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Rainbow and Noah's Ark Craft Genesis 9:8-17
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Noah's Ark and the Rainbow
Genesis 9: 8-17

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Ages: 3 to 6 Level: Preschool and Kindergarten, VBS, Sunday school

The story of Noah is one that never ceases to fascinate adults and children.  It appears to be a "short story" but it is actually quite long.  It also has multiple messages from our Lord.  We can revisit Noah's story again and again to reinforce all these messages with easy and fun activities.

This particular set of activities is meant to focus on one part of the story:  THE PROMISE that God makes to Noah and humanity, and God's gift of a rainbow that represents that promise.  Here is biblical text:  Genesis 9: 8-17 (choose Bible version of your choice in the top menu).

Activity 1:  Read and discuss Noah's Story or reinforce the section where God creates the Rainbow and His Promise Ages 2+  

If the children are already familiar with Noah's story then you can review the events or read from a children's bible storybook.   Here are six coloring pages (with text and without text) at Coloring.ws that can help you display, read and review the story - Noah's Ark Story Coloring Book Pages  
Suggestion:   
Take home activity:  These coloring book pages  can be later assembled to make a Noah's Story Coloring Book.

Activity 2:  Color Recognition Skills - God Created the Beautiful Colors of the Rainbow - Color the Rainbow with Freda Frog - Ages 2+

Reinforce that God created the rainbow and when one appears in the sky it reminds us of His promise and how much He loves us.  Colors are everywhere and the rainbow has all the colors that we see around us.  Visit this activity, where Freda Frog will take the children in a simple online activity to color a rainbow.  If you wish you can also do the card activity to reinforce color recognition.

Activity 3:  Visual Arts & Science - Primary and Secondary Color Mixing Activity  Ages 3.5+
It is a wonderful experience for children to see and experience how colors mix and form other colors.  Visit this activity and printable materials to demonstrate how the colors of the rainbow - primary colors:  red, blue and yellow mix and form the secondary colors:  green, orange, and purple.

Activity #4:  The Rainbow & Ark Craft - God Keeps His Promises - Ages 2+ and older

This is an easy craft and the templates are available in color and black and white.   This craft can also be modified to be more challenging to older children.  I will make some suggestions for different age groups.

Practice Numbers:  Take a look at the rainbow template.  Each arch has been numbered from 1 to 6 on the left side.  Count the arches together.

Color Coding:  The black and white version of the rainbow has the colors printed on the right side border.  Use crayons and color over the words to color code the rainbow to help the children choosing the colors to paint the arches.

Ages 2 to 3:  
Option #1 Print  template 1 and template 2 in color, cut out pieces. Provide instructions and a demonstration  of assembly.  
Assembly procedure:
1.  Apply some glue to the tab on the ark and glue in the center behind the rainbow template.
2. Apply glue to the ends of the rainbow and position and glue each cloud.  
3.  Optional:  Glue cotton balls to the clouds, then and glue the text messages on top of the clouds (two Bible passages have been provided for the left cloud) and "God Keeps His Promises" on the right cloud.  Make sure to discuss the text messages at this point.

Option 2:  Print the template 1 and template 2 in black and white.  Color code the rainbow with crayons or a dot of paint next the color names printed.   It will be easier for children to use their fingers to color the rainbow.  Place a wet/damp cloth or paper towel next to the child to clean their finger when switching colors.   Explain to the children it is OK if the colors mix on the rainbow.  Some children can get upset when the colors mix as they paint the arches - if this is the case you can suggest using crayons, coloring pencils or markers instead.  
Discuss what is an ark, a large boat.  Color the ark brown also with fingers or crayons.  Proceed with the assembly as above.
Note:  Some children really dislike using their fingers and the stickiness of the paint -  provide Q-tips (do not leave children unattended with these) or suggest crayons instead.  

Ages  3 and older:
Option #1:   Print the black and white templates, this will allow for more color practice and creativity.   Decide on any type of coloring or painting method that better meets your needs and the size of the group (finger paints, watercolors, tempera, crayons or markers).  Proceed with assembly as explained above. 

Ages 4 and older:  
Replace the rainbow template with half of a paper plate and cut out a small semi-circle from the bottom to form the rainbow arch.  Draw five lines to divide the paper plate arc and color code each arc.   Children can color or paint the plate and proceed with assembly as explained above for the ark, clouds and Biblical messages.

Additional Idea:  Make a Rainbow and Ark Paper Plate Holder.
After the templates are colored and painted glue the rainbow to the inside top section of a paper plate.  Cut another plate in half and staple to the bottom to form a pocket.  Glue the ark and clouds to the pocket.  Add a string or ribbon to the top to hang.  View this assembly procedure here on a similar project.  This makes a cute gift, add a note pad or post-it note pad  and a pencil inside the pocket to hang anywhere you need to have paper and pencil available for a quick note.  

Activity #5:  Science/Weather & Climate :  Rainbows Ages 4+
Two Easy Experiment:  Catch a Rainbow Indoors and Outdoors
Plan for at least one of these two easy experiments to present in a simple way how a rainbow is caused.

You may want to discuss and define what is a rainbow.
A rainbow is an arc of light exhibiting the range (spectrum) of colors in their order.  A rainbow is caused by drops of water falling through the air. It is seen usually in the sky opposite to the sun at the close of a shower and also in the spray of waterfalls.

Certain weather conditions have to present for a rainbow to be displayed:  rain or shower and a certain amount of sunlight.  

Here other related activities to explore for additional resources and learning activities:

Activity #6:  Online Coloring Page Activity: Noah and the Great Flood
This online coloring page activity can be done as  a supplementary activity to review and reinforce the reading.  Optional:  use this image to reinforce learning letter N is for Noah.

Activity #7:  Alphabet Activities
Select a letter theme to present.

* A is for Noah's Ark

* N is for Noah

* R is for Rainbow
 
Activity #7:  Online Puzzles:   R is for Rainbow
Here is a R is for Rainbow puzzle to practice letter recognition.  The default puzzle is 6 pieces.  Click on the shape button to change shape and number of pieces.
Puzzles are great to address problem solving skills.


Rainbow & Ark Craft
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Rainbow & Ark Craft
Color Templates:
Template #1
Rainbow & Ark


Template #2 Clouds & Tex (BW only)

Black & White Templates:
Template #1 (BW) Rainbow & Ark 

Template #2
Clouds & Text (BW only)


Noah's Ark Story Coloring Book

Alphabet Printable Activities:

A is for Ark

 

N is for Noah
 

R is for Rainbow


Noah's Ark Online Coloring

 

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