Introductory Activity – Boats
- Plastic cups, small boxes, cork pieces, aluminum foil, other items for making boats; large shallow tub with water (about half full)
Challenge kids to work with partners to make boats. Kids will have a few minutes (choose how long – about 5 minutes) to make boats that float. It doesn’t matter what the boat looks like but it needs to float. After the time limit, test the boats. Make waves as the boats float to see if they remain on top of the water. Tell kids that God told Noah to construct a boat and told him just what to do to make it.
Live It Out
Game – Noah, May I?
- No materials needed
Guide kids to stand in a line (shoulder to shoulder) facing you. Choose a child (or several) to hop 3 times like a frog. The chosen kids should ask: “Noah, may I?” and you respond: “Yes you may.” Periodically, ask a review question before kids move forward. When someone reaches you, restart the game. Talk about the Life Point with kids.
Craft – Shakers
- Thin paper plates (that can be folded in half), colored tape, markers, staplers with staples, aquarium gravel (or popcorn)
Give each child a paper plate. Invite kids to decorate the backs of their plates. They can use markers and tape. Suggest they include the Life Point on the backs of their plates. When a child finishes her writing, drawing, and taping, lead her to flip over the plate and place a small handful of gravel in the middle of the plate. Help her fold the plate in half and staple all along the side. (The plate will resemble a taco.) Add tape folded over the edge to seal the plate closed. Tell kids to shake their completed shakers softly as you say the Life Point together. Sing a song and play the shakers.
Introductory Activity – Construction Zone
- Straws, tape
Group the kids into two (or more) teams. Give each team a large group of straws and tape. On your signal, teams can use the straws and tape to build a structure. The structure can be whatever the team chooses; however, the structure must stand on its own. After a designated time, guide teams to tell about their structures. Say: “Today we will hear about God’s plans for something to be built.”
Live It Out
Game – Balloon Release
- Balloons (one per child), paper, marker
On paper, print these (one per page): something God did; something Noah did; Bible Verse; Life Point. Make 2 of each page. Spread these phrases in the game 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 papers). If his balloon does not land on a paper, he retrieves his balloon and moves to the end of his team’s line. If it does land on a paper, the player says something God did in the story, something Noah did in the story, the Bible Verse, or the Life Point (depending on the paper on which his balloon lands). The team gets 1 point and he retrieves his balloon and moves to the end of his team’s line. Continue with each team’s players until all team members have had at least 1 turn.
Craft – “Stained Glass” Sign
- Waxed paper, permanent markers (black and other colors); tape (optional)
Give each preteen a length of waxed paper. Lead kids to write Praise God in outline letters or bubble letters (with a black marker). Lead the kid to use the black marker to draw lines around the letters to create squares and triangles. She could add animal shapes, plant shapes, and so forth as she chooses. Then she can use the other colors to create designs or fill in the shapes and letters. Tell kids they can post their stained-glass signs as reminders to praise God this week for His creation.