The story of Noah's ark fascinates children, and it's often one of the first bible stories they ever learn. The story tells of God commanding Noah to build an ark for a pair of all the world's animals and his family as a great flood will wipe all life from the earth. After the flood God creates a rainbow as a sign of the promise that he'll never again destroy the world by flood. Making Noah's Ark out of cardboard boxes is a great craft for Sunday school or at home with children.
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Things you need
- Cardboard box
- Box knife (optional)
- Glue gun
- Brown paint
- Card stock
- Assorted colour paints
Trace and cut a 1-foot half circle out of cardboard with scissors or a box knife.
Trace and cut out a house shape, or a square with a triangle on top, out of cardboard as well. Make the "house" about 6-by-6 inches. Glue the house section to the top of the half circle to make the ark with hot glue and allow to dry for 10 minutes.
Paint the ark shades of brown and allow to dry.
Create paper animals to fill the ark. Trace and cut animal shapes out of card stock, then use paints or markers to colour the animals. Animal shape ideas include lions, monkeys, tigers, giraffes, zebras, bears, cougars, birds and elephants.
Place hot glue along the bottoms of the animal shapes and glue them along the top edge of the ark half circle so they appear to be looking out over the ark. Allow the glue to dry for 10 minutes before displaying your craft.
Tips and warnings
- Paper plates are another option for creating the half circle section of the ark.
- Use markers or paint to write the story of Noah in small print on the half circle portion of the craft.
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