Sand and Stars: Abraham’s Descendants


Why not make a craft using sand and stars to illustrate Abraham’s descendants? God promised Abraham as many descendants as there was sand on the seashore. God also compared Abraham’s descendants to the stars in the heavens. This promise was made at a time that Abraham and his wife were too old to bear children, so the fact that Isaac was born was a miracle. God indeed fulfilled His promise, and from Isaac came Jacob, and from Jacob came the 12 tribes of Israel. If you would like to see a chart of the genealogy of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, click here.

To make this fun craft, you will need the following materials:

  • a plastic jar
  • washed sand
  • water
  • blue egg dye
  • gold stars confetti

Scoop some sand into the jar. Add water to the jar. Put a couple of drops of blue food coloring into the jar to represent the sky. Now pour the star confetti into the jar. Screw on the lid. Your sand and stars craft is complete. You can use this like a snow globe, shaking it to see the sand and stars, remembering God’s promise to Abraham.

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11 Responses to “Sand and Stars: Abraham’s Descendants”

  1. Janne Etz says:

    So fun and easy! And so meaningful, too! My son goes to a Christian school, and I’m thinking this might be a fun craft for them to do in class. I’ll pass it along to the teacher!

  2. Kristin S says:

    Wow! This is really neat! I look forward to seeing the other posts this month!

  3. Great representation of a concept.

  4. Renee says:

    What fun! I’ll be blogging on Jesus in Genesis next week…about Abraham! Thanks for the idea!

  5. Siew Lan says:

    Hi Susan,
    Am learning a lot from your website. I was just making the Stars and Sand bottle, but the confetti stars sink to the bottom very quickly. Do you know of a way to keep the stars afloat longer, or does take place only with taller bottles?

    • Susan says:

      Hmmm… I guess it depends on how heavy your glitter is. You could try different kinds of glitter. And yes, a taller bottle would take longer for the stars to fall.

  6. Lauren says:

    Susan, your hands-on Bible ideas are just magnificent!

    Do you have them all in an eBook for sale? I’d love to purchase a copy!

  7. Shayna says:

    hey this looks so cool! how does the sand stay down when you shake it?

    • Susan says:

      The stars are lighter, so they shake around much more than the sand, which is heavier. But if you turn it upside-down (which is better if you don’t), the sand will not stay in place. The sand will swirl, reminding the children about the fact that Abraham’s children will be as numerous and the sand also, as well as the stars.

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