The Heavens Proclaim His Glory Part 2 : Lessons from Space….by Susie

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In my last post I had the honor of sharing on www.WhenYouRise.com about my love for all things astronomy and the joy I find in pointing my boys to the glory of God through the wonder of  his creation  - especially through spending time admiring and standing in awe of the heavens.   I had so much fun sharing some of the activities and devotionals my boys and I have enjoyed over the years that I just HAD to write-up a Part 2!

In part 1 of  “The Heavens Proclaim His Glory” {click here to read that post} , we looked at star-gazing as a way to invite our children into that place of being in awe and amazed by the Creator God.  Could we give our children a glimpse of how big and mighty and yet so personal and loving God is?  Today’s activity is definitely more craft based and geared for your preschooler or early elementary aged child, however; regardless of our age the message is timeless…

 The Heavens declare the glory of God;

the skies proclaim the work of this hands.

Day after day they pour forth speech;

night after night they display knowledge.

There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.

Their voice goes out into all the earth,

their words to the ends of the world.

Psalm 19:1-4

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 All of these indescribably beautiful images you see posted here today are from NASA- most of them from the Hubble Space Telescope.  All are available, restriction free,  for use in the public domain and have no copyrights associated with them.  Please take some extra time to visit the HubbleSite and enjoy the enthralling images available for viewing. It is my prayer that you, and your children, will be propelled into praise as you catch a glimpse of the glory of God as proclaimed in the heavens.

Today’s activity was inspired by Kellye’s incredible Alphabet Adventure in which she spent an entire summer taking her boys on an incredible A-Z journey of fun.  Each week they covered one or two letters and made alphabet art and memorized scripture, read books, and had devotional adventures.  It was incredibly fun to read about and incredibly intimidating at the same time!  As much as I wanted to embark on this alphabet adventure with her, I knew my work schedule and our own family rhythm wouldn’t allow for it.  Still inspired however, our own Mommy Adventure Theme weeks emerged and well you guessed it, SPACE week was the first one we did :)  Are you ready?  Here we go with our letter themed adventure…

S is for Sun/Stars 

and

P is for Planets

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Supplies:

Black construction paper in shape of ‘S”

Any color construction paper in shape of “P”

sponges cut out in the shape of a star to act as a stamp

yellow paint 

glittery, sun and star stickers of any variety

9   Colorful pom-poms

{or 8 depending on how you want to handle Pluto’s demotion from planet to dwarf planet :)}

Glue

This isn’t rocket science {pun intended ;) } For the ‘S’, stamp on stars with your star-shaped sponges and yellow paint. Add sparkly stickers for extra decoration.   For the ‘P’, simply glue on your 9 {or 8 – poor Pluto :( } planets onto the letter P!

 

S and P

Lesson: God made the Sun and the Stars and the Planets {and the quasars, nebulae, comets, asteroids, supernovae, and galaxies!!}  The idea here is to not just point out God’s creation, but rather focus on God AS the Creator!  It important that we recognize God as the source of life and the One who hung the moon, put comets into orbit, flung the stars into space, and sent galaxies whirring through the cosmos.  Let us worship the Creator, not His creation.

Check out Desire’s creation unit on WhenYouRise  for another great craft idea to emphasize that God made the sun, moon and the stars. 

Another excellent preschool craft, but easily adaptable for older kids, is this lesson on planets that can be found on www.preschoolpost.com.  

No post is complete without a book recommendation!  I pretty much love every single Happy Day Books that I read. I mean EVERY SINGLE ONE!  This is another great winner and definitely fits the preschooler for its great illustrations and is still suitable for older kids (maybe up to 2nd grade or so)  as it is a level 3 (independent reader) . 

God Made the Stars

  

A is for Astronaut:

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Supplies:

Construction paper

mama’s best efforts at cutting out space suit shapes ;)

markers

star stickers.

A is for Astronaut

Lesson: We can discover God, learn about God, and experience God’s presence in and through God’s created world.  And what do astronauts do? They explore, they adventure, and they seek to experience and understand God’s amazing creation.  This to me is the wonder of science.  The more we study and explore and examine all the way down to the infinitesimally small parts of the human body and all the way out to the vast expanse of the universe, we find ourselves more in more in awe of our Almighty God.   Scientific exploration and discovery doesn’t disprove or contradict biblical teachings, it continues to  inform and affirm our faith.  I just love this passage of scripture which speaks so beautifully to this…

  For since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities - his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.            Romans 1:20

We might not be able to suit up in an astronaut’s suit and launch into space, but we definitely can still adventure in and explore God’s amazing creation so that we might better understand his eternal power and divine nature!

C is for Constellation

constellation

Supplies:

black construction paper

chalk

star stickers

Have your child randomly place stickers on the letter C and then “connect the dots” to make his own constellation!

c is for Constellation

Lesson: It is amazing to me that God knows the name of every constellation (Psalm 147:4-5) and the placement of every star. Just look up at the night sky and ponder how awesome that fact is!  It’s easy to feel insignificant and small and even invisible.  But never to God.  He knows us in our innermost parts (Psalms 139). We are far from invisible – He even knows the number of hairs on our heads! (Matthew 10:30He is always with us and will never leave us. (Hebrews 13:5)

e is for earth

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Photo made available by The Visible Earth: a catalogue of NASA images and animations of our home planet

For some reason, I can’t find my picture of the letter ‘e’ but I did find these instructions on No Time for FlashCards - a wonderful blog full of great themes and activities by the way.  

Supplies :

White lower case e (to look round like the earth!)

Blue crayon

green watercolor paint.  

Simply color  splotches of blue crayon to represent the ocean and then paint over the entire ‘e’ with green watercolors to make a beautiful green and blue earth.

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Lesson: I love the above image of the earth as seen from space.  When I think of vast expanse of the universe, I tend to forget that planet earth is part of that.  As we behold the intense beauty of God’s creation and the immense scale of His universe, we can be tempted to feel insignificant and unimportant to God.  But the Bible tells us that when He made the earth, and all that is in it, He looked and saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:26-31)  Yes, our beautiful, spinning, blue marble of a home is God’s masterpiece, as is every living thing on it.  Including YOU!  You are God’s workmanship- his masterpiece!   Just as he delights in his handiwork in the heavens, he also delights in you!  

We have also been called to be stewards of God’s beautiful, blue marble :)   Enjoy it, love it, be in it, care for it.  

S. P. A. C. E.  Put it all together and that spells….SPACE!

SPACE

By the way, take your time with these.  Do one a day, one a week, or one a month.  Whatever your family rhythm allows,   I hope you will have as much fun with your space alphabet art as we did.  But more importantly, I pray you’ll spend some time in awe of God’ amazing creation and in glorifying our Creator God!
Blessings,
Susie
For some other astronomy or star related fun check out these other RaisingDeepRoots posts: 
 

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