Noahs Ark Preschool Theme

This Noahs Ark Theme is based on the book of Genesis in 6:1-9:17.  This page includes preschool lesson plans, activities and Interest Learning Center ideas for your Preschool Classroom!

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Art Activities Block Area Circle Time Activities Cooking Recipes Dramatic Play Ideas Easel Ideas Gross Motor Games Library and Literacy Math And Manipulatives Activities Music and Movement Sand and Water Table Science Activities Writing Activities
Art Activities

Noahs Ark Theme Art

Animal Collage

Materials Needed: magazines with animals in them or stickers, paper, a stencil cut out of an ark.

The children cut out and glue pictures of animals in the ark!

Crayon Side Colored Rainbows

Materials needed:  paper, your old, broken crayons.

Encourage the children to peel the crayons!  Great fine motor exercise!

Then, use the sides of the crayons to try and make arc rainbow shapes of different colors.

VARIATION:  In advance, lightly draw (with pencil) arc lines on the paper for the children to try and follow with the crayons.

Rainbow Filters

Provide the children with white coffee filters, colored markers and spray bottles of water or pipettes and cups of water.

After they color the filters, have them spray or drop water on the filters to watch the colors spread to a rainbow!

Cloud Formation

Materials needed:  Blue or gray paper, cotton batting and cotton balls, glue

Have the children squeeze glue all over their paper.

Encourage them to pull apart the batting and cotton balls to make different shapes of clouds.

Discuss what the clouds look like during storms.

Rainbow Shapes

In advance, cut construction paper of all different colors from the rainbow into small circles, squares or other shapes.

Draw rainbow arc shapes on paper.  Encourage the children to fill in each arc with one color.

EXTENSION:  Provide a large picture of a rainbow and encourage the children to glue their shapes in the same color order.

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Block Area

Noahs Ark Theme Block Center Ideas

Hang many pictures of arks and boats.  Encourage the children to make an ark from the blocks.

Try place a large piece of blue fabric on the floor for the children to build on.

As they build, ask if they can see the blue fabric.  If that was water, would it be able to get in the boat?

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Circle Time Activities

Noahs Ark Theme Circle Time Ideas

Circle Time is such a great time for children to learn the social skills of being together as a large group AND to learn more about your theme!

When telling the Bible story, use some props to keep the children's attention.  Try using a toy boat, animals, little people and a rainbow...and perhaps a spray water bottle!

What is a Promise?

Bring a piece of chart paper to circle and a marker.

Ask the children if they have ever heard the word promise.

What is a promise?  Have they ever made one?  Did they keep it?  Did someone make a promise to them?  Did they keep it?

Write down what they say about promises.

Tell them that in today's story, God made a promise to us!

Read the Bible story.

Talk about the rainbow and what it represents (God's promise to never again flood the world).

Old Man Noah 

sung to Old McDonald Had a Farm

Old man Noah built an ark, E-I-E-I-O

And on that ark he put to cats E-I-E-I-O

With a meow, meow here and a meow meow there

Here a meow, there a meow everywhere a meow meow.

Old man Noah built an ark  E-I-E-I-O

Sing many times with the children suggesting animals and choosing animals shown on an illustrated Bible.

Build the Ark

Materials needed:  A floor puzzle of Noahs Ark-one with enough pieces for each child to have one.

Tell the children that in today's Bible story, Noah was given the job of following God's instructions.  We'll read that story in a few minutes.

Give the following 2 step direction to the children:

Here are your instructions:

1.  Come to the box and choose one puzzle piece.

2.  AFTER everyone has a piece, work together to put the puzzle together.

Discuss the puzzle when it is done and read the part of the Bible story where Noah builds the ark.

How Many is 40?

Read Genesis 7:17-8:12.  Talk about how long 40 days is.

This is great rote counting practice.

As they are sitting, count together to 40.

Now discuss what it would be like to be on a long trip for 40 days and 40 nights--or 40 sleeps.

Imagine being in the car for that long!

Let's try this, everyone stand up.  Now we are going to see if we can balance on one foot while we count to 40.

Do that!

Try other things as well such as hopping 40 times, reaching to the sky as you count to 40, etc.

Summary:  I'll bet Noah and his family and the animals were happy to get off the ark and move around again!

Scary Trip

Have rainbow stickers to pass out after this circle time.

Talk to the children about being on the ark for 40 days while it is raining, thundering, lightening, big waves.

It was probably scary for Noah and his family and the animals.

What kinds of things are scary to you?  List the children's responses on a chart paper.

Read Chapter Genesis 9:8-17.

God promised to take care of them, and He did--God always keeps His promises.

God took care of everyone and every animal on the ark during the flood.

He promised to never again flood the Earth and gave us a sign for us to remember his promise.

What was that sign?  Right!  The Rainbow!

Give each child a rainbow sticker for their hand or shirt.  As you give each child the sticker, tell each child,

"God loves you and always keeps His promises."

Follow up with a rainbow art activity!

Which Animal?

Materials needed:  A CD of different animal sounds.  Play each sound and have the children guess the animal.


If you don't have or can't find this, then make picture cards of many animals.  Place them on the floor face up in front of you.

Make an animal sound and have the children guess which animal you are imitating.

Noahs Ark Fingerplay

Talk to the children about how big Noah's ark was...way bigger than your classroom!

And, soooooooo many animals lived there for 40 days.  It sounds like it would be a little crowded!  Can you imagine?

Noah's boat was like a zoo.

He packed in the animals two by two (hold up 2 fingers on one hand then 2 on the other).

For 40 days of rainy weather (pause and count to 40 with the children)

They all floated around together (place arms up as though you are balancing).

Elephants with long noses (act out elephants!)

Little mice with tiny noses (wiggle noses and squeak like mice)

Sheep with soft and woolly coats (baaa....baaa)

Oinky pigs (oink, oink) and butting goats (pretend to move your horns up and down as a goat).

Porcupines with prickly quills (touch one hand with the other and say "ouch!")

Ducks and geese with quacky bills (quack!  quack!).

Turtles slow (move like turtles.)

and rabbits shy (hop quietly like bunnies).

Slow walking hippopotami (hmmm....not sure about acting this out but ask the kids to!)

Dogs with barks (woof woof)

and cows with moos (moooooooooo  mooooooooooo)

Hippity, hoppity kangaroos (hop around like kangaroos)

Now tell me...Would YOU like to float?

All around in Noah's boat?

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Cooking Recipes

Snack Recipe Ideas to Cook Up for Your Noahs Ark Theme!

Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific themed questions while making these fun snacks!

Rainbow Fruit Patterns

Have the children help you wash and cut up fruit. (watermelon, strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, oranges, bananas, etc.)

Give each child a spoonful of each fruit.

They make patterns with the fruit on their plates and then eat!

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Dramatic Play Ideas

Noahs Ark Theme Ideas to Transform Your Dramatic Play Area

Noahs Ark Box Boat

Provide a large appliance box for the children to help paint and turn into a boat.

Place stuffed animals and play food in the "ark".

Play rain sound music.

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Easel Ideas

Noahs Ark Theme Ideas for your Easel--
More Than Just Painting (Although that is always THE favorite in our classroom!)

My Noahs Ark

Hopefully your drawing abilities are better than mine!

Precut large ark shapes for the easel for this theme.  Let the children paint their own animals!

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Gross Motor Games

Noahs Ark Theme Large Group Games 
that help build their muscles while they have fun together

Journey to Noahs Ark

Set up an obstacle course.  At the end of the obstacle course, have a large box or fort set up (forts under tables are fun!) to be the ark.

Have each child pretend to be an animal of their choice.  They will act like that animal as they go through the obstacle course to get to the ark.

Parachute Clouds

Play parachute games while talking about the story.

Move the parachute slowly up and down when the rain begins.

It gets heavier and heavier (move parachute faster and faster)

Now it's windy and really rainy (move super fast!).

EXTENSION:  Add stuffed animals in the parachute. "The animals are moving up and down on the ark as it moves in the water."  etc.

Rainbows In Bubbles

Blow bubbles with the children.  Encourage them to find the rainbows in the bubbles!

Children Clouds

Have the children hold hands to make a circle.

They move slowly out, then back in.  Like clouds, moving in the air and change shapes.

They can move out quicker and back in.

Their hands will eventually separate here and there.  Talk about clouds losing shape and reforming!

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Library and Literacy

Noahs Ark Theme Ideas for Your Library and Literacy Activities for your Preschool Classroom

Flannel Stories

Provide flannel pieces of the ark, clouds, animals, people, and a rainbow for the children to act out the story with.

Puppet Time

Provide puppets for the children to act the story out with.

Book Suggestions for the Library

It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles Shaw

On Noah's Ark by Jan Brett

Noahs Ark Books  There are many great children's versions by authors such as Peter Spier, another by Roger Priddy.

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Math And Manipulatives Activities

Noahs Ark Theme Activities to help your Preschoolers develop those small muscles in their hands and develop their math process skills!

Noahs Ark Animal Match Up

In advance print out or cut out from magazines two of each type of animal you can find.  You can use male/female or adult/baby animal pictures.

Laminate the pictures.

Provide a box or toy ark.

The children match the animal pairs and then place in the ark.

Noahs Ark Math

I found these great stickers at the grocery store. 

We cut them out and laminated them.

The children can retell the Bible story using them.

They will also be practicing sorting (animals by, water, air), counting the number of animals, etc.

You could cut the pairs apart and have the children match the pairs of animals and put them on the ark.

We made several copies of these.  We also enlarged the ark from the book as it was too small for use in the math center.

Leaving the Ark

Materials needed:  a large variety of animal sorters; 3 bowls or paper bags

Make a sign for each bowl or on each lunch bag that has the words (and corresponding picture) Air, Land, Water

The children sort the animals based on where they will go to live when they leave the ark.

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Music and Movement

Noahs Ark Theme Music and Movement Activities and Ideas to get your Preschoolers Movin' and Groovin'!

Get in the Ark!

Materials needed:  tape, spray water bottle

Tape a large ark shape on your floor and carpet.

Have the children all choose an animal they want to be and choose one child to be Noah.

The children all move around the room being the animal they chose and making that sound.

Noah goes to a child, guesses which animal he/she is and tells them "Get in the Ark!  It's starting to rain!"

As each child enters the ark space, lightly spray them with water!

Once all the animals are in the ark, have Noah come in, too.

Tell the children it is starting to rain, and they will need to close the door to the ark.  Have them all stomp their feet or clap their hands loudly for a door closing sound!

Have the children sway in the rocking ark from right to left, up and down.

Sing a boat song such as Row, Row, Row Your Boat!

Tell them to look out the window.......what do they see?  

Land!  And a rainbow!  God's promise!

They stomp their feet or clap their hands again to open the door and leave the ark.

Rainbow Dancing

Give the children strips of colored streamers (tape one strip of each color of the rainbow together for each child.  We made 2 for each child, one for each hand!)

Play fast and slow music and encourage the children to move to the beat and speed of the music.

Rise and Shine!

Teach the children the following song.  Then, pass out stuffed animals and have an animal parade while you sing it!

Rise and shine and give God the glory, glory!

Rise and shine and give God the glory, glory!

Rise and shine and (all clap once) give God the glory, glory,

Children of the Lord.

The Lord said to Noah, "There's gonna be a floody, floody."

The Lord said to Noah, "There's gonna be a floody, floody."

Get those children (clap once together) out of the muddy, muddy.

Children of the Lord.

So Noah, he built him, he built him an arky, arky.

Noah, he built him, he built him an arky, arky.

Built it out (clap once together) of gopher barky, barky.

Children of the Lord.

The animals, they came in, they came in by twosie, twosies. 

The animals, they came in, they came in by twosie, twosies.

Elephants and (clap once together) kangaroosie, roosies.  

Children of the Lord.

It rained and poured for forty daysie, daysies.

It rained and poured for forty daysie, daysies.

Nearly drove those (clap once together) animals crazy, crazy.  

Children of the Lord.

The sun came out and dried up the landy landy.

The sun came out and dried up the landy landy.

Everything was (clap and cheer!) fine and dandy, dandy.  

Children of the Lord.

Rise and shine and give God the glory, glory!

Rise and shine and give God the glory, glory!

Rise and shine and (clap and cheer) give God the glory, glory.  

Children of the Lord.

The animals they came off, they came off by three-sies three-sies.

Animals they came off they came off by three-sies three-sies.

Grizzly bears and (clap once together) chimpanzee-sies zee-sies.  

Children of the Lord.

Rise and shine and give God the glory, glory!

Rise and shine and give God the glory, glory!

Rise and shine and (clap and cheer) give God the glory, glory!

Children of the Lord.

Uncle Noah's Ark

The Wiggles have a song on one of their CDs called Uncle Noah's Ark.

It is a fun song for the children to act out animals to.

Make and laminate pictures of different animals for the children to hold to remind them what animal they were.

You could add velcro to the back of each card and when done using them for music and movement, use them in the library for your flannel board

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Sand and Water Table

Noahs Ark Theme Activities for the Senses!

Floating Noahs Ark

Provide stuffed animals, toy boats and/or a plastic ark if you have it.

Also provide manual egg beaters and/or a water wheel.

Tell the children that when the rain and wind is heavy, there are big waves in the oceans and seas.

They can use the egg beaters and water wheels to create waves.

Encourage discussion of what it must have been like in the ark.

Sink and Float

Of course!  We can not have a story about water and NOT do this!

Make this an informal activity!  Tell the children at circle time that there are many items at the water table and you wonder if they will sink to the bottom or float on the top?

They will take it from there!

Provide classroom items and themed items for them to try out.

A Leaky Roof

In your water table, provide blocks to build a house with and different materials to cover the house as a roof.  Provide items such as fabric, cotton batting, a large sponge, a piece of construction paper, aluminum foil and other things you can think of; a pitcher of water.

Encourage the children to build a house and try a roof.  Pour some water on the roof.  Does it work or does it leak?

EXTENSION:  At the end of the day, discuss the different roof items and which ones leaked, which didn't and why.

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Science Activities

Noahs Ark Theme Science Activities--for your Preschool Scientists in Training!

Color Paddles

This is a great theme to take out and reintroduce your color paddles as you discuss rainbows!

What happens when they look out with one color paddle?  What if they use two different color paddles to look through?

Beach Erosion

Materials:  pie pans, sand, rocks and soil.

Have the children pour some sand in one pie pan, rocks in another and soil in another.

What happens when they pour water in the middle of each?

What happens to the ground outside in a rainstorm?

Wave Bottles

Materials:  small water bottles and covers, vegetable oil or mineral oil, water, blue food coloring.

Help the children to make their own bottles (2/3 water and 1/4 oil). Hot glue covers on.

EXTENSION:  Make many wave bottles of different colors; some with small animals or boats in them; some with sequins in them.

Place them in your science are for the children to explore.

Bird Feeders

Materials needed:  Oranges, toothpicks, string, birdseed*, grape jelly

*If any of your children have nut or tree nut allergies, do NOT do this activity.

Cut oranges in half and then scoop out the orange fruit.  Set aside for a snack!

The children poke a hole in each side of the orange skin and then lace string through it.

Tie it off to make a handle.

Place some birdseed in it and add some grape jelly (grape jelly, I am told, is a great winter energy food for birds!).


After a heavy rain, the worms come out of their homes for air and to get out of their flooded homes.

Observe worm behavior by having an observatory jar in your classroom!

Materials needed:  large jar with a lid that you have put holes in; damp soil, earthworms, spoons, grass, pieces of lettuce

Have the children help spoon the damp soil into the jar, about 2/3 full.  

Add the worms.

Place the grass and lettuce over them.

Cover and observe!

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Writing Activities

Writing Activity Ideas for Your Noahs Ark Theme!

Letters Make Words

Provide pictures of animals with their names printed on index cards.

Encourage the children to draw their own pictures and print the name of the animal as best they can.

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