As a family who has also faced infertility and loss, Abraham and Sarah’s story is so powerful to me. We felt like it took us a long time to be able to add children to our family, but Sarah was nearly 100 years old when she gave birth to Isaac! Can you imagine how beloved little Isaac was? How sure he felt of his parents’ love? How heartbreaking it must have been for Abraham to follow Heavenly Father’s command, especially given his childhood experiences. I imagine their hike up Mount Moriah was slow and painful.
This story is such a powerful way to teach our kids about obedience and faith in Heavenly Father’s plan. I choose to focus on the more positive aspect of this story (Abraham obeyed and God sent an angel and a ram to save the day!) and emphasize that Heavenly Father would never ask us to sacrifice our children, this was a very special trial meant just for Abraham. I just don’t want them to worry every time we go on a hike 😉
How to Use This Free Printable:
Read or tell the story of Abraham and Isaac (there are some great re-tellings below) and use the paper doll figures to keep little hands busy and help them further understand the story. You can also read directly from the scriptures in Genesis Chapter 22, which is my preferred method with kids ages 8 and up. We pause after every verse or two to answer questions and clarify language.
If your children are older, you could also discuss how this story is a type (or example) of Jesus Christ. Point out how many similarities you can find between the story of Abraham and Isaac and that of Jesus. For example:
- Abraham was willing to sacrifice Isaac
- Heavenly Father willingly sacrificed his Only Begotten Son
- Isaac carried the wood for the fire at the altar
- Jesus carried his own cross
Additional Resources for studying Abraham and Issac:
Supplies to make paper dolls:
How to make paper doll play set:
You could also use velcro or a piece of flannel glued to the back of the puppets to use them on a flannel board, if desired.
Other Paper Doll Sets in this series: