Introductory Activity – Animal Mural
- Long sheet of bulletin board paper, crayons, tape
Tape the paper to a wall. Lay crayons near the paper. Invite kids to draw animals on the paper. They can create a mural of all different types of animals. Tell kids that they will hear a Bible story today that includes animals; it may be a familiar story.
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Game – Balloon Release
- Balloons (one per kid), paper, marker, tape
On paper, print these phrases, one per page: something God did; something Noah did; Weekly Verse; Life Point. Make two or more of each page. Spread the phrases in the play area. Mark a release line (where kids should stand) with tape.
Group kids into teams. One player from each team steps to the release line, inflates his balloon, and releases the balloon to fly around the room (aiming to land on one of the phrases). If his balloon does not land on a phrase, he retrieves his balloon and moves to the end of his team’s line. If it does land on a phrase, the player says something God did in the story, something Noah did in the story, the Weekly Verse, or the Life Point (depending where his balloon lands). The team gets 1 point and the player retrieves his balloon and moves to the end of his team’s line. Continue with each team’s players. Talk about how God cared for Noah’s family.
Craft – Rainbow Frame
- Paper plates, colored paper, glue, markers, scissors
Cut the paper plates in half. Give each child a plate half. Lead kids to create rainbows or other designs around the sides of the plate half. They should orient the plate with the curved part at the top. Suggest kids keep the middle of the plate half empty or with minimal design. Talk about the Bible story and lead kids to print the Life Point on the backs of their plates. Encourage kids to think about ways God shows love and care to their families. Tell kids that they can tape a family picture in the middle of their plate halves and their designs will create a frame around the picture.
Introductory Activity – Build Towers
- Wooden craft sticks, wooden clothespins
Invite kids to work together to build a tower with the craft sticks and clothespins. Challenge them to build as tall a tower as possible. For larger groups of kids, create multiple groups so more than one tower can be built. Tell kids that in today’s (possibly familiar) Bible story, God told a man to build something very large.
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Game – Seal Soccer
- Masking tape, 4 cones or plastic bottles, beach ball
Use masking tape to mark the boundaries of the play area. (Don’t create a long play area.) Use 2 cones to mark a goal on either end of the play area. Group the kids into 2 teams. Show them how to move like a seal—lay on the floor on your stomach; cross your ankles; push up on your hands; move along the floor using hands and dragging your legs; legs can wriggle to help you move. Choose 3 members from each team to start the game. Teams will move like seals and move the ball with their heads. They try to knock the ball through the other team’s goal. When the ball goes through the goal, the team gets 1 point. They answer a review question for an additional 2 points. After a few minutes, substitute players for each team. (Kids may get really tired moving like seals.) Say the Life Point and talk about the Bible story.
Craft – Accordion Book
- Heavyweight paper, markers, tape, Bibles, reference books
Cut the paper into 4½-by-12-inch strips. Show kids how to fanfold the paper to make an accordion book. Lead kids to find verses in the Bible about God’s care. They can write verses on each of the book pages (between the folds). Tell kids to write on both sides of the book strips. For larger books, tape two strips together along the shorter end. Suggest kids add pictures or write other words about God’s care. Encourage kids to talk about ways God has shown love and care to their families. Suggest that kids could fold the books closed and keep them in their pockets or in a backpack pocket to remind them of God’s love and care.