They help make abstract ideas–like God’s mercy and faithfulness–concrete. Kids can’t handle a rainbow or a look at a covenant. But, they can create a rainbow from candy, frosting, and a graham cracker to help them remember that God is faithful to keep his promises to us.
Noah’s Ark Rainbow
God gave us the rainbow as a sign–a concrete reminder of his first covenant with humanity, the Noahic Covenant.
Genesis chapter 6-9 tell the story of God’s wrath toward a wicked people, poured out in the form of a global flood. Still, God preserved a remnant. Noah, his wife, his three sons and their wives, and two of each kind of animal were saved from death in an ark which God instructed Noah to build.
Once Noah and his family were firmly back on solid ground, worshiping God, the Lord made a promise to Noah.
“I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” –Genesis 9:11-16, ESV
The rainbow is still a promise to us today, that God will never again destroy all living creatures in a flood. The flood is a reminder that all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. All will stand before him to be judged. Those who believe on Jesus and confess him with their mouth and repent of their sins will be saved for all eternity.
That’s good news, and it makes the rainbow a wonderful symbol of God’s love for us.
Your kids will love making this Noah’s ark rainbow snack. It is a hands-on way to understand God’s faithful love for those who follow him.
Rainbow Snack for Kids
Check out this fun video I made of the rainbow snack for kids!
Supplies Needed to Make Your Noah’s Ark Rainbow Snack for Kids
- Graham Crackers
- White Frosting
- Airhead Xtreme Candy, Rainbow Berry
- Mini Marshmallows
- Blue Food Coloring
- A Table Knife
Creating Your Noah’s Ark Rainbow
Before you get started on the craft, review the story of Noah’s ark and the flood from Genesis 6-8.
Next, read Genesis 9:8-17 with your kids. Talk about what the covenant God established with all creatures on earth. We don’t see rainbows often. When we do see a rainbow, it is a sign of God’s grace and mercy. Specifically, they remind us that God will never again flood the entire earth to destroy all living things. Share with your kids about God’s great plan for salvation.
Here are the steps for your Rainbow snack:
1) Color your frosting blue like the sky.
Add blue food coloring, one drop at a time, to your frosting and mix until it is the color blue your child wants. This is a fun step for kids!
2) Spread blue frosting on your graham crackers.
Break the graham crackers into squares.
Children can do this with a table knife, or even the back of a plastic spoon. Don’t be surprised if a spoonful of frosting goes directly into a little mouth!
Noah’s Ark Resources
Flood of Noah, TheMelissa & Doug Deluxe 100pc Noah’s Ark Floor PuzzleThe Answers Book for Kids Volume 2: 22 Questions on Dinosaurs and the Flood of Noah Inside Noah’s Ark: Why it WorkedThe True Story of Noah’s Ark (with audio CD and pull-out spread)Fisher-Price Little People Noah’s Ark
3) Cut your rainbows and halve your marshmallows.
Cut your mini marshmallows in half.
The candies and marshmallows can be prepared in advance for large groups or for young children.
4) Make your rainbow and add clouds.
Bend your rainbow candy to create an arch and place each end on the graham cracker. Apply the marshmallow halves on the outside of each end of the rainbow. This will stabilize the rainbow.
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