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Elementary Bible Craft + Object Lesson: Jonah In The Raging Sea

This elementary Bible craft, Jonah in a Bottle, is a creative object lesson that will help kids learn prayer, obedience, and trust. All you need is a bottle and a big fish.


Have you ever been in a hopeless situation and tried praying about it? How did God answer your prayer?

Grades 3-6

Stuff you’ll need:

  • Empty plastic 2-liter bottles with lids,
  • water,
  • green and blue food coloring,
  • vegetable oil,
  • measuring cup,
  • plastic margarine tub lids,
  • scissors,
  • permanent markers,
  • aluminum foil,
  • small seashells,
  • glue and
  • tape.

Elementary Bible Craft + Object Lesson: Jonah In The Raging Sea

Before class, use warm water to remove labels from bottles.

Fill the plastic bottles about two-thirds full of water and a few drops of food coloring and one-fourth cup of vegetable oil. From plastic lids, cut out fish figures and a Jonah figure that’ll fit into the bottle opening. Decorate fish and Jonah using the permanent markers. Roll pieces of aluminum foil into balls and other shapes. Place these aluminum foil shapes and seashells in the water. Using glue and tape, secure the top so it won’t open. Roll or shake the bottle on its side to make it look like a raging sea with Jonah swimming for his life.

Talk Teasers

Paraphrase the story from Jonah 1:1-14.

Ask:

  • How do you think Jonah felt when he was thrown into the water?
  • What would you have prayed if you had been Jonah?
  • Have you ever been in a hopeless situation and tried praying about it? Explain.
  • How did God answer your prayer?

Sheila Halasz
Crystal Lake, Illinois

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