Wooden blocks to make tabernacle fence from Constructive Playthings Wood Block Nativity Set. The altar was originally meant to be a manger.
Wooden sheep for sacrifice also from Constructive Playthings Wood Block Nativity Set
12 jewels from WalMart, to represent the jewels on the high priest’s breastplate. One is missing. I had children asking to take one home, and I even though I said no, I suspect a child did so anyway. The jewels were a huge hit.
2 priests from Worship Woodworks
River rocks, also from WalMart
3 pieces of cloth. I intended these to be coverings for the tabernacle, but the blue was usually a river, and the red piece occasionally blood.
Ark from BibleQuest Moses set
Yarn, snipped into pieces. One skein was plenty to cover the whole tub.
When I first put the tub in the classroom, all that could be seen was the yarn. Discovering there were rocks under the yarn was hugely exciting. Discovering the jewels was even more so, and immediately set about a search to find all twelve. The most popular activity was to hide something in the yarn, and let another kid try to find it.
The most enjoyable part for me was to get down on the floor with a kid and simply play with the tub. Rather than telling the Bible story as a teacher led activity, I would pick up a character and with a squeaky voice begin to interact with the other wooden character.
“Oooh, I feel so sick. It all started when we captured that ark. How are you feeling?”
And then follow the interaction from there based on the child’s response.
This Tabernacle tub was in our classroom during a month with Samuel stories. Bible lessons might include:
- Building of the Tabernacle. From Exodus.
- Wandering in the Wilderness. From Numbers.
- Calling of Samuel. “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.”
- Ark is Captured by Philistines. And then God shows who’s boss.