Bible stories are a part of many children's lives. Most Christian households teach their children the Creation story, King David and Moses and the Bulrushes. One of the most popular stories, however, is Noah's Ark. In this story, Noah and his family build a huge ship to hold them and two of each animal while the entire Earth is flooded by torrential rains. Your children will learn this story even better and have a lot of fun creating Noah's Ark craft projects.
Ark Toy Pouch
This craft creates a convenient and attractive storage place for stuffed animals. The craft consists of a large felt background in light blue with dark blue felt glued to the bottom and cut on the top to represent waves. The ark itself should be made from brown felt. Your child can cut and paint the pieces for the water and the ark, using brown paint to make wood grain and blue and silver paint to make the waves look more real. The ark should be particularly large and sewn or glued to the water and sky background so that the top is loose and creates a pouch. Your child can then put his or her smaller stuffed animals in the pouch. If your child has a lot of flying or swimming stuffed animals, you can create more pouches in the water or in clouds in the sky to store the extra toys.
Your child can present this craft as a Sunday school project or simply during rainy afternoons for indoor entertainment. The ark is made from cardboard in the shape of a flat-bottomed boat with a house-like structure in the centre that contains the animals and people. Your child can glue the ark together and paint it. Melt some paraffin and dip the finished ark into it to make the boat completely waterproof. You only need one or two coats of paraffin; you want the colour and paint designs to show through the wax. Once the wax dries, your child can set small, plastic animals on and in the ark and float it in a clear plastic tub full of water. You can make a tub specifically for this by helping your child make a large rainbow and attaching it to one side of the tub. Fill the tub with some water and stir in a little blue food colouring during playtime. A plastic dust sheet on the floor prevents water and food colouring stains on carpet and hardwood.
Popsicle Stick Ark
This craft works particularly well for small children. They can paint Popsicle sticks brown for the boat and then stack and glue them on top of each other so they form a rectangle that is narrow on the bottom and widens toward the top. More Popsicle sticks, cut into pieces, form the slanting roof of the ark. The roof acts as a lid so that your child can stick a bunch of plastic or plush animals and a few people figurines into the ark either to store them or to re-enact the flood story while they play. Create an entire landscape for your child to use by helping them paint a piece of cardboard with an endless ocean and a raining sky for a background. Create more backgrounds for the whole story, including the rainbow after the flood and the tops of the trees showing when the waters recede. You could even make a Popsicle stick ladder so the animals can climb into the ark easily.