The typical way of teaching children the stories in Genesis are to teach about creation, the fall, Cain and Abel, and then skip straight to Noah. But there are a couple chapters of material between those two stories, and I think some good things for kids to learn. Here are some ideas for teaching the genealogies of in Genesis (B’resheet) chapter 4 (I will post some ideas for Genesis 5 in the coming weeks).
Jabal: make paper tents. Make cutouts of livestock, for an added touch glue on fabric to simulate the animal hides.
Jubal: color paper or cardstock decoratively, then tape in a tube to make musical pipes. Use tissue paper boxes and rubber bands to make “lyres”, which were the musical precursor to guitars.
Tubal-Cain: Use playdough (several recipes for homemade playdough can be found online) to make various tools. Paint if desired and let dry.
A great lesson can be about industry, creativeness, God giving us the ability to create things, or every person having a unique talent from God. Talk about which of these things the kids might like to do in real life most, or what they think God may want them to do when they grow up.
All of the Torah has been given to us to learn from and to teach our children. Hope this helps make teaching this often overlooked part of scripture more fun!