It is always satisfying when things go as planned, but when things go better than planned, that is truly a blessing. This year the weekly Ramadan Story and Craft Time was such a hit we had to cap it at 30 children each week, and when the parents were given the option to have a story time the day before Eid or leave it, the response was a resounding, yes, Alhumdulillah!
Held at HCIC, the stories and activities were geared for children ages 2-6 and parents were asked to register so we could ensure enough supplies. This, the third year of the program, we tried to change it up a bit to keep kids interested.
The first week we read stories about the Ramadan Moon and then made our own Mr. Ramadan Moons to hide and find throughout the month.
The second week we read Ramadan Around the World in the activity room and set up activities from three of the countries for the kids to rotate through. They explored making tortillas in Mexico, making sadaqa jars in Texas, and making puppets like in Turkey.
The third week we read stories, played a huge game of pass the parcel and dipped pretzels in chocolate. The final week we read a story about helping the less fortunate in Ramadan and then made over 40 lunches for the homeless. We concluded with a story about Eid while munching on a snack.
Alhumdulillah, all four weeks began at 12 and concluded with salat ul thuhr in jammat.