Sep 202008
Here are the basic materials and methods we used to construct our tabernacle model. I wasn’t able to find any free instructions on-line. I have a friend who told me that they had made one last year and had used the lid of a copy paper box and old-fashioned clothespins.  We started with that as our idea and went from there.
Lid to a copy paper box
60 old fashioned clothespins
Fabric scraps in off-white, blue, purple, and red 
Paper lunch bag 
Craft sticks (regular and mini)
Gold paint
Bronze paint
Tacky glue
Gold pipe cleaner
Assorted wood pieces for the tabernacle furnishings
Small box with lid for Ark of the Covenant
We purchased  all the wood pieces from A.C. Moore.  I’m sure we could have come up with some less expensive materials.  Many of the things came in packages with several so at least we do have leftover pieces for later creative projects.
Altar: 1-3/4 in wood cube painted with bronze paint
Laver: I honestly don’t know what it is. We found it at A.C. Moore. We painted it bronze, and then blue on top to represent water.
Table of showbread: 1 cm cube with a mini wooden sign glued on and painted gold.
Altar of incense: 1 cm cube with a wooden wheel glued on top and painted gold.
Lampstand: Cut a gold pipe cleaner into 4 pieces.  Wrapped 3 of the pieces around one straight piece in the center.  Stuck gold beads on 7 ends of pipe cleaner. Stuck in wooden wheel (painted gold) for a stand.
Ark of the Covenent: Painted a small lidded box gold.  Inside are 2 wooden tablets painted gray (could make out of clay), a Tinker toy end piece for the jar of manna, and a small twig from the yard for Aaron’s rod.
Tabernacle: We constructed a frame from craft sticks.  We glued a mini stick at the top between 2 regular sticks which  were at an angle.  We made 4 of those, then attached them together by gluing mini craft sticks along the top.  I should have taken pictures of the process.
We spent about a week on the project but not a lot of time on it each day. We spent most of the time painting pieces (especially the 60 clothespins!). It was kind of a pain to clean it up and drag it back out, but it was definitely worth it.  I had really hoped that TOG would help me to spark an interest in history in my children.  So far it hasn’t disappointed!
Sep 192008

We have been learning about the tabernacle in our Tapestry of Grace studies.

And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them. (Ex. 25:8)

We built a model tabernacle to reinforce our learning and I think this was our most fun project ever!

model tabernacle

Our model

The altar and the laver

And thou shalt make an altar … and thou shalt overlay it with brass. (Ex. 27:1-2)


Thou shalt also make a laver [of] brass, and his foot [also of] brass, to wash [withal]: and thou shalt put it between the tabernacle of the congregation and the altar, and thou shalt put water therein.(Ex 30:18)

The tabernacle with the badger skin covering

Under the badger skins were rams’ skins dyed red


And thou shalt make a covering for the tent [of] rams’ skins dyed red, and a covering above [of] badgers’ skins. (Ex 26:14)

These items are found inside the tent.

The golden lampstand


And thou shalt make a candlestick [of] pure gold: [of] beaten work shall the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, shall be of the same. And six branches shall come out of the sides of it; three branches of the candlestick out of the one side, and three branches of the candlestick out of the other side: (Ex. 25:31-32)

Table of Showbread

And thou shalt set upon the table shewbread before me alway. (Ex. 25:30)

The altar of incense

And thou shalt make an altar to burn incense upon:(Ex 30:1)

The Ark of the Covenant

And they shall make an ark…And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, within and without shalt thou overlay it, and shalt make upon it a crown of gold round about. Ex 25:10-11

Inside the ark were the tablets with the 10 Commandments, Aaron’s rod, and a jar of manna.

Here are instructions for the building the model tabernacle.

Sep 182008

On Saturday we celebrated the Sabbath.  We are in the middle of a 3 week study on the Israelites’ wanderings in the desert, the 10 Commandments, the tabernacle, and Jewish holidays. (Tapestry of Grace Year One – Weeks 7, 8, and 9) We used the book Walk with Y’shua through the Jewish Year  as our guide. We decided to celebrate our Sabbath beginning on Saturday night and going through Sunday instead of Friday and Saturday because we celebrate Sunday as the Lord’s Day.


On Saturday afternoon, we made challah.

Shabbat Celebration
Here we are braiding the dough.

This is the finished loaf ready for its final rise.

This is our table set for our feast. We’re just waiting for sunset. (And our roast to be finished.)

Here we are (4 out of 6) enjoying our challah.


We started our feast with the blessing over the cup. We used grape juice instead, but we brought out the fancy glasses. This was followed by the blessing of the challah. After that, it was time for our meal, but unfortunately the roast was still not ready. I made an eye of round roast, roasted at 475 degrees for 7 minutes per pound. Then the oven was turned off and unopened for 2-1/2 hours. Unfortunately, the roast was a little rare for our taste. I had tried a similar method in the past that turned out delicious. It was baked at 375 for an hour, then the oven was turned off and the roast left for about 2 hours. I used the different method because it matched the size of roast that I had, but I’ll stick to the other way in the future. There’s nothing worse than waiting for the main course! After we finally had our roast, we finished up with apple pie. It was a fun evening and an experience that will be remembered by the whole family.

Aug 202008

My son completed his 10 plagues book yesterday.  He did a really good job on it.  It took him forever and it about drove me crazy, but I was mostly successful at holding my tongue and letting him work at his own pace.  That is a huge accomplishment for me.  The pictures are hand-drawn, then scanned and resized to go with his text.  Here is his book minus the cover because I just noticed it has his full name on it.

10 Plagues Book

10 Plagues Book

10 Plagues Book

10 Plagues Book

10 Plagues Book

10 Plagues Book

10 Plagues Book

10 Plagues Book

10 Plagues Book

10 Plagues Book

10 Plagues Book

10 Plagues Book

Aug 182008

We have completed, well almost, week 3 of TOG Year 1.  Rather than focus on Egyptian gods, we focused on the 10 plagues and passover.  I assigned both of my bigger kids to make a booklet about the 10 plagues.  My daughter chose to make a fan book.

10 Plagues Booklet

It’s a little difficult to see, but you can get the basic idea.  I was happy with the effort she put into it.  I think she really learned the material.


I’m not super pleased with the way the fan book covers up some of the writing.  We used the octagon shaped fan book (fat) available FREE from homeschool share.  I did have the foresight to have her use the reverse orientation on the last 5 pages, but I think maybe I should draw a line to mark the end of the readable space. It may just be too many pages for a fan book.  Probably a layered flip book would have been a better choice.


My son’s book is still not finished.  He is drawing much more elaborate pictures and he paraphrased a lot more of the biblical account for the text of his book.  It will be very nice, I just need to encourage him to finish it TODAY.