"Noah's Ark" Quarterly activity
(by Mary-Ann Anderson, Murray, UT)

Program for the day:

Warming up Time: (i.e. waiting for children to arrive) Two different Noah's Ark word search puzzles and a Noah's Ark picture to color were available in the Nursery room, where we all met at first. After 10 minutes we all headed for the (somewhat) darkened stage.

Visit from Noah:

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Brother Terry Lee dressed as Noah told his story, while the children sat on the stage floor and listened. The only sound effects were of thunder and pouring rain, recorded unto a tape, which was played during his story at the appropriate time.

After his story, Noah gave an opportunity to ask questions.

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While there, we divided the children in 3 equal groups and told them where they needed to go next.

After about 15 minutes we rotated the groups.

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"Bead The Animals":

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Here beaded geckos (lizards?) were made of (Pony) beads.

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"Don't Eat The Animals"(i.e. "Don't Eat Pete")

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Place one candy (gummy bear) on each of the 18 animal squares on the game board.

One child is sent out of the room. (Make sure they can't see or hear what is going on inside the room!)

The others draw one of the animal cards. The child returns and starts taking one candy at the time off the game board randomly. When it picks the candy that is on the animal square that had been chosen, the children call out, Don't Eat The Animals" and the child's turn is over. Play this until everyone had a turn.

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"Match the Animals" concentration game:

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The children sat down, facing the long wall, covered with the animal pairs. We hang them upside down, face down, tape along the top of the paw only. A child was chosen to come forward and flip one card over, which the leader held into place while another card somewhere else along the wall was flipped over. If it happened to be a match, they were taken off the wall. Just play it like a regular concentration game, except hang them all over the room to make it a little different. This took at least 15 minutes per rotating group!

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"Stuff the Ark" Relay Game:

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The children were divided into 2 teams and placed behind a line, in front of a plank. The container with stuffed animals was placed about 6 feet away from the starting line, between the two planks. Each child was to run on the plank, to the large container, pick a stuffed animal, run the rest of the plank to the Ark and put the animal in the container behind the Ark, then run back and touch the next in line who could then start running and do the same. They had to stay inside the plank "outlines"! Keep playing until all animals have been placed into the Arks. Count which team have put the most animals in their Ark and declare them the winners.

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"Musical Animals", i.e. Musical Chairs:

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Have each child stand on one animal paw print, play the music and let them start walking, stepping on a paw as they go. When the music stops, draw a piece of paper and read the name of the animal. The child standing on the corresponding picture paw leaves the circle and the paw is removed. The music starts again etc. When it stops, the child that had to leave the circle the last time, gets to pick the slip of paper. Play till only one is left.

Refreshments:

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Everyone seemed to like the sherbet, even the children! The cookies were good too!

This Activity Day was attended by a total of 24 Primary children, 10 adults (music leaders, teachers etc.) and 2 Young Women who graciously volunteered to demonstrate how to make the beaded geckos!

The feedback from children and leaders was overwhelmingly positive. The children didn't get a chance to be bored or wander off and because of the rotating groups stayed contained. This activity required a lot of preparation beforehand, but the activity itself went very well without any incidents. Also, don't forget to bring your camera and take some pictures!

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These are Mary-Ann’s own comments to “The Noah's Ark Activity Day”:

Comments to "Bead The Animals":Fifteen minutes is not nearly enough for this station! Also, make sure there is almost 1 adult per 1 or 2 children that could help them. Maybe next time it would be better to bead a snake, which is a less complicated pattern and probably a lot less time consuming. I ended up taking the unfinished geckos home, where I finished them in the same color pattern the kids had started. Brought them to church the next morning where they were handed out after Primary was over. The children loved these beaded animals!

Comments to "Match the Animals":Very fun game!. Even the very youngest ones (3 years) could play and loved to participate because of the stuffed animals. Took about 5-7 minutes.

Comments to "Musical Animals":Because we were running out of time, we had to skip this activity!