This is the second post in a series of children’s sessions journeying through the Bible called SuperSunday. It’s ideal for children’s clubs or Sunday School and it’s designed to be quite fast-paced with an element of choice built into the session.
Before the Servic
Print off the masks templates and give children the choice of which one to complete. Animal Mask Templates
Activity: How big was the Ark?
Provide measuring equipment, such as a trundle wheel and encourage children to measure out how large the ark would have been, according to the measurements in the Bible.
Puzzle: Fox, Goose, and Beans
Once upon a time a farmer went to a market and purchased a fox, a goose, and a bag of beans. On his way home, the farmer came to the bank of a river and rented a boat. But in crossing the river by boat, the farmer could carry only himself and a single one of his purchases: the fox, the goose, or the bag of beans.
If left unattended together, the fox would eat the goose, or the goose would eat the beans.
The farmer’s challenge was to carry himself and his purchases to the far bank of the river, leaving each purchase intact. How did he do it?
Solution: The first step must be to take the goose across the river, as any other will result in the goose or the beans being eaten. When the farmer returns to the original side, he has the choice of taking either the fox or the beans across next. If he takes the fox across, he would have to return to get the beans, resulting in the fox eating the goose. If he takes the beans across second, he will need to return to get the fox, resulting in the beans being eaten by the goose. The dilemma is solved by taking the fox (or the beans) over and bringing the goose back. Now he can take the beans (or the fox) over, and finally return to fetch the goose.
His actions in the solution are summarised in the following steps:
1. Take the Goose over
3. Take the beans over
4. Return with the goose
5. Take the fox over
7. Take goose over
Thus there are seven crossings, four forward and three back.
What you need to make a paper towel roll rainstick:
A paper towel roll
A sheet of paper
A piece of aluminum foil
A piece of plastic wrap
Popcorn kernels or dry beans
Markers and/or stickers
1. Draw pictures on one side of a coloured piece of paper (note, only about 1/3 of the end of the page will show once wrapped around the paper towel tube).
2. Crumple up a long, thin piece of aluminum foil and insert it into the paper towel tube. The aluminum foil will act as the barrier to keep the beans or popcorn kernels moving through the tube at a slow rate, making the rainfall sound.
3. Put a doubled-up piece of plastic wrap over one end of the paper towel tube, and tape in place.
4. Pour a tablespoon of dry beans or popcorn kernels into the open end of the tube, then seal the end with a doubled-up piece of plastic wrap. Tape plastic wrap in place.
6. Decorate tube as desired with tape or stickers.
Tip back and forth to hear the sweet sound of rainfall!
During the Service
Parachute Games: Collection of games here
Game: A to Z
With the children sitting in the circle play the A to Z game. Choose a category and go round the group with the children guessing something for each letter. Categories could include boys names, cartoon characters. Finish with Animals to tie in with today’s story.
- How do you feel about the story?
- What is your favourite part of the story and why?
- What do you imagine things would have been like for Noah? For God?
- What does the story tell us about God?
Song: Noah’s Song by Saddleback Kids
Challenge: Boat Building
The challenge is for the children to work together in pairs and to build a boat using a limited supply of objects. The boat has to float and carry the weight of some marbles.
Materials: 4 rubber bands, 4 straws, 6 Popsicle sticks, a stick of clay, and a 6 x 12 inch sheet of tin foil
Craft: Dove Art
The dove in the story of Noah is a reminder of peace. Ask the children what peace means to them. In the middle of the page, encourage the children to draw a dove, similar to the Picasso dove, and around the outside, get them to use colours and symbols that are peaceful to them.
What colours are peaceful? Symbols? Objects?
Craft: Modelling Clay
Encourage the children to make some sculptures using the modeling clay. Inspire them to take time and make detailed sculptures. Talk about how God took time to create a wonderful world and how he loved everything he made and crated. Ask the children how they’d feel to destroy the sculptures they’d taken time to make. How would God have felt sending the flood to destroy the world?
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