Thursday, August 25, 2011

Bible Activity Book: Abraham's Descendants Family Tree FREE PRINTABLE!!

I havent had a chance to do it much since becoming a mom, but I LOVE genealogy! What I loved the most-other then stumbling upon strong Christians who had been major influences in the lives of those around them-was how it made history come alive for me. Somehow, understanding how their lives all wove together made them feel more real.

This drew me to want to make a family tree for Abraham and his descendants. We are getting ready to talk about Joseph and the coat of many colors, and I wanted the kids to understand that Joseph isnt some random dude in a new story-he is Jacob's son, and Isaac's grandson, and Abraham's great-grandson. I wanted to be able to show them how it was the same relation as our own great-grandparents. So I came up with a family tree printable to put into our Bible Activity Book.

We discussed the family of Abraham as Mustang and Charger cut out all 22 people.

I actually thought long and hard about what to do about the 'questionable' story of having Bilhah and Zilpah in the story. Should I leave them out, should I say they were wives, or what? I finally decided just to tell it like it is, figuring it would be more confusing to untell my made up story and explain why I had mislead the kids in the future. Turns out, the kids didnt even bat an eye.

I DIDNT go into the entire story of how Jacob worked for Rachel 14 years and the fighting between Rachel and Leah. I mentioned they were sisters, and that Bilhah and Zilpah were maid-servants and we just discussed how many kids each of them had. The Beginner's Bible that we follow leaves this story out completely, so I didnt want to get into it too much.

When it came time to glue all the people down, they were a little disappointed-apparently I'm going to have to make a second set for story telling. The little people ARE pretty darn cute.

In the end the project took a VERY long time-well over an hour. I wished I had thought of this earlier and added to the tree with each story. Oh well!

I used a file folder and glued Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob and Esau on the first page.

On the inside, we put Jacob again (file includes two Jacobs), Rachel, Leah, Zilpah and Bilhah, and all the kids. In case you dont want to look it up, place the following kids with their moms:

Leah-Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dinah, & Issachar
Zilpah (Leah's maid)-Gad & Asher
Rachel-Joseph and Benjamin
Bilhah (Rachel's maid)-Dan and Naphtali

I didnt worry about putting all 13 in order, as it would be confusing, but I did put the kids in order under their moms. I intend to have the kids refer to this tree in the future-and maybe even when they are a bit older, so I want some accuracy to the tree.

If you would like to make the family tree with your children or Sunday School class, it can be downloaded FREE here.  ****This link was updated as of 3/2/2014 to Google Docs***

All graphics used in this printable were purchased from Just So Scrappy or

I hope you enjoy the printable!!

God Bless!

BTW, yes it looks like I forgot Zeb!  So sorry!!  I am not likely to get a chance to fix it, I have gotten out of the printable making!


Anonymous said...

cute!! Good job mama! I love the little people super adorable!

Ticia said...

I love this! I am totally pinning this to my Genesis board, okay I already did.

Amanda said...

LOVE this! I'm pinning to my Joseph board.

I also love genealogy-- it makes history all the more exciting. It's about people and how God has been working through them. I also haven't had any time to work on it since being a mom. Oh well... maybe when the kids are grown. :)

jess_hak said...

This is great! I will be using this (and pinning it like a couple people have already mentioned). :)

I love that you are keeping it real with your kiddos. You know it's not important that they learn every detail (about how's and why's....I mean really, it's still confusing to me lol), but it is important to tell them the truth. The in depth conversations about it can come later in life. I think that is commendable.

Thank you for the time you put into these printables and the generosity in sharing them. :)

Cristi said...

Thank you for sharing these cute printables. My youngest daughter and I just started reading about Abram. I look forward to building our genealogy chart as we continue through her Bible.

Chic Mama said...

A great idea! So cute and a wonderful to establish those relationships! Good job mama!

Deb Chitwood said...

It's great to see how involved your children were in the activity! Thanks so much for sharing your lovely printable! I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page at

Theprincessandthetot said...

ABSOLUTELY fabulous!

C. Miller said...

This is great!! But, did I miss Zebulun?

Tiffany said...

C. Miller, I was thinking the same thing. We have a song we sing for the twelve sons of Jacob, and as I was humming along looking at the pictures I wondered why Zebulun was missing. That's a bummer, because these printables are adorable!

Pamster said...

What a great tool for a visual learner like me. Thank you for sharing.

Jessica said...

Thank you so much for making this available! I was about to put together my own, but decided to check and see if anyone else had done it. You saved me so much work!!! Thank you!

Unknown said...

I really appreciate this. I am going to use it for my 7 year old sunday school class this weekend. Thanks so much for making it available.

Unknown said...

Hey, I really love this! Where did you get the print out Abraham Family members?

Lisa @ Our Country Road said...

Hi!! I can't email you back, so hopefully you can see this. The link is in the post above. I hope that helps!

Lisa @ Our Country Road said...

Hi!! I can't email you back, so hopefully you can see this. The link is in the post above. I hope that helps!