So, you wish you can make hajj- You watch one of your friends or family preparing their visas, and packing their suitcase. When you hug and shake the Hajjis good bye, your heart feels that slight pang of sadness that some how you didn’t get to be invited to the best renown world conference ever. As you pull out from the airport and you look at your children sitting in the back seat talking excitedly about the airport scene, you wonder, “Is there anything I can do before Eid ul Adha to remind them about Hajj?”
Use these 10 days of Dhul Hijjah to have teachable moments with your child. It can be a short 10 minutes activity or extend it to an evening past time.
ACTIVITY #1: CREATING YOUR VERY OWN HAJJ PASSPORT
Have your child look at his/her own passport. Talk about each page and what it might be used for. Talk about how this book is an international document that confirms your identity and citizenship.
If you use a passport to visit other countries, it may have some national stamps and seals to show where you are going or have been.
Extension Activities: Print and use the passport template Hajj Passport Template- DOWNLOAD HERE (I used a rounded edge corner cutter to make my passport). Look at passports from various countries. Find out how people get passports in your country.
ACTIVITY #2: PACK YOUR SUITCASE- WE’RE GOING FOR HAJJ!
Although we didn’t get to make Hajj this year, we can always use our imagination and pretend to take this wonderful journey from the comfort of our own home or classroom! Talk to your children about what some things you would need to take with you if you were to make a journey. Now discuss what you would pack in your suitcase and what would be considered Hajj essentials. Download the worksheet activity Lets Pack For Hajj- DOWNLOAD HERE . Cut and paste each important item in the bag. Ask the children why they feel each item is essential for their journey.
Hajj Countdown Links for the rest of the activities: