Giving children Eid gifts is standard for many families around the world. It may be a tradition in your household to go all out for your kids, or you may take a more modest approach. Every family has their system, making Eid a unique experience for everyone.
With all of the Eid excitement children have when it comes to the celebration aspect; it may be challenging to get children to reflect on how to make others happy on that day. Children are naturally egocentric, that changes as they age, but children need modeling and guidance to help them consider others.
So how can we get our kids excited about being charitable on a day that may appear to be all about them?
Talking to your children about who to give to, is a great way to get the conversation started. Is there a family member in the hospital, a refugee family new in town or someone going through some hardship?
The goal of this activity is for children to be involved in creating a care package for someone else who may be in need or simply someone who you have never given a gift to before.
The best model we have regarding charitable giving is the prophet Muhammad (SAWS). Just take a look at the following hadith:
Abu Hurayra reported that the Prophet (may Allah (SWT) bless him and grant him peace) said,
“Give gifts, and you will love one another.”
Not only does gift-giving benefits others but our souls as well.
Allah SWT says,
“Be generous, as Allah (SWT) is generous to you.” (Surah Al-Qasas, Ayah 77)
“You will not attain goodness until you give from what you love; whatever thing you spend, God knows of it.” (3:92)
This Islamic activity is suitable for 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8-year-olds.
This activity should take roughly 45 minutes to 1 hour.
- A box or basket
- Care package items such as (snacks, gift cards, coffee mug, candles, books, small toys, coffee, tea)
- Construction paper
- Wrapping paper
- Noor Kids Eid Card
- Crayons or markers
- Paper shreds or tissue paper
- Optional: Cellophane and ribbon
Part One – Introduce Activity (15-20 Minutes)
1. Ask your child how do they feel when they receive a gift from someone else?
2. Read “Too Little Thanks” in the book Giving Thanks by Noor Kids to promote the gift of giving.
- Ask, how does Shereen seem to feel about giving her friend a gift?
3. Shereen realizes that so many people in her life help her. What can you do to help someone else in your community?
- Ask, how do you think you would feel about giving someone a gift on Eid?
4. Explain to your child that your family will be giving a care package to someone in the community who is in need of support and/or help.
- Ask your child if there is anyone specific they can think of who they’ve never given a gift too before. If you would like, to give choices instead you can say, “We can give to our Auntie who is in the nursing home, the new family that came to our community from a different country, or the brother who is always happily cleaning the masjid.”
Part Two – Put Together the Eid Care Package (15-20 Minutes)
1. Make a list of items you wish to place in the package. If the box or basket is for someone who is sick in the hospital, for example, you could put items like, a book, kleenex, face wipes, healthy snacks, tea, honey, cough drops, chapstick and a crossword puzzle.
2. Try to take your child with you to the store to purchase the items, this way they can be involved in the whole process.
3. Typically you would decorate a box if you are mailing out your care package. Take your box and decorate it with construction or wrapping paper on the sides. You can even add a saying from the Quran or Hadith such as:
- “Be not sad, surely Allah is with us” ( Quran 9:40)
- “And, behold, with every hardship comes ease ( Quran 94:5)”
- “And whoever holds firmly to Allah has [indeed] been guided to a straight path.” (Quran 3:101)
- I visited Allah’s Apostle while he was suffering from a high fever. I touched him with my hand and said, “O Allah’s Apostle! You have a high fever.” Allah’s Apostle said, “Yes, I have as much fever as two men of you have.” I said, “Is it because you will get a double reward?” Allah’s Apostle said, “Yes, no Muslim is afflicted with harm because of sickness or some other inconvenience, but that Allah will remove his sins for him as a tree sheds its leaves.” (Hadith – Bukhari 7:564)
4. Pack your gift. If you are using a basket, you can place either paper shreds or tissue paper in the bottom of the basket first.
- Add all of the items you are placing in the care package.
- Place large items in the back and smaller in the middle and front.
- Optional: You can also wrap the basket in cellophane with a ribbon to dress it up a bit.
Part Three – Share Your Eid Care Package with Noor Kids (10-15 Minutes)
Print out the Noor Kids Eid Card and have your child color and write a note to the person receiving the gift. You can place the card inside the care package to make it more personal.
How did the activity go for you? Share your thoughts below in the comment section!