God Saves Noah from the Flood (Children’s Church Lesson)

This free Children’s Church lesson plan was first written for elementary aged students. It covers the story of Noah and the flood. This material could also be used as the Bible lesson for children’s Sunday school. Be sure to consider your own ministry context and modify it as needed.

Please leave any feedback or suggestions for improvement in the comment box at the bottom of this page. We also have a preschool Noah’s Ark Lesson.

Bible Story: God Saves Noah from the Flood
Scripture: Genesis 6:5-22
Target Age Group: Age 5 – 12 (U.S. Kindergarten – 6th Grade)
Learning Context: Children’s Church
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Learning Objectives: After this lesson, the children will demonstrate an understanding of the flood by telling the story to a partner.

Items Needed:

  • Bible: Genesis 6:5-22. There is a detailed explanation below to help bring out some of the important parts of the story.
  • 1 blown up balloon per child
  • 2 sticks (like broomsticks or yard sticks)
  • Ball, basket big enough for the ball to fit in
  • Worship Music: Use the Noah And The Flood Songs (PDF)  to lead the children to sing before the Bible lesson. You can also browse some other kids worship songs.

Additional Resources

The story of God’s rescue of Noah is used elsewhere in the Bible as an illustration of how Christ saves his followers from God’s final judgement. This can be an opportunity to remind children of the great salvation promised in the Gospel.

Teaching Plan: God Saves Noah from the Flood

Welcome Activity
Welcome activities are things to have out for the children to do as they are arriving for class. These activities will get them engaged as soon as they arrive and will help the transition from their parents.

Animal Charades – Have the children take turns acting like different animals and having the rest of the children guess which animal they are.

Worship: Noah and the Flood Songs

Bible Lesson Introduction
“Have you ever done something wrong? (allow for responses) Of course you have! We all have. Have you ever done something right? (allow for responses) Do you follow God and what He wants you to do? Can you imagine if you and your family were the only ones on earth who followed God. That is exactly how Noah and his family felt.

Bible Lesson
Have the children open their Bibles to Genesis 6:5-22. To help them find it, use the following questions. Answers are in italics.

  • What part of the Bible is Genesis in? The Old Testament
  • What book of the Old Testament is Genesis? #1

Read Genesis 6:5-22 (NIRV) aloud to the children.

The Lord saw how bad the sins of man had become on the earth. All of the thoughts in his heart were always directed only toward what was evil.

The Lord was very sad that he had made man on the earth. His heart was filled with pain.So the Lord said, “I created man on the earth. But I will wipe them out. I will destroy people and animals alike. I will also destroy the creatures that move along the ground and the birds of the air. I am very sad that I have made man.”

But the Lord was pleased with Noah.

Here is the story of Noah. Noah was a godly man. He was without blame among the people of his time. He walked with God. Noah had three sons. Their names were Shem, Ham and Japheth.

The earth was very sinful in God’s eyes. It was full of mean and harmful acts. God saw how sinful the earth had become. All of the people on earth were leading very sinful lives.

So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people. They have filled the earth with their harmful acts. You can be sure that I am going to destroy both them and the earth.

“So make yourself an ark out of cypress wood. Make rooms in it. Cover it with tar inside and out. Here is how I want you to build it. The ark has to be 450 feet long. It has to be 75 feet wide and 45 feet high. Make a roof for it. Leave the sides of the ark open a foot and a half from the top. Put a door in one side of the ark. Make lower, middle and upper decks.

“I am going to bring a flood on the earth. It will destroy all life under the sky. It will destroy every living creature that breathes. Everything on earth will die. “But I will make my covenant with you. You will enter the ark. Your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives will enter it with you.

“Bring two of every living thing into the ark. Bring male and female of them into it. They will be kept alive with you. Two of every kind of bird will come to you. Two of every kind of animal will come to you. And two of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you. All of them will be kept alive with you. “Take every kind of food that you will need. Store it away. It will be food for you and for them.”

Noah did everything exactly as God commanded him.

Discuss Bible Lesson
The Lord saw how bad the sins of man had become on the earth. All of the thoughts in his heart were always directed only toward what was evil.

The world had become evil.

The Lord was very sad that he had made man on the earth. His heart was filled with pain.So the Lord said, “I created man on the earth. But I will wipe them out. I will destroy people and animals alike. I will also destroy the creatures that move along the ground and the birds of the air. I am very sad that I have made man.”

God has feelings. It saddens Him when we don’t follow Him.

But the Lord was pleased with Noah.

God was pleased with one man on the earth. One man! Only one man and his family followed God.

Here is the story of Noah. Noah was a godly man. He was without blame among the people of his time. He walked with God. Noah had three sons. Their names were Shem, Ham and Japheth.

The earth was very sinful in God’s eyes. It was full of mean and harmful acts. God saw how sinful the earth had become. All of the people on earth were leading very sinful lives.

So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people. They have filled the earth with their harmful acts. You can be sure that I am going to destroy both them and the earth.

God was so upset with how the people of the world were, He decided to wipe them off the planet. How would you have liked to have been Noah at that time? God has just told him that the whole world was going to be wiped out! He hasn’t said anything yet about saving Noah.

“So make yourself an ark out of cypress wood. Make rooms in it. Cover it with tar inside and out. Here is how I want you to build it. The ark has to be 450 feet long. It has to be 75 feet wide and 45 feet high. Make a roof for it. Leave the sides of the ark open a foot and a half from the top. Put a door in one side of the ark. Make lower, middle and upper decks.

“I am going to bring a flood on the earth. It will destroy all life under the sky. It will destroy every living creature that breathes. Everything on earth will die. “But I will make my covenant with you. You will enter the ark. Your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives will enter it with you.

• God wanted to save Noah. So God gave Noah specific directions on how he could be saved. He had to build the ark. He had to follow God’s directions – every little step – in order to be saved.
• God fills Noah in on how He’s going to destroy the earth. He’s going to send a flood.

“Bring two of every living thing into the ark. Bring male and female of them into it. They will be kept alive with you. Two of every kind of bird will come to you. Two of every kind of animal will come to you. And two of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you. All of them will be kept alive with you. “Take every kind of food that you will need. Store it away. It will be food for you and for them.”

Noah did everything exactly as God commanded him.

Noah did everything EXACTLY the way God told him. When was the last time you did EXACTLY what you were supposed to do?

Bible Lesson Activities
Use the following activities to reinforce the learning goals. If time is short, move on to the evaluation portion of the lesson plan.

Activity: Balloon Animal Round up

  • Split the children into 2 teams
  • Each child gets a balloon – this is their animal to “round-up”
  • Have the teams line up at one end of the classroom
  • Show the children the finish line – this is the ark
  • Give the first person in each team a stick
  • When you say, “Go”, the first child in each line must put their balloon on the ground, hit their balloon with the stick and get it past the finish line
  • Then the child walks back to the their line with the stick and hand it off to the next player
  • The point of the game is to get all of the animals onto the ark

Activity: Bible Verse Memorization
“Bring two of every living thing into the ark.” Genesis 6:19 (NIRV)

Have the children do the following hand motions along with repeating the words after you, to help them learn the Bible Verse:

Bring: hold both arms out and them bring them into the body
two: hold two fingers up
of every living thing: breath in deep
into: hold one hand in a circle and put the other hand into it
the ark: hold hands together, in the shape of a boat, and move forward through the water
Genesis 6: hold six fingers up
19: hold ten fingers up and then hold nine fingers up

Do this a few times with the children. Make it fun for them to do the motions and say the words. Involving them in active learning is essential for memorization.

Activity: Basketball Bible Verse

  • Split the children into 2 teams
  • Each child gets a turn to be able to say the Bible Verse
  • If the child says the Bible Verse correctly, they get to try to shoot a basket for a point
  • If the child doesn’t say the Bible Verse correctly, they have to go to the end of the line
  • Have the teams take turns
  • The first team to 10 – wins!

Evaluation:
Split the children into partners. Have each child tell their partner the story of the flood.

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