Noah and the Art
Summary of Lesson Activity:
Make rainbow shaped erasers using eraser dough.
- Read the scripture ahead of time.
- Gather the materials.
- eraser clay
- cookie sheet
- plastic knife
Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction:
Greet the children and introduce yourself.
In our service of baptism, we ask God to wash away the sin of all the people who are washed by the waters of baptism and to bring them forth to become a part of God’s glorious kingdom.
Dig-Main Content and Reflection:
Think of the story of Noah...Before the flood, there were a lot of people doing bad things all over the world. There was a lot of sin. When God sent the flood, God washed the earth clean from all that sin. In baptism, God washes people clean of their sins. God saved Noah and his family because they were faithful to God. God saves all the baptized believers. God gave Noah a new life on a newly cleaned world. In baptism, we are given new lives as children of God. That was probably a very difficult time for Noah. He had to work really hard to prepare everything before the flood came. Then, when the flood did come he was shut inside the ark with only the animals and his family. Noah even lost his friends in the flood. But, God took care of him and his family. Even people who are baptized may have hard times. That doesn’t mean that God doesn’t love us. In fact, he helps us get through these times like when he took care of Noah. God made a promise to Noah. This promise was that God would never again flood the earth. God makes a promise to people who are baptized, too. This promise is that baptized believers will be a part of God’s kingdom. The sign that God gave so that everyone would remember the promise made to Noah was the rainbow. Whenever you see a rainbow, you can remember that God will not let the rain fall forever because God promised not to flood the earth again. In baptism, people are marked with the sign of the cross. Whenever you make the sign of the cross, you can remember that you are a child of God who has been baptized. You are a part of God’s family.
We are going to make rainbow erasers. Just like these erasers will wipe away mistakes, the flood and baptism wipe away the things we have done wrong, too.
Use a plastic knife to divide colors into smaller portions for each child. Encourage them to make rainbows. Let them put the colors in any order. Follow directions on the package for baking. May need to wait until journal time to bake if cooking rotation is still using the oven. Store extra clay in zip lock bags.
Write or draw about how the flood story and baptism are similar.
End with a prayer.
Dear God, thank you for keeping your promises. Thank you for forgiving us when we do bad things. Thank you for helping us when we have hard times. Thank you for loving us always. Help us to love other as much as you love us. Amen.
Here is a link for eraser clay. I was able to find the six-color sampler at Wal-Mart in the craft section. This site also has a store locater that might be helpful. Sculpey Eraser Clay
A couple of hints from our experiences:
- It may seem dry and crumbly at first but if you keep rolling it in your hands, it will become workable again. When working with the little kids, it may help to start this before the workshop.
- Don't bake any longer than the time recommended on the directions. The clay will still seem very soft when you remove it from the oven but it will harden as it cools. Over-baked clay does not erase.
A lesson written by rotation member Marce.
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