God Tells Noah to Build an Ark

Unit 3 Core Truth: God Keeps His Promises BEAR HUG 11 God Tells Noah to Build an Ark Memory Seed: Lamentations 3:23: … Great is Your faithfulnes...
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Core Truth: God Keeps His Promises

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God Tells Noah to Build an Ark

Memory Seed: Lamentations 3:23: … Great is Your faithfulness. The Big Apple: God planned to send a flood to punish people for their sin, but God promised to keep Noah and his family safe from that punishment. God always keeps His promises. God is faithful!

SOW THE SEEDS Read: Genesis 6; Hebrews 11:7; 2 Peter 3:3-13 Memorize: Lamentations 3:23

Pray that the Holy Spirit would work through this lesson so Cubbies:

Noah and his family were surrounded by wickedness. (Talk about challenging parenthood. Can you imagine raising your children in a world where no other parents shared your godly values?)

1. Understand what the words promise and faithful mean.

Genesis 6:5 gives a picture of the depravity in Noah’s day. The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (Emphasis added.) In the hearts and minds of these people, good choices weren’t even an option. Sin was so rampant that the Lord was grieved He had even made humans. Amidst the violence and corruption, Noah remained faithful to God. Noah wasn’t sinless, but he found grace (favor) in the Lord’s eyes, and the Lord promised to rescue him and his family from the coming judgment for sin. Being rescued from such wide-scale destruction might have seemed impossible — and for anyone but God, it would’ve been impossible — but God keeps His promises. As you begin this unit, make sure your Cubbies understand the meaning of the word promise. Review the meaning often during your club time: A promise is when you tell someone you will do something and you really mean it.

2. Admit that they can’t always keep their promises, but God always keeps His promises. He is faithful! 3. Realize that sin makes God sad, and sin must be punished. 4. See God’s kind promise and plan (the ark) to keep Noah and his family safe from sin’s punishment. 5. Praise God for His faithfulness. 6. 7. (Add the goals the Holy Spirit brings to your mind and heart as you pray for Cubbies.)

As adults, we understand the magnitude of God’s promise to rescue Noah from the punishment for sin. In Christ, we are saved from the coming punishment for sin described in 2 Peter 3. Take some time right now to thank God for His mercy.

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COMING IN

people would be punished for their sin, but God promised to keep Noah and his family safe on the ark. Tell Cubbies to build their own ark on a sheet of construction paper using the sticks provided. (Leaders can show children a sample, but encourage Cubbies to design their own ark.) When Cubbies use glue bottles, remind them to only use a little glue. Say, “Dot, dot. Not a lot.” Cubbies could draw raindrops and water on their paper and add a few animal stickers.

(10-15 minutes before club officially starts) IDEA 1: Ark Wall Poster What You Need • Large ark shape cut from (or drawn on) poster board or bulletin board paper (resource CD) • Strips of brown construction paper (of various lengths) • Masking tape • Blue streamers • Heading that says “God Keeps His Promises”

IDEA 3: Noah’s Ark Drama Center What You Need • Cardboard refrigerator box to make an ark (ask for one at a local appliance store) • Old newspapers • Brown washable tempera paint • Small bowls • Paint brushes • Smocks or paint shirts for your Cubbies

• Optional — Instead of taping on strips, let Cubbies paint or color the ark brown. Put tape loops on the back of each brown paper strip. Help Cubbies work together to stick the strips on the ark. As they work, talk about the likely jobs of Noah and his helpers: cutting down trees, hauling wood, sawing boards, etc. Hang the ark on the wall under a heading that says “God Keeps His Promises.” Underneath the ark, hang twisted lengths of blue streamers horizontally to represent water. In the coming lessons, Cubbies can add animals (ark animal patterns on the resource CD), Noah and his family (Noah and family patterns on the resource CD) and a giant rainbow.

• Optional — Instead of a box, use tables, chairs and blankets or sheets to make an ark. Ahead of time, cut a door and a window in the box. Cover the floor with newspapers. Set the box on top of the paper. Let Cubbies paint the box. As they work, describe some of the instructions God gave Noah for the ark, such as painting the inside and outside of the boat with pitch. (See Genesis 6:14-16.) Explain that God loved Noah and He used the ark to protect Noah’s family from the flood. Let the box dry and save it for use in the drama area. In coming weeks, Cubbies can take dolls and stuffed animals on the ark or help you decorate the wall above the ark with gray clouds or a rainbow.

NOTE: You could save this activity until Play Time and combine it with the Ark Relay game. IDEA 2: Stick Ark What You Need • Construction paper • Various sizes of craft sticks and/or flat toothpicks • White glue bottles • Blue crayons

STARTING TIME (3-5 minutes)

• Optional — animal stickers

Continue the starting routine you have established. Include the “Cubbies Song,” Cubbies key verse, Cubbies motto, unit Core Truth and the A and C verses along with your favorite visuals, songs and motions.

Ask Cubbies to tell you about the promise God made to Noah. (Define the word promise if necessary.) Explain that the

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PUPPET SHOW

LUVIE (breathless): Hi, Cubbie! Timothy, the alpacas and I are playing tag. Do you want to play? You promised me this morning that you would.

(3-5 minutes) What You Need • Cubbie Bear puppet • Luvie Lamb puppet

CUBBIE: Sure! I always try to keep my promises.

• Optional — toy wagon (preferably red)

(Luvie tags Cubbie with her hoof.)

filled with firewood or wooden blocks

LUVIE (shouting): You’re IT!

(If you brought a wagon, set it in a visible place.)

(Luvie runs out of sight. Cubbie starts to run after her until you stop him with your question.)

LEADER: I wonder what our friend, Cubbie Bear, is doing today. Let’s call him together. One — two — three. CUBBIE!

LEADER: Wait a minute, Cubbie! Why is Timothy playing tag? I thought he was supposed to pull the wagon up to the house like he promised.

(Bring the Cubbie puppet into view, hopping from spot to spot.) CUBBIE (still hopping): Hi, boys and girls! I’m having a great day on the farm. I had a few apples for lunch. I took a ride on the train, and now I’m heading over to the petting zoo to see my friends.

CUBBIE: I’m not sure. Maybe he’ll pull the wagon up later, after he’s done playing. (Cubbie turns to face boys and girls.) Hey, do YOU like to play tag too? (Allow response from children.)

LEADER: Do you know anything about the wagon I saw by the barn? Why is it still sitting there? (If you brought a wagon, point to it.)

LUVIE: Aren’t you coming?

(Luvie returns to view.)

CUBBIE (tagging Luvie): You’re IT!

CUBBIE: Oh, yeah, I think Timothy promised his dad that he would pull that wagon up to the house and put the wood in the wood box on the porch.

LUVIE (tagging Cubbie back): No, you’re IT! (They go back and forth a couple more times until Luvie ducks and doesn’t get tagged. She runs away.)

LEADER: Hmm, I wonder why he left it there? Why isn’t he doing what he said he would do?

CUBBIE: Bye, Cubbies. I have to keep my promise and go play tag with Luvie.

(Bring the Luvie Lamb puppet into view, with small bouncing movements, so she appears to be running.)

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(End the show with Cubbie running off after Luvie. Children wave goodbye as you put the puppets away.)

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SNACKS (5-10 minutes)

SONGS (3-5 minutes)

Snacks are optional and can be done at any time during the club meeting.

Songs can be done before or after Lesson Time.

IDEA 1: Banana Arks

• The Cubbies’ favorite song from the last unit

What You Need • Half of a banana for each Cubbie • Paper plates • Plastic knifes • Animal cookies

• “Rise and Shine” (“Arky, Arky”) The tune and lyrics are easily searchable online.

SING:

• “God Always Keeps His Promises” to the tune “Do You Know the Muffin Man?” God always keeps His promises, His promises, His promises. God always keeps His promises. We (or I) can count on Him.

Give each Cubbie a plastic knife and one banana half on a paper plate. Cubbies can cut the banana with the knife and pretend they are sawing logs to make the ark. Serve a few animal cookies to each Cubbie. Review the definition of the word promise and talk about the promise God made to Noah. The people would be punished for their sin with a flood, but God would keep Noah and his family safe from that punishment.

• The chorus only of the classic hymn “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” Teach Cubbies the definition of any unfamiliar words.

PRAYER (1-2 minutes)

IDEA 2: Edible Arks

Cubbies, when we pray, we can tell God what we like about Him. I like that God keeps His promises. When He says something, He will do it! (Briefly share your favorite promise from Scripture and how God has kept that promise to you. Good promise passages are John 1:12; Isaiah 41:10; Romans 8:38-39; 1 Peter 5:7.) When someone keeps a promise, we say he or she is faithful. God is faithful! Let’s thank Him for being so faithful to us. (Pray briefly with Cubbies.)

What You Need • Paper plates • Pita bread or tortilla shells cut in half to form half circles • Cheese slices • Pretzels • Animal cookies Give each Cubbie a paper plate and various food items to construct his or her own edible ark. For the bottom part of the ark Cubbies can use half a pita bread or half a tortilla shell. The middle could be a square or rectangular slice of cheese. Cubbies could design a roof using pretzel sticks. Let them finish by adding a few animal cookies. If desired, you could let Cubbies make the arks during Coming In. Promise them they will get to eat the arks during snack time, and keep your promise. Remind them that God always keeps His promises. He is faithful!

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LESSON TIME (15-20 minutes)

your friends like you promised. (Add relevant examples for your Cubbies.)

What You Need • Teaching Cards (TC) 43-46 • Bible with markers placed at Genesis 6:5-22 and Lamentations 3:23

God is different from us. God always keeps His promises. (Display TC44 and prepare to reuse this card later.) One day, God made a promise to a man named Noah. (Point to Noah in the picture.) Noah was a good man. He wasn’t perfect, but he wanted to obey God.

• Optional — blocks (or shoe boxes and various sizes of cardboard boxes), toy hammers

(Open your Bible to Genesis 6:5-22 and keep the Bible visible as you teach.) In Genesis 6, the Bible tells us that God was pleased, or happy, with Noah. (Make happy faces together.) But God was NOT happy with all the other people who lived on the earth. (Display TC45.) They made God very sad. (Make sad faces.)

(Adapt and personalize the words of this lesson so it fits you, your Cubbies and your setting. Open with prayer.) Cubbies, wasn’t it fun to watch Luvie Lamb and Cubbie play tag today? (Allow response.) We had so much fun that we forgot all about Timothy’s wagon! I wonder if Timothy will finish his job like he promised. What do you think, Cubbies? (Let a few Cubbies share their ideas.)

Why do you think they made God sad? What are the people doing in the picture? (Discuss the sinful actions you see — the girl disobeying her mom, the two men fighting and the woman stealing bread.) The people did lots of other wicked and hateful things too. When they weren’t doing wicked things, they were thinking about doing wicked things. They never wanted to obey God.

(Display TC43. Prepare to reuse this card later.) Look at the beautiful, colorful rainbow! Above the rainbow, it says, “God keeps His promises.” Cubbies, what is a promise? (Allow response. Parents should have discussed this with Cubbies in the Bear Hug 11 handbook section.) A promise is when you tell someone you will do something and you really mean it. Cubbies, when you make a promise, you must keep it. You must do what you said you would do. (Give examples of promises Cubbies might make to their parents or friends: they promise to pick up toys, go to bed at bedtime, give a friend a turn to play on the swing.)

God was sorry He made people on the earth, so God said, “Noah, I am going to send a huge flood. Water will cover the whole earth and destroy everything. (Sweep your arms in front of you as if you are wiping the earth clean.) All the people on the earth will die because of their sin. But I will keep you and your family safe.” Wow, Cubbies, did you hear what God promised? God would send a horrible flood to punish the people for their sin, but God would keep Noah and his family safe from that punishment. What a big promise — and what a kind promise God made to Noah!

Optional: To illustrate the concept of promisekeeping, tell Cubbies that you promise to give each of them a block later during the lesson. Ask Cubbies to promise that they will listen and do what you tell them to do with the blocks. Later, ask Cubbies to build an ark with the blocks. (See the optional idea on the next page.)

God gave Noah a job. He said, “Build an ark (which is a boat) out of wood. Make the ark BIG, with rooms inside and a roof on top.”

Cubbies, sometimes it’s hard to keep a promise. You may forget to pick up your toys like you said you would. Or maybe you get sick and you can’t go outside and play with

(Display TC44 again.) Noah obeyed everything God said. He started building the ark, and his three sons probably helped too. continued on next page

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HANDBOOK TIME

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Optional: Make an ark together with blocks (or shoeboxes and various sizes of cardboard boxes). Give each child a block. One at a time, call children up to place their blocks. If you have a small club, you may want to give Cubbies more than one block. For extra fun, let Cubbies pound on their blocks with toy hammers.

(15-30 minutes) Give each handbook group leader a copy of Bear Hug 11 Handbook Leader Sheet from the resource CD. IDEA 1: Bear Hug 11 Activity Sheet What You Need • Copy of Bear Hug 11 Activity Sheet for each Cubbie • Crayons

Optional: Sing this song to the tune of “Here We Go ‘Round the Mulberry Bush.” This is the way we chop the trees, Chop the trees, chop the trees. This is the way we chop the trees, To build Noah’s ark.

• Optional — glue and small craft sticks As Cubbies color the picture, talk about the promise God made to Noah. Cubbies can decorate the picture by gluing craft sticks on the ark. Or if they started the Stick Ark craft during Coming In, let them finish that here instead.

Let Cubbies pretend to chop trees as they sing. Add verses with new actions such as “saw the wood,” “hammer the nails,” etc. (Display TC46.) After a long while, Noah finished the ark. Here’s what it might have looked like. (Contrast the tiny figure near the door with the gigantic ark.) Cubbies, it’s a good thing God said to make the ark BIG! Do you know why? (Talk about the people, animals and food that had to fit in the ark. See Genesis 6:18-21.)

IDEA 2: Block Stacking What You Need • Pile of wooden blocks for each handbook table Let Cubbies take turns stacking the blocks to build a tower or a small ark. They must say one word of the verse as they place each block.

Noah knew God would keep his family and the animals safe inside the ark. God keeps His promises. (Display TC43 again and say the Core Truth a few times with Cubbies.) Cubbies, when someone keeps a promise, we say he or she is faithful. God always keeps His promises. He is faithful. (Open your Bible to Lamentations 3:23.) Let’s praise God by saying our verse to Him: … Great is Your faithfulness. (Repeat the verse in different ways: sing it, shout it, whisper it, etc.)

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PLAY TIME (15-20 minutes)

these actions until the chain is five or six people long. At this time, you could stop the game and play again, add additional leaders to start new chains or divide the chain into two groups and keep playing. Try to tag new Cubbies each time you play. You could start new rounds with a review verse (such as the A and C verses or Cubbies motto and key verse) or the Core Truth for the unit.

IDEA 1: Stack the Boards What You Need • Large supply of wooden or cardboard blocks Let Cubbies pretend they are building a section of Noah’s ark. Divide Cubbies into groups. Assign a pile of blocks (“boards”) to each group. The first person in each group will run to the pile, choose a block and place it. He will run back to tag the second player, who will run to choose a block and place it on top of the first player’s block. Continue until each player has had a turn and the blocks are stacked on top of each other.

GOING HOME (5-10 minutes) Check the Play Time games for Bear Hug 12. You may want to tell Cubbies’ parents to make sure their child brings a stuffed animal for next week.

IDEA 2: Ark Relay What You Need • Simple line drawing of an ark on poster board or bulletin board paper • Strips of brown construction paper (of various lengths) • Masking tape Hang the ark outline on the wall. Place several paper strips near the ark. Put masking tape loops on the back of each strip. On your signal, the first Cubbie will run to the ark, pick up one “board” (paper strip) and place it somewhere on the ark. Cubbies can cheer for each other as they watch the ark being built. If you have a large club, divide into groups and hang an ark for each group. You can save these arks for next week and let Cubbies race to add animal pictures to the ark. (This activity could be combined with Idea 1 from Coming In.) IDEA 3: Verse Tag What You Need • Nothing A leader is “It” and begins by reciting Lamentations 3:23. She tags a child. They join hands and recite the verse together before they run to tag another child. Repeat

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Cubbies AppleSeed Teaching Plans — Unit 3: BH 11 — Core Truth: God Keeps His Promises

Basic Instructions: Color the picture. Even More Fun: Glue craft sticks on the ark. Ultimate Fun: Make a promise to someone in your family this week. Be faithful by keeping your promise. Remember, God always keeps His promises.

God promised to keep Noah and his family safe from the flood. God keeps His promises. He is faithful.

… Great is Your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:23)

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