
May Allah make this Ramadan the best yet, inshaAllah:)