Abraham: A Toddler Devotion on Family

This week we learned about Abraham and how God promised him he’d have more sons and daughters than stars in the sky. So we took the opportunity to talk about stars and family.

Read: The Story of Abraham

We read the story of Abraham in our Baby Bible. When we got to the part about the stars, we would count the stars on the page and then sing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.”

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Twinkle, twinkle little star

How I wonder what you are.

Up above the world so high

Like a diamond in the sky.

Twinkle, twinkle little star

How I wonder what you are.

And in Spanish…

¿Estrellita, Dónde Estás?

¿Estrellita, dónde estás?

Me pregunto qué será.

En el cielo, o en el mar,

Un diamante de verdad.

¿Estrellita, dónde estás?

Me pregunto qué será.

Then we got to the page where Isaac is born, we had baby girl point out the mamá, papá, and baby.

Sensory: Family Wall

Like many families, we have pictures of our family framed and arranged on our walls. Our kiddo loves to look at the pictures and point out Grandma, or Papá, or Auntie Hannah.

So this week we made a toddler gallery wall. We took pictures of different family members, mounted them on black construction paper, and laminated them with contact paper. Then we hung them at toddler level for baby girl to arrange anyway she wanted. She loved it! And had so much fun arranging and rearranging those photos, and naming the different people in them. Take note, if you do this activity, use high quality poster tack or mounting Velcro strips. We learned this the hard way and used cheap dollar store poster tack. Then we had to invest in a magic eraser to get bright blue marks off our wall.

If your little is too little, or this sounds like too much work, put some pictures in a cheap photo album. They will love flipping through a book and seeing people they know.

Skills: Counting

We worked on counting, because Father Abraham had many, many children. We counted everything: grapes, toys, spoons. You name it, we counted it together. Luckily for us, my mom found a free piggy bank at her bank and brought it to us. Then we bought a roll of quarters and had fun counting quarters as baby girl put them in her piggy bank. This worked not only on her counting skills, but her hand-eye coordination too.

Arts and Crafts: Q-tip painting

We did some q-tip painting and made a starry sky. We took some black construction paper, white and yellow paint, and instead of a paintbrush used a q-tip. We love painting over hear, so she had a blast.

Snack: Stars

We basically got our star cookie cutter out and made stars out of everything we could. Star-shaped cheese, star quesadilla, star waffles. You name it, we starred it. By the end of the week baby girl definitely knew what the star-shape was and eagerly pointed and called out “estrella” every time she found one.

Media

Once again, Pequeños Heroes and Generacion 12 came out with a video just in time: Padre Abraham. Seriously guys, these videos are so great. Even if you don’t have goals of raising bilingual kids, the benefits of exposing your kids to other languages are fantastic. Check these guys out!

I didn’t know this at the time but Veggie Tale’s has the story of Abraham. Abe and the Amazing Promise you can rent it on You Tube if you don’t want to buy it. But we will definitely be using this video next time we visit this story.

If you saw something here you loved or were able to adapt to better fit your family, let me know in the comments below.

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