These Abraham and Sarah crafts will teach your preschooler about promises, trust and serving. You will also do some fun star crafts.
The Bible story of Abraham and Sarah is not only about waiting for Isaac, it can teach our children to practice patience as well as trusting God for His timing in their lives.
God promised Abraham before he had any children that his descendents would be as numerous as the stars. One clear night take your toddler out to look at the stars.
Next day you can make this star craft with them:
You will need: Thick card from an old cereal box, glue, aluminium foil, scissors, hole punch, string.
Cut out the shape of a star form the card. Let your toddler put glue all over the card. Cover the card in the foil. Punch a hole in one point. Thread the string through the hole. Hang it somewhere that it can catch the sun and a gentle breeze.
My children enjoyed this activity so much that they made a series of smaller starts and we converted them into a mobile by taking to sticks and tying them at right angles to each other. We then tied all the little stars onto the sticks and hung it up in their bedrooms.
Start by reading the story of Abraham and Sarah when they had settled in Mamre and they had the three heavenly visitors.
The first place our children learn to serve is in the home. It also starts with serving one another. You can teach your toddler how to have a servants heart by living it out in your home as you serve your husband and other children.
When you have visitors you can encourage them to serve them by getting them to help in preparing your home and the snacks that you will serve.
You can also encourage them to serve outside of the home along with you when you minister to a friend who is ill or who has just had a new baby by taking them a meal. My children when they were much younger always used to delight in helping prepare the tray or basket that we would take the food in.
(Guidelines 2-2-All ages)
Many experts have linked impatience to the current instant gratification culture we live in. While this is certainly true for adults who interact with the world in a much larger way than toddlers, we as parents need to first model patience to our children.
Be sure that you exhibit patience to your children by not rushing them through games, chores, getting ready and other such activities.
Patience is not inborn quality in our toddlers
and some adults still battle with this! This is something they have to learn. Never expect your toddler to wait too long, but you can do some of these patience games to help them gain a little more self control. Consider my Fruit of the Spirit ideas
You will need:gardening implements, packet of radish seeds, potting soil or compost.
Set aside a small plot in your garden or buy a long deepish garden pot. Prepare the soil with them by digging it over and adding some compost. (Or by adding some potting soil to your pot). Plant your radish seeds in a row, be patient with your toddler as they will find the small seeds quite hard to handle.
Let your toddler water them everyday. Make a point of checking their growth each day. For the first few days you will see nothing and then you can say to your toddler: We cant hurry the radishes, we just need to be patient and wait for them to grow.
(Guidelines 2-2-All ages)
While your toddler is having their daytime nap, mix up a batch of cupcakes batter and frosting download my cup cake recipe here.
When they have woken and ready for interaction tell them that you would like to play a patience game.
Turn on the oven and together spoon the batter into the cupcake holders. Put them in the oven and tell your toddler that you now have to practice patience. Set the oven timer.
Ask them for some suggestions on what you can do while you wait. If they cannot come up with ideas suggest one of the following activities:
Drawing or coloring a picture
Playing with play-dough
When the oven bell rings remove the cupcakes but tell your toddler you still need to practice patience while they cool before you can ice them.
Suggest to them that you prepare the toppings and then return to one of the activities mentioned above.
When the cupcakes are cool, decorate them together, layout a little tea table and enjoy the fruits of your work and commend your toddler for their patience.
(Guidelines 1-1-All ages)
Abraham and Sarah had to trust God by believing in Him as their provider when He promised to give them their son. When you read this story to your little ones draw their attention to the fact that God did not give them their son straight away.
Print out this baby template and color it in with your toddler.
Stick it onto this poster and display it somewhere for your toddler to remember that God always keeps His promises.
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