Scripture: Genesis Chapter 6: 5-6, 9 – 22; Chapter 7: 1 -5, 13 – 24, Chapter 8: 1-22, Chapter 9: 1 – 3, 8 – 19 or pages 26 – 31 in The Golden Children’s Bible
Target Age Group: 1st through 6th grade
Welcome the children to the classroom and chat with them about their week as they gather around the table.
Pray and ask God to teach the children not just head knowledge, but also heart knowledge.
Have the children open their Bibles to Genesis Chapter 6 or page 26 in The Golden Children’s Bible.
(Read the story to the children because at this age some of the children do not read smoothly, which hinders comprehension for the whole class.)
During the remaining class time do activities that help to reinforce what the children have learned. Here are some suggestions…
- Why did God decide to bring the flood? Because men on earth had become very wicked.
- Why didn’t he destroy Noah? Noah was obedient to God.
- Have you ever felt like you were the only one who wanted to do good or to follow the Lord?
- That’s hard, isn’t it. But, who is always with you and always your friend? God is!
- Describe the ark that God told Noah to make. Made of cypress wood, covered with pitch, 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high (or about 135 meters long, 23 meters wide and 14 meters high), a window and one door, 3 decks, an opening of a cubit below the roof, rooms inside it. Show pictures of a replica to give them a visual of the scale.
- What was Noah to bring onto the ark? His wife, his sons and their wives, two of every kind of unclean animal (male and female), 7 pairs of every clean animal, 7 pairs of every kind of bird, food of all kinds to feed them all.
- How would Noah get the animals to the ark? God would cause the animals to come.
- How many days did it rain? 40 days and 40 nights
- Where else was the water coming from? springs in the earth
- How many days were they on the ark? 450 days. (Explain that a year is only 365 days, so Noah and his family were on the ark for more than a year!) That would be a long time to be cooped up inside, wouldn’t it.
- Where did the ark land? on the mountains of Ararat.
- How did Noah know that the ground was dry? The dove that he sent out didn’t return.
- What did Noah do when he got off the ark? He built an alter to the Lord and he burnt offerings.
- What promise did God make? to never destroy the earth with a flood again.
- What sign of this promise did God give? the rainbow
- Let’s pray and tell the Lord that we will always follow him even when nobody else does. And let’s thank him for his promise to never send a flood again…
Memorize the verse.
Genesis 6:8 “Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.”
Genesis 9:13 “I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.”
Have the children use colors or pastels to draw their own vision of the story on a sketch pad page. Or have them color a color page related to the story.
Color page #1 from What’s in the Bible
Color page #2 from Bible Printables.
Color page #3 from Bible Printables.
Color page #4 from Bible Printables.
Color pages from Touch of Fire
An excellent color page book is “Through-the-Bible Coloring Pages For Ages 4-8” by Janet Skiles. The pages are reproducible.
Show a video of this story.
Video #2 “A New Beginning” from “The Jesus Story Book Bible” . (Make sure that, if you buy it, you order the collector’s edition, which has the DVD with the stories animated and narrated. It’s wonderful.)
Video #3 (song) from Crossroads Kids Club.
Video #4 from Disney. (This one’s just for fun.)
Video #5 (song)
Video #6 from Answers in Genesis
Video #7 from Crossroads Kids’ Club
Here is another good lesson with discussion questions and craft ideas from Crafting the Word of God.
Share this children’s sermon from Sermons4Kids. Don’t forget the activities at the bottom of the page!
Have the kids make a book from Jill Kemp and Richard Gunther at Lamb Songs. There are 2 books here. Scroll down
Make this craft from Auntie’s Bible Lessons.
Here is a 3D Noah’s Ark craft from My Little House.
Have the children make this cute Noah’s Ark craft from Reading Confetti.
Use this pattern from Juxtapost to make a Noah’s Ark craft of your own design.
Younger children would enjoy this craft from A Kid’s Heart .
Have older children make this quiz wheel from Hearts of Wisdom.
Here is a pinterest page with many rainbow ideas.
“Noah Was a Faithful Man” by Mary Rice Hopkins from her “In the Beginning” album. You can get it at itunes.
Evaluate what the children have learned. While they are coloring or crafting ask each one what they learned today.
Send each child’s parent an e-mail (or a hard copy) of the Parents’ Page.