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Celebrating Hari Raya In The New Normal – Raya Kids Activities

By May 21, 2020 No Comments

With the raging COVID-19 pandemic dictating our “new normal” that alters most of our ways of lives, the country’s festive celebrations will noticeably be different yet memorable. This year, with Hari Raya falling during the CMCO period, this means that we may have to forego or adapt the traditions and practices we usually associate with the weeks and days leading to Hari Raya and the many weeks of festivities that follow. We will not be able to attend nor host “rumah terbuka”, or have large gatherings during our “ziarah-menziarahi” (visiting) sessions other than with family members. One might expect that Raya celebrations would be less exciting, especially for the children this year, but fret not, because here we have prepared a list of activities that you and your children can still enjoy in celebration of Hari Raya – CMCO style!

The Raya Activity Pack includes arts and crafts, simple and easy to make dessert recipes, Hari Raya story videos and songs.

Arts and Crafts

Arts and crafts activities are a great way to develop and strengthen your child’s creativity and fine motor skills! It is also a great way to teach your child with autism how to play independently and occupy their time in a meaningful manner.

1. Hari Raya Colouring

Materials Needed:

  • Colouring template
  • Jumbo crayons
  • Paint
  • Q-tips
  • Stickers
  • Coloured scrap papers

Steps:

  1. Print out the template.
  2. Get your child to colour the template either with crayons, paint, painting with Q-tips, decorating with stickers or coloured scrap papers, or even paint with fingers.

2. Ketupat Colour and Number Matching

Materials Needed:

Steps:

  1. Print the template.
  2. Get your child to cut out the pieces of green and yellow paper, match the colours/numbers and paste.

3. DIY Raya Packet

Materials Needed:

  • Raya packet template
  • Jumbo colour pencils
  • Crayon
  • Glitter glue
  • Coloured marker pens
  • Child-friendly scissors
  • Glue

Steps:

  1. Print out template.
  2. Get your child to colour or decorate the packet.
  3. Cut out packet and fold on dotted lines and paste to make a Raya packet.
  4. Optional: You could even get your child to write Raya wishes on a piece of paper and insert into Raya packet.

4. Ketupat Paper Weaving

Materials Needed:

  • Coloured papers
  • Glue
  • Child-friendly scissors

Steps:

  1. Refer to step-by-step instructions here.

 

Cooking

Aside from arts and crafts activities, you could also get your child involved in the kitchen by preparing some simple snacks for Raya! Teaching your child with autism how to prepare simple snacks or meals is a great self-help and life skill. For some children with autism who may present intolerance to certain food, this activity is also a great way to help build their food tolerance in a fun and engaging manner!

1. Hari Raya Fruit Salad/Skewer

Ingredients Needed:

  • Cut fruits (e.g. watermelon, grapes, kiwi, honeydew)
  • Moon/ Star-shaped cookie cutter
  • Chocolate sauce
  • Sprinkles
  • Skewer sticks

Steps:

  1. Make moon or star-shaped fruits using a moon or star-shaped cutter.
  2. Poke fruits into skewer sticks.
  3. Dip into chocolate sauce.
  4. Decorate with sprinkles.

2. Kuih Raya: Chocolate Cornflakes

Ingredients Needed:

  • Cornflakes
  • Melted chocolate
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Paper cups
  • Sprinkles

Steps:

  1. Pour cornflakes into bowl.
  2. Pour melted chocolate into bowl.
  3. Mix the cornflakes and chocolate together.
  4. Scoop spoonfuls of mixture into paper cups.
  5. Decorate with sprinkles.

3. Sago Gula Melaka Dessert

Ingredients Needed:

  • Cup
  • Fresh milk
  • Sago
  • Chocolate sauce
  • Ice cubes
  • Pandan leaf (optional)

Steps:

  1. Pour milk into cup.
  2. Add sago.
  3. Drizzle some chocolate.
  4. Add ice cubes.
  5. Decorate with pandan leaf (optional).

 

Song Time

Songs are a great way to engage in interactive play with your child with autism! You can also sing along to some popular Raya tunes with your child!

  1. Selamat Hari Raya
  2. Suasana Hari Raya

 

Story Time

For those who celebrate Hari Raya and would like to learn or know more about this festival, you can watch a video/story time about Hari Raya/Ramadan with your child!

We hope you and your children will be able to create your own unique Raya memories together with these activities!

Despite the challenges that the pandemic has thrown at us, even though we might not be able to celebrate Hari Raya like how we did in the past, we do not have to be disheartened or allow that to dim the celebration. There is still plenty to be grateful about! So let’s keep our heads high and appreciate the many small blessings that are still bestowed upon us every day!

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri from all of us at EAP!

 

References:
  1. Ketupat Colouring Template – https://paintingvalley.com/ketupat-drawing#ketupat-drawing-30.jpg
  2. Eid Mubarak Colouring Template – http://teacherfiera.blogspot.com/2018/06/raya-cards.html
  3. Ketupat Cut & Paste Template – http://ibabiesclub.blogspot.com/2015/07/festival-special-ketupat-free-printable.html
  4. Raya Packet Template – https://zanitaazwin83.wordpress.com/hari-raya-aidilfitri/lembaran-kerja-prasekolah/
  5. Ketupat Paper Weaving – https://www.firstpalette.com/craft/paper-weaving.html
  6. Suasana Hari Raya Song – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Exc_JSd2hKc
  7. Selamat Hari Raya Song – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDaJ0kMHAL0
  8. Get Ready for Raya Story – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jedn5MKQ5Js
  9. Ramadan Stories – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MsiDPjpp3k
  10. Ramadan Moon – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fm7DrLOc9U4