A collection of resources for a children’s session looking at the story of Noah. Includes video, worksheets, object lesson, and craft ideas.
Below is a collection of worksheets:
For this you will need a large bucket placed at the end of a table and two square wooden blocks. Ask for two volunteers to take part in the challenge. The object of the game is for children to push one of the wooden blocks into the bucket. They can only use the tip of their finger and they can’t push or move the bucket. It seems impossible but it can be only achieved by both children working together by pushing their blocks against one another to create enough resistance to lift them in the air and eventually drop the wooden blocks into the bucket.
Below is a video example of the challenge
Video: Wooden Block Challenge
The challenge is all about working together and reminds me of a scene from the film Evan Almighty with Morgan Freeman as God explaining the story of Noah. This is perhaps a film clip that could be used with the children.
“God: [posing as a waiter named Al Mighty] I love that story, Noah and the Ark. You know, a lot of people miss the point of that story. They think it’s about God’s wrath and anger. They love it when God gets angry.
Joan: What is the story about, then? The ark?
God: Well, I think it’s a love story about believing in each other. You know, the animals showed up in pairs. They stood by each other, side by side, just like Noah and his family. Everybody entered the ark side by side.
Joan: But my husband says God told him to do it. What do you do with that?
God: Sounds like an opportunity. Let me ask you something. If one prays for patience, do you think God gives them patience? Or does he give them the opportunity to be patient? If they pray for courage, does God give them courage, or does he give them opportunities to be courageous? If one prayed for their family to be closer, you think God zaps them with warm, fuzzy feelings? Or does he give them opportunities to love each other? Well, I got to run. A lot of people to serve. Enjoy. (Waves his arm and as he leaves Joan looks in shock to see her plate refilled without God having to leave and fill it)
Godly Play Script Noah
Watch carefully where I go…
Go get a brown felt underlay or rug.
First, we need a rug.
When God created everything, sweep your hand across the rug
God said, “It is very good.”
Place your hand on the rug as if you were blessing it.
But people began to do bad things. God decided to send a great flood of water to wash everything clean and make it new again.
Move your hand to show the [pretend] water flowing across the rug.
Then God saw a good family. The father was Noah. He and his wife had three sons, and they had wives.
Put Noah two-thirds towards the children, to leave room for the ark between the family and you. Put Namah, Noah’s wife, next to Noah. If you want, you can add three sons and their wives between the first two figures and the children. Using names explicitly will distract from the story.
Noah walked with God. He came so close to God, and God came so close to Noah, that Noah knew what God wanted him to do. God wanted Noah to build a big boat called an ark. Noah and all of his family began to build a big boat called an ark.
Move Noah away from the rest of the family as he walks with God.
As they were building the ark, animals began to come from all the four corners of the earth. They came two by two to fill the ark.
Move the animals, two by two onto the ark. You don’t have to put all the animals out now; it might be distracting if it takes too long or if the animals keep falling over.
When the ark was finished and all of the animals were on the ark, it began to rain. Water came down from the heavens and up from the earth. It rained and rained.
Show the rain coming down with your hands.
At first it was like any rain, but the rain kept on coming. The puddles ran together…use your hands to show the puddles forming on the rug and soon the water covered everything.
Put your hands on each end of the ark and slowly lift it upward, rocking it a bit to show the motion of the water.
When the creatures on the ark looked out into the rain all they could see was water. It rained and rained. It rained for forty days and forty nights.
Finally, raise the ark above everyone, including yourself. Hold the ark to emphasize the experience of submersion.
But God did not forget the creatures on the ark. Water forty days and forty nights the rain stopped. Then God sent a great wind to dry up the water, and the water began to go down.
Begin to lower ark slowly as you talk. When it is about a foot from the floor set it down without comment. Turn your attention to the dove.
Noah took the dove. He held it carefully and then sent it forth. It flew and flew. Noah held out his hand and received the dove. There was still nothing but water.
Remove the top from the small dove basket and have the lid ready to place at the far edge of the rug to your right. It will become the nest the dove makes. Hold out your hand to receive the dove, and to let it fly. Fly the dove back and forth as it searches for land.
Noah waited seven more days. He sent the dove forth again. It flew and flew.
This time when it came back it had a fresh olive leaf in its mouth. Now there was something green and growing off the earth again.
Point to the dove’s beak and let the children imagine the olive leaf.
Noah waited seven more days. He sent the dove out again. This time it did not come back. It found a home. It made a nest, and stayed there.
Hold out your hand and let the dove fly forth again. “Fly” the dove around and finally allow it to settle in its nest.
The water kept going down, then finally the ark came to rest upon the earth.
Pick up the ark again, gently rocking it. Then slowly settle the ark down the rug.
All the creatures began to come out of the ark. They were so happy to be home again that they could not help it. They had to say their prayers to try to say how happy they were. They made an altar and gave thanks to God.
Take the creatures out of the ark and put them in the circle. Place some stones (two with a third resting on the other two) in the middle of the circle to show how Noah “built” an altar.
Suddenly, all the creatures saw a great bow in the sky. It was a bow of many colours. You can still see it today when there is rain and the sun is shining. Today we call it a rainbow.
With your hand flat, your palm facing the children, make an arc that begins at one side of the rug and goes up, then down to the other side of the rug. In other words, the arc covers the whole earth.
This rainbow is God’s sign to say that God will never send such a flood again.
The creatures then went out into all the four corners of the earth and filled it up again with life.
Move the animal pairs out to the four corners of the rug. Noah and his family remain in the middle. Wait a moment or two before starting to wonder.
Now, I wonder what party of the story you like best?
I wonder what part is the most important?
I wonder where you are in the story or what part of the story is about you?
I wonder if there is any part of the story we can leave out and still have all the story we need?
Without hurrying, replace everything carefully on the tray. Carry the tray back to the shelf. Put away the rug.
Craft Ideas: Rainbow Cloud
Click on the template below and print onto card or paper.
- Using a ruler as a guide, take the rounded end of a paper clip (or a ballpoint pen that has run out of ink) and press along the dotted lines of the pop-up piece.
- Carefully cut out the pop-up piece for the ark following the solid, black lines. Do the same for the ark’s card.
- Flip the pop-up piece over (so the dotted lines no longer show) and colour using markers or crayons. You won’t be able to do this once it is attached to the card.
- After you are finished colouring, flip the pop-up over so you can see the dotted lines. Fold along each dotted line and return to original position.
- Flip the pop-up over and fold back the other tab shaped like water and crease.
- Open the pop up so you can see all the dotted lines again. Put a small amount of glue in the area below the elephant’s head marked “Glue here.”
- Pick up the pop up and bring the tab (on the side with the giraffe) towards the glue area.
- Lay the pop up down and press the tab into the glue.
- Put a small amount of glue on the reaming area marked “Glue here.”
- Fold that piece over onto the remaining tab on the ark and press the glue. Let dry.
- Fold the ark card in half along the dotted line and crease. Open the card.
- Put a small amount of glue on the area marked “Glue here” on the RIGHT SIDE only.
- Pick up the pop-up (with the bird at the top) and fold the RIGHT water tab backwards so it matches the position of the glue area. Look carefully at this picture so you’ll understand how to attach the pop to the glue area. Press the tab into the glue area.
- Flip the pop-up over and fold back the other tab shaped like water and crease.
- Put a small amount of glue on the remaining area marked “Glue here.”
- Making sure the pop-up is laying completely flat against the card, begin to fold the card closed.
- Close the card completely. Press on the card to make sure the glue area on the inside is adhering to the tab. LET DRY! Don’t open the card right away or the pop-up will come unglued!
- Your pop-up ark is finished! Happy sailing!
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