Eid is one of the most joyful occasions for adults and children. Despite of its tiring preparations, the joy Eid brings is one of a kind as people start to rejoice and exchange the festive greetings. Besides enjoying the cheerfulness of Eid with your child, parents can invest this occasion to indirectly teach their children several lessons/ skills.
Today, we bring you several simple educational ideas that can be applied during the Eid:
- Days before the Eid, accompany your child to buy new clothes. While shopping, you can encourage your child to buy extra clothes for those children in need. Your child will enjoy this act of kindness and gain a special sense of happiness and giving.
- On Eid night, give your child a chance to participate in tidying up the house to get it ready to welcome the guests. Don’t forget to give your child the chance to put his/her touches in the decorations and preparations so that he/she can feel and look forward to that sort of socialization.
- As Eid approaches, allow your child to prepare colored greeting cards and put them in dessert bags. Write a positive behavior remark on each card so that your child can present them to neighbors and friends.
- Encourage your child to memorize Eid traditional and folkloric songs, and ask him/her to sing them for visitors.
- You can hold a small party for your child’s friends, or neighbors. Allow your child to prepare for this party in a way that adds a joyful atmosphere and enhances communication between his/her friends and relatives.
- Teach your child to thank those who give him/her some money (Eidiyah). Then, think about how to invest their Eidiyah in buying a joyful and useful object. Ask your child to donate a simple amount for other children or families in need.
- Caring about your child’s happiness does not mean allowing him/her to misbehave; refrain from allowing your child to excessively eat desserts or launch fireworks. Encourage and model for your child to be polite and use appropriate words when he/she deals with your guests.