Eid is always a very special time for families, and it can be a fun and exciting time for children if you get them involved. I want my son to look forward to Eid in the same way that the grown-ups do, so we try to make it as fun as possible!
You can give gifts if you want, that’s definitely one way to get the kids excited, but it’s the experiences and memories you create which will really make them look forward to it each year. These are my tips for getting your children excited for Eid:
Put up special decorations
Give your kids a role in decorating the house in preparation for Eid, so they feel part of the events. This will also help them see a physical difference in the house in the run up to Eid, making it a bit more special to them. We hang balloons and lights, and make banners together that say ‘Eid Mubarak’ to put up around the house.
Make special food
I like to make special meals for Eid that we don’t normally eat, and get the whole family involved in choosing and preparing the food. This is really important because in years to come, every time your kids eat this food, it will bring back the happy memories of celebrating Eid with their family.
Share Eid with family and friends
I find that Eid is a great time to reunite with family and old friends, and your children will love seeing all their family together. It’s great for cousins to have an excuse to meet up and play together, especially if they live far away.
Play party games
If you have family and other guests visiting, arrange some games for the children to play so it feels like a real party. I like to organise a treasure hunt, as well as traditional party games like charades and pass the parcel.
Wear your best clothes
I get everyone to wear their best clothes on the morning of Eid, to give a real sense of occasion. It’s nice if this can be a new outfit, but it doesn’t have to be. Anything smart will show that this is a special day.
Give to charity
Eid is a time for charity, and a good way to show your kids the importance of sharing what they have. There are plenty of simple and discreet ways of helping the needy, such as volunteering at a homeless shelter or donating extra Eid food to a food bank.
Get the kids to put on a show
A great idea for older kids is to ask them to put on a show for the family. They could perform a play, sing nasheeds or recite from the Quran. Encourage them to start planning a few days before Eid so they have something else to get excited about in the run up to the day.
How do you get your children excited for Eid? Share your ideas with us in the comments below.
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