Ramadan is a good time to teach the phases of the moon. Every Ramadan we look for the moon to see when our holy month begins and when it ends. The children are always so excited to go out and try to find the new hilal (new moon). It’s always a good idea to ride the wave of excitement and use it to your advantage. Children learn so much more when they are interested and excited about the subject. Project based learning definitely is the way to keep them on that track. Here is a Ramadan craft that teaches the phases of the moon.
We used a gingerbread cookie recipe but you can use any roll-and-cut-out cookie recipe. There are a lot to choose from on allrecipes.com. I like using this site because there are reviews for each recipe. The reviews let me know whether the recipe is a winner and if I need to do a bit of tweaking to fix it up.
Use a circle cookie cutter to cut out the moon shapes. We didn’t have any half-moon cutters but we managed just fine using the circle cutter to make the different phases.
After you cut them out pop them in the oven. When they are done you can frost them if you like. Again check out allrecipes.com for some awesome cookie frosting recipes.
Whelp folks I have to tell you, these babies were slamming, Alhumdulilah! We will definitely try to make them again, Inshallah.
Know of any fun projects that help teach the phases of the moon? Drop a link down below in the comment section. Yes I know, Ramadan is like 8 months away but you know everyone’s always looking for fun holiday projects for the kiddos. 🙂
Jamila Alqarnain, Author of “The Muslim Family Guide to Successful Homeschooling”