The story of Noah's Ark is enjoyed by children of all ages. The tale of how Noah listened to God and built the Ark to save his family and many animals from the flood can be re-enforced through a variety of activities. Arts, crafts, songs and other activities can be used as a tangible reminder of the Bible story.
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Depending on the ages of the children involved there are various activities that involve animal identification. For younger children, cut pictures of different animals from magazines and see how many animals they can name. Have children make animal noises that go with the pictures. For older children give them a letter of the alphabet and see what animals they can think of whose name starts with that letter. You may wish to leave out letters like "x."
Paintings and Mobiles
Have the children draw and paint the ark, Noah, animals, the dove and the rainbow that represents God's promise to never flood the world again. Older children can paint onto cardboard and use string and Popsicle sticks to create a Noah's Ark mobile that can be hung from the ceiling. This can be done as a group project with everyone allocated a certain picture to paint.
Songs and Poems
Search for Noah's ark songs and poems on the Internet, at the library or buy a CD to sing along with. For songs like "The Animals Came in Two by Two" have the children create extra verses for animals they can think of that are not already included. You will find children can be very imaginative about their favourite animals. Offer a prize or treat for the best verse.
Help the children make rainbow cups. You will need six packs of jello coloured purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, and red. On the first day make the purple jello and pour a small amount into each cup and allow it to set. The next day use the blue and add a different colour each day until you finish with red. You can garnish with whipped cream and top with rainbow sprinkles. Have a meal with the rainbow cups, animal crackers and animal shaped biscuits.
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