Sallah is a time to celebrate and be merry. It's usually a special day to spend quality time with family and friends. A time to be grateful for the gift of life and all the blessings bestowed on you and yours. Your kids are high on that list but there is a tendency to leave them to their own devices on this special day, especially if you work a nine to five, five days a week, hectic work schedule and you would like to spend the day just letting loose and enjoying yourself. It’s a valid feeling but it's also good to note that kids are very impressionable and so Sallah would be a good time to engage them in fun activities that would be mutually entertaining. Let them learn a few formative lessons that reflect the day and will in turn, help them in life, even as you all engage in all the fun the day has to offer. Here, we'll show you exciting and inclusive ways to impress on them the importance of the special holiday thereby making the day enjoyable, not only for them but for you as well.
Sallah is all about sharing what you have with your neighbor's as well as the less privileged. It's never too early to expose the kids to this. Let them go along with you as you practice acts of kindness and let them learn firsthand what the day fully signifies and many practical ways that they can be kind and giving, on Sallah and most especially in all aspects of life. Experience is the best teacher.
It is very essential to go with the kids to your mosque on this special day. It is also vital that they learn how to pray as well as the specific prayers for the day. Let them learn the traditions and practices of the Islamic prophet, Muhammad, that constitute a model for all Muslims to follow. It is usually referred to as the Sunnah’s of Sallah. It helps to familiarize them with the expected patterns of behavior.
Let's be honest, Sallah is a day to celebrate but it’s also a day to show your kids off in how much they've grown, how well they are faring and how good they look. What better way to achieve this than to dress them in trendy and appropriate get-ups designed and styled specifically for the day. We’ve carefully designed and styled premium outfits that would be perfect for the day so you don’t have to stress yourself trying to get them looking trendy yet appropriate.
GAMES AND A SHOW
Games are essential in livening up the festivities. It’s a way for adults and kids to actively enjoy the day by partaking in structured forms of play, usually for entertainment or fun, and could also be used as an educational tool. This is a way to keep everybody engaged and entertained because you can either get in on the fun or watch and cheer participants on. Some good ones are:
- Egg-and-spoon race
This game dates back to the 19th century, but remains just as fun and challenging today. It’s also a terrific way to develop balance coordination. All you need is enough spoons and eggs for each participant. Use hard boiled eggs for tiny tots and raw eggs for older children. Another variation of this game is to use a potato instead of an egg. Less mess and less stress. With one hand behind their back, have your kids race to a pre-set finish line, trying not to drop their eggs. The first one across the finish line wins.
- Toss it
This game requires four people. Pair up, with each pair holding an open bath towel between them. Try to toss and catch a lightweight ball from towel to towel. (If you’re indoors, best to use a softer ball). Count how many times you can toss the ball back and forth before it hits the ground.
- Musical chairs
It’s a game of elimination involving players, chairs, and music. It is a staple of many parties worldwide where a set of chairs is arranged with one fewer chair than the number of players (for example, eight players would use seven chairs). While music plays, the contestants walk around the set of chairs. When the music stops abruptly, all players must find their own individual chair to occupy. The player who fails to sit on a chair is eliminated. A chair is then removed for the next round, and the process repeats until only one player remains and is declared the winner.
- Heads Up!
This is a card game or a mobile charades app you can easily download on your phone and play with everyone around. It is one of the best word guessing games that involves naming celebrities, singing and guessing silly accents. It’s hilarious and engaging for all present.
You can also engage the kids by getting them to put on a variety show for you and the other adults around. Let them do make shift fashion shows, karaoke, a play or even a special recital. It’s entertaining and will build their confidence as well as their artistic, performative sides.
Boost the excitement in your kids by exposing them to literature that teaches them, in fun ways, what Sallah represents. Good books to get them are:
- Rashad's Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr (by Lisa Bullard)
- The Best Eid Ever (by Asma Mobin-Uddin)
- The White Nights of Ramadan (by Maha Addasi)
- Our Favorite Day of the Year (by A. E. Ali)
- Eid Al‑Fitr Word Search: Eid Mubarak Puzzle Book (by Seasons Fire Media)
When all is said and done, the important thing is that you and the whole family spend Eid, feeling and looking good, enjoying the day to the fullest. Remember to dress the kids in quality outfits from our special collection when you visit Ruff ‘n’ Tumble stores or the Online store.