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Noah and the Ark

Art Workshop 

Summary of Lesson Activities:
Soap bubble painting.

Scripture Reference:
Genesis 6-9 

Memory Verses:
Nahum 1:7, Genesis 6:22, and Genesis 9:13.


Leader Preparation:

  • Set up the room (Set up Tables with drop cloths underneath. Supplies provided at each table for the Activity.)
  • Read the scripture ahead of time.
  • Gather the materials.

Supplies List:

  • Soap
  • Bowl of Water
  • Food Coloring
  • Permanent Markers
  • Bibles
  • Paper


Presentation 

Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction:

Welcome the children and introduce yourself. Call the children by name. Use nametags if needed.

Shepherds will be responsible for attendance. Include the Shepherds in class discussion and prayer time. Give the Shepherds opportunity to interact with the children.

Open with a prayer.

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

Talk about covenant – what it means and what it includes. (See reference sheet: The Covenant, God’s Nature Revealed - A Biblical Explanation). This is the most important part of the lesson. Be sure to give special emphasis to the information included.

Bible Passage: Tell the story from your choice of the passages. Always tell the children where in the Bible the story is found. NOTE: Special emphasis should be given to the promises made to Noah by God.

Discussion Focus:

  1. What do you think of a person who does not keep his promises? Will you believe him the next time he promises something?
  2. What do people think of you when you do not keep a promise? Will they believe you the next time you promise something?
  3. Why is it important to keep a promise? Does God ever break a promise? Can you find any place in the Bible where God made a promise, but never kept it?
  4. What do you think Noah and his family did when they saw that God kept His promise? What would you have done if you had been Noah and had just been saved from the flood? What are some promises that you can make to God?


Activities:

Soap Bubble Painting – Make soapsuds and bubbles in a bowl of water. Streak food coloring through the bubbles. Using a permanent maker, write one of the memory verses on a sheet of paper. Place the paper print-side down on top of the bubbles to make a color design on the paper. Lift the paper carefully and allow to dry.


Reflection Time:
Shepherds will work with the children on their prayer journals and close with prayer.

 

Closing: 

End with a prayer.


 A lesson written by rotation members Steve and Brenda Klusmeyer.   

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Noah and the Art

Art Workshop

 

Summary of Lesson Activity:

Make rainbow shaped erasers using eraser dough.

 

Scripture Reference:

Genesis 6-9


Leader Preparation:

  • Read the scripture ahead of time.
  • Gather the materials.

Supplies List:

  • eraser clay
  • foil
  • cookie sheet
  • plastic knife


Presentation

 

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.

Journal Idea:
Write or draw about how the flood story and baptism are similar.

 

Closing:

 

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.

    Have fun!

 

 

A lesson written by rotation member Marce. 

 

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Noah and the Ark

Art and cooking Workshops

Summary of Lesson Activities:
Noah’s Ark Door Hanger Craft
(kit available from http://www.orientaltrading.com )

Moderator Notes: If the above kit is no longer available, their is a nice door knob hanger craft for Noah's Ark (includes template) found at https://craftingthewordofgod.c...ark-doorknob-hanger/ which definitely has room on the rainbow for the students to write their own covenant across the rainbow.

Scripture Reference:

Genesis 6-9.

Lesson Objectives:

  • Students will create an ark with the animals and a rainbow. This will help ingrain the story of Noah in each child. Students will also examine the meaning of covenant and how they are to respond to God’s covenant.

Leader Preparation:

  • Read the scripture ahead of time.
  • Gather the materials.

Supplies List:

  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Crayons


Presentation

Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction:

Greet the children and introduce yourself.

Start the “lesson time” with prayer. Be sure to thank God for each person there and ask God to be with you as you learn about the promises God makes and help you to understand how you are part of those promises.

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

Recount a brief story of Noah and the Ark. Have the kids answer questions to help you tell the story (for example - Why did God tell Noah to build an Ark? Who was going to be on the Ark? How big was the Ark? etc.).

For example, be sure to highlight when the scripture says that God spoke with Noah and other things God did to communicate with Noah. You may need to discuss how people can communicate other than by talking.

It is also important to convey a sense of amazement and wonder at the things God did/said/promised. The kids need to sense that God is amazing.

Ask ” What is a covenant?” Spend some time talking about what covenant means (a relationship between two parties where each promises to do or be something to one another) and the kind of covenant God made with Noah and all the people. Talk about whether they think God still makes covenants and, if so, what are they? Tell the kids that they are going to create a scene with a rainbow that will contain something they can ‘covenant’ with God in their own lives (to love people, help those in need, read the bible, get along with siblings, respect other peoples differences, etc.).

During the art project, write a covenant for each child . Those children who are capable are to write their covenant across the rainbow – younger children will need assistance in doing this – either write their covenant on scrap paper and have them copy it, or write it for them. What do they promise to do – for God, for their parents, for a friend?

Reflection Time:
The children should spend a few minutes reflecting upon the morning’s lesson – what did they learn, what did they enjoy, what was their covenant. Some children will need help getting started. Some may just want to draw a picture or copy the Key Verse.

Closing:
Prayer –

Older students: To end the workshop you might want to include all the kids’ covenants in a closing prayer. You could form a circle and ask each child to read their covenant in their rainbow as you go around the circle. Be sure that the kids know it is okay to NOT share their covenant.

You could also have them read/recite the key verse with you

Younger students: The younger kids might be willing to share what they have used as their covenant, but it might be better if you, the workshop leader, note some of their covenants as you go around the room helping and incorporate those in a prayer at the close.

Make sure they know they are a part of God’s promise that was made as long ago as Noah’s time and that God made other promises in the Bible that they will learn about as they continue to grow in their faith and knowledge of the Bible, God and Jesus.




Noah and the Ark

Cooking Workshop

Summary of Lesson Activities:
Gingerbread Ark (older kids)
Noah’s Ark Snack Collage (preschool-Kindergarten kids)


Leader Preparation:

  • Read the scripture ahead of time.
  • Gather the materials.

Supplies List:

  • Sugar cookies
  • Sugar wafers
  • Frosting
  • Candies

Advanced Preparation Requirements:

  • Make sugar cookies.


Presentation

Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction:

Greet the children and introduce yourself.

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:
ALTERNATIVE STORY (to be read aloud before the activity)
Noah was 600 years old when the flood of waters came on the earth. And Noah with his sons and his wife and his sons' wives went into the ark to escape the flood. Of clean animals, and of animals that are not clean, and of birds, and of everything that creeps on the ground, two and two, male and female, went into the ark with Noah, as God had commanded him.

The flood continued for forty days on the earth; and the waters increased, and bore up the ark, and it rose high above the earth. Only Noah was left, and those that were with him on the Ark.

At the end of 40 days Noah opened the window of the ark that he had made and sent out the dove from him, to see if the waters had subsided from the face of the ground; but the dove found no place to set its foot, and it returned to him to the ark. He waited another seven days, and again he sent out the dove from the ark; and the dove came back to him in the evening, and there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf; so Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth. Then he waited another seven days, and sent out the dove; and it did not return to him anymore.

In the six hundred first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried up from the earth. Then God said to Noah, "Go out of the ark, you and your wife, and your sons and your sons' wives with you. Bring out with you every living thing that is with you of all flesh - birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth - so that these may abound on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth."

Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, "As for me, I am establishing my covenant with you and your descendants after you, and with every living creature that is with you. Never again shall the waters of a flood cut off all flesh. This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth." And Noah built an altar on the land for God.

Suggested procedure:
Gingerbread Ark:

  • Look online for suggestions on creating and decorating a gingerbread house. Adapt to make an “ark”. 
  • One way would be to use large well cooked (firm, crunchy) sugar cookies cut in half. The half moon shapes could be each side of the ark, and sugar wafers could create “boards” on the front and back to give support. Use thick frosting as the “glue”.\
  • Consider whether you would like to create one large ark that the children help decorate together, or whether you would like each child to create his own.
  • Some ideas for decorating: sugar wafers, licorice, gummies, gumdrops, m&m’s, vanilla wafers (could be head of Noah), etc.
  • Be creative with what you purchase so the kids have plenty of options!

Noah’s Ark Snack Collage:

  • On a piece of poster paper, have kids create a rainbow, an ark, and animals using edible materials (remember to set out extra for munching!) Use bowls of white frosting with small Popsicle sticks as the glue

Materials suggested:

  • strips of different colored fruit roll ups for the rainbow
  • Animal crackers/cookies for the animals
  • Thin pretzel rods glued together with frosting to make an ark
  • Blue pieces of gum to make waves/water

Closing:

End with a prayer.


 

A lesson written by Crist Balcells from: St. Paul's Episcopal Church 
Kingsport, TN 

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Noah and the Ark

Art Workshop

Grades 4-6

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.

Scripture Reference:
Genesis 6-9.

Lesson Objective:
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.


Leader Preparation:

  • 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.

Supplies List:

  • Bible
  • 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


Lesson Plan

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:
Activity:

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.

Journal Activity:
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.)

Closing:
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.


Resources:


 

A lesson written by Kathy from: Augustana Lutheran Church 
St. James, MN

Noah and the Ark

Cooking Workshop
Grades 3-6

Summary of Lesson Activities:
Make Rainbow Parfaits.

Scripture Reference:
Genesis 6-9

Lesson Objectives:

  • God gave marvelous instructions to Noah to build an ark that would protect Noah, his family, and all kinds of animals from destruction.
  • The Bible says that Noah walked with God, and God was pleased with him. What does it mean to walk daily with God? 
  • The students will prepare a Rainbow Parfait to remind them God’s promise to the earth, and His great love for us.

Leader Preparation:

  • Read the Bible background.
  • Preview the book Noah’s Ark, by Tom Dooley. The story takes about 20 minutes to read aloud. The last section explains the building details of the ark, and some information on Mount Ararat. You may want to omit this section if class time is short. However, this part of the book offers answers to some questions the students may have.
  • Gather the materials
  • Before class begins, wash and cut up the fruit as needed, and prepare a sample Rainbow Parfait.
  • Pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit as you teach this class.

Supplies List: (Use appropriate quantities so each student can make a small parfait.)

  • One glass of water per student.
  • 5 oz. clear plastic cups, plastic spoons, and napkins (one per student)
  • Blueberry yogurt
  • Lemon yogurt
  • Green grapes (or sliced kiwi)
  • Orange fruit: Sliced peaches, oranges, or muskmelon
  • Red fruit: Sliced strawberries, apples, or watermelon
  • Crunchy cereal (such as granola)


Lesson Plan

Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction:
Welcome the students when they arrive. Then begin with a prayer.Heavenly Father, thank you for inviting us to be a part of your family. Please watch over us this morning as we study the life Noah, a man who walked and talked with you every day. In Jesus Name, AMEN.

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:
Say: Good morning everyone! What “Person of Faith” are we studying this month?
Noah is the right answer! In Hebrews 11:7a (TEV) tells us a little bit about Noah: “It was faith that made Noah hear God’s warnings about things in the future that he could not see. He obeyed God and built a boat in which he and his family were saved.” When at last the flood was over, God sent Noah a sign of His promise to love people forever. That sign appeared in the sky. It was a _____________ (rainbow).
Have any of you ever seen a rainbow?
What are the colors of a rainbow? (ROYGBIV: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet.)

To remind us of God’s special promise, we will make Rainbow Parfaits, a snack that uses many of those colors. But first, we’ll all wash our hands.

Directions:
1. Place a spoonful of blueberry yogurt in a clear cup.
2. Sprinkle granola over the yogurt (optional).
3. Add a layer of green fruit (grapes or kiwi).
4. Spread a layer of lemon yogurt over the grapes.
5. Sprinkle with some more granola.
6. Add a layer of orange fruit.
7. Top with a piece of red fruit (strawberry, watermelon, or a red apple).

Pass out napkins and a glass of water. Invite the children to pray.

PRAYER: Great God, thank you for this good fruit, and the wonderful “rainbow” promise. Bless this food, and bless each of us and our families during this week to come. And all God’s children said: AMEN.

While the students eat, READ THE STORY:
Read aloud The True Story of Noah’s Ark, by Tom Dooley: 20 minutes.

Journal:
Pass out Bibles and ask the students to turn to Genesis 9:13 and read the memory verse aloud. Have each student write the memory verse in their journal.

Say: In the Gospels, Jesus often describes himself using the term “I am _________” (e.g. the Way, the Truth, and the Life.) In the book we just read, what “I am” did Jesus use to help us understand who He is? (the Door: John 10:10).
What was the significance of the door in Noah’s ark? (Any living being who entered the door of the ark saved destruction in the flood.)
Why did Jesus say “I am the door?” (because anyone who enters the Kingdom of God through Jesus, will be saved.)

Say: All of us who “believe and are baptized” are part of God’s family. Like Noah and his family, we will all “be saved.” Next month we will learn more about that!

Have the Students do one or both of the following journal questions:
Say: The Bible says that Noah was a “righteous” man. Can anyone tell me what it means to be righteous? (definition: “without guilt or sin)

Say: Noah walked daily with God. This meant he talked with God every day, and tried to follow His leading. I’m sure Noah wasn’t perfect. Most likely, he had weaknesses like any human, but Noah looked to God for friendship and help every day. God likes that! When God told Noah to do build the ark, he did it! We know the rest of the story--Noah and his family walked through the ark door and were safe. They chose to enter God’s circle.

1) Write in your journals how you can walk with God every day.

Say: Open your Bibles to Matthew 24:36-46. Take turns reading the verses aloud.
Here Jesus tells that disciples that the days of his second coming will be like the days of Noah. People will eat, drink, and marry, but they will not be thinking about the coming of the Lord. Jesus asks us to always be prepared for his coming. How do we do that? (Pray every day and listen to what God is telling you. Read the Bible. Attend church and Sunday school. Follow the 10 Commandments and try to live like Jesus teaches us to in the Bible. Talk about God with our parents and grandparents. They can teach us a lot.)

2) Write about how we can be prepared for the coming of the Lord.

Closing:
End with a prayer.


Resources:

  • The Story of Noah” Bible background written by Pastor Dean E. Larson
  • The True Story of Noah’s Ark by Tom Dooley, Master Books, ISBN 0-89051-388-0

 

A lesson written by Kirsten from: Augustana Lutheran Church, St. James, MN

The Story of Noah
Science Workshop
Grades K-2

Summary of Lesson Activities:
Children will make "sunprints" to symbolize the story.

Scripture Reference:
Genesis 6-9

Memory Verse: Genesis 9:13

Lesson Objectives:
This story represents our theme, “Come Join the Circle” in different ways. During this class we will emphasize those parts of the story.

  • God gave marvelous instructions to Noah to build an ark that would protect Noah, his family, and all kinds of animals from destruction. Noah loved God, and accepted His invitation “Come Join the Circle” of God’s family.
  • The rainbow is a sign of God’s promise of love for humankind: God invites us all to “Come Join the Circle” of God’s family. In keeping with this theme, the students will do a rainbow experiment.

Leader Preparation:

  • Read the Bible background and scripture.
  • Preview the Story of Noah in a Children’s Bible—time how long it will take to read the version you choose.
  • Practice the rainbow experiment, and prepare a sample Noah’s Ark “Sunprint”.
  • Gather the materials.

Supplies List:

  • A Children’s Bible of your choosing
  • Student journals, colors, and colored pencils
  • Shallow dish such as a plant pot saucer, filled with 1 inch of water
  • Small mirror that fits inside the dish
  • Lump of sticky putty or modeling clay
  • Sheet of paper
  • Low-tack tape
  • High intensity lamp or sunlight
  • “Super Sunprint Kit”
  • Paper or foam cut-outs in the shape of a rainbow, a dove and/or a raven, an olive branch with leaves, an ark, a person. Provide enough cut-outs so each student can choose 1-3 items.
  • Flat cardboard pieces, one per student.
  • One or more water bottle(s) with spray mist attachment.
  • Place for prints to dry. (A hairdryer/fan can help the Sunprints to dry more quickly.)
  • Optional: Prism and a high intensity lamp (to substitute for sunlight)



Lesson Plan

Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introduction:
Greet the children and introduce yourself.

Opening Prayer: Thank you God for your great love for people on earth. Help us to remember your love for us every day, while we study in school, and when we play. And all God’s children said, AMEN!

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:
Say: Today we are going to read a story about Noah, a man who loved God and did what God told him to.

Read the story aloud from a Children’s Bible or a Bible-based version of the story.

Say: During the thousands of years since Noah lived, his story has been told many times to children just like you, and to their moms and dads. What were some of the interesting things in this story? (Noah and his family, the ark, the animals, a raven, an olive branch in the dove’s beak, rainbows!)

When people think about Noah, they remember the animals, the ark, the raven, the olive branch in the dove’s beak, and most of all, they remember the rainbow. Let’s use science and sunlight to create a “Sunprint” of one or two or three of your favorite parts of this story. We’ll use special paper that darkens through chemical changes when the paper is exposed to sunlight. (If it’s a cloudy day, explain that enough light rays come through the clouds to make this science activity work.) The paper under your “Noah Story” object will stay white! When the print is as dark as we want it, we can stop the chemical process by spraying the paper with water.

“The Story of Noah” Sunprint:
Note: This activity will work outdoors on a sunny or an overcast day, or even indoors on a sunny windowsill. The length for exposure is from 1-5 minutes, depending on sunlight. Adult supervision is recommended with this product.

1) Allow each student to choose 1-3 “Noah’s Ark” symbols for their “Sun Print.”
2) Each student can place their “Sunprint” on a piece of cardboard.
3) Carefully place the Noah’s Ark item(s) on the “Sunprint”.
4) Top with an acrylic sheet.
5) Expose to the sun until paper turns almost white, from 1-5 minutes, depending on the light conditions. Do not overexpose.
6) Quickly rinse the “Sunprint” paper with water for about 1 minute and dry flat.

Journal:
Have the shepherd write the memory verse in each student’s journal.

Say: After the flood, Noah and his family witnessed the very first rainbow.
Ask: What message does the rainbow bring to Noah and to all of God’s people? (God loves me/us very much!)

Make a Rainbow!
Say: How many of you have seen a rainbow? What does it look like? What are the colors in a rainbow? (ROYGBIV: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet.)

Say: Wouldn’t it be fun to see a rainbow today? There are many ways to make a rainbow. This is one way we can do it.

Note: Do the following experiment on a bright sunny day. If the day is overcast, use a prism and a high-intensity lamp to create rainbows.

1) Place the dish in a sunny place such as the church entry. Place the mirror in the dish at an angle leaning against one side. Use sticky putty to hold it in place.
2) Fill the dish with water to a depth of about 1 inch so it covers the lower part of the mirror. Then turn the dish until you see the sunlight reflected onto a nearby wall.
3) There will be two patches of light on the wall: an ordinary white reflection from the mirror, and a rainbow reflection that has passed through the water. Attach a sheet of paper to the wall to help see the rainbow more clearly.

Science Explanation:
Say: God made light in waves. Usually we cannot see the waves, but when they shine through tiny water droplets (when it rains) or a prism, the light waves slow down and they bend. These light waves split into colors and form a beautiful rainbow!

Say: God does love us so much! Let’s draw a rainbow, the sign of His love, under the Bible verse in your journals.

Closing:
End with a prayer. Dear God: Today we especially thank you for the sign of the rainbow—the story it tells us of your great love for humankind. Help us to be faithful to you this week and every week! And all God’s children said: AMEN.


Resources:

  • “The Story of Noah” Bible background by Pastor Dean E. Larson
  • DK Nature Activities Weather Watcher, by John Woodward, ISBN 0-7566-2068-6; p. 42, “Make a Rainbow”
  • “SuperSun Print Kit” Lawrence Hall of Science (available at Science Museum stores) ISBN 0-924886-76-5

 

A lesson written by Kirsten from: Augustana Lutheran Church, St. James, MN  

Noah and the Ark

Art Workshop


Summary of Lesson Activities:

Create CD Rainbow Prisms. Based on an activity called "Reflecting Rainbows" from the "The Science Explorer" at Exploratorium.com,  https://www.exploratorium.edu/...ecting_rainbows.html

Scripture Reference:

Genesis 9:12-17



Leader Preparation:

  • Read the scripture ahead of time.
  • Try the project. Make sure that you can darken the room enough, to be able to see the rainbow created with a flashlight (see lesson)
  • Gather the materials.


Supplies List:

  • Blank Cd's
  • Markers
  • Bibles



Lesson Plan


Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introduction

Greet the children and introduce yourself.
Warn children that you are going to darken the room so that they can see a rainbow - yes, indoors!


Dig in and Reflection

Make a rainbow in a dark room using a flashlight and a cd.  Talk about light, and how raindrops send the white light creating a prism effect separating the colors out

 

Bible Lookup:

Have the children retell the story of Noah's Ark and the Flood. Look up Genesis 9:12-17

Why did God send the rainbow? 

What is a covenant?

Application: 

God keeps his promises to us!  What are some of God's promises to us? 
When is a time God was faithful to you? 
Rainbows often appear out of a storm, and they were a sign after this terrible flood.  God will always be with us...on good days and bad.  Rainbows are a sign of hope and remind us of God's faithfulness.

Craft: 

Buy blank cds in bulk.  If you can find the ones with the white "label" side this will work better, but it is not necessary.  On the top side have the kids draw an ark.  I used the semi circle as the base of the ship making curved "boards and using the hole as a window.  Then I made a small square with lines over the "window" as the top section of the ark.  Color with markers.  Kids can either draw the animals in the ark or use animal stickers. 

Take home thoughts: 

Hang your ark by a window with fishing line...when the sun comes in the room it will reflect a rainbow reminding you God is with you. 

 

Closing:

End with a prayer.

Prayer activity:  When you are worried say a prayer and make a rainbow at home.  Like God was with Noah, God is with you. 

 


 

A lesson written by rotation member smo. 

Rotation.org Moderator added the photo of the rainbow on the ceiling from this source.

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