Hi Godly Play Teachers,
Welcome to our lesson for August 9, 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." 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:
*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
*You may have seen in the children's game room 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.