I created the Let’s go for Hajj Activity Pack this week. It’s a printable pack that is perfect to learn the steps of Hajj through play.
‘But if you’re coming from there, you need a passport!’ He was explaining to his sisters. .
Then a minute later I overheard them say ‘…. but you don’t HAVE a ticket! I can’t let you on…’ .
My kids were playing make believe. That’s their favorite thing to play this Summer. They’ve been on a bus in Canada, on the way to Riyadh by car and presently, they were going to Madinah from Jeddah on the new Haramain Train.
If you have children 3-12 years old, you will know that children love to imagine. They reminded me of my own childhood. We all have beautiful memories of playing imagination and dress up games with siblings and cousins, don’t we?
So, I quickly (and as quietly as possible) sat down to make this Hajj Play Pack. (It’s another story that they discovered the passports midway and the stress of having three kids standing over my head telling me my mistakes 😣!)
But… I’m so proud of how these turned out!
Slide to see some of the Printables from the pack.
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This pack is designed to help children learn all the steps of Hajj in a hands on imaginative way. There is a map that explains what they need to do or where they go, a set of sequence cards that you can make into a flip book, very real looking Hajj ID cards and hand band and so much more… along with a parents’ guide.
About Hajj and the Muslim Belief:
Muslims follow the Five Pillars of Islam.
- Shahadah – believing in the oneness of God and that Muhammad is the last Messenger
- Salah – establishing prayer 5 times a day
- Sawm- Fasting in Ramadan
- Zakah – Obligatory charity every year
- Hajj – Pilgrimage to Makkah at least once in life time if they have the means to.
Muslims follow the Lunar Hijri Calendar. Hajj is in the last month for five days i.e., 8-12th Dhul Hijjah.
You can see this post for More Hajj Activities for Kids.
THE IDEA BEHIND THE LET’S GO FOR HAJJ ACTIVITY PACK
About 3 million people perform Hajj every year. A majority of them come from abroad or outside Saudi Arabia. The idea behind this play pack, is to introduce children to the steps of Hajj from the moment they leave home, to coming here to Saudi Arabia, performing their rituals and then going back home.
Before anyone can go for Hajj, they need a passport and a visa. Once they arrive in Saudi Arabia, they are given a Hajj ID that contains details about who they are, where they have come from and emergency details. When the Hajji (pilgrims) start for Hajj they are given an ID band that doubles up as their train ticket and also helps them remember where they live in Mina.
All of these mentioned above are included in this pack along with a numbered Hajj Map for Kids that explains to them where they should go. The Hajj map can be used as a board game too.
About the Let’s Go For Hajj Activity Pack
Muslims go to Makkah for Hajj in the Islamic month of Dhul Hijjah because it is the 5th pillar of Islam. They are there to fulfill their faith. Hajj is a once in a lifetime obligation that all Muslims must fulfill if they’ve the means to.
Let’s Go for Hajj Play Pack is a learn through play, make-believe printable pack for children aged 3-12 years old. It contains a Hajj Map, Passports, realistic looking Hajj ID Cards, Hand Bands and step by step Hajj instructions in the form of sequencing cards.
Children will enjoy playing with these printables as well as learn the different rituals of Hajj hands on. The pack contains complete instruction on how to play as well as more ideas on how you can make this a group event. This pack is suitable for home and class use.
This pack contains printable play material for children to imagine and make believe that they are going on Hajj!
This pack contains the following:
- 5 different colored Passports
- 6 Identification Tags
- 6 realistic looking ID Cards
- A full A4 size Hajj Map and
- 18 cards that explain the various steps of Hajj.
- Parent’s guide that explains Hajj and how to use the pack.
Print all the pages or individual pages that you like. All these sheets are designed to be printed on A4 size paper.
HOW TO MAKE THE PASSPORTS
Before anyone can go for Hajj, they need a passport and a visa. There are 5 colors of passports in this pack.
Print your choice of passport and cut along the lines. Fold the passports in quarter fold and fill in the details of the child. Paste /draw a picture inside.
Please note: The passports are in 4 colors plus a plain one. You can print the plain template on colored paper/card to save printer ink.
HOW TO MAKE THE IDENTIFICATION BADGES
Once the pilgrims arrive in Saudi Arabia, they are given a Hajj ID that contains details about who they are, where they have come from and emergency details.
Print the Identification badges. There are 6 badges per page.
Cut around the lines. Past a picture of the child or let your child draw a face. Fill in the details as follows: An imaginary ID number, name and date of birth. Paste the card on a slightly bigger green card stock . Punch a hole in the card and thread some lace or ribbon (as shown below) for your child to hang around their neck.
HOW TO MAKE THE HAND IDENTIFICATION BANDS
When the Hajji (pilgrims) start for Hajj they are given an ID band that doubles up as their train ticket and also helps them remember where they live in Mina.
Print and cut along the lines. Fill in the details and glue the ends to make a band.
Please note: The bands are very large to help children write easily. You can wrap them around the hand and glue the ends to make it their fit their size.
HOW TO USE THE HAJJ MAP
Children can use the map as it is or they can stick it on card stock to make it more stiff. Print the map and explain to the child the route of the pilgrims following the arrows. The numbers on the map are explained in the cards.
HOW TO USE THE PLAY CARDS
This Hajj Activity pack contains 18 cards on 3 pages that explain the steps of Hajj in a child friendly manner. The parents’ guide contains more details and background detailed knowledge about these Hajj rituals.
You can either print out the cards on either card stock or on A4 size paper. Cut along the lines to separate them.
If you are using paper, either laminate the cards or stick on a cardboard to make them stiff. Make a hole on one end of the card. Use a key ring to keep the cards together.
I hope you enjoy the Let’s Go fo Hajj Activity Pack with your children.
UPDATE: If you are unable to buy through my shop, this bundle is available on my TPT store. You can get it from there.
Welcome to our second Hajj for Kids blog hop! Hajj is the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca that takes place in the last month of the Muslim calendar, and that all Muslims are expected to make at least once during their lifetime. This blog hop is intended to share ideas to teach children about this special time.