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!

Feb 112014
 February 11, 2014  activities, Ayyam-i-Ha, family 7 Responses »

Don’t miss our very special Ayyám-i-Há Giveaway – See details below!

Ayyam-i-Ha is rapidly approaching, and this year I wanted to share a fun activity inspired by my son.  Recently he played bingo for the very first time at preschool and had a blast!  He must have thought, “Finally!  All that work learning numbers is finally paying off!”  😉

So in his honor, I’ve created an Ayyam-i-Ha Bingo game that you can enjoy with your family or community this holiday.  I know what we’ll be doing this year!

Here is a sample page:

Ayyam-i-Ha Bingo - Alldonemonkey.com

I made 6 different bingo cards, plus the final sheet (“Bingo CARDS”) is meant to be cut up and used to randomly pick the numbers.  Please note that the nine-pointed star in the middle of each bingo card is designed to be a “free” space, so all players should put a marker there before play begins.

Download your FREE copy of Ayyám-i-Há Bingo!

For more Ayyam-i-Ha resources, visit our Ayyám-i-Há board on Pinterest, and join the conversation in our Bahá’í Parenting community on Google Plus!

Ayyám-i-Há Giveaway


I am so excited to be joining with two of my favorite bloggers for a very special Ayyám-i-Há giveaway! For this contest, we want to see how YOU celebrate Ayyám-i-Há (or other favorite holiday) with your family and community. We have 3 exciting prize packages, so read below to see how you can enter to win!

1st Prize


TWO volumes of digital CDs from Soulrise Melodies

Ayyám-i-Há: Fun Ideas for Children and Families by Varya Sanina-Garmroud and Leanna Guillén Mora: An e-book full of crafts, recipes, jokes, and printable activities!

2nd Prize


 Gift certificate to Honey’s Hive Etsy Shop ($15 value): Can be used for any of the beautiful hand crafted jewelry or pdf tutorials (not for purchase of quilling or craft supplies or tools).

Ayyám-i-Há: Fun Ideas for Children and Families by Varya Sanina-Garmroud and Leanna Guillén Mora

3rd Prize

Ayyám-i-Há: Fun Ideas for Children and Families by Varya Sanina-Garmroud and Leanna Guillén Mora


How to Enter

You can enter by doing one or both of the following for up to two total entries:

1) Leave a comment on one of the participating blogs (see list below) telling us how you celebrate Ayyám-i-Há (or another favorite holiday!) with your family or community

2) Email a photo of the same to us at alldonemonkey {at} gmail {dot} com. Be sure to put Ayyám-i-Há Giveaway in the header.

Contest Rules

Contest closes on February 18, 2014, at midnight PT. Winners will be chosen by random draw. Winners will be informed within 48 hours of the close of the contest and have 48 hours to respond before another name is drawn. By submitting your comment and/or photo, you are granting us permission to use them in a post on “Ayyám-i-Há Around the World,” which will be published on February 28, 2014, on Multicultural Kid Blogs.

Participating Blogs

Creative World of Varya

All Done Monkey



Jan 292013

Ayyam-i-Ha Gift Guide 2013 - Alldonemonkey.comWe are so excited to announce the publication of our first annual Ayyám-i-Há Gift Guide!

Whether or not you celebrate Ayyám-i-Há, you can use this guide to find special gifts for your loved ones, including tutorials for making homemade gifts and decorations.  And since Ayyám-i-Há is also a time for charity and service to others, you can find ideas for family service projects.

Creating this guide has been a real labor of love for me, so I hope you enjoy!

To browse the gift guide, please visit the Guide’s main page

If you have a business or blog, submit your information for possible inclusion in this year’s guide.


Dec 062012

Star Stockings - Ayyam-i-Ha - Alldonemonkey.comLooking for something a little different this holiday?  How about one of these cute star bags instead of a stocking?

This is actually something I made for Monkey for the Bahá’í holiday of Ayyám-i-Há last year, but I thought it would also be great for other holidays, such as Christmas.

Ayyám-i-Há is celebrated by Bahá’ís around the world every year from February 26 to March 1. It is a time of charity and celebrations, just before the 19 day Fast that leads up to our New Year on March 21.  For children, of course, Ayyám-i-Há usually also means presents!

As Bahá’ís in a Christmas-saturated culture, my parents worked very hard to make our own gift-giving holiday special for us.  My mother, who became a Bahá’í as an adult, had fond memories of the Christmas stockings of her childhood.  She wanted to do something similar for us, without simply copying the idea.  Instead, she created “grab bags,” which she embroidered herself with a unique design for each of us, showing costumes and cultures of children around the world.

I knew I didn’t have her skill to make something quite as elaborate for Monkey, but I loved the idea of a treat bag that he could enjoy during Ayyám-i-Há.  So instead I decided to make a felt pouch for him in the shape of a nine-pointed star (a symbol commonly used among Bahá’ís, since nine, as the highest single number, symbolizes unity).  I was inspired in part by this beautiful advent calendar from Nurturing the Tender Years.

Each morning during Ayyám-i-Há, Monkey would awaken to find this star stocking hanging on his chair at the breakfast table.  Inside I hid small treats, such as boxes of raisins (he loves them!), a toy car, and so on.  After the first morning, he began to anticipate the gift, and it became a special, fun way to start our day.  I made them for my nieces and nephews as well, decorating each with the child’s name and a design.  (I blocked out Monkey’s name on the picture above for privacy reasons).

Here’s how I did it:

Star Stockings

What You Will Need:

2 squares of felt (I chose green, since Ayyám-i-Há celebrates the approach of spring)

Embroidery thread (I chose royal blue) – I would get several for each bag, as you go through it very quickly, and if you have to go back to buy more, it can be hard to get an exact color match, no matter what the label says!

Fabric paint ( I used blue and yellow)

1. Make Your Template

I found a simple nine-pointed star design online then resized and printed it.  I cut this out and traced it onto a piece of cardboard to make my star template.

Star Stockings for Ayyam-i-Ha - Alldonemonkey.com

2. Cut Out Two Stars Per Stocking

Star Stockings for Ayyam-i-Ha - Alldonemonkey.com

Star Stockings for Ayyam-i-Ha - Alldonemonkey.com

3. Have fun with fabric paint!

I decorated each bag with the child’s name and a simple design that I thought they would still like in a few years.  Whatever type of design you chose to make, leave plenty of space between it and the edges, where you will be stitching soon.Star Stockings for Ayyam-i-Ha - Alldonemonkey.com

A note about using fabric paint: I was determined not to use the “puffy” kind, since I thought this would look too tacky.  I soon learned, however, that the trick to using fabric paint (at least on felt) is to lay it on thick.  So in the end, the paint did look puffy, but not tacky at all!

4. Sew your edges

Use a backstitch to sew together the front and back of your star.  Be sure to leave an opening as shown in the picture below.

Star Stockings for Ayyam-i-Ha - Alldonemonkey.com

5. Make a loop for hanging.

I used sharp scissors to make a hole through both sides of the star.  I did this about halfway down the middle point of the opening, so it would be sturdy.  I then threaded a loop (made of the embroidery thread) through both holes.  I made the thread loop quite long, so that not only would the star hang well but it would also be easy for the child to open the stocking wide enough to easily retrieve their treats.

Star Stockings for Ayyam-i-Ha - Alldonemonkey.com

6. Fill with treats and enjoy!

How do you make holidays special for your child?

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