The children will be able to show a brief history of God's relationship with his people from before and after the time of Jesus.
Make the cord or clothesline long enough to represent the roughly 4,000 years from the time of Abraham until the present day. (Example: A 12-yard piece of cord would create a 4,000-year-timeline by having each inch represent approximately 10 years.)
Many of the dates (especially for the Old Testament figures) are only approximations, however the timeline can still give the children a sense of when these great people lived.
If possible, keep your timeline in your room and continue to add names of other saints as the children learn about them.
If there are children in your group with special needs (physical, visual, hearing, language, or behavioral disabilities), adapt the activity accordingly.