Teacher Prep: (Print out and color Day 2 coloring page - Animals Get On Ark, to use as a Picture to show the children. Point to the each set of animals when the story mentions them. (Some animals are not pictured). Alternatively, you can print the animal stickers or colored animal stickers on inkjet sticker paper, and the Inside-Ark craft page, and add each animal as the story mentions them.

Bible Memory Verse: Genesis 6:22 Noah did everything just as God commanded him. NIV

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved.


Last week, we heard the story of how God gave Noah a big job to do. He told Noah to build a big enough boat for his family and all the animals. This week, we learn that God has some more big jobs for Noah. God also told Noah to store all of the different kinds of food on the ark for his family, and for all the animals. They would need lots of food to get ready for the flood. So, Noah got busy. He got every kind of food for every kind of animal, and put it all on the ark. Let's see...What do you think his list might look like... hay for the horses, carrots for the bunnies, bananas for the monkeys. Then, we will need berries and seeds for the birds, acorns for the squirrels, corn for the pigs. Lots and lots of food was needed. Fish for the bears, meat and bones for the puppy-dogs, tuna for the cats.... On and on, the list went! Chicken feed for the chickens, worms for the birds, cheese for the mice... What a long list of food it was! I bet it took Noah a long time to get all that food on the ark. But, God cared about Noah. God helped Noah with everything he did. Now everybody would have plenty to eat when the flood would come!

Then God had another big job for Noah to do: The next thing God told Noah to do was to get the animals on the ark. Soon God would send the rain. So, God helped Noah with that big job too! God brought two of each animal to the ark for Noah to load onto the ark. Hurry, hurry, little animals, the rain will come soon! Two by two the animals got on the ark. (Hold up the picture of the animals getting onto the ark). Moo-moo! What's that sound? Oh, look - that's the two cows. I think they're letting everybody know to get out of their way as they climb onto the ark. (Point to each animal as you say its name). Next, the two little bunnies go hippety-hop, hippety hop, onto the ark behind them. The two little squirrels are so quiet and fast, nobody even notices them as they sneak onto the ark. Oh, look over here! Here come the two big elephants! Make lots of room for them! I'm glad there are only two of them because they are so big! The two little dogs were bursting with energy! Arf-arf, arf-arf; onto the ark they ran! Roar-r-r-r, R-r-r-r-o-o-a-a-r-r-r! Can you guess who made that sound? Yes, that's the lions and tigers. Here they come too! G-r-r-r, G-ro-o-o-w-w-w-l-l-l! Can you guess who made that scary noise? That's the big brown bears. They went to join their friends, the polar bears, who were already on the ark. Look at them go; And, after the bears are the little frogs. What sound do frogs make? Ribbet, ribbit That's what they say as they leap onto the ark. Next, two little guinea pigs scamper onto the ark quiet as can be. Sh-h-h-h-h, don't disturb them. They want to take a nap. Buz-z-z-z, Buz-z-z-z. There go the cute little bumble bees. Their friends, the butterflies, are right behind them. Eee-eee-eee, Ooo-oooo-oo. Two little monkeys swing through the trees until they get to the ark. They climb aboard the ark too. (Birds not pictured) Quack-Quack-Quack. Oh-oh, we can't forget the ducks and birds. The ducks waddle onto the ark. Tweet-tweet, chirp-chirp, there goes the hawks, and seagulls and doves too. Little birds and big birds, they all flap their wings real hard until they are safe on the ark too. They sure are a noisy bunch! But, that is just how animals are sometimes. Soon two of every kind of animal was on the ark. What fun it must've been to see all the different animals - just like a giant zoo!

There sure were a lot of animals! More than we can imagine! Just think of how crowded it must've been. How would all those animals fit on the ark? But, Noah didn't have to worry. God knew what he was doing. He would make a way for all of the animals to fit on the ark. After all, God had told Noah exactly how big to make the ark. He knew everybody would fit. Noah probably had lots of questions on his mind: For one thing, how could he and his family take care of all those animals? But, Noah didn't have to worry about that either. God was taking care of everything. God would help Noah feed the animals too. Even though Noah was thinking about all the things he had to do to get ready for the flood, he knew God had everything under control. He knew God would help him with everything God gave him to do.

So, even though they were big jobs, Noah did all the jobs God gave him to do. He just trusted God, and did what God told him too. Trust and and obey...God would take care of the rest. God loved Noah, and he would help him with all of his big jobs. Its the same when we have a big job to do. Sometimes we don't even know how to do what we need to do. Sometimes we don't understand how everything will work out. But, what we do know is that God loves us. He loves us very, very much; and He will help us do our big jobs too. Just like Noah, all we have to do is trust God, and do what he says. God takes care of all the rest. We don't have to worry about all the questions we have. God has it all figured out. He will help us too, just like Noah. All we have to do is pray and ask God to help us, and he will.

TRANSITION: Thank you all for listening. Did you like the story? Next week, we'll hear more of the story. We'll hear what happens after the rain comes. But right now we have some questions for you. Then we have some fun crafts and activities to do. And, be sure to come back next week for the next story about Noah!

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