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Noah: Ark Bible Crafts for Kids: Make Rainbows in Bags and Animal Tracks, Oh My!

Updated on January 9, 2018
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Use these fun Noah: Ark Bible craft activities as stand-alone projects for children’s ministry, Sunday school classes, and home education programs, or combine them with other Noah and the ark activities and lessons. They can be made easily by most grade levels. The supplies are inexpensive, and there is minimal pre-class preparation required.

Rainbow in a Bag

In this hands-on Bible craft, kids use colorful gels to create beautiful rainbows. This is a safe craft project for any age level because unlike paint, which could be dangerous if ingested, the cake gels are safe if someone decides to lick their fingers or taste the rainbow.

You will need:

  • Cake decorating gels in assorted colors
  • Snack size resealable plastic bags

To start the craft, tell the children something like this, “God promised Noah that He would never again use a flood to destroy the earth. What symbol did God put into the sky to remind Noah of His promise? (Rainbow) How many of you have ever seen a rainbow? Today, we are going to make a rainbow in a bag to help us remember how much God loves and protects us each day.”

Noah: Ark Bible Crafts - Making Rainbows

Give each child a plastic bag and let them squeeze several of the gel colors into. Seal the bag (securely) and encourage them to knead and squeeze the bag to blend the colors and make a rainbow. When everyone is finished, have them lay their bags on the table in a pleasing pattern. Invite them to say the names of all the colors to exercise their color recognition skills.


Extend the Lesson

Here are some discussion questions you can use during the craft session to reinforce any prior lessons about Noah and the ark and give the students a more in-depth learning experience:

  • Who created the bright colors that we are using today? (God)
  • How are we able to see the bright colors? (Our eyes)
  • Who created our eyes? (God)
  • What else can we see with our eyes? (Answers will vary)
  • What body part are we using to make our rainbow?(Hands)
  • How many colors are in your rainbow? (Answers will vary)

When you engage as many of the five senses as possible during a lesson, craft, game or other activity, you are allowing each child the opportunity to use his own unique learning style to access and process the lesson materials faster and retain them longer.

Paint Ark Animal Tracks

For this simple but effective interactive Bible craft, you will need:

  • Cookie cutters in assorted sizes and shapes of animals
  • Assorted colors of any water-based, child-friendly paint
  • Construction paper
  • Markers or crayons
  • Paper plates

Before starting the art project, pour small amounts of each paint color onto separate paper plates. The class will draw pictures of the ark on construction paper, dip the cookie cutters into the paints, and make animal prints in the ark drawing.

If the class size is large, you may want to have half the class drawing arks, while the other half makes animal prints. Let the group who made the paint prints go to another center while their pictures are drying, and the remaining group makes their prints over top of the ark drawing. When they are finished, they switch places, and the other children finish their pictures. Serve animal-shaped cookies or crackers as a simple snack while all the pictures finish drying.

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The Animals and the Ark: What Was it Like?

Try these guided conversational prompts to get the kids thinking about what it must have been like to be cooped up in an ark with all those animals for such a long time:

  • What is your favorite animal?
  • How would you like to have to spend all day and all night with your favorite animal for as many days as Noah had to stay in the ark?
  • What would you feed your animal?
  • Where would you get water for your animals?
  • What would you do if your animal got bored and tried to leave the ark?
  • How do you think Noah felt when he could finally leave the ark?

If time allows, another fun way to extend the lesson is to allow the class to pretend play and retell the story in their own words using any available classroom props. Alternatively, you can use the map below to let the kids become better acquainted with Noah's world.


Finishing Touches

Be sure to mark all art projects with the child's name and date, and invite them to take them home as reminders of the lesson. Parents enjoy seeing their children's crafts, and it encourages them to keep bringing the kids to children's church or Sunday school.

Crafts are infinitely more exciting to kids, especially younger students, than listening to a story or completing a worksheet, and hands-on, multi-sensory crafts are the perfect way to appeal to all age levels and keep their interest levels high.

Reference Sources

Exploring God's World Curriculum Guide, Gospel Light, 2003

The Animals and the Ark, Karla Kuskin, [Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 1986]

The KJV Kids' Study Bible, The Zondervan Corporation, 1991

Author's own experience as a children's church minister and educator

 

© 2011 Donna Cosmato

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