Noah’s Ark: The Story of God’s Protection
Story-telling session with my girl
Once there was an old man named Noah, who had a very very looooong beard. He loved God and was the nicest person in the whole city. One day, God warned Noah that a terrible storm is coming.
God told Noah, “The big flood is coming and it will rain for many, many days. Everything is going to be destroyed. I want you to build an ark where you and your family and all the animals can be safe.”
Noah asked God,” What is an ark?”
God replied, “It is like a boat which is very big (stretches hands wide), and is very high (stretch your hands towards the ceiling). It is made of wood and will take very long to build. You must start right away!”
Mr and Mrs Noah listened to God and started building the huge ark. It had a super big door and a window at the top for everyone to look up to God, instead of looking at the storm around.
Their neighbours saw what they were doing and started laughing at them. “What a silly idea! There is no rain or storm in sight, why are you so foolish?”
However, after the ark was finished, God told Noah, “The storm is coming anytime now! Quick, get your family and choose two animals of each kind and gather them into the ark!
When Noah’s family and the animals went into the ark, God shut the door, and the sky became filled with dark clouds. Noah and his family could hear loud thunder (thunder sound) and then there was one drop, two drops , three drops of rain that went pitter patter! And soon, it became a thunderstorm and there was water all around. The dry land could no longer be seen, and the water covered the whole earth.
All this while, Noah, his family and the animals were all safe and dry in the ark! Noah’s ark is warm and cosy and there was plenty of food.
After it rained for forty days and forty nights, the sun began to shine! Noah sent a raven to look for dry land, but the raven only sees water. Noah waited for a few more days, and sent out a dove. It brought back an olive branch, and Noah knew the flood is over.
“Yay!!! The flood is over!” shouted Noah’s family and the animals. Noah said, “Let’s get out of the ark! The animals are really stinking up the whole place!”
And so the animals went out of the ark, and roamed the dry lands. God made a rainbow in the sky and told Noah, “Whenever you see a rainbow, you will remember my promise that I will never flood the earth again. I promise not to be angry with man anymore.”
Discussion 1: We are protected whether we are good or bad, because we are in the Ark.
Dramatization: children can role-play the following scenario of the animals in the Ark.
Bird: Wow, look at the flood outside! Thank God we are safe in the ark!
Elephant: (boasting) You know, even if I am not in the Ark, I can use my trunk to suck up all the water and I will still not die.
Goose: (laughing) Hahaha, You know I can fly for forty days and forty nights in the sky and I will never be tired.
Mouse: (looking out at the storm outside) Oh no oh no!! The storm is too great! I think we are all going to die in the Ark and drown in the sea!! God help!!!
Children, do you know that even when the animals boast in themselves, or be fearful and have no faith in God, they are all still safe in the Ark and will be protected from the flood? Jesus is the Ark, so when we are in Jesus, we are protected from all the evil and bad things in the world. Whether we are good or bad, we do not need to fear because we are in Christ, and Jesus will still protect us.
Discussion 2: “Protect” means to cover
Have a child wear a poncho or raincoat. Then have two or three children to shoot water with water guns at the child in the raincoat. After that, take out the raincoat and show that the child is still dry and clean.
Children, do you know the word ‘protect’ means to cover? God is our best protector. Like the raincoat, He always covers us and shields us from all bad things that come at us. No evil can touch us or hurt us because we are in Jesus. We can be protected from disease, accidents, disasters, or evil because Jesus always protects and covers us.
Just print out an ark template, and some animal cut-outs. Paste them and put it on an ice-cream stick!
My 3 year-old with her Noah’s Ark craft work after the story-telling session.