Are your kids getting excited for Ayyám-i-Há? There are just a few weeks left! We had fun decorating the house over the weekend and hanging up our Ayyám-i-Há countdown calendar. And now you can find all of my Ayyam-i-Ha resources in one place, including crafts, activities, and gift ideas!
Ayyam-i-Ha Resources Page and Gift Guide Update
As a parent and children’s class teacher, I know how hard it can be to find ideas for fun ideas to celebrate Ayyám-i-Há with kids. That’s why I’ve made things easier by putting all of my Ayyám-i-Há crafts, activities, and gift ideas in one spot, on my new Ayyam-i-Ha resource page!
Take your kids around the world this holiday season by hosting an around the world holiday party! It’s the perfect way for a school club or a homeschool group to celebrate this festive season.
Host an Around the World Holiday Party for Kids
Last year we started a World Explorers Club in our homeschool group. Each month we get together to learn about a different country with the kiddos. Earlier this month the World Explorers Club put on our second annual around the world holiday party. Everyone had a blast!
Each family picks a country to represent and shows how a popular winter holiday is celebrated there.
At our party this year we learned about Christmas in Sweden, Russia, Italy, UK, and the Netherlands; Hanukkah in Israel; Diwali in India; Chinese New Year in China; and Ayyám-i-Há. (The Bahá’í holiday of Ayyám-i-Há was a bit of an exception, since it isn’t based in any one country).
For their chosen country, each family prepares 1) a craft or activity, 2) a traditional treat. So, for example, last year our family did the Philippines, so the kids made a version of a traditional star decoration and sampled some homemade coconut milk cake. For India (Diwali) this year we brought ladoos to share and helped the kids make paper diyas. For Sweden, the kids crafted some adorable Christmas gnomes and decorated cookies, while for Israel (Hanukkah) they played dreidel to win chocolate coins.
We have done this two different ways, so see which works for your group! Both times, we set up “stations” around the room, generally one country per table, and the kids could spread out and take turns visiting each.
Last year, the food and the craft were at each station, whereas this year we moved all the treats to a food table and saved them until the end. They were only able to get the food after completing a quiz about the countries they had learned about!
The holiday quiz! They had to work together to answer the questions before they could have their treats 🙂
Whichever way you do it, make sure to have their first stop by a station where kids decorate treat bags. They’ll need one to collect all the crafts they will be making! This is a great activity for them to do as people are arriving and setting up.
Next year, we definitely have to add a Mexican style piñata!
It’s that time of year again! As Ayyám-i-Há approaches, party planners in communities everywhere scramble to come up with fun, meaningful activities that will appeal to a wide range of ages. Here are our best tips from veteran party planners on how to throw a community Ayyam-i-Ha party to remember! And don’t miss out on our giveaway of a wonderful new coloring book for kids for Ayyám-i-Há!
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Throw a Community Ayyam-i-Ha Party Like a Boss
Looking for great ideas for your community Ayyam-i-Ha party? Here are suggestions from experienced party planners from around the world. Be sure to share yours in the comments!
Inviting the Wider Community
Invite those already involved in core activities, like children’s classes.
Send out an invitation (hard copy or digital, even on Facebook) to set the tone about the party so that friends and neighbours who are not Bahá’í learn about it before hand.
Have an open house, so friends don’t feel the need to commit and can just drop by when they’re able. Makes it easier if you have a small house, too!
Make invitations with pictures and a quote with a little explanation about Ayyám-i-Há.
If possible, try handing out invitations in person so you can explain more if anyone has questions.
White elephant exchanges are very popular! “It’s hilarious to watch 50 something adults picking presents and exchanging them.”
Have everyone bring a simple gift then a gift under each person’s chair.
Treat bags for kids
Have every child bring an inexpensive, wrapped present. Then each gets to pick one of the presents out of the basket.
Have all the children bring simple inexpensive presents like pencils, stickers, or erasers then pass out one to each child. Every child leaves with new treasures, plus they get the experience of giving.
Hang up a sheet on a doorway, going only half way up, and decorate with pictures of fish. Make a fishing rod with a small basket on the end of the string to “fish for presents.” Each child then gets to “fish” for a small gift.
Skits about history
Live music & dancing
Puppet show that shares the concepts of Ayyám-i-Há (such as hospitality, service, kindness and gift giving).
Break children into age groups for active games
Have kids make picture frames for their favorite Bahá’í quote
Have different stations where people can make gifts (potting plants, card marking, candle rolling, making lavender sachets) for others.
Sing songs from children’s classes together
Performances from the children’s classes
Picnic in the park
Candy, but set up in a different part of the house. Each family went in as a unit, and the parents decided how much the kids could have. (There were also toothbrushes!) Then they put the candy in the fabric goodie bags.
Ice cream sundae bar
Cupcake/cookie decoration station
Progressive dinner (appetizers at one home, main course at another, dessert at another)
Collect items for a local homeless shelter
Do a food drive for a local food bank
Help a local family in need
Donate supplies to a Bahá’í school
Collect winter jackets
Make no-sew blankets for children in foster care
Host the party at a park then do a park clean up afterwards
Collect books and toys for the local children’s hospital
Assemble lunches for homeless youth
Have a station to make bird feeders (with pine cones and seeds), cat toys and dog treats to take to the SPCA
Make toiletry bags to give to the domestic crisis center or “blessings bags” for the homeless, with items like travel size shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothpaste, soap, toothbrush and washcloth
February 14, 2017Ayyam-i-HaComments Off on Find Great Ayyam-i-Ha Gifts in our Ayyam-i-Ha Gift Guide!
Looking for some great Ayyam-i-Ha gifts for your loved ones? Find something for everyone (including homemade gifts and crafts) in our newly updated Ayyám-i-Há Gift Guide, while supporting Bahá’í-inspired and globally minded businesses!
Here is another free printable for you: Ayyam-i-Ha gift tags! I had so much fun making these! They are business card sized, so you can either punch a hole in them and attach to a gift with ribbon, or you can drop them instead a treat bag. For some I deliberately left off the “To” field, in case – like us – you will be taking treats to your child’s classroom and don’t want to label each individual tag.
Don’t miss our printable Ayyam-i-Ha bookmarks, which are great in the classroom or as teacher gifts! You can find even more gift ideas, including craft tutorials and service projects, in our Ayyam-i-Ha Gift Guide!
Looking for a great gift for your loved ones this Ayyám-i-Há? Here is a collection of wonderful Ayyam-i-Ha gifts on Etsy, including jewelry, art, greeting cards, and decorations. Don’t forget you can find even more Ayyam-i-Ha gifts in my gift guide, including our Ayyam-i-Ha Fun e-book!
Please note that while we have made great efforts to ensure the quality and integrity of the participating businesses and blogs, inclusion in the Gift Guide in no way constitutes an endorsement and All Done Monkey is not responsible for the content of the websites included in this Guide.
With the approach of the Bahá’í holiday of Ayyam-i-Ha, many of us like to share treats or small gifts with friends or in our children’s classrooms. These printable bookmarks are an easy, fun way to share the spirit of the holiday and teach a little something about what we were are celebrating.
I chose some of my favorite quotes from the Bahá’í writings and included them in the bookmarks, which you can download here: Ayyam-i-Ha Bookmarks.
The Bahá’í holiday of Ayyam-i-Ha is coming soon, and while I loved the countdown chain we’ve done previously, this year I wanted to jazz it up a little and do something a little more crafty and maybe even pretty.
A popular symbol among Bahá’ís is the nine-pointed star, since the number nine symbolizes unity. I wanted to play with this image and see if I could combine it with a flower, since spring is also just around the corner (or at least that’s what I keep telling myself!) So I made a flower countdown calendar that when opened is also a nine-pointed star.
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As any Bahá’í will tell you, a nine-pointed star is not the easiest symbol to have. Most of us can’t just casually draw a star with nine evenly spaced point or fold a piece of paper into a simple nine-pointed origami star. And neither, I’ve discovered, is it very easy to cut a circle into nine equal slices.
And nineteen is also a challenging number in many respects. The Bahá’í month is 19 days long, so a countdown calendar should have 19 parts. But how do you draw a flower with 19 petals??
So now, thanks to the magic of computers, I’ve done the legwork for you, and you can simply print and assemble your nine-pointed star flower countdown calendar! For those not celebrating Ayyam-i-Ha, it is still a beautiful, fun craft!
Cut out the circles on the first two pages, cutting about a 1/2 inch outside of the drawn line. Cut the lines into the circle as well.
Cut out a circle large enough to cover the photo on the 3rd page and tape it over like a little door or window.
Glue the circles on top of the third page. The small wheel should go on first and then the larger wheel on top of that. Make sure they are all centered on top of each other.
I lined up the lines of each of the circles, though it would also be a nice effect to put them off center, so the petals alternate colors when opened.
Write a number on each petal (with “19” on the final window to the photo of the globe) and then decorate however you like! On the first day of the month before Ayyam-i-Ha, begin folding back one petal a day, starting with “1” and going all the way to “19” on the final day.
How are you getting ready for Ayyam-i-Ha? If you do this craft, I’d love for you to share the photo on my Facebook page! And be sure to scroll down to enter our annual Ayyam-i-Ha giveaway!
It’s that time of year again, and I am thrilled to partner with Creative World of Varya bring you this wonderful Ayyam-i-Ha giveaway! We are so pleased to be able to offer you 3 fabulous prize packages – each including a copy of our book!
Disclosure: I received complimentary products from Delightful Design LLC; however, all opinions are my own.
One of the delights of having children is getting to celebrate holidays with them. It is enchanting to see the world through their eyes as they experience the magic of special days, and it is so fun to be a part of making that magic happen.
However, as a member of a minority religion (the Bahá’í Faith), that loving duty to create a festive home for our holidays weighs on me a bit more heavily. My children are aware that though we honor the holidays of other religions, we don’t celebrate them in the same way. To a child, of course, the most critical (and troublesome) aspects of this are that we have no Christmas tree in December, no Santa coming down the chimney to deliver gifts.
Still, when you’re the only family on your street celebrating (or the only kid in your class), for a child it can sometimes feel like the celebration is a bit thin.
So we do our best to make up the difference by making it as festive a time as possible. I have already strung up our countdown chain, and every morning during Ayyám-i-Há I’ll fill their little star stockings with treats, in addition to wrapping a few larger presents to open in the evening.
But what really signals that we are in a holiday season is hanging up decorations.
If you are thinking that all this sounds like a lot of work – you’re right! And if you’re wondering where a mother of two small children – who also blogs and home schools – finds time to do this, I’d tell you the truth, which is that most of the time I don’t. My dear sister gave us wonderful handmade flower chains that I hang every year, but otherwise I don’t do anything else in the way of decorating.
Until this year.
Last month Melissa of Delightful Design LLC (see their listing in the Ayyám-i-Há Gift Guide!) was kind enough to send me complimentary decorations from her amazing Etsy shop. They are so beautiful and fun! And – importantly for me – so EASY to put together!
Delightful Design carries everything from garlands to posters to interactive calendars for kids (in English and Spanish!) – all specially designed for Bahá’í holidays. As someone who grew up without any such items available for sale, I am amazed and grateful to have such creative, enterprising people out there!
And did I mention how EASY the decorations are to do? Each product comes with a set of easy to follow instructions, which consist of only a few simple steps. For example, with the banner (pictured here), all I had to do was print, cut, and string it up with some ribbon!
So be sure to check out this wonderful company! But be warned – you will have trouble choosing from all their super cool products, each made in numerous beautiful variations. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
How do you make your home festive for special holidays?
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