Teaching Preschool Kids about Hari Raya Puasa

Hari Raya Puasa is a delightful event especially to preschool children. To ensure that the meaning and purpose of this event is inculcated in young children, every preschool teacher should make sure that preschool kids give on this day their utmost esteem, enthusiasm and devotion. In this article, find out how a preschool teacher can be able to impart the essence of Hari Raya Puasa to preschool children.

Teaching preschool kids about greetings
You can teach preschool children to create personalized greeting card to every person close to their heart. This activity will be a great way to teach them of the plenty of ways to affectionately greet a person on this day. Here are some of the popular starting lines to use:

Happy Raya!
Selamat Hari Raya!
Happy Eid!
Selamat Hari Raya Idul Fitri!
Mohon maaf lahir batin!
Maaf zahir dan batin!

From here, inspire preschool kids to come up with an additional warm message. You will not just enhance their creativity and resourcefulness but you will help them gain confidence in expressing their feelings by speaking right from their heart.

Teaching preschool kids about Malay traditions
Hari Raya Puasa can be a great opportunity to teach preschool children about different Malay traditions and culture. Here are some of the activities that a preschool teacher can do with kids at school.

Traditional dress. During this festivity, Malays choose to wear traditional costumes. Men wear baju Melayu while women wear baju kurung and baju kebaya. Since batik is the common fabric used for these traditional clothes, you can do batik painting activity with preschool kids. To do it safely, use only materials and methods appropriate for preschool children. For instance, instead of using melted wax, use glue to go with a nontoxic dye.

Qur’an recital. Help preschool children recite surah from the Qur’an, and tahlil as prayers for the departed. Make it enjoyable and not appear like a chore. You can do this by urging them to recite in a melodic tone.  

Create decorations. During this festivity, the houses are cleaned and adorned with special decorations. Thus, promote an activity where kids can create a fancy décor to put on the walls of the house or preschool.
Encouraging preschool kids to participate
Perhaps, the best way to teach kids of the essence Hari Raya Puasa is for the preschool teacher to cater a special program where preschoolers participate and entertain parents and guests. Make them sing and dance the “Selamat Hari Raya” song (literally, “Wishing you a joyous Hari Raya”). The preschool teacher can also join the kids in performing a heartfelt program.


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