A View From the Inside.
A fun and artistic insight into Jonah’s “whale” of a journey that
teaches kids where true salvation is found.
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As Jonah ran away from God, a violent storm arose, putting the
boat that Jonah was on in great danger. Jonah knew that the storm
was from God, so he asked the sailors to throw him overboard. The
raging sea grew still, and Jonah was saved in the belly of a big
God saves us: “Salvation comes from the Lord” (Jonah 2:9b).
For each child, you will need the
- two 8 1/2×11-inch pieces of blue vinyl (readily available at
- white dot stickers
- green, pink, and gray construction paper
- crayons or marker pens
Before children arrive, cut the pink construction paper into
simple people shapes, and cut the gray construction paper into
large fish shapes.
Have each child put a fish and Jonah figure on one piece of the
vinyl. They may add facial features to Jonah and the fish.
Have children rip green construction paper and place it on the
vinyl to make seaweed. Have them stick white dots on the vinyl for
air bubbles. Have children place the second piece of vinyl over the
Jonah scene and rub firmly around the paper pieces, so the two
pieces of vinyl stick together.
After children have completed their Jonah ocean scenes, have
them stick their vinyl picture to a window by rubbing it against
the glass. Let them retell the story while opening up the vinyl
pieces and moving Jonah around. Then ask:
- How do you think Jonah felt inside the big fish?
- How did God save Jonah?
- What do you think Jonah looked like after the fish spit him
- How does God save us?