Bible Crafts and Activities for Kids
How to Make Jonah
and the Whale Bible Lesson,
Crafts and Activities for Kids
What you will need:
Wooden People Shapes
Markers, Colored Pencils, or Oil Pastels
How to Make the Craft Fish Jonah and the Whale Picture:
1. Before class make a sample craft.
2. In class show your children how to make a fish out of craft sticks by making a "V" shape for the front of the fish and an "X" shape for the tail of the fish.
3. Have your children color the craft sticks and people-shaped wooden shapes and then glue them to a sheet of paper.
4. They can draw in an underwater scene and then write the Bible verse or other words on the paper to finish.
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What you will need:
Paper Lunch Bags
Water Color Paint and Paint Brushes
Recycled Plastic Grocery Bag
2 oz. Bottle of Paint or Something Similar that is About 1 1/4" Wide
Masking Tape or Glue Gun
How to Make the Paper Bag Fish:
1. Stuff three to four plastic grocery bags into the bottom of the paper lunch bag. Gather up the bag just above the plastic bags. Pull up on the sides of the bag to make them straight.
2. Open the bag just enough to place the paint bottle into the center of the bag so that it is standing up. Gather up the bag again around the bottle and secure it with a Chenille stem.
3. Carefully bend down the top of the bag over the bottom of the bag bringing it down over the bottom of the bag as far as possible. Gather up the bag again around the bottom of the bag to form a point at the opposite side of the mouth nd secure it with masking tape or a glue gun.
4. Remove the paint bottle.
5. Cut fins and tail fins from craft foam and glue them to the fish. (A Pattern for this craft is available to members.)
6. Paint the fish with acrylic paint or other paint and let it dry.
7. When the paint is dry carefully remove the plastic bags from the fishes mouth.
8. To finish glue on googly eyes.
9. Color people-shaped wooden pieces to use as Jonah.
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Sunday School children will love this craft and game. Holding the fish in one hand children move it up and down trying to get the wooden Jonah figure to fall into the whale's mouth.
Follow the directions above except use a bigger bottle inside the bag so that the mouth is wider. I used a 2-inch wide bottle.
Glue one end of a two-foot string inside the whale's mouth and glue a man-shaped wood piece to the other end.
If you can't find the man-shaped wooden pieces, you can tie a washer to the end and then draw a picture of Jonah, cut it out, and glue it to the washer.
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I just wanted to let you know how much of a blessing you are to me. I am the Nursery Coordinator at my church and I have children up to the age of five. These lessons have really made an impact on my kids. When they graduate up to the next level they leave with a good understanding of Gods' love for them. They come to understand even the little and simple things in life can glorify God. They enjoy the creativity of the different crafts and the stories that relate to the crafts. The crafts have the children talking about the lesson to their parents and of course the parents love the crafts. Thank you. Lorraine Armenta
Jonah, close the mouth to have the big
fish swallow him. Children will love
playing with this whale puppet.
Not only does the mouth open and
close, but the tail moves up and
down to make the fish look like it is
A Pattern for this craft is available
to members on The Resource
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What you willl need:
crayons or markers
and a bandana
What to do:
1. Before class tape two pieces
together and draw a large whale shape
covering the entire sheet. (See diagram
to the left.) Also draw a picture of Jonah
that will fit inside the shape of the whale
and make copies or use clipart.
(A Pattern for this craft is available
2. In class have your children color the pictures of Jonah.
3. Tape the whale picture on a wall so that your children can reach it easily.
4. Blindfold the children and have them take turns trying to tape Jonah inside the whale. Once each child has taped up his or her Jonah, take off the blindfold and show that child where his or her Jonah picture ended up on the whale.
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"What Did the Big Fish Eat?" Jonah and the Whale Review Game
This activity comes from the lessons "Hide and Seek, The Story of Jonah and the Whale" on The Resource Room. A Free Sample Lesson is available.
This big fish has swallowed many things including Jonah.
In this Bible lesson review game children answer review questions and then reach into the fishes mouth and pull out a piece of paper with a picture of something the fish has swallowed. They will be amazed and entertained by all the different things he has eaten. The child who pulls out the picture of Jonah wins.
What you will need: Dinner-sized paper plates, paint, googly eyes, hot melt glue or stapler, googly eyes, and scissors.
How to make:
1. Paint the top side of two paper plates pink (This will be the inside of the fish.).
2. Print out the Fish Fin Patterns, and cut them out.
3. Place the tail fin patterns on a paper plate as shown in the diagram, trace the patterns, and cut them out.
4. Glue the tail to the top of one of the paper plates so that the fins are curving downwards. (This paper plate will be the top of the fish.)
5. Glue the two side fins to the same paper plate on the sides of the plates as shown in the diagram.
6. Cut a slit at the edge of the paper plate just behind both fins as shown in the diagram and then cut out a wedge shape.
7. Glue the paper plate with the fins on it to the other paper plate starting at the back of one side fin and ending at the back of the other side fin.
8. Bring the top paper plate over top of the bottom paper plate at the fins. Glue it together at the overlapping area. This will make the mouth open.
9. Fold the bottom part of the top fin over about a 1/4" from the bottom. Glue it to the top of the fish.
10. Stuff the fish with some crinkled up scrap paper and paint the
outside. Let dry.
11. Glue on some googly eyes.
12. Print out the pattern for the things that go in the whales mouth. Cut them apart, and fold them up, and stick them in the mouth of the whale.
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Mum in the Making Blog used the Whale Paper Plate Craft above as a prop or toy to help her children learn the story of Jonah and the whale. She started with a toy boat and a peg doll acting out the story as she read it.
Children will want to re-enact the story over and over using these three simply props.
Peg dolls with simple props can be used to re-enact any Bible story. Use Sharpie Markers or other permanent markers to draw on the face, clothes and hair. The peg dolls come in different shapes and sizes so you can make a whole family if you would like. Children will also enjoy making movies or putting scenes together to make a book. You can make two different faces, one on each side of the peg doll, to show different emotions. Draw the mouth open and the eyes wide to depict fright, or draw U-shapes for the eyes for a sleeping doll and use it to depict the scene where Jonah was sleeping. You can buy a package of forty Peg Dolls in five different shapes from Amazon.com for about $12.00.
Check out Mum in the Making to more scenes from the story.
Children of all ages will enjoy tossing Jonah back and forth trying to catch him with a milk jug whale.
This game takes a little preparation, but it is well worth the time. The whales and Jonah bean bags can be reused over and over.
Before class make several Whales from plastic milk jugs found on the Trash to Treasure Craft Page, and bean bags that look like Jonah. Use the pattern and directions provided on the Material Crafts Page to make the Jonah Bean Bag Dolls.
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In this lesson children learn about Jonah and how he tried to hide from God. They learn that they can't hide anything from God. When they do something wrong, instead of trying to forget about it, or hiding from it, God wants them to tell him about it, and to ask him for forgiveness. This Lesson is available on The Resource Room a subscription site.
Free "Hide and Seek" Bible Lesson for Younger Children
Play "Find Jonah" Card Game by turning over Jonah cards and seeing if Jonah is hiding behind the card. If he isn't, they act out part of the story defined on the card. Card pattern available on The Resource Room.
Sing a Song and Act It Out
Younger children will enjoy singing a song about Jonah while they act out the story. Prepare a large appliance box to look like a whale. Have a child enter the box while the other students sing the song. At the end of the song when it says Jonah was spit out, the child in the box should come out of the box pretending to be spit out. Keep singing the song until all the children have had a chance to act it out. This song is available on The Resource Room.
Since this Sunday school is being taken at home we usually begin the class by 4 every Sunday evening. Since I started using your materials the children are here at our place by 2 in the noon itself. The elder ones have started bringing in new children also. Since some kids are uneducated I have to make my lessons more visually based. The memory verse cards have become a success with the kids. The kids keep visiting me during the week days to let them know what is in store for the next week. I am happy for them all. This is because of you. May the Lord Almighty bless you, your family and your ministry. Though we couldn't do much to show our appreciation for your wonderful help we always want you to remember that there are a small group of children who are praying hundreds of miles away for you and your family's peace, happiness and well being.
More Jonah and the Whale Bible Crafts
Older children make Face Puppets on which different emotions are depicted. They use the puppets during the lessons by raising their puppet to indicate when they think Jonah may have experienced the emotion their puppet depicts.
Jonah and the Whale Color Sheet
Younger children color the Jonah and the Whale Color Sheet.
Small children will love playing with the Envelope Fish Puppet. The put their hand inside and make his mouth open and close.
Jonah and the Whale Color Sheet and Bible verse card.
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Caution: This video introduces a
lot of stuff that is not in the Bible.
Use with older children and discuss
the differences from the Bible and
I must first tell you that I have loved this past year and the wonderful things that I was able to bring to the youngster at my church. I am a coordinator for the kindergarten classes and the curriculum that we have used in the past has been very repetitive and boring. This year, we have truly enjoyed teaching your lessons and I have been inspired with ideas that the Lord has given me after doing some of your lessons. Because of this I have purchased a church membership to allow my teachers to have the same blessing that I have enjoyed.
Thank you so much for your wonderful ideas! I use this site every week for fresh perspectives in teaching my toddlers' Sunday school class. The crafts here are great, and the lessons help to put the Bible stories on a level that is simple for the smallest children to understand. Sarah Albert
I just wanted to tell you how much I LOVE your website. I have used it many times for craft ideas for my church's Thursday night Kids Club. In fact, tonight the kids will be doing Father's Day crafts, and I used two from your site: the peanut jar and the "Dad Rocks" paperweight. You have so many wonderful ideas on your site. You make my job a lot easier. Thanks for the great work, and have a blessed day. Donna