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Monday, April 6, 2009

Unit 1: Lesson 3 NOAH

1) Welcome Activity:
       Today is all about animals - two by two.  You can bring out plastic toy animals, animals on a felt board, animal puzzles, playdough with animal shaped cutters or whatever other animal activity you have on hand.

2) Songs: Start the Story Hour with the Welcome Song. Go around the circle or table and introduce each child.

Here is a fun song to sing about Noah's ark: (tune is Old MacDonald)
Good old Noah built an ark,Like God told him toAnd on that ark he took two ______,Like God told him to,With a _______ here and a _______ there,Good old Noah built an ark,Like God told him to.
Do as many verses as you'd like (either let the children pick the animals or use a flip chart or flash cards) and then at the end instead of singing "Good old Noah built an ark, Like God told him to" sing: “And if you do what God says to do, He will bless you, too.”

3) Prayer... Pray for the washing away of sins today. Thank God for his mercy to his people.

4) Theme: Remind the children of the theme of the unit: God works among his covenant people to prepare the world for the Savior. Hebrews 12:1&2 “Therefore, since we are surrounded
by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us… look to Jesus.” Tell them that they are going to hear a Bible Story again today that shows how God works through Noah. The people God had made had forgotten him already and were not doing God’s will. God used Noah and his family to save the animals and to fill the world with people again after the flood.

5) Bible Story:Today’s Story is "The Flood and the Rainbow," about Noah from the Read and Learn Bible (Scholastic).

6) Text: Today’s Text is: “And He set the rainbow in the sky” Gen 9:13a

7) Crafts:
  • Noah’s Ark Picture #1... Photocopy template of Ark and cut out (do this beforehand). Glue Ark on construction paper. Have children colour Ark with crayons, glue on tissue paper for water, glue on cotton balls for clouds, glue on animal crackers and draw a rainbow.
    Glue print out of text on top of page.
    Materials:Photocopies of Ark, cotton balls, Construction Paper, crayons,Tissue Paper, animal crackers, Glue, scissors. If you have children with allergies, you can use stickers of animals instead of the animal crackers. I used the ark template found at www dot dlkt-bible dot com.
  • Noah's Ark Picture #2... Copy the ark template from into a document and shrink and copy it so that you have four on a page. Print onto heavy brown paper, like cardstock. Cut out the arks ahead of time. Cut out two strips of blue wave for each child. During the lesson, have the children glue on the two strips of wave, then glue on clouds in the sky. Then, attach an ark in the water with a brad. Kids love to make the ark "sail" in the water. Put a tiny bit of washable blue paint on a small lid (one for every two kids) and give each child a q-tip. Demonstrate dipping the q-tip in the paint and dotting it on the picture to make drops of rain, then let the kids go to it!

  • Noah’s Ark Door Hanger... Make copies of the template of Ark with animals and cut out (do this beforehand). Glue on construction paper and trim around the picture. Punch holes with hole punch in the designated spots. Have children colour the ark, then have children sew with yarn around the Ark and tie up at the top, leaving enough slack so that it can be hung on a doorknob. If there is time, several colours of yarn can be used so that it looks like a rainbow.
    Materials: Photocopies of Ark, crayons, Construction Paper, yarn, Glue, scissors. (photo coming soon)
  • Handprint Rainbow Craft (group craft)
    Trace each child’s hand on a different colour piece of paper. Cut out and glue the hands onto one large piece of paper in the shape of a rainbow Materials: Construction Paper (variety of colours), scissors, Large piece of white paper, glue. This is a great second craft that can be used to decorate a bulletin board!
  • Noah's Ark Activity.... Make a circle with all the children. Pick two to be the first "animals" in the Ark. They get in the middle of the circle. Choose an animal with a sound (like a pig) or allow the two in the middle to pick an animal. They pretend to be that animal and act like them or make sounds like the animals or both.
    The other children circle around singing: Chorus: Old Noah in the Ark, Old Noah in the Ark, High-Ho! the Dairy-O, Old Noah in the Ark! Verse One: Two (pigs) were in the Ark (oink, oink), Two (pigs) were in the Ark (oink, oink), High-Ho! the Dairy-O, Two (pigs) were in the Ark!
8)Closing Prayer... say the Lord's prayer together

9) Going Home: At the end of the lesson, round up all the children around the table or sit in a circle again. Sing the closing together. Then, check to see if all the children have collected their crafts and coloring sheets before they go home. Say goodbye and tell them that you enjoyed learning about God together and were happy to have them today! You were, weren’t you?

10) Optional Coloring Sheets
you can check out for some free coloring pages


Cassandra said...

For great coloring pages you can also check on this page,

TM said...

We did this lesson today and it went really well. I brought along a bag full of little plastic animals and we used those for our welcome activity. When I told the story, I pulled out a few pairs of animals to show the animals going into the ark in pairs. We say the song too and I let the kids choose an animal off the pile for each verse. Of course, I had to try out another craft idea, so now you have more choices, too!

Andrea @ No Doubt Learning said...

We did the second Noah's Ark picture today. My girls enjoyed it very much! Thanks for the idea of using brads instead of a straw!

sassy said...

I am looking so forward to starting this lesson with our pre-schoolers this coming sunday. Thank you for the free coloring pages and ideas. May God Bless You in your work.

Rachel said...

thanks for sharing this. I used the Noah's ark picture 2. And the kids loved that they get to play with different things like cotton wool and dabbing paint instead of the usual colouring.