Then God said, “I am giving you a sign of my covenant with you and with all living creatures, for all generations to come……….. When I see the rainbow in the clouds, I will remember the eternal covenant between God and every living creature on earth.”
Genesis 9: 12-16
After the flood receded and Noah and his family left the ark, God placed a rainbow in the sky as a sign of his covenant, or promise, that he would never again destroy all living things.
As your family reads and learns about Noah’s ark, you can make this simple craft to help your children make some of their own covenants. They can be promises between them and God, or between them and you (their parents).
- Cotton balls
- A piece of white cardstock (one for each child)
- One piece of construction paper for each color of the rainbow, plus an extra yellow one (an extra yellow piece for each child)
- Hole puncher
1. Draw a cloud on the piece of white cardstock and cut it out (you may have to do the cutting depending on the age of your child).
2. On one of the yellow pieces of construction paper, trace something circular in the size you desire for your sun (I used a bowl). With all of the other pieces of construction paper, draw lines 1.5 inches apart.
3. Cut out your sun and 1.5 inch strips of paper.
4. On each of the strips of paper (one of each color of the rainbow), have your child write a promise that they will make to God (or to you). If your child is not able to write, you can write it for them.
5. Punch a hole in the top of the cloud, lace a piece of yarn through it, and tie it together so you can hang the craft when you are finished. Then staple the sun so that it’s peaking out from the cloud and staple the strips of paper with the promises written on them to the bottom of the cloud. Then write “I promise to….” on the sun.
6. Glue cotton balls onto the white cardstock cloud so that the entire thing is full of cotton balls.
7. After the glue is dry, hang the craft in a place where your child can see it everyday and be reminded of their promises, just as the rainbow God placed in the sky is a reminder of His promises. (We actually ended up hanging it in the dining room window).
If you have older kids, I would encourage you to have them participate in this craft right along with the younger kids – you may just be blessed by the promises they come up with!