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Even if you’re fasting for Ramadan, your little ones aren’t – so it can sometimes feel like they have 100% more energy than at any other time of year. So why not help them get into the spirit of the season (and make good use of all that energy) with this simple traditional Ramadan lantern craft? Easy and fun to make, these simple lanterns are sure to brighten up your home.
Step 1: Decorate and fold the paper for your Ramadan lantern craft
Start by taking an A4 piece of paper and decorating it. Stuck for ideas? Here are a few fun methods and designs to start you off:
- Make traditional Islamic geometric designs using pens and a trusty ruler.
- Draw shapes with wax crayons, and then colour over them with watercolour paints.
- Spread glue across the surface of the paper in swirling patterns, and sprinkle with glitter.
Once the decorations are complete (and dry) fold the paper in half lengthwise.
Top tip: Don’t worry about stains, by the way – we have guides to removing paint, ink, crayons, and glue here on the Persil site, so you and your little ones can relax and enjoy these Ramadan crafts for kids.
Step 2: Cut out your DIY Ramadan lantern
Cut along the folded edge towards the opposite edge, but not all the way through; just two-thirds of the way across will be fine. You can draw a line along the length of the paper as a guide to show children where to stop cutting.
Move down the paper, cutting a series of strips. Generally, 2.5cm (one inch) is a good amount of space to leave between cuts, but feel free to try something else. Different length cuts with varying gaps between them will make for a more unique lantern!
Top tip: Always supervise kids when they’re using scissors. If you’re trying this Ramadan lantern craft with younger children, it’s best to do the cutting yourself.
Step 3: Glue (or tape) your Ramadan lantern together
Unfold the paper and roll it up to make a tube, lining up the two shorter edges. Stick them together using glue or sticky tape – do this on the inside, so that it doesn’t show.
Step 4: Create a handle
Make a handle by cutting a long, thin strip of paper, about 15cm (6 inches) long and 2.5cm (1 inch) wide. Attach each end of the handle to the inside of the lantern top with sticky tape or glue.
Step 5: Add some lighting to finish off your Ramadan lantern craft
Since your DIY Ramadan lantern is made from paper, you’ll want to avoid placing a naked flame inside it. LED tea lights are a cheap (and safe!) option.
Ramadan for kids: Fun facts to share
While you’re making your Ramadan lanterns, you might like to teach your little ones a little bit more about this special time. Here are some fun facts about Ramadan for children:
- In many places in the world, colourful lanterns – known as “fanous” in Arabic – light up the streets during Ramadan.
- These lanterns have become a special symbol of the holy month.
- Ramadan takes place during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, to mark the time the Qur’an was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad.
- The date changes a little every year because it’s based on a lunar calendar, with each month beginning when a crescent moon appears.
- During the month of Ramadan, Muslims do not eat or drink during daylight hours; this is called “sawm”, or “fasting”.
- After sunset, Muslims break their fast with a traditional meal called “iftar”.
- Young children, pregnant women, and those who are ill are not expected to fast.
We hope you’ve enjoyed these Ramadan activities for kids – for more arty ideas to try, jump in and explore our kids’ crafts hub here. But for now, Ramadan Mubarak!