During Ramadan kids really need to have some quiet activities. Rather than going outside, I prefer them to stay inside and do less physical activity. My almost 8 and 9 yo sons are still strugglung to conquer themselves. On the first days they still complained about how thirsty they had been. That is why they need activities that consume less energy.
Yesterday, after school, my second son did a good activity with his friend. They took scissors, paper and glue. What did they do with those materials? They made pocket calendars!
It is easy to make and can improve skills of cutting, counting, hand writing and color picking and memorizing. It also helps kids to work together. At the end, the pocket calendar is somewhat kids can be proud of. By doing this activity kids can learn to count how many rows and columns needed in each month and how to draw them in such limited space. Not only that, kids also learn to differentiate which month is which, 30 or 31 days.
Here is what kids need to make pocket calendar:
Color origami paper
Pencil or pen or color pencil
First, cut origami paper into 5 x 7 cm. Cut 7 sheet of paper in different colors. Then, fold the first 2 cm from edge and glue them together so that it becomes a bundle of paper.
Create a beautiful cover for the calendar at the first page, such as "Calendar 2018 by me". Use pencil or pen to draw raws and columns on page 2-7 to put the days and dates.
Copy 1st January from an existing calendar or from mobile phone. Fill in the rows and columns with days and dates until 31 January. Do it for the rest of the months.
Here is the calendar!
For an addition, my son made an envelope from origami paper to keep the calendar. Pretty, isn't it?
I think having such quiet activity during Ramadan is very helpful to maintain kids' emotion. They would probably say eagerly, "Time flies!" and iftar time is approaching.