Jonah and the Giant Fish — Kid’s Craft


Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Proverbs 22:6

Kids are like sponges, absorbing everything we teach them and observing the priorities we set. As I watch these precious little children mimic my actions, it has made me conscience of who I was as a person and what I strive to be. What are my priorities, and what do I feel is the most important values I want to instill in my children?

When 9:00 am rolls around, it is devotional time in the Houle household. This includes a Bible story, a snack and a craft. This is just one step that I am taking to start implanting the Word of God on their heartstrings.

The other day we learned the familiar story of Jonah, as his disobedience led him to three days in the belly of a fish. Here is the craft we made.

jonah-finished

What you’ll need:

  • Hole punch
  • Construction Paper
  • Yarn
  • Crayons
  • Packaging tape (cut in half lengthwise)

1. Print & Color

Or draw if you’re feeling artistic :)

Giant fish – Printable version

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& Jonah – Printable version

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2. Cut Out Printouts

Remember not to cut between Jonah’s legs.

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3. Punch Holes

Punch holes at the base of the giant fish’s head and Jonah’s feet.

punchholes

4. Tie the Yarn

Tie a piece of yarn from Jonah, and trail the yarn to the hole in the giant fish, working your way from bottom to top. At the end of this yarn make a slip knot.

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5. Tape

Tape the fish down on one side, then create a little pocket by pushing the opposite side slightly in and then taping. Be careful to avoid getting tape near the mouth of the fish.

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6. Add Some Character

For some extra character add water for the ocean or spout.

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7. Enjoy :)

Your children can now enjoy pulling Jonah into the mouth of the giant fish by the yarn, and then tug him out with their fingers to rescue him. My kids were entertained for quite a while with this craft, hope your kids are too!

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Please Share Your Thoughts

  • Dean

    Keeping them engaged is the key to passionate learning. I love this example… and of course I love my grandchildren.