SUPPLIES: large square of paper
NOTE TO THE TEACHER: Do not tell the children ahead of time what you are making; let them stay in suspense until it is completed. Follow the directions for the origami bird which will represent the dove. Make the bird while you are telling the first part of the story. Then make the bird’s wings flap (fly) as you talk about Noah sending the dove out.
Most of you have heard the story of Noah. God decided that he had to destroy mankind because of their wickedness. What you may not know is that before God decided to destroy mankind, He had already decreased the number of years that a man would live. But man’s sinfulness continued. God told Noah that He was going to destroy mankind with a great flood, but would spare Noah and his family because they were righteous before God.
God gave Noah all of the instructions and dimensions for building the ark which would save Noah, his family, and all the different types of animals on the earth. The ark was 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high. It had three decks with many rooms on each deck, some for food, some for people, some for animals. After as many as 100 years of building–people lived much longer back then and it was a huge project–Noah completed building the ark. God told him to gather the many different types of animals. Noah gathered seven of every clean animal which were the animals that could be eaten or used for offerings to God, two of every unclean animal, and seven of every kind of bird. God had told Noah that seven days from the time the ark was finished the rain would begin. On the seventh day, all of the animals were in the ark. Noah and his family went inside. The rain began and God shut the door of the ark. For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth. The ark lifted with the water and floated on the surface. The water was more than 20 feet above the mountains. Every living thing on the earth perished.
But God watched over Noah and the animals in the ark. At the end of hundred and fifty days, the water had gone down. On the seventh day of the seventh month, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. On the first day of the tenth month, the tops of the mountains became visible. After forty more days, Noah opened the window and sent out a raven. It kept flying back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth. (Show the dove and cause it’s wings to flap.) Noah sent out a dove to see if the water had dried enough for them to leave the ark but the dove came back because it could not find a place to land. After seven more days, Noah sent the dove out again. (Show the dove and cause it’s wings to flap.) This time, the dove came back with an olive leaf. Noah knew that the water was almost gone! He waited seven more days and sent the dove out one last time. (Show the dove and cause it’s wings to flap.) This time the dove did not return.
It was a year and ten days between the time God had shut the door and the time He told Noah to come out of the ark. God protected Noah and his family from being destroyed because they had faithfully obeyed God. After Noah and his family and all the animals came out of the ark, a rainbow appeared in the sky. We’ve all seen rainbows, but did you realize that the rainbow was a sign from God about His promise? God said that the rainbow would be the sign of His covenant, an unbreakable promise, to every living thing on earth that He would never again destroy all life as He did with the flood. From the day of Noah until our day, God said whenever we see a rainbow in the sky, it is a reminder that He has remembered His promises between Himself and us. God always remembers His promises, not just the one to never again destroy all life, but all the promises He has made in His Word. We can always count on God to keep His promises.
At this time, you may want to have the children list promises of God that they can count on. Also included in the Vault is a Prayer Time on this topic of God’s Promises.
Instructions for a simple origami dove can be found on this secular website:
http://www.webindia123.com/craft/asp/craft.asp?c_id=174 or http://www.origami-fun.com/origami-twirling-bird.html
Quick Time Video clip instructions can be seen on a secular site at the following address. You must scroll to the right on each page until you see the arrow on the right. Click it to continue to the next page.
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