- 1x2 boards, one 8½-in. long piece per child
- Brown tempera paint, amount varies
- Brown 9x12-in. sticky back craft foam sheets, 1 for every 36 children
- Blue 9x12-in. sticky back craft foam sheets, 1 for every 4 children
- Poster board (22x28-in.), 1 sheet for every 21 children
- White (or black) 9x12-in. sticky back craft foam sheets, 1 sheet for every 36 children
- Jumbo craft sticks, 1 per child
- Tan or yellow cardstock, 1 sheet for every 9 children
- Awesome Ark Verse pattern
Tools and Basic Supplies
- Mitre or table saw
- Office paper cutter
- Small foam paint brushes
- Baby wipes
- Paper towels
- Glue sticks
- Cut the 1x2 boards into 8½-in. long pieces, one for each
child. Then angle cut (approx. 45 degrees) the ends to
create a pointed bow and stern.
- Take each 9x12-in. brown foam sheet and cut six 1/2x12-
in. strips. Then cut the rest of each sheet into six 1x12-
in. strips. Then cut each strip into 2-in. pieces. Each
child will need a 1/2x2-in. piece and a 1x2-in. piece.
- Cut the blue foam sheets and the poster board into
3x9-in. pieces, one of each per child.
- Cut the white (or black) foam sheets into ½x5½-in.
strips, one for each child.
- Photocopy the Awesome Ark Verse pattern onto tan or
yellow cardstock. Then cut out the verse strips, one per
Hold up the sample craft and say:
Have you ever been on a boat? Tell us about it!
Today we’re making a tiny model of the most interesting
boat ever—the Ark. Noah’s Ark was a real boat that had
a lot of cool features. It was six times longer than it was
wide, which are the exact proportions needed to make a
boat stable and seaworthy. Modern shipbuilders still use
those dimensions! Also, it had something called “pitch”
on it that made it waterproof. And the length described
in the Bible is about the biggest a wooden boat can be,
even to this day. It’s cool to remember that when the Bible
speaks about scientific stuff, like building a boat, you
know it will be completely accurate!
But even though the boat was steady and seaworthy, only
a few people got on when the time came. If you lived back
in Noah’s time, do you think you would have gotten on
Class Time Directions
- Take a 1/2-in. strip and remove the paper backing. Then
take one end of the wood piece (boat) and place both
ends of the strip about halfway in from the point (half
an inch on either side) and press into place. Squeeze
the excess together to form a fixed rudder that juts out
from the back of the boat. To finish the rudder, snip
off the top corner with scissors. Such extensions were
common on the earliest large ships of the Mediterranean.
- Take a 1-in. strip and remove the paper backing. Then,
at the front of the boat, but directly over (on top of)
the point this time, take the strip and carefully place
the ends near the edge of each side of the boat. Because
of the point, two corners of the strip will hang over.
Then press down, while pinching the excess in the
middle together, to form a fin on the top of the boat.
To finish the fin, cut off (or fold down) the overhanging
corners with scissors. Such fins or stems were a hallmark
of ancient ships. They would catch the wind and keep
the boat perpendicular to the waves.
- Take the long white (or black) strip and remove the
paper backing. Then center and press it onto the top of
the piece of wood (boat).
- Paint the entire boat (except the foam pieces). Dip your
brush lightly into the paint and spread evenly, using
long, even strokes. Don't apply too much paint, or it
will take too long to dry. Just enough to cover.
- Paint the top and sides only of the jumbo craft stick.
Leave the underside unpainted and dry.
- Glue stick the jumbo craft stick, painted side up, to the
top of the long white (or black) foam strip.
- Use baby wipes and paper towels to clean paint off
- For the Ark base, take the large blue piece of craft foam
and remove the paper backing. Then carefully press
it onto the piece of poster board so the edges line up
- With the blue foam base before you in a horizontal
fashion, attach the Bible verse strip near the edge closest
to you with glue stick.
- When dry, place the Ark on the blue base for display!
- You can make simple kids' paint brushes by wrapping
a piece of sponge around the end of a craft stick and
securing it with a rubber band.
- For those arks that are still too wet (because of too
much paint), send them home in plastic baggies, or keep
them till tomorrow and then send home. Make sure
names are on them!