It is that time of the year when the blessed month of Dhul-Hijja is approaching and pilgrims are preparing for departure. We all as muslims, would love to make Hajj spirit come alive in our homes for our family. We should have fun with our kids introducing Hajj to them through crafting, simulating and baking 🙂 Let’s make it different this year for our kids with these simple hajj activities to make the spirit comes around.
1-Map the Hajj story
Mapping is a very attractive craft to make our kids visualize the Hajj story clearly
The materials we will need to simply make it:
– Cartoon box or any board we have at home to build the different Hajj areas.
– Cardboard box to build Kaaba and Mina or we can use any foam we have around.
– Play dough to create the Hajeej around the Kaaba, Hajeej sleeping at Al Muzdalifah, jamarat, Safa and Marwa mountains and the sacrificial animals.
Another simple way is that we can easily print out a map of the pilgrimage sites and put some notes at each site to explain the story
Check these Hajj day by day free printables from Islamic Bulletin Board, print them and pin them at your map
2-Simulate the Hajj at home
This time let your kids create a larger model and have them dress in Ihram
-Use larger cardboard boxes for building kaaba and Mina, make them have fun painting the Kaaba with black and gold .
-Use the play dough or any of your kids blocks to make three Jamarat.
-Have space to represent Arafa and another space to represent Muzdalifah (put any label).
-Try to set up two hills like Safa and Marwa
Have them experience the steps of Hajj and as they perform it, try to remind them with why each step is done 🙂
3-Visit a Hajji
We can find any of our neighbours or family members who are going to Hajj and prepare your kids for the visit.
Help our kids create small and simple presents for the Hajji such as small fold-able prayer rug, Hajj guide, small Quran book and suitable energized food.
Make our kids prepare the questions they have in their minds to ask about Hajj and ask the Hajji to tell his/her experience of Hajj.
Have our kids make Dua for the acceptance of the Hajeej pilgrimage and prayers while they are there.
4-Watch a Hajj movie night:
Find an inspirational Muslim Hajj experience movie, make it our weekend night movie and try to make a discussion after watching it with our kids.
A good recommendation is “the Journey to Mecca: In the Footsteps of Ibn Battuta” movie.
5-Memorise the Talbiya with your kids:
“Labbaik Allah humma labbaik
Labbaik la sharika laka labbaik
Laa sharika lak.”
“O my Lord, here I am at Your service, here I am.
There is no partner with You,
here I am.
Truly the praise
and the provisions are Yours,
and so is the dominion and sovereignty.
There is no partner with You.”
6-Make the Hajj story be our kids story-telling bedtime routine:
we can find a lot of Hajj books for kids then we can make them their bedtime story through the first ten days of Dzull Hejja.
7-Explain the story of blessed water of ZamZam:
Check this explanation of the story http://www.darulfatwa.org.au/en/the-story-of-zam-zam-water/
and make them learn the Duaa while drining this blessed water
“O Allah, I seek beneficial knowledge, wide sustenance and cure from all ailments from You”.
8-Talk about the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah:
The Prophet SAW said: “There are no days on which righteous deeds are greater in the sight of Allah and dearer to Him than on these ten days. So, intensify Tahleel and Tahmeed.”
-Tahleel: La Ilaaha Illa Allaah (there is no one worthy of being worshiped but Allah).
– Thameed: Alhamdulillah (praise be to Allaah).
-Takbir: Allahu Akbar (Allah is The Greatest).
Make a simple calendar for our kids and make them choose any good deed to make through these ten days to gain the rewards.
9-Prepare for Eidul Adha:
Get our home decorated, make Eid banner and craft some present cards for our families.
Another fun and simple craft we can simply create with our kids is making Kaaba pop-up cards and glue the Talbyah card for example.
We can also craft some sheep using simple plastic papers and cotton to make the wool 🙂
Get baking with our kids is always a very funny way to spread the Eid spirit.
we can bake some Hujjaj, sheep and camels as well 🙂
Hope those simple activities be beneficial for all of us and for our kids.
Have a blessed Eid in advance 🙂