Cardboard Model of Noah’s Ark


Create a three-dimensional model of Noah’s ark by making a cutaway of the bottom deck of the ark. In this video, I will show you how to make a scale model of all the compartments on the bottom deck of Noah’s ark. You will need the following items for this fun activity:

  • lots of cardboard (preferably cardboard box lids)
  • packing tape
  • masking tape
  • brown paint
  • popsicle sticks
  • diagonal cutters or butcher knife
  • small plastic animals, 2 of each kind

Tape cardboard box lids together, as shown in the video. You can use any pieces of cardboard to create the same shape. Measure one foot across, and 6 feet long. These are the proportions of the ark, since it was 50 cubits wide and 300 cubits long. The ark was larger than a football field, with three decks.

After taping the cardboard together with packing tape for strength, place masking tape on top of it, so that the paint will adhere to it. Now paint the entire model of Noah’s ark whatever shade of brown you want, since nobody knows what color gopher wood was.


Now have the kids build fences with popsicle sticks, gluing 3 half-pieces to 2 whole sticks. I show you how to do this in the video. Insert the fences into slits that you cut into the bottom of the cardboard. Now place the animals in the ark two by two.


The reason God destroyed the earth was that every inclination of men’s hearts was to do evil continually. (Genesis 6:5) This caused God to have great sorrow, because no one on earth cared about having a relationship with Him. Noah was the only exception. God supernaturally saved him with his family by having Noah build an ark. Then God cracked open the foundations of the deep under the earth, and water poured over the earth from below and above. Scholars have conjectured that the continents were all connected until the flood, and that the major earthquakes of the waters under the earth breaking forth caused the present locations of the continents.

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4 Responses to “Cardboard Model of Noah’s Ark”

  1. Jenny says:

    Hi Susan, very creative idea. I think my son would really like this! Blessings to you.

  2. I enjoyed your Noah’s ark video. I’m not sure but years ago we use to get the long stem floral boxes that opened from the end instead of the side. Was wondering if that would work for Noah’s ark.

    • Susan says:

      Any boxes are fine to use, as long as you take into account how large your plastic animals are. The reason I used copy paper boxes is that they are easy to find, because everyone buys computer paper.

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