Feb 162018
 
 February 16, 2018  Ayyam-i-Ha 8 Responses »

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!

Throw a Community Ayyam-i-Ha Party Like a Boss | Alldonemonkey.com

Be sure to visit our Ayyám-i-Há Gift Guide and download your copy of our Ayyám-i-Há fun book!

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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.

Gift Exchanges

  • 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.

Entertainment

  • Skits about history
  • Live music & dancing
  • Talent show
  • Puppet show that shares the concepts of Ayyám-i-Há (such as hospitality, service, kindness and gift giving).

Activities

  • 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.
  • Face painting
  • Piñata!

Music

  • Sing songs from children’s classes together
  • Performances from the children’s classes
  • Live music

Food

  • Sheet cake
  • Pizza
  • 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)

Service Projects

  • 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
  • You can find more service project ideas in our Ayyám-i-Há Gift Guide or in this list from Brilliant Star.

Ayyam-i-Ha Coloring Book Giveaway!

I’m so excited to be giving away a wonderful new children’s coloring book about Ayyám-i-Há, the Fast, and Naw-Rúz from my dear friend Melissa of Delighted Hearts. COLORING BOOK – Celebrating Ayyam-i-Ha, Observing the Fast, & Celebrating Naw-Ruz Around the World has 84 coloring pages for children. It celebrates the unity in diversity, featuring over 40 languages, and 222 countries, territory, and regions of the world.

To win your copy, simply comment below by telling us how you’re getting ready for Ayyám-i-Há!

Contest runs through midnight PT on Monday, February 19, 2018. Winners chosen through random selection. US Shipping Only.

Feb 142017
 
 February 14, 2017  Ayyam-i-Ha Comments 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!

Ayyam-i-Ha Gift Guide 2017 - Alldonemonkey.com

Ayyám-i-Há Gift Guide 2017

And don’t miss these Ayyám-i-Há gifts on Etsy, and these cute printable bookmarks and gift tags!

And of course, don’t miss our Ayyám-i-Há Fun Book, on sale now!

Ayyam-i-Ha: Fun Ideas for Children and Families

Feb 222016
 
 February 22, 2016  Ayyam-i-Ha 1 Response »

Printable Ayyam-i-Ha gift tags for the Baha'i holiday Ayyam-i-Ha

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.

Download your free printable Ayyam-i-Ha Gift Tags.  Enjoy!

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!

Feb 192016
 
 February 19, 2016  Ayyam-i-Ha, Gift guides 9 Responses »

Ayyam-i-Ha Gifts on Etsy | Alldonemonkey.com

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, from — to –.  Don’t forget you can find even more Ayyam-i-Ha gifts in my gift guide, including our Ayyam-i-Ha Fun e-book!

Updated for 2018!!

Nightingale Creations has handmade beaded bookmarks, prayer beads, and accessories.

Elika Arts has original acrylic paintings and acrylic cards.

Honey’s Hive has handmade eco-friendly paper quilled jewelry (including nine pointed star earrings) and tutorials.

Sophia Wood Art has art and children’s books, including The Night Before Ayyám-i-Há.

18 Letter Press has Ayyám-i-Há pennants, wrapping paper, and art prints, plus original Bahá’í children’s books, including one on Ayyám-i-Há!

Delighted Hearts Shop has Ayyám-i-Há banners and children’s crafts.

Little Star Prints has greeting cards, children’s class quote cards, and prints.

chARiTy elise designs has pottery, porcelain jewelry, bisque stamps, handmade supplies and more.

atinyseed has Bahá’í themed art and gift items.

Nine Star Studios has banners, gift tags, bags, labels and door signs.

RubySue Stationery has Ayyám-i-Há and other greeting cards.

Created Noble has art, cards, and coaster sets.

Lucky Bug has message boxes, cards, and Ayyám-i-Há gift bags.

Patty’s Garden Studio has original watercolor floral paintings, greeting cards, pillows, and tote bags.

Felterrific has lots of felt crafts, including handmade Ayyám-i-Há countdown calendars.

jbart has greeting cards, art, and home decor.

A Gladsome Heart has cut paper art, including Ayyám-i-Há banners, gift tags, art, and greeting cards.

Aniarchy has a board book with engaging visuals and quotes from Bahá’u’lláh, great for adults or even young children.

The Sprout + Flower has handmade flower and crystals crowns.

9 Star Jewelry has prayer beads and Bahá’í-themed jewelry.

Muluc has Bahá’í prayer book covers.

Sweet Relief Farm has Bahá’í-inspired jewelry, home decor, and gift tags.

Cut Glue Art has prints and children’s class resources.

Eagle Wise King has Bahá’í-inspired art.

Bahá’í Breezes has Bahá’í-inspired art, including prints and greeting cards.

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.

Feb 092016
 
 February 9, 2016  Ayyam-i-Ha, crafts 4 Responses »

Printable Bookmarks for Ayyam-i-Ha | Alldonemonkey.com

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.

Jan 282016
 
 January 28, 2016  Ayyam-i-Ha, crafts 12 Responses »

Ayyam-i-Ha Countdown Flower | Alldonemonkey.com

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.

It’s almost that time of year! Countdown calendar tutorial on the blog tomorrow! #mkbkids #kbn #momsoninstagram #ayyamiha #bahai

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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!

Ayyam-i-Ha Countdown Flower

Step 1

Download the Ayyam-i-Ha Countdown Flower template (you can also download the Ayyam-i-Ha Countdown Template PDF) and print on the paper of your choosing.  I did the first two pages on colored paper and the last on white, so the photo shows up well.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

Cut out a circle large enough to cover the photo on the 3rd page and tape it over like a little door or window.

Step 4
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.

Ayyam-i-Ha Countdown Flower | Alldonemonkey.com

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.

Ayyam-i-Ha Countdown Flower | Alldonemonkey.com

Step 5

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.

Ayyam-i-Ha Countdown Flower | Alldonemonkey.com

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!

AYH2016

Once again we pair up with Creative World of Varya to bring you an exciting Worldwide 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!

Simply enter below for a chance to win! And you can stay tuned for our updates on our Children’s Book Facebook page!

For more Ayyám-i-Há fun, be sure to check out the Ayyám-i-Há Fun Book we wrote together, as well as my Ayyám-i-Há Gift Guide!

(Prizes are available worldwide, unless specified otherwise!)

Ayyam-i-Ha Giveaway

Our Ayyám-i-Há Fun Book

Elika Mahony’s Digital Albums: Glimmerings and Infinite Bounty

US$40 Gift Certificate from Happy Heart Kid (US residents only)

Ayyam-i-Ha Garland from Delightful Design, LLC

Art Print from Sophia Wood

Ayyam-i-Ha Giveaway

Our Ayyám-i-Há Fun Book

Elika Mahony’s Digital Album: Birds of Love

US$15 Gift Certificate from Honey’s Quilling/Honey’s Hive: may be used for Zibbet shop

1 Kindle book from Sophia Wood

Ayyam-i-Ha Giveaway

Our Ayyám-i-Há Fun Book

Elika Mahony’s Digital Album: Fire and Gold

Baha’i Themed Wrapping Paper from 18 Letter Press

Enter our giveaway to win one of these fabulous prize packages!

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Feb 182015
 
 February 18, 2015  Ayyam-i-Ha 12 Responses »

Ayyam-i-Ha Giveaway 2015

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!

Simply enter below for a chance to win!  And you can stay tuned for an extra surprise later this week on our Children’s Book Facebook page!

For more Ayyám-i-Há fun, be sure to check out the Ayyám-i-Há Fun Book we wrote together, as well as my Ayyám-i-Há Gift Guide!

 

Ayyam-i-Ha Giveaway 2015

1st Prize Package

Our Ayyám-i-Há Fun Book
Digital album Glimmerings from Elika Mahony
Meditation Garland for the Fast/ Countdown for Naw Rúz from Delightful Design, LLC
$20 gift certificate for Honey’s Quilling/Honey’s Hive: may be used for EITHER Etsy shop OR Zibbet shop
1 set of Love All the World cards, plus 12 stickers & 24 tattoos from Tender Sapling US shipping only (In the event this prize is won by someone outside the US, this portion of the prize will be added to a lower prize package until a US winner is selected).

Ayyam-i-Ha Giveaway 2015

2nd Prize Package

Our Ayyám-i-Há Fun Book
Digital album Birds of Love from Elika Mahony
Digital copies of a prayer and quotation Ayyám-i-Há set to music from Enable Me to Grow
1 Kindle book of Marie’s Atlas from Sophia Wood

Ayyam-i-Ha Giveaway 2015

3rd Prize Package

Our Ayyám-i-Há Fun Book
Digital album Fire and Gold from Elika Mahony
1 Kindle book of The Night Before Ayyám-i-Há from Sophia Wood

Enter our giveaway to win one of these fabulous prize packages!

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Feb 132015
 
 February 13, 2015  Ayyam-i-Ha 3 Responses »

Creating a Festive Home {Delightful Design} | Alldonemonkey.com

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.

Instead, we try to ramp up the excitement for our holidays, such as Ridván and Náw Rúz in the spring, and, at the end of February, every Bahá’í child’s favorite: our gift-giving time, Ayyám-i-Há.  Ayyám-i-Há is especially fun for children.  We have parties, do acts of service, play games, make crafts, and give gifts – truly a joyous time.

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.

Creating a Festive Home {Delightful Design} | Alldonemonkey.com

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!

Creating a Festive Home {Delightful Design} | Alldonemonkey.com

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?

Jan 282015
 
 January 28, 2015  Ayyam-i-Ha, Book Reviews, household, Kid Fun Comments Off on Ayyam-i-Ha Gift Guide: Updated!

Ayyam-i-Ha Gift Guide 2013 - Alldonemonkey.com

I am proud to announce that my Ayyam-i-Ha Gift Guide has now been updated!  Stop by to discover wonderful businesses with unique products, plus family service project ideas and tutorials for homemade crafts!

And don’t miss our Ayyám-i-Há fun book, on sale now!

Ayyam-i-Ha: Fun Ideas for Children and Families

Ayyám-i-Há: Fun Ideas for Children and Families

An e-book is full of crafts, recipes, printable activities, and jokes to celebrate Ayyám-i-Há!

Feb 282014
 
 February 28, 2014  Ayyam-i-Ha, multiculturalism, raising world citizens Comments Off on Ayyam-i-Ha Around the World {Multicultural Kid Blogs

Ayyam-i-Ha Around the World - All Done Monkey on Multicultural Kid Blogs

This week we have been having so much fun celebrating the Bahá’í holiday of Ayyám-i-Há!  Each morning the boys rush to the living room to look inside their star treat bags, and each evening we give them a present (or two!) to open.  We also held a party for Monkey’s little friends – they had lots of fun playing together and drinking hot chocolate, plus we collected lots of food and clothes for the local food bank!

But what exactly is Ayyám-i-Há and how do other families celebrate?  Hop on over to Multicultural Kid Blogs to see the collection I put together of stories and photos from around the world!

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