A simple, small board game for toddlers (3 years and older) that I put together for children to play during Ramadan.
Close-up of the pieces
Our game pieces are standing using the old game pieces holders from a long unused game.
The Game in play
The purpose of the game is for parents to engage children in a dialog about the things that Muslims do during Ramadan. It is also helpful for parents to use the game as a springboard to help build vocabulary for toddlers by encouraging the children to learn the names of the spaces on the board (i.e. iftar, Quran, salat, suhoor, etc.).
The game does not use dice to play as this is not permissible because of the report narrated by Imam Muslim -rahimullah - from Buraydah (may Allaah be pleased with him), according to which the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa salam) said: “Whoever plays with dice, it is as if he dipped his hand in the flesh and blood of a pig.” Imam An-Nawawi - rahimullah - said "what is meant by "it is as if he dipped his hand in the flesh and blood of a pig" is if he were to eat them, so this prohibition (on dice) is likened to the prohibition on eating (the flesh and blood of a pig)".
al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah said that "it is not permissible to play with dice even if that does not involve prizes, especially if it distracts one from praying on time". You can read more here insha'Allah: Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research and Ifta'.
To play the game all that is done is:
- the cards are placed face down on the table/floor
- each player places his/her piece on start
- parents can help children decide who will go first (i.e. who knows the most Quran, listened to their parents well that day, etc.).
- the first player picks a card and moves his/her piece to that spot on the board
- the first player to reach the masjid at the end of the board has the chance to win. Insha'Allah, on his/her next turn he/she recites the du'aa that we say when we enter (or the du'aa for when we leave) the masjid. Upon doing this correctly, the child moves their piece to the last square on the board that says, "Eid Mubarak" and they win.
Some of the images are from Easel & Ink and the game pieces are images taken from Musalla.org. Alhamdulillah, I was told a few years ago that they have indicated that the images are free to use and are not under copyright...jazakum Allahu Khayran.
Download the Arabic game version here insha'Allah.
Download the English game version here insha'Allah.
Download the game pieces here insha'Allah.