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As a follow-up to yesterday’s post, Abraham follows God, I thought I’d share some of the activities we did a couple of years ago while learning the related story of God fulfilling his promise to give Abraham children, starting with Baby Isaac. Remi was three when we did these, and they should be perfect for your younger students.

Here, Remi shows how many children Abraham had, even though he was already 99 years old:

No children for Abraham

I also had her show me with her face how that made him feel, but then we talked about how God had a plan for Abraham. As we went through the story, she worked on this craft:

Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, & stars

(I’m usually meticulous about record keeping, but for the life of me, I can’t find where I got this. So…if you happen to recognize it, please let me know so I can give due credit.)

The star strips made for great cutting practice for little hands…..

cutting stars

…..and once they were all cut out and colored, she glued them onto construction paper around the pictures of Abraham’s family as a reminder of God’s promise.

Remember God's promise to Abraham

While she glued, we discussed the fact that each time Abraham looked up at the night sky, he had a powerful reminder that God keeps His promises. It’s hard to imagine that he ever saw stars without thinking about that.

I wanted to impress on her how old Abraham was when Isaac was finally born, so I had her clap with me while I counted from one to 100.

Clapping to 100--Abraham's age

Her hands got tired…and she got the point. Abraham had to be patient and wait a long time…and sometimes, so do we.

Here, Remi shows me (during our review time) what Sarah did when she heard she’d finally have a baby:

Sarah laughs when she hears she's having a baby

Of course, we finished up the lesson by finding a baby to represent Isaac and taking care of him as Sarah would have done.

Baby Isaac (?!)

(Could I have chosen a worse representation of a baby boy?)

taking care of baby Isaac

As she was rocking and holding her baby, I asked Remi to tell me the best gifts God has given her. Her answer:

“A dog, a room, a fan, plants, books, toys, my family, and a bed.

Oh, and flowers. All in that order.”

Next, I asked, “What are some things you want God to give you?” Her answer:

“Buckets, a lake with ducks, and a huge kitchen, just for me.

So I can cook real food. And you can help me.

How ’bout it?”

Remember: You want your child to learn the Bible story, but you always want him to understand how it applies to his life, too. God never breaks His promises. He delights in blessing us. We can trust Him!

You can find this Bible story in Genesis 15:1-6 (promise of innumerable descendants), Genesis 18:1-15 (promise of Isaac) and Genesis 21:1-8 (birth of Isaac).

Enjoy learning together!

We learn such important lessons from the life of Abraham, and you can make his story come alive for your child by acting out the events and then enjoying some relevant games, snacks, and crafts together. Here’s how we did it:

First, I had Remi roll up her little Disney princess sleeping bag (although I’m sure that’s not what Abraham used!) and pack it in a bag as we talked about God telling Abraham to leave his home and travel to a new country. We talked about how she’d feel if she suddenly needed to leave our town, but didn’t know where she was going. I then blindfolded her and said I wanted her to go somewhere, but that I couldn’t tell her where just yet. I had her “wander” around the house for quite a while so she could experience a feeling of uncertainty. Of course, I guided her as necessary…

following even when we can't see where we're going

…until she ended up at the child-size tent I’d put in the game room. Note that the tent was NOT set up—she had to do that herself. (Yes, I helped.) And while she worked, we talked about what it would have been like for Abraham to have to set up and take down his tent all over again every time he stopped.

Once the tent was all set up, she rolled out her sleeping bag and got in. (You can do this activity even if you don’t have a tent. Just put some sheets or blankets over a table or some chairs and roll a sleeping bag out underneath it.)

tent dweller

As you can see above, our snack for this morning (since we were “traveling”) was Trail Mix…of course.

After going through the process of rolling her sleeping bag up and packing it back in her bag, we played a game of Follow the Leader. As we played, we talked about the importance of paying careful attention to and following God’s instructions exactly.

For our first craft, Remi squeezed out some gluey stars onto black construction paper, to represent the stars God had Abraham look up at in the sky.

While she did this, we talked about God’s promise to bless Abraham with more descendants than he could count–even more than the stars in the sky. She sprinkled salt all over the glue stars to make them “shine,” and we used a white crayon to write “Abraham Trusted God” on the black paper.

The preceding ideas (activity, snack, game, and craft) were adapted from this site

Next we sang this song to the tune of “Farmer in the Dell:”

Abram followed God, Abram followed God

He traveled here, he traveled there.

Abram followed God.

Then we worked on a cute, cut-and-fold tent for Abraham and Sarah. This craft provided lots of great practice cutting, gluing, folding, and following directions.

Go here for the free printable and instructions.

We also did a super-simple, just-for-fun craft where she colored a picture of Abraham and glued on some cotton for his hair and beard.

As you can see, my daughter is not much into coloring; she tends to just want to rush through it to get it over with. But honestly, sometimes you want to save your color printer ink, and sometimes you just need something they can do with complete independence so you can cook lunch, right? He almost looks more like Santa, and I have no idea what’s up with the green face and blue eyebrows–??? (Just keepin’ it real here, friends.) Oh, and you can find an Abraham image any number of places on the internet, I’m sure. I got mine here.

(If your child is really into those cotton balls, you can also print this picture of a ram to use when teaching about Abraham offering up Isaac.)

I typically introduce a new Bible story one day, do some related activities, and then have one or more days of reviewing the same story with other activities. On our follow-up day for Abraham, we gathered together these items for our morning snack:

Remi spread the frosting onto the edges of the graham crackers and “set up a tent” for Abraham and Sarah. She loved that she could prepare this snack by herself, and became a hero to her siblings when she made edible tents for them, as well.

Abraham's tent snack

For another really simple craft, I printed out a picture from Bible Fun for Kids and had her add shiny stars all over it as we reviewed God’s special promise to Abraham. (Notice I didn’t even bother to have her color the picture this time. She glued it onto some colored construction paper and we called it good.)

Count the stars

Sometimes the simplest activities are best for giving you time to talk with your child about the lesson. This one provides a great opportunity to remind your child about God’s promises for us, and to discuss the fact that we can’t even imagine all the ways He plans to bless us–just like Abraham couldn’t possibly count all those stars.

Once it gets dark, take your little one outside and ask her to try it for herself. Though she won’t be able to count all the stars, you’ll be surprised at how much of the story she can recite back to you once she’s thinking about it again.

We also added Lot and Baby Isaac to her cut-outs from the previous day. (Her hands were tired from cutting, so we split this activity up into two days.) I wish I’d taken pictures of her playing with these.

Abraham and Lot

In fact, I wish I’d taken video, so you could see how much she got into playing with this set. The characters were talking and acting out the events of the Bible story, which made for a highly effective review!

For our game on follow-up day, I put the blindfold back on and gave her lots of different instructions…very quietly. She had to listen carefully to my voice so she’d know what to do. We talked about how Abraham listened to God’s instructions, and about how God speaks to us today (through His Word, the Bible), and how important it is to listen and follow His directions. We can’t follow if we don’t listen!

For our final craft, Remi made her own suitcase, since we were on the subject of traveling. Set-up was easy: She chose a color of file folder, and I just cut some handles into it. We talked about what things Abraham might have packed for his journey, and then I gave her some magazines and let her cut out pictures of things she thought she’d like to pack for a long trip.

packing Abraham's suitcase

I love that she was practical enough to include things like vitamins, toilet paper, and our dog, but still made room in her suitcase for plenty of purses, shoes, and jewelry. Typical little girl, huh?

suitcase craft

Can you tell she loved this activity?

Next, I gave her some stickers so she could decorate the outside of the suitcase–again, it kept her busy while I made lunch. As you can see, once she got started…

sticker fun

…she went a little nuts with the stickers! But look how proud she is of the final product:

suitcase stickers

I adapted the suitcase idea from here–a post which had nothing to do with Abraham. You don’t have to use ONLY Bible-lesson-specific ideas to supplement your Bible lessons. Any related activity that gives you a chance to talk more about the story can work.

You might also want to try these fun paper plate hats with your child, or use these timeline cards to make a mini-book, or for a sequencing activity, or as writing practice.

No matter what activities u choose to enjoy, be sure your child knows that this is a TRUE story and that it comes from the Bible. You can find it in Genesis 12:1-9 (leaving home to follow God) and Genesis 15:1-6 (promise of many descendants).

Update: Want to continue learning about Abraham? Check out our lesson on Baby Isaac right here!

I’d love to hear how you’ve taught this story, so feel free to leave a comment below.

Enjoy learning together!