Are you studying the Old Testament and the Tabernacle in your homeschooling? Make it come to life with this free, printable Tabernacle Mini-Model! This is a fantastic way to help your children really get a grasp on what it looked like!
How do you make a tabernacle model?
These are a few general steps for making a tabernacle model.
- Print out the tabernacle model document you are provided (tabernacle model kit on heavy chart paper).
- Cut out the tabernacle model’s furniture, then build the furniture pieces.
- Put the outer wall pieces along the perimeter of the tabernacle printout.
- Place all the pieces according to the tabernacle model diagram.
What was the structure of the Tabernacle?
The Tabernacle was constructed like the typical traditional structures of the time. Acacia wood was one of the only materials available to the Israelites, so the tabernacle was constructed with it.
The Tabernacle was made up of three different parts. These three different parts have objects that symbolize man and its different functions.
- The Outer Court of the Tabernacle symbolized the body.
- The Holy Place represented the soul.
- The Holy of Holies symbolized the spirit.
What are the features of the tabernacle?
The inside of the tabernacle had two different rooms. One was called the holy place (outer chamber room) and the most holy place (inner shrine room), the Holy of Holies. The holy place contained a table where the bread of the Presence (shewbread) was placed, the altar of incense, and the seven-branched candelabrum/lampstand (menorah).
Where can I see a replica of the Tabernacle?
An exact replica of the original Tabernacle was constructed in Murrieta, California. Inside that replica lies the Menorah, incense, and the table of the shewbread just like the original. The Ark of the Covenant was placed inside this replica.
Printable Tabernacle Model
Adding a scale model of the tabernacle project to your lessons or study on the book of Exodus or the Old Testament is the perfect hands-on activity to make learning fun.
Children will learn about the intricacies of the Tabernacle by building the model
Parts of the Tabernacle Included
- Northern Covering
- Southern Covering
- Curtain for The Most Holy Place
- Northern Tabernacle Wall (West and East)
- Southern Tabernacle Wall (West and East)
- The Ark
- Incense Altar
- Bread Table
- Altar Fire
- Eastern Courtyard Wall
- Western Courtyard wall
- Northern Courtyard Wall
- Southern Courtyard Wall
Model of the Tabernacle
Your child can also make their own tabernacle as detailed as they want. They can embellish the brazen altar, place rubber figures around the whole tabernacle, color the bronze altar, with a bronze laver, or place glitter on the top of the ark of the covenant.
The Tabernacle Was Portable
The people of Israel built the Tabernacle (Hebrew Mishkan, dwelling) to have a focal point of worship and religious activity for the Hebrew Tribes, as instructed by the Lord to Moses. The Tabernacle was made portable so they could move it from place to place and was a precursor to the temple.
Once a year, the high priest entered the Holy of Holies in order to be in the very presence of God that was on the Ark of the Covenant. According to Leviticus 16, this was called the Day of Atonement.
Significance in the New Testament
Kids will be interested to know that the Holy Place and the Holy of Holies on the tabernacle were extremely significant as told in the New Testament. When Jesus Christ was crucified, the veil between these separate rooms was ripped from top to bottom (Matthew 27:51).
From the Old Testament to the New Testament, the plan for Jesus Christ was woven throughout even in the connection between the Tabernacle that indwelt God’s power to the day Jesus Christ atoned for our sins. That is the significance of your child making and understanding the tabernacle model project.
Download all the tabernacle pieces and printable specifications.
Carrie is the owner & operator of Homeschool Giveaways. She has been homeschooling for over a decade and has successfully graduated her first homeschooler. She has two girls and works side by side at home with her awesome husband. She has been saved by grace, fails daily, but continues to strive toward the prize of the high calling of being a daughter of the Most High God.