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The following workshop lesson was originally posted by Rotation member Jan Marshall.

It could be either a Music or Art workshop.

Noah and the Ark

Music/Art Lesson 

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Children will make rain sticks. 

Scripture Reference:

Genesis 6-9. 

Lesson Objective(s):
In this workshop, the learners will learn a song about Noah and the ark to remember the story and will participate in the song by making noises appropriate to the story.

Teacher preparation:

  • Read the Bible story.
  • Read over the background material included in your teacher packet. This workshop was designed as a combination of an art project (making rain sticks) and music. Both parts of the lesson are important, so make sure enough time is allowed for both.
  • Gather the materials.

Supplies List:

  • CDs with “stormy” music
  • CD player
  • Paper towel roll for each child
  • Aluminum foil
  • Brown paper
  • Rice, beans, popcorn
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Paint
  • Brushes
  • Stickers
  • Markers
  • Pens, pencils.

Have music playing (CDs provided) from the time the children enter the room throughout the making of the rain sticks. Take time to review the selections so you can choose several that you like best for this part of the class. Don’t choose the loudest, harshest music for the youngest children in case any of them are afraid of storms. The older children will enjoy the more thunderous music!

Opening- Welcome and introductions:
Greet the children and introduce yourself. Remember that you are interacting with a different group of students each week—some may not know you. Wear your nametag and make sure that the children are wearing theirs. 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

Lesson Plan:

1. Tell the children that today they will hear the story of Noah and the ark and will learn a song about the story.

2. Read the story of Noah and the ark from the Bible or from the Children’s Bible (stories 7-10).

3. Make rain sticks. Separate instructions for making rain sticks are enclosed.

4. Depending on the age group, some parts of the rain stick may need to be put together ahead of time (the “caps” for the younger children). Make note of the suggestion that decorating the rain sticks for younger children may mean providing stickers rather than painting. That’s a good choice (the stickers) to make available to the younger children who aren’t as comfortable with paint pens or brushes.

5. While the children are making their rain sticks, talk to them about the story. Some things to remember:

Children hear the same language used in more than one story, so make sure they know the different “ark” stories. This is “Noah and the Ark” vs. “The Ark of the Covenant.” Think of some other words that mean more than one thing: a “plate” could be a dinner plate or “plate glass.” A “chord” could mean something musical but sounds like “cord” which is like a rope. The same goes for the ark.

Along those lines, reinforce our reference to the “Hebrew Scriptures” and the “Old Testament” as the same thing. Invite the shepherd to participate with the children and help those who need it on their rain sticks.

6. As they finish up their rain sticks, tell them they will use them learning a song. You will have the music to “One More River” and several other “arktype” (pun intended) songs. Have the children put their rain sticks down in front of them until they have learned the song. (The written music and music on tape will be provided.)

When they are learning the song, they can use their rain sticks at appropriate places in the song. Suggestion: Have the children shake their rain sticks ONLY on the line “There’s One More River to Cross.

Be aware of the time and decide how many verses of the song you have time to teach.

7. With the younger children, make it clear that if they use their rain sticks when they’re asked not to, they may lose the privilege of “playing” the rain stick when the time comes.

After the class has learned the song, sing it all the way through using the rain sticks in the appropriate spaces.

Journal Time:
Help the shepherd pass out the journals. Ask the children to complete the following:
My rain stick will be a reminder that __________________________________.

Say a prayer of your own to close the workshop, or use the following:
Loving God, we know you will be with us during our stormy times. We thank you for your love of us and for making us your covenant people. Amen.


A Sunday School lesson written by Jan Marshall from: Brenthaven Cumberland Pres.
Brentwood, TN 

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Rainstick Construction Instructions


There are many sites on the web that have rainstick construction instructions.

For illlustrations, go to http://www.enchantedlearning.c...fts/music/rainstick/

Where did Rainsticks come from:

Rainsticks are ceremonial musical instruments used to invoke the rain spirits. They are made by people who live in the deserts of northern Chile. In Chile, rainsticks are traditionally made from dead cactus tubes with hundreds of cactus spines hammered into the tube. Tiny lava pebbles cascade gently through the tube, sounding much like rain.

For a simpler one, look at


Expanded Idea for the Song Arky Arky in addition to using Rainsticks:

In addition to using rainsticks, what other instruments and SOUND EFFECTS could be generated for the familiar "RISE AND SHINE....ARKY ARKY" song ??

For example, how about a sloshing bucket for "floodie floodie" and a bucket of mud to make the "squishy" sound for the line "get those children out of the Mudddy Muddy, children of the Lord", and a dog barking for "gopher barky barky".

The Arky Arky Song

To the tune of "Rise and Shine and Give God the Glory, Glory"

God told Noah there's going to be a floodie, floodie
God told Noah there's going to be a floodie, floodie,
Get those animals out of the muddie, muddie
Children of the Lord.

God told Noah to build him an arky, arky
God told Noah to build him an arky, arky
Build it out of gopher barky, barky
Children of the Lord.

The animals, they came in, they came in by twosies, twosies,
The animals, they came in, they came in by twosies, twosies,
Elephants and kangaroosies, roosies,
Children of the Lord.

It rained, it rained for forty nights and daysies, daysies,
It rained, it rained for forty nights and daysies, daysies,
Almost drove poor Noah crazy, crazy,
Children of the Lord.

The sun came out and dried up the landy, landy,
The sun came out and dried up the landy, landy,
Everything was fine and dandy, dandy,
Children of the Lord.

This is the end of, the end of our story, story,
This is the end of, the end of our story, story,
Everything was hunky dory, dory,
Children of the Lord.

Last edited by Luanne Payne

Noah and the Ark

Music - Joyful Noise

Summary of Lesson Activities:

The “Arky, Arky Song”, Making a Storm, and Animal Rhythm

Scripture Reference:

Genesis 6-9

Leader Preparation:

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

Supplies List:

  • Optional instruments for the "Arky, Arky Song".


Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction:

Greet the children and introduce yourself.

Today were going to think about what it was like to be on the ark. We are going to start with a song that tells the story of Noah and the ark.

Dig-Main Content and Reflection

Sing the “Arky, Arky Song” (do an online search for the lyrics)

God told Noah what to do. Noah trusted God and obeyed. What do you think it would have sounded like inside the ark? (Take suggestions - animal noises, hearing the rain on the ark, etc.)

Let’s make the sounds of a storm.

Do the storm pattern activity. (Have children follow your lead. Start by rubbing your hands together. Next snap. Continue with clapping, patting thighs, and stomping. Then reverse order, ending with rubbing hands, and finally, silence. Make sure you wait for all the kids to be on the same motion as you before moving to the next motion.)

Imagine listening to the rain for forty days and nights. That is like half of your summer vacation. That’s a long time, isn’t it? And then, finally, God made the rain stop.

Can you name some animals that would have been on the ark with Noah? (Take suggestions.)

We are going to play a game that uses the names of some of those animals.

Play animal rhythm.


We are each going to pick an animal to be. We each need to be a different animal and it has to have a really easy name with only one syllable. Do you know what a syllable is? It’s like beats in music. (Use kids names and have them count the syllables in their own name.)

When you have picked your animal, you need to come up with a really easy hand motion that reminds us of your animal. (Suggestions: dog = hold hands up like begging paws; cat = brush three fingers across your cheek from your nose; bear = shape hands like claws; moose = put hands on top of head with fingers splayed; pig = put fist up to nose; bird = spread arms like wings) Help kids learn each other’s animal and signs.

To begin game, have everybody sit in a circle. Teach the clapping patter. (Pat thighs with both hands, clap hands together, snap with right hand, snap with left hand, repeat.) Do this slowly.

When we snap our fingers, we are going to do something special. I’ll start by saying my own animal and doing my sign on the first snap. On the second snap, I will do say someone else’s animal and do their sign. (Give example.) While I’m doing this, everybody else still snaps. The next time we get to the snaps it will be somebody else’s turn to do the animals. That person is the one with the animal and sign that I called on the second snap. So on the first snap, they will give their own animal and sign. On the second snap, they will give another person’s animal and sign. (Practice this without the rhythm pattern.)

Now we are going to put everything together. When I say, “Go,” we will all start the clapping patter. After we get the pattern going, we will say “1....2...rhy----thm.” (Practice saying the phrase with the beats.) Then I will start the animals. When we’re playing, make sure that everybody gets a turn to do the animals.

Journal Idea:
Write or draw about what you think it would have been like to live on the ark. Think about the sounds you would hear. What type of things would you do to keep from being bored?

Have children bow their heads.

Dear God, thank you for bringing rain that waters the plants. Thank you for promising never to flood the earth again. Thank you for taking care of the people and animals of the earth like you did when Noah was on the ark. Help us to take care of each other and the animals, too. Amen.


A lesson written by Rotation member Marce

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Last edited by Luanne Payne

Noah and the Ark

Science - Creation Exploration


Summary of Lesson Activities:

Laying out the dimensions of the ark, making a rainbow.


Scripture Reference:

Genesis 6-9

Leader Preparation:

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

Supplies List:

  • Dimensions - string/twine (some precut as described below)
  • Scissors
  • Yard stick
  • Rainbow - water spray from hose of spray bottle or use a prism



Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction:

Greet the children and introduce yourself.


Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

How big do you think the ark was? (Take answers.) The Bible says that the ark was 300 cubits long, 50 cubits wide, and 30 cubits high. That’s pretty big, isn’t it? (Look for responses.) It’s probably easier to look at that in measurements that we know. Many people think that a cubit is about the same as 1 ½ feet. So that would be 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high. How tall are you? (Take answers.) 45 feet is a lot higher, right?

God gave Noah very specific directions on how to build the ark. God said how big it should be, how many floors it should have, and how to make the roof. God even told Noah where to put the door. Noah obeyed God and made the ark just the way God said.

Noah may not have been a carpenter before he started working on the ark. God chose Noah because he was good, not because of any specific skill. God gave Noah the skills he needed to make the ark.

We are going to measure this out in our parking lot using string. We already have a piece for the length and a piece for the width. You will get to measure a piece for the height. That will be 45 feet. (Measure against a yard stick to save time.) We are going to start by going upstairs and hanging the string you cut from the third story window. (Tie a small rock to bottom to help weigh it down if necessary. Tape top of the string to the wall. Make sure an adult does this as the open window may be a danger to the children.)

Have children stretch the strings across the parking lot under the window. Remind them to watch very carefully for cars. This should not be a problem because the service will be going on but it is always good to remind them to watch when they are in the parking lots.

Another big part of Noah’s story is the rainbow. God made a covenant with Noah and all the earth. Do you know what a covenant is? (Take answers.) It’s a promise. After the flood, God promised never to destroy all the life in the world with a flood again. When do we see rainbows? (Take answers - when it rains). The Bible says that rainbows remind God of this promise. They can remind us, too, of the promises God made. God does this because he loves us so much.

Journal Idea:
Have you ever made a promise? Write or draw about what reminds you to keep your promises.

Ask children to bow their heads.

Heavenly Father, we thank you for loving us and making us your children. Guide us and help us to follow your directions like Noah followed your directions when he built the ark. In your name, Amen.



A lesson written by Rotation member Marce.


A representative of reformatted this post to improve readability.


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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.

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.

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.


  • “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  

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