Welcome to our lesson for August 20, The Flood and the Ark, found in Genesis 6:5 – 9:17 and found in The Complete Guide to Godly Play, Vol 2, 14 Presentations for Fall p. 49-56 (the orange book.)
This is bound to be a favorite story of the children. It’s good to remember that Noah was a good man, but he wasn’t sinless. He pleased God and God “found favor” with him because he loved God and obeyed him, and so his life can serve as an example to all of us.
I’m especially interested in how the children will respond to the wondering question, “I wonder where you are in the story or what part of the story is about you.” If you’re at FBC Greenville, please do have someone write down their responses so we can share them. Thank you!
Idea Sparkers for the Give A Gift to God time:
*Since today is Promotion Sunday at FBG, you may want to use the art response time to do an activity that gives the children a way to introduce themselves to you. You could invite each child to decorate a piece of paper with her/his name (we have plenty of letter stickers in the resource room if you’d like to use them) and drawings of what she/he like to do, their family with pets, her/his favorite foods, etc.
*A fun snack might be animal crackers. Just make sure they contain no peanut oil or tree nut oil, as we have children with severe allergies to nuts.
*You may have seen this mural that the children worked on together a couple of years ago for Noah’s ark. Some children made the ark itself, others a rainbow, others pairs of animals (on separate sheets that they cut out and glued to the ark) They LOVED doing this, and there was lots of ownership since each child got to pick what they made. Why not repeat it in your class?
*Kids could make an ark on paper and find magazine photos of animals to glue on to make a collage.
*Make an edible rainbow out of fruit!
*Make animals out of play dough for an ark the class makes.
*Play an animal matching game.
*Emphasize God’s promise by making rainbow castanets, as shown here. Or make any of the other rainbow projects as shown here.
Or a rainbow of promises through people’s hands, like this one our fifth graders did last year…
*Make an ark out of Popsicle sticks as shown here. Scroll 3/4 the way down.
For more ideas, see my Pinterest page here.