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Pop Up Noah's Ark

This craft reprinted courtesy of Robert Sabuda.

Let it rain, let it rain… we’ve got plans to build an ark. Great craft to illustrate the story of Noah and the flood.

Supplies

Cardstock or heavy paper

Sharp scissors

Glue

Instructions

Click on printables for complete folding illustrations. If you want to make a larger version just enlarge all of the pieces on a copier at the same enlargement settings.

Using a ruler as a guide, take the rounded end of a paper clip (or a ballpoint pen that has run out of ink) and press along the dotted lines of the pop-up piece.

Using a ruler as a guide, take the rounded end of a paper clip (or a ballpoint pen that has run out of ink) and press along the dotted line on the center of the card. Go all the way from the top to the bottom of the card!


Carefully cut out the pop-up piece for the ark following the solid, black lines.

Carefully cut out the ark’s card following the solid, black lines.

Flip the pop-up piece over (so the dotted lines no longer show) and color using markers or crayons. You need to color the pop-up now because you won’t be able to once it is attached to the card.

After you are finished coloring, flip the pop-up over so you can see the dotted lines. Fold the tab on the side of the ark’s roof and crease with your finger.

Continuing in the same direction, fold the roof of the ark in half and crease with your finger.

The roof peaks up in the center the way a roof should!

Open the roof back up and return all the folds to their original positions. Fold the small tab shown inwards and crease with your finger. Return the tab to its original position.

Moving to the opposite end of the ark, fold over and crease along the dotted line right next to the giraffe. Open this piece back up again to its original position.


Starting at the far end near the bird, fold the end piece of the ark inwards and crease with your finger.

Continuing in the same direction, fold over the end of the ark and crease.

Continuing in the same direction, fold over the nest piece of the ark with elephant on it and crease.

Continuing in the same direction, fold over the final piece of the ark and crease.

Fold back one of the tabs (shaped like water waves!) at the bottom of the ark and crease.

Flip the pop-up over and fold back the other tab shaped like water and crease.

Open the pop so you can see all the dotted lines. Put a small amount of glue in the area below the elephant’s head marked “Glue here.”


Pick up the pop and bring the tab (on the side with the giraffe) towards the glue area.

Lay the pop down and press the tab into the glue.

Put a small amount of glue on the reaming area marked "Glue here."

Fold that piece over onto the remaining tab on the ark and press the glue. Let dry!

Fold the card in half along the dotted line and crease. Open the card.

Put a small amount of glue on the area marked "Glue here" on the RIGHT SIDE only.

Pick up the pop (with the bird at the top) and fold the RIGHT water tab backwards so it matches the position of the glue area. Look carefully at this picture so you’ll understand how to attach the pop to the glue area. Press the tab into the glue area.

Flip the pop-up over and fold back the other tab shaped like water and crease.

Put a small amount of glue on the remaining area marked "Glue here."

Making sure the pop is laying completely flat against the card, begin to fold the card closed.

Close the card completely. Press on the card to make sure the glue area on the inside is adhering to the tab. LET DRY! Don’t open the card right away or the pop-up will come unglued!


Your pop-up ark is finished! Happy sailing!

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Robert Sabuda

Robert works in his studio in New York City that he shares with his partner, children's book creator Matthew Reinhart. When asked about his work, Robert says, "We love making books. It's hard work but the best part is not having to worry about making a mess. When being an artist is your job, you can make as many messes as you want to!"

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