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This reflective craft helps children to explore what they think God’s thoughts might be – thoughts that “outnumber the grains of sand”. It might help beforehand to talk about what we know about God and what he is like, especially in relation to the psalm.

Put sand into the trays or bowls and level it out with your hands to create a flat surface. Ask children to think about what God’s thoughts would be – about the world, about people, about events. Get them to draw or write them in the sand. How would God encourage us, how would he bring us hope? What might he say about love? Again, give children the chance to share their ideas, if they want to, and prepare to be amazed by what they come up with!