15 minute Story planner
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor page 17-21
‘The Flood’ see Printables
1. Setting the scene - 2 mins
Find the Old Testament section in a Bible.
Show and talk about 'The Old Testament FlashCards' card one
2. Starter question - 1 min
Have you ever been stuck inside on a rainy day? Do rainy days make you feel grumpy, or cosy and relieved to be warm and snug inside?
3. Tell the story with props - 4 mins
A book about the weather or pictures of rainy scenes
A cardboard box with soft toy animals inside
A picture of a rainbow
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4. Story activity - 6 mins
Option 1 - Enjoy the puzzles in this weeks Dead Sea Comic Caper (see Printables)
Option 2 - Act out the story using blue fabric to represent the water
You will need two strips of blue fabric, two large pieces of paper, crayons, sticky tac and the cardboard box with soft toy animals inside as above. Before the session draw a rainbow on one of the pieces of paper. Stick it to a wall and cover it with the second piece of paper.
As you tell the story lay the fabric on the floor. Encourage the children to hold it around its edges and slowly lift it up as you talk about the water filling the rivers. As you talk about looking at the earth and only seeing water ask the children to lower the fabric to the ground and place the cardboard box on top. As you describe the water receding ask the children to blow on the fabric and gradually pull it away. Finally reveal your rainbow by removing the covering paper and take the animals out of the box.
Option 3 - Tell the story then talk about the birds Noah sent out from the Ark
You will need a bird template (see Printables).
Print and cut out two bird templates. Colour one bird in black. Fold the templates along the dotted lines as indicated. Slide a paper clip onto the folded paper beneath the beak of each bird and ‘fly’ the bird as you would a paper aeroplane.
Spend some time talking about Noah sending out birds from the ark (Gen 8:6-12). Illustrate this part of the story by taking it in turns to fly the paper birds.
5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins
Father God, we remember how you kept Noah and his family safe in the wooden ark day after day.
Thank you that you have promised to look after us. Help us to trust you every day and remember that you love each of us very, very, very much.
Prayer action: Ask the children to cup their hands in front of them as if holding something very precious. Encourage the children to look at their hands as you say the prayer.
Alongside this story, make a craft...