Next month is Ramadan, and I don’t have a Ramadan set!  Strike that–I DIDN’T have a Ramadan set.  But now I do 🙂

Like my Kwanzaa and Diwali sets, I had to do quite a bit of research for this set–because I don’t personally celebrate Ramadan. Here’s what I wrote about those holidays, and it applies here, too:

I thought it would be fun to create some holiday sets for holidays that I don’t personally celebrate. (I was right–it WAS fun, and wow, I learned a lot while doing research for these sets.)  I’m so happy to be able to share these, as I think it’s so important to expose kids to various cultures, and to share in celebrations with the kids who DO celebrate holidays outside of my own experience 🙂  

I focus holiday sets on the parts of holidays that kids understand, so the concepts are about simple traditions vs. religious themes.  
I also want them to be usable both as storytime sets– where the adult is using the set pieces as props to support a rhyme, song or story–and as play sets for the kids–where the kids are re-enacting traditions, songs, and stories that they’ve learned about.

Here’s one of the rhymes I’ve written to go along with this set:

Ramadan
is Here
©Wendy
Gerbi

Place your felt
pieces on the board s you sing about them and use the pieces to act out the
words as you sing them.

 

Ramadan
is here, Ramadan is here,

The
moon is a crescent in the sky,

Ramadan
is here!

 

Ramadan
is here, Ramadan is here

“Ramadan
Mubarak” to everyone,

Ramadan
is here!

 

Ramadan
is here, Ramadan is here,

Eat only
when it is dark outside,

Ramadan
is here!

 

Ramadan
is here, Ramadan is here,

Decorate
with lanterns and stars,

Ramadan
is here!

 

Ramadan
is here, Ramadan is here,

Be
kind to everyone we see,

Ramadan
is here.

 

Ramadan
is here, Ramadan is here,

Put
money in the Zakat jar,

Ramadan
is here.

 

Now…

Ramadan
is over, Ramadan is over,

“Eid
Mubarek” to everyone!

Ramadan
is over.

 

Now
it’s time for Eid, now it’s time for Eid,

Gifts
and candy to celebrate,

Now
it’s time for Eid!