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; after all, each child is unique and will have his or her own way of learning and exploring the religion of Islam!
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’, where you put in slips of paper with key facts about Islam (in this case, key facts about Eid Al-Adha) written on them, and let your child take out one paper at a time and talk about the fact.
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 coloring the pages! Here are some links to some printables:
- Eid Printables from Activity Village
- Eid Al Adha Islam Coloring Pages from Family Holiday
- I also found this Hajj Map children can colour
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. Once the guests arrive to the party, you can have a brief discussion with the kids about the significance of Eid Al-Adha. Here are a few examples of some Eid Al-Adha parties for children:
My Halal Kitchen:
Life of a MOMpreneur:
And don’t forget the party favor bags! I love these from Little Life Of Mine:
3. Stories, Songs, and Poems
Read a story about Eid Al-Adha from your local library! Last year, we found the book, The Best Eid Ever by Asma Mobin-Uddin at our local library and the kids loved it!
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! Here’s a poem that my children and I wrote last year (that can easily be sung as a song):
4. A Play or Concert
Most children would love participating in a play about Eid Al-Adha. Children can act out their favorite Eid Al-Adha storybook or they can create their own play!
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:
EasyDin Le Blog
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. You or your children can act out a story that is related to Eid Al-Adha, such as put on a puppet show of an Eid day.
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:
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:
Modern Muslim Home
My Islamic Life
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,
Games are both fun and educational, so why not make a children’s game with an Eid Al-Adha theme! Below, are examples of two Eid Al-Adha game ideas I found online from Handmade Beginnings:
Hajj game similar to Musical Chairs:
Pin the Tail on the Qurbani:
10. Viewing Images Online
There are tons of images of Eid Al-Adha celebrations around the world online. Pick you favorite pictures from the internet and make a slide show, or a couple of different slide shows.
Different Learning Styles:
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 your children have fun learning about the blessed holiday of Eid Al-Adha!
***Also check out:
Hajj/Eid Lolly Countdown Calendar by Modest Munchies