Jesus Calms The Storm

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In this fun activity, Jesus calms the storm as kids use hand motions, claps, and words.

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Say: Today we’re going to listen to a really scary story about what happened to Jesus’ disciples. And you’re going to help me tell it.

Practice each of these cues and responses with the class:

  • Whenever I say “boat” everyone say “creeeak” and pretend you’re pulling hard on the oars
  • Whenever I say “disciples,” all the boys (and men) count to 12 really fast
  • Whenever I say “wind,” the girls (and women) cup their hands around their mouths and blow.
  • Whenever I say “waves,” put your hands side by side and make waves in front of you.
  • Whenever I say “Jesus,” point to upward and say, “Christ, the Lord.”

As you tell the Jesus Calms the Storm story (Click here for the story), be sure to put an emphasis on each of the bold words; then pause for kids to respond.

Say: Here we go! Everybody stick together so you don’t get too scared.

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Read the story. After you finish, have kids give themselves a round of applause for helping you tell the story. Then ask:

  • What happened that made the disciples feel unsafe? (Their boat got in a bad storm; they were afraid of drowning.)
  • What did they do to get help? (They woke Jesus up.)
  • What did Jesus do to make things okay again? (He told the wind and the waves to be still.)
  • How could he do that? (He’s God’s son–he can do anything.)
  • Can Jesus help us the way he helped the disciples in the storm? Why or why not? (Yes, Jesus can still do anything; no, he doesn’t work that way now.)
  • Can Jesus help us even though we can’t see him or touch him? Why or why not? (Yes, he’s always with us; no, sometimes we don’t ask him.)

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  1. Nandi. Stewart on

    So looking forward to doing this with my class of 6 boys tomorrow. Thank you, I’m sure it’s going to be memorable.

  2. Alfred Machingambi on

    Thank you so much for such a resourceful site. God bless you. l am going to talk about this, this Sunday as l am on duty – Kids Ministry.

  3. Thank you for helping me get an idea of how to make learning fun. this is my first month teaching sunday school and I love it, you have helped me with the story calming the storms, I now have a fun way to do the lesson. I look forward to your help as I go along. I teach age group 8-10 years, so I would appreciate any help.

    Thank you and may god continue to bless you as you continue his work.


    • Jennifer Hooks
      Jennifer Hooks on

      Michelle, we’re so glad you’re finding great ideas! You can search by age group from the home page under Sunday School Lessons and Teacher Tips. Best wishes in your new journey!

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