With all the new products geared toward our generation of parents, Ramadan has become so much fun. The commercialization of holidays inevitably brings about endless fun activities and toys aimed to please your little ones and even possibly create long-lasting traditions for your family. Here are my top five picks of the most popular toys to hit the market in time for Ramadan this year.
Rafiq & Friends
At first I thought this date/palm tree was a little scary, but over time I have come to accept his Rastafarian-type hair and cute smile. This toy is mom and kid approved by everyone I know. The plush toy comes with activity cards for each day of Ramadan and bonus cards for all three days of Eid. The package also includes a book, online games, and a little date plate. This year, my daughter is more in tune with what Ramadan is and she can’t wait to pass out dates to guests and family for them to break their fasts with.
Bonus: you can also purchase a discounted package to send to a family in need!
When you aren’t fasting, which the little ones aren’t since they are not yet expected to, it is hard to feel in the groove with Ramadan. Creating countdowns to Eid is the best way to get kids excited and in the spirit of the holy month. These calendars can be found on Etsy, or through some vendors who make them affordable. Stuff a tiny surprise in each pocket for your little one to open at Maghreb.* I personally put one at a time because my little one is impatient and would devour all the treats in one sitting if it was up to her.
*Maghreb is the name of the prayer that occurs when it is time to break fast.
Prayer Rug Bag
Lots of adult versions of the prayer rug bag have emerged in recent years, but these adorable, child-sizes ones are sure to make you swoon. The prayer mat comes in a pink or blue and folds into a wearable book bag! Having your kids participate in taraweeh at the masjid has been taken to a new, more personal level. I have also discovered that they make great makeshift blankets for when it’s late and they just want to sleep on the ground!
They can be purchased at the Date Palm in Canada or on their website.
Salam Player Buddies
Ramadan is a good time to start/continue helping your children memorize the Quran and Duaa. This little gadget comes loaded with some verses from the Quran, stories, and Duaa. To add more, you connect it to
your computer and treat it as a USB memory drive. Upload what you want your kids to learn, set it, and get them in the habit of repeating along with these Salam Player Buddies. Visit Dar-Us-Salam’s website for purchase.
Personalized Prayer Chart
Ramadan is also the best time to get yourself and your kids used to routinely praying five times a day at the appropria
te time. This cute Etsy shop customizes chalkboard charts to help your little one check off each of the daily prayers.