Year 01/Lesson 09: Noah's Ark

What You'll Need: scriptures, Noah story cut-outs, black construction paper, waxed paper, crayon pieces in rainbow colors, glue, scissors, iron and animal crackers.

You can also choose to download the pdf of this lesson for easy printing.

Scripture: Moses 8:27 - Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord; for Noah was a just man … and he walked with God.

Opening Song: Follow the Prophet - (PCS #110 ) Sing the 3rd verse about Noah. The lyrics are as follows....

Noah was a prophet called to preach the word,
Tried to cry repentance, but nobody heard.
They were busy sinning—Noah preached in vain.
They wished they had listened when they saw the rain.

Follow the prophet, follow the prophet,
Follow the prophet; don’t go astray.
Follow the prophet, follow the prophet,
Follow the prophet; he knows the way.


- Download character and scene pieces from the Story of Noah (From 2001 Children's Friend magazine). Print onto card stock and cut-out. Use them to act out the following story as you tell it.

Noah was a righteous man who lived amid great wickedness. Almost all the people on the earth spent their time doing evil things, and they would not listen when Noah taught them the gospel. Noah warned the people that if they did not repent, a mighty flood would come upon the earth and destroy them. But they paid no attention to his words, and Noah’s heart ached with sorrow because he knew that their evil ways would lead to their destruction.

The Lord commanded Noah and his family to build a huge wooden boat, called and ARK, and to gather into it animals, birds, and insects of every kind, both male and female.

The people laughed at Noah’s family for building the ark, and they jeered at the sight of the animals being guided into it. Noah didn't listen to them because knew that he was doing the right thing in obeying the Lord’s commandment.

Soon the sky grew dark and the low rumblings of thunder could be heard. Drops of rain began to fall, and then a great storm arose that continued for many days. Water covered the whole earth, even the highest mountains; there was nothing visible but water as far as the eye could see. Everything was destroyed except for Noah’s family and the animals they had gathered. As the rain poured and the waves crashed around them, the Lord protected them in the safety of the ark.

After forty days and forty nights, the rain finally stopped. Noah and his family were able to leave with the animals and settle upon the land. There was a beautiful rainbow into the sky. A rainbow reminds us of the Lord's promise that the earth and everything living on it would never again be destroyed by a flood.

Noah did what the Lord told him to even when others wouldn't listen. He worked hard to do what was right and because he obeyed the Lord, His family and all of the animals were kept safe.

Bear your testimony about the protection the Lord offers when we follow His commandments. (For tips on sharing your testimony please click here.)

Practice Song: If you are teaching your family the March Song of the Month, go over the words and music with your family. You may choose to use the FREE downloadable words chart I created for this song by clicking HERE.

Activity : Noah's Rainbow Stained Glass

What you'll need:
Black construction paper
Waxed paper
Crayons or crayon pieces in rainbow colors
Iron (requires adult supervision)

1. Take black construction paper and cut it into 5" x 5" squares.
2. With two pieces of paper together, trace a rainbow arch on the top square and then cut out with the two pieces together. The squares will be solid around the edges with a rainbow pattern cut out of the center.
3. Next shave crayons into arched rows of colors. Using a warm iron, melt the crayon shavings between two pieces of wax paper. Then cut down the wax paper to fit between the two squares of construction paper.
4. To assemble the window, place one square of construction paper on the table and glue your wax paper glass to that square. Then place the second square over the first square making sure your rainbow pattern matches up and glue the two squares together.

Tips: When tracing the rainbow, trace it on the paper on the diagonal. Then hang from one corner, forming a diamond shape (like this leaf project shown below).

Store bought Animal Crackers and milk. Let the children identify the animals and pair them two by two. Once paired, pretend their mouth is the ark and march the animals in (and eat them!)

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7 Way Righteous Comments:

Deanna said...

I cut out all the animals from the printout yesterday as my kids were playing, along with the wax paper and rainbow cutouts. Today I even purchased animal crackers when grocery shopping. And as I type this, my sweet husband and children are watching "Noah's Ark" with Donald Duck on Youtube. *sigh*

On the bright side, my husband explained the commandment from God to Noah to the boys in less than 30 seconds.

Go us.

Unknown said...

This was our second time doing your FHE lessons. I used your story to tell about Noah's ark, but I needed to focus a bit more on obedience- so I showed the girls some signs and we helped them understand (yet again) that we need to be obedient to the signs the Lord gives us- because he loves us. Unfortunately we were short on time so we didn't do the stained glass, and I didn't make it to the store- so no animal crackers.

The girls are loving it and have asked us if we can have FHE every night.

Thanks again for doing this!

Jeremy Pyne said...

I've been following these lessons since the start of the year, and I thank you for helping make FHE simple again! I have a 2 1/2 year old and a 9-mo old, and a husband who is happy to let me take charge of FHE.

This lesson on Noah came at a great time, because we had tickets to see a city exhibit on the ark the very next week. My son knew exactly what it was all about when we got there - down to the animals going in two-by-two.

Julie said...

My 6 year old and 3 year old loved this lesson. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

This lesson is so straightforward and clear, that my 8 year old read the lesson, and my 3 year old was in charge of the activity! Thanks so much!

Leah Marie said...

We absolutely love these lessons. We always struggled with choosing a topic, now we just follow your plan. They are short, perfect for my little ones, but fun to do! We are more consistent now with the because my kids help me remember. They are so excited each week with what activity they get to do next.

Molly Houx said...

Not being an arts & crafts family, we changed the activity to have everyone make a line of pairs of every jelly belly flavor they could find.

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