By Sana Ali

Ramadan is the month of fasting practised by millions of Muslims around the world. It is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar and occurs at the sighting of the new moon. During the entirety of the month, Muslims around the world fast from dawn to dusk. This fasting period forbids Muslims from not just eating and drinking, but also from bad thoughts, foul language, and helps with practising self-restraint – all of which is meant as a way to reflect on your habits and focus on self-betterment.

Why is it special to Muslims

One of the most special things about Ramadan is the sense of community it brings amongst Muslims as everyone unites in masjids (mosques) to break their fasts and/or for the evening prayer (Taraweeh). Families naturally spend more time together engaging in cooking, beginning and breaking their fasts, and praying together. The entire month is meant to be a month of practising perseverance, empathy, connection to faith, and most importantly giving to others.

Importance of family traditions in Montessori

Just as when you use a muscle in your body over and over again and with time, that muscle gets strong, shared family traditions and values work in a similar fashion strengthening our children’s bonds to their families as well as their religion/culture. Traditions provide stability and give children the sense of belonging that they bring with themselves into adulthood.

“The things he sees are not just remembered; they form a part of his soul.” – Maria Montessori

Most 3-year-olds are incredibly active, love the outdoors and even those that do complete ‘focused’ work need that time outside. Pre-writing skills, as well as writing skills, are not always explicit. Children do not learn best through worksheets. I have put some photos together of what writing can look like when they are not holding a pen. All of these gross motor skills (jumping, running, balancing, water transferring etc) are all a CRUCIAL part of writing and most likely an inherent part of your child’s play.

As someone who grew up in the west, but was born in a Muslim country, it took my family some time to transition and find unique ways to bring the celebrations of Ramadan into our home. As an adult, I continued to bring those practices into my household and add to the traditions of this special month for my little one to learn from.

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Here are some Montessori aligned activities that some of you might find helpful in preparing for the month of Ramadan with your little ones:

Practical life
  • Making baskets with dates, olives, and other goodies as a gift for friends and family

  • Decluttering and purging toys and other essential items to donate to those in need and your little one can choose a charity to which you donate

  • Helping with food prep for iftar(breaking of fast meal before sunset)

  • Pit and stuff dates – a staple food in every Muslim household to breakfast

  • Making crescent and star-shaped cookies

Language and meditation ‍♀️
  • Make a corner or part of the house dedicated as a space for praying and reading Quran

  • Read books and stories based on the Quran

  • Modelling and praying together

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  • Use date seeds as counters

  • Counting and threading prayer beads

  • Make a countdown to Eid (holiday celebrated to mark the end of Ramadan)

  • Track daily prayers on a prayer tracker


  • Phases of the moon – matching cards

  • DIY binoculars to spot the moon in the sky


  • Decorate Ramadan themed cookies

  • Decorate a mosque on contact paper

  • Make Ramadan greeting cards for friends and family

I hope to have inspired many of you to try these activities during Ramadan with your little ones. Please feel free to comment any other ideas you may have and we would love to make this our official Ramadan thread. Ramadan Mubarak (Happy Ramadan) in advance to all of you celebrating!

A special thanks to our friend Sana Ali, @monteshare, for the beautiful blog post!

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