TEACHER PREP: Start with the Inside the Ark coloring page from Day 3; and print and color the new Off Ark color page to use later in today's story too . If using the bulletin board with your story, put your rainbow up over the ark before class, and get the sunshine, altar and Noah praying ready to add on too. You will be taking the animals out of the ark one by one, and Noah and his family, and placing them outside of the ark. Use the stand-up Noah and 3-Animals ark from Day 3 to show Noah peeking out of the top.

Bible Memory Verse: Genesis 9:14-5 When I bring clouds over the earth and a rainbow appears in them,15 I will remember my agreement between me and you and every living thing. Floods will never again destroy all life on the earth. NCV

Scriptures quoted from The Holy Bible, New Century Version, copyright © 1987, 1988, 1991 by Word Publishing, Nashville, Tennessee 37214. Used by permission.


INTRO: Last week we heard part of the story of Noah. Last week, Noah and his family were still waiting on the boat (Show the picture of Inside the Ark). They were waiting for God to tell them it was ok to get off the boat.

So, by now the rain had stopped, but Noah still had to wait longer. Waiting sure was hard. When would it be time to get off the ark? But, Noah just kept busy. He fed the animals, and cared for them. But Noah could have fun peeking out of the top of the ark, now that the roof was off. (Use the Noah Peek craft to show Noah first peeking through the window, then peeking out of the top of the page).

(If using the bulletin board, place the family members and animals out of the ark as they are mentioned, otherwise just show the Off Ark coloring page). Then one day, when the ground was really, really dry, God told Noah he could come off the boat. He told Noah to bring his wife and the rest of his family. He told Noah to bring all of the animals too! Hurry, Noah, hurry! Go get everybody and tell them the good news! So, Noah told everybody it was time to get off the boat! What a happy day it was!

Look at all the animals come out of the boat. The lions sneak out so quick! Roar-r-r-r! How happy they are! The tigers they come! The little mice run off the boat. Their little legs move so fast! The little pigs run off too, Oink! Oink! Oink! Oink! How happy everybody was to come off the boat! Arf-arf! Here comes the puppy-dogs too! Gr-r-r-r! Gr-r-r-r! Can you guess the name of the animal who growls like that? That's right. Its the bear. He runs off the boat too. Eeee-eee-eee! Ooo-ooo-ooo! Who can name the animal that makes that sound? That's right, the monkeys. Here they come too. "Get me out of here!" they seems to say! There come the elephants too! Ba-a-a-a, baa-aaa! Here comes the little woolly lambs too. Finally everybody could get off the boat! Oh, wait a minute. The little beavers are still on the boat. Let's get them too. Here they come. There, that's all the animals.

Now Noah's family gets off the boat too. Here comes Shem and his wife - look how quick they run! Ham and his wife hurry off the ark too! And, don't forget Japheth and his wife! Here comes Noah's wife too! Hey... what about Noah? Oh, there's Noah, now he's comes off the ark too! We can't forget Noah!

Once outside the ark, Noah was so happy! He was so thankful that God had kept them safe! The flood was over! The water was all gone! What a beautiful day it was! (Place the sunshine on the bulletin board). Noah was so happy and thankful that first he built an altar to the Lord. An altar was a made out of stones. It was a place to give gifts of thanks to God. Noah did this to thank-you to God for keeping him safe. God was very happy to hear Noah's thank-you! He promised Noah and the animals that he would never again flood the whole earth. Then he gave them a beautiful rainbow! Do you know what a rainbow is? It has many colors and goes across the whole sky! (move your arm in a wide arching motion and add the rainbow). Has anybody ever seen a real rainbow after it rains? God still gives us a rainbow sometimes after it rains.

So, every time you see a rainbow up in the sky after the rain, think of God's promise. Think of the story of Noah - I think it will make you feel happy to remember the story of Noah. Now you know how much God loves you, and that he watches over you too. And we know that he will always keep his promise to never send another flood like that again because God always keeps his promises!

TRANSITION: Well, that is how the story of Noah and the animals went. Did you like it? Now let's have talk time and answer some questions about the story, then we can say a prayer. Then we can make some art projects and play some games.

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