You can easily create beautiful galaxy paintings with watercolors, stickers, and salt to go along with the Bible story of Abraham. This project is a great combination of process art and fine motor skills practice. It’s perfect for preschoolers and toddlers.
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God made a big promise to Abraham
Genesis 15:5-7 And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward the heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.'” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” And he believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness. (ESV)
I can’t imagine what that must have sounded like to an aging man with not a single child. Sarah laughed at God over such an impossible promise. I’m sure I would have done the same.
I often feel like the promises of the gospel are just as impossible. It’s really no wonder most Christians struggle with doubt as some point in their lives. I am encouraged by Abraham because as I read his story I see a lot of faith, and a lot of doubt. In spite of all his doubt he was listed in the “hall of faith” in the book of Hebrews because he believed God’s great promise.
Hebrews 11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar. (ESV)
The most amazing thing to me is that we are the fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham. Through Jesus we have been adopted into the family promised to Abraham long long ago.
Galaxy Painting – Abraham Bible Art Project
As I shared the story of Abraham with my children, I asked them how many stars were in the sky. They responded with the highest numbers they could possibly think of. “One hundred?” “One thousand??” So precious. Have you ever been somewhere so remote you could see the cloud of stars in the Milky Way? It’s breathtaking.
Galaxy painting was an awesome project to go along with this story. We couldn’t even count the sprinkle of salt on the page, let alone the stars in our sky.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Card stock or watercolor paper
- Star stickers (dollar store!)
First put the star stickers all over the page. You can place them randomly, create constellations, or make any shapes you like. Make sure they’re stuck pretty well so the watercolors don’t bleed underneath the stickers.
Next, paint over the stickers with watercolors. We tried to stick to purple, blue, black, and other night sky colors.
While the paint is wet, sprinkle on a little salt here and there. As the watercolors dry, smaller “stars” will appear in the paint.
Cover the page with paint and salt. When it’s dry, peel off the stickers to reveal white stars.
While the paint dries you can look up pictures of the real Milky Way Galaxy, read more about Abraham’s life, or talk about what Jesus did so we could be a part of God’s family. We used this for our little bit of preschool homeschooling and family devotional time.
Adding art and crafts into our Bible lessons has completely transformed our family devotional time. Our kids spent the rest of the morning reading their children’s Bibles, asking questions, and making connections with what they know about the world. God has done so much in their hearts through my feeble efforts, and it all started with one little craft.
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