Whether you are a parent, caregiver, grandparent, teacher, aunt, uncle, or an older sibling, you will want to explore different methods of teaching children about the significance of Eid Al-Adha.
The most obvious method is talking to children about the importance of Eid Al-Adha; to make this discussion more interesting, you can use the ‘Kaaba Box of Knowledge’:
Here are 10 other ways to teach children about Eid Al-Adha:
1. Eid Printables – There are many FREE printables available for your children to learn from. Printables are great because they act as a guide for parents, and children have fun colouring the pages! Here are some links to some printables:
2. Eid Party– Eid parties are a great way to get children excited about Eid Al- Adha! For an Eid Al-Adha party, you can have a sheep theme with a sheep cake and sheep decor. Here are a few examples of an Eid Al-Adha party:
My Halal Kitchen: http://myhalalkitchen.com/sharing-eid-ul-adha-with-kids/
Handmade Beginnings: http://handmadebeginnings.blogspot.ca/2010/11/eid-ul-adha-childrens-party.html
And don’t forget the party favour Bags! I love these from Little Life Of Mine: http://littlelifeofmine.com/2012/11/eid-treat-bags-sweet-and-simple.html
Or if you like, you and your children can write a story about Eid Al-Adha together. Another creative way to learn about Eid Al-Adha is to get your children to write a poem, or even write and sing a song!
4. A Play or Concert – Most children would love participating in a play about Eid Al-Adha. Children can act out their favourite Eid Al-Adha storybook or they can create their own play! I found this great video that has scenes from plays and concerts:
5. YouTube Videos– Speaking of videos, they are another option when it comes to educating children about Eid Al-Adha, such as this one:
6. Eid Crafts– There are countless amounts of crafts that your children can make while learning about the concept of Eid Al Adha! Here are a couple of websites with some fantastic ideas:
7. Puppet Shows– Puppet shows are always a big hit at our place, so it’s no surprise that I will be using this method to teach my children about Eid Al-Adha. For the puppets, you can make them using fabric or by using popsicle sticks with paper cutouts. Feel free to use my DIY Islamic felt puppets tutorial for inspiration:
8. Food– Sheep shaped cookies and cakes will not only provide a yummy treat for your family, but you can also teach your children about how animals are included in this special celebration of Eid Al-Adha while the treats are baking in the oven! Here are some examples of some yummy children Eid treats:
If you are not much of a baker [like me;)], then you can always bake a simple cupcake and use these ADORABLE Eid Al-Adha toppers from HafsaCreates, https://www.etsy.com/shop/HafsaCreates
10. Viewing Images Online– There are tons of images of Eid Al-Adha celebrations around the world online. Pick you favourite pictures from the internet and make a slide show, or a couple of different slide shows.
When selecting which of the 10 methods you should use to teach your children about Eid Al-Adha, keep in mind which learning style your children learn best from. I have divided the 10 methods according to the learning styles for you:
Visual (spatial, using pictures and images): 5, 7, 10
Aural (auditory, using sound): 3, 4, 5
Verbal (linguistic, using words): 3, 4
Physical (kinesthetic, using your body and hands): 1, 6, 8, 9
Social (interpersonal, learning in groups): 2, 4
Solitary (intrapersonal, learning best alone): 1, 3, 5, 6, 10
Whichever method you choose, I hope you make this learning experience a fun one for your children!
Also check out:
Eid dessert table tips from Modest Munchies : http://modestmunchies.com/eid-dessert-table/
Noorkids Go To Hajj Book: http://www.byummwaliyya.com/collections/noorkids-series/products/noorkids-go-to-hajj