Under His Wing: A Toddler Devotion from Psalm 91:4

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Psalm 91:4 is just one example of where King David references to God covering us with his feathers of protection. It says “He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge.” This is a beautiful picture of how a bird cares for her young, taking them under her wing. In the same way the Lord guards and protects us. However, unless you’re a farm kid, you probably won’t catch this meaning. And even if you are a farm kid, with the use of heat lamps in modern farming, you still may miss it. So we got to work playing with chickens and learning how a mama hen cares for her chicks. In the same way the Lord cares for us.

Psalm 91:4

First we read the verse Psalm 91:4. I briefly explained that it means God will take care of us, like a mother hen takes care of her chicks. We also looked at some picture books with hens keeping their chicks under wing. Some of our favorites are Abre La Puerta del Granero (English: Open the Barn Door) and Usborne: Peek Inside the Farm. This helped (literally) paint a picture of what this passage means. Giving littles a picture to look at, which pertains to the passage, really helps when reading them actual scripture.

Los Pollitos

There is a classic Spanish nursery rhyme that we sing in our house often called “Los Pollitos.” It talks about how a mother hen takes care of her chicks by feeding them, and covering them with her wings, so we also sang this song to help build that concept of how a mother hen cares for her babies.

In addition to this song, we added the song Bajo Tu Abrigo by Generacion 12 Kids to our playlist. It sings about this term in the Bible, and what it means for God to care for us.

Arts and Crafts

Finally, we finished this devotion with a chicken craft.

What you need:

  • White paper
  • Black pen
  • Yellow marker or ink
  • Red marker

What you do:

  1. Trace your child’s hand onto the white paper. This will be the chicken. With the black pen, add an eyeball, legs, and beak. Use red marker to add the chicken’s comb.
  2. Take the yellow marker and coat your child’s thumb in ink. Make a yellow thumbprint on the paper. Repeat as many times as you wish.
  3. Use the black pen to make eyeballs, beaks, and legs for the chicks.

Have you learned about chickens with your littles? Or have you studied this Psalm with your littles? What tools have you used?

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