Art Project & Activity: What do Dates Eat? What do Dates Drink?

It’s not easy to get children to understand certain aspects of Ramadhan. But art projects can help. We hope you enjoy doing this one with your children. By the way, this is perfect for toddlers thru kindergarten.

What do Dates Eat? What do Dates Drink?

Supplies
11×17 sheet of paper or can use printer paper
Finger paints (blue, green, yellow, brown,)
Black marker
Example: What Dates Eat and Drink (pdf) this is the same as what is in the picture below

Instructions

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Use the picture to the left (or pdf above) as a guide on where to put the paint, how to make the prints, and how the finished art might look. The handprints at the top of the page in the picture are for your references only. They show where to put the paint.

Make the picture title.
Near the bottom of the page, use the marker to write, “What do Dates Eat? What do Dates Drink?”

Make tree trunk.
Make trunk by painting middle finger brown. Press it in the center of the paper.
For a taller tree, paint and press again at the end of the other tree trunk.

Make the palm tree leaves.
Paint 4 fingers green (from the end of the palm to the finger tips only).
Press them upside down at the top of the tree trunk.

Make the dates.
Paint the thumb brown/yellow mix. Press thumbs in clusters in the palm branches to represent the dates.

Make clouds.
Stretch out cotton balls into various cloud shapes. Glue them where the sky would be. Paint cottonballs lightly with blue or gray paint.

Make the sun.
Paint a round circle on the ball of the palm. Press it in the skyline to make a sun.
Paint the pointing finger yellow from the joint nearest the nail to the finger tip.
Press the painted finger as rays from the sun.

Make the water source.
Paint the tip of the pinky finger with blue paint. Press it in the skyline down to the ground forming rain drops.

Ramadhan Learning Game Based on the Art Project
Use the finished art project as a basis for teaching your child about Ramadhan and Allah.
Ask, “What is that?” while pointing to the sun. “Who makes the real sun?”
Ask, “What is that?” while pointing to the rain. “Who makes the real rain?”
Ask the child, “What is that?” while pointing to the tree. “Who makes the real trees?”
Ask, “What is that?” while pointing to the dates. “Who makes the real dates grow?”
Ask, “Where is Allah?”
Ask, “What do dates eat?” (energy from the sun)
Ask, “What do dates drink?” (water)
Ask, “Who eats the dates?” (people)
Ask, “What do we drink at the end of the day during Ramadhan?” (water)
Ask, “Show me what we eat at the end of the day during Ramadhan?” (points to dates)
Ask, “What is its name?” (date)
Ask, “How many dates do we eat?”

Evaluate
Did you do this activity with your child? If so, how did it go? What about the project needs improvement or what did you do differently? Drop a comment!

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