Noah and the Ark
Summary of Lesson Activities:
Sculpt a light switch cover plate with glow-in-the-dark Sculpty clay. As you discuss the story of Noah and his ark, tie this story to Jesus as the light to a sinful world.
The children will learn that God sent the flood because of all the bad things people were doing. People still sin and do bad things but instead of sending another flood, God sent us Jesus. The ark saved only Noah and his family but Jesus can save everyone who believes in him. Just as Noah trusted in God to save him from the flood, we can trust in Jesus to save us from sin today. Jesus is the light of this sinful world.
- Read the scripture passage and Bible Background.
- Familiarize yourself with the lesson.
- Be sure you know how to make the art project.
- Gather the materials.
- Bedtime Bible – Tyndale House
- Noah’s Ark rubber stamp (available at www.zumgaligali.com ) OR tools to make designs in the clay to remind them of the story.
- Plastic electric light switches and screws – one for each student (light colored)
- Sculpey Glow in the Dark Clay (the black and white colors do NOT glow in the dark)
- Rolling pins or artist’s rollers – more than one for the sake of time.
- Table knives for trimming around switch plate
- Sculpey Gloss or “Future” Floor Wax
- Paint brushes
- Baking sheet and a utensil to remove clay switches when baked
- Permanent marker
- Waxed paper and toothpicks
Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction:
Welcome the children and the shepherd as they arrive. SAY: We are continuing with the theme, “Come Join the Circle,” and the characters that are going to join our circle this month are Noah and his family. We are going to have to do things a little out of order today because our art project requires baking so we are going to jump right in to the project and have the story later. You have probably all heard of Noah but before we start, let’s begin with a word of prayer.
Dear God, we ask that you be with us today as we learn about Noah and his family. Help us to be good listeners and artists. Help us to have faith in you as Noah did when you asked him to do a very difficult thing. In Jesus’ name we pray. AMEN.
Dig-Main Content and Reflection:
Please note that since this activity requires baking for 20 minutes, we need to begin the session with the art project. We will read and talk about the story while the clay is baking. After the story, you paint the gloss on the baked project.
- Make sure table is clean.
- Wash hands to keep the project clean.
- Give each child a piece of colored Sculpey to roll out. (not black or white, they don’t glow in the dark)
- Soften the Sculpey by playing with it for a while.
- Roll out clay big enough to cover light switch plate
- Give each child an electric switch plate with their name written on back
- Place rolled out Sculpey on switch plate and trim to fit
- Cut the switch opening, being careful not to get finger indentations on the clay.
- Stamp the clay with the Noah’s Ark rubber stamp on the top and bottom of the plate.
- Use a pencil (eraser end) to indent around the screw holes, otherwise a longer screw will be needed than the one given you at the store. Use a toothpick to clean out clay from hole. Make sure screw will fit.
- Bake on cookie sheet – 275 degrees for 20 minutes.
- Cool and paint with Skulpey Gloss or Future Floor Wax after you read the story. Use wax paper to protect the surface of table while painting.
Read Story (while the clay bakes)
Since this story covers 3 chapters in the Bible, we are going to read it out of another book, pp.39 – 44 in BEDTIME BIBLE. (Show them where it is in Genesis 6,7,8,9.) I think the children will like how this is written. Ask questions on p.44.
You will have to move along so that you can get everything completed. I selected this art project because I think that the children will not have done anything like this before. (Something different from rainbows and arks.) At some point after reading the story, I would like you to tell/read the objective of this lesson stated above so that they understand why they are making a light switch and the connection it has with the Noah story. We hope that they will put the Noah’s Ark switch plate in their room and whenever they look at it, or turn on the light, they will think of Jesus being the light and the Savior of this dark, sinful world. Jesus turns the light on inside of us. (It is supposed to glow in the dark, kids love things that glow in the dark!) Jesus’ love glows within us.
This can also be done while the clay is baking if time allows. Have them write the name of the story, Noah’s Ark, the date, and then draw something in their journal to remind them of what they learned today. They can write the memory verse if they wish.
Finish Art Activity:
Paint the light switch cover with the gloss and send home on waxed paper.. Did they wash their hands? (If you find that you simply can’t get the covers painted in the time allowed, you will have to paint the gloss on them when they cool and the students can pick them up next Sunday. The first time we do this will be the telling point. We will have to be sure that the oven is pre-heated.)
End with a prayer. Dear God, thank you for saving Noah and his family from the flood. And thank you for sending Jesus to save us from our sins. Help us to remember you and to do things your way, even if others aren’t. And all God’s people say, AMEN.
- Bedtime Bible, Tyndale House Publishers, ISBN: 1-56179-906-8
A lesson written by Kathy from: Augustana Lutheran Church
St. James, MN