Jonah and the Whale is a story from the Bible that is often popular with children. Jonah is said to have been swallowed by a whale and lives inside its stomach for three days. After he asks God's forgiveness for disobeying Him, the whale spits Jonah back out. When you are teaching Sunday school or Bible school, consider planning crafts that revolve around the story of Jonah and the Whale.
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Paper Plate Whale
Use a paper plate to create a simple whale. Cut a triangle out of one side of the plate and then paint or colour the plate blue or grey. Draw an eye onto the plate. Paint the triangle as well and then staple its point to the back of the paper plate, creating the whale's tail. Let the children draw a man onto the stomach portion of the paper plate to signify Jonah. A simple stick figure with suffice.
Paper Bag Whale
Use a paper bag to create a whale. The open end of the bag will be the whale's open mouth. Paint the bag blue or grey and paint eyes on either side of the bag. Open the bag and tie a rubber band around the bottom of the bag a couple of inches down to create the whale's tail. Cut a picture of a man from a magazine or draw one a piece of construction paper. Glue the picture to a Popsicle stick and let the children place him inside the bag and then pull him back out.
Hidden Flap Whale
Cut a simple whale shape out of a piece of blue construction paper. Cut a flap out of the side of the whale. The flap should be three sides of a rectangle cut out, with the top of the rectangle still connected to the whale. Glue the whale to a larger piece of construction paper. Pull up the flap, and glue a picture of a man to the construction paper backing and Place it so that it will be concealed by the flap. The children can lift the flap to reveal Jonah.
Milk Jug Whale
Use a milk jug to create a craft game. Choose a milk jug without a handle that simply tapers up to the lid. The end of the jug with the lid will serve as the whale's tail. Cut the bottom off of the jug using a sharp knife to create the whale's mouth. Paint or colour the whale so that it resembles a whale. Glue a picture of a man to a bean bag ball to signify Jonah. Place the whale on a table or on the floor and let the children take turns trying to toss Jonah into the whale's mouth.
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