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!

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!

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!

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!


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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

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

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 type...land, 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.


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Music and Movement

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

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!

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.


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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?

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!).


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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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