Teaching the story of Jonah and the whale is even more fun when you can do it in the bathtub!
After reading the story out of Gracie’s (affiliate link) storybook Bible, we decided it was time to act it out.
I needed a Jonah and the only thing I could find that might work was this clothespin. Friends, meet Jonah:
Isn’t he cute? (You may have seen him make an appearance in this post)
After making Jonah, we made our whale. I used an old milk carton, (which really wasn’t that old, we seem to go through milk every two days!)
I am not the best artist *as you might be able to tell from my Jonah clothespin* but I made eyes and some gills on our whale. Then I used some sharp scissors to cut a big mouth.
Once I had my Jonah and my whale, I put those two babies in the tub. Which is one of their favorite places to be! We reviewed the story of Jonah and the whale (by the way, it was really a big fish). We talked about how Jonah disobeyed God and got on a boat to hide from God. Then we talked about how a big storm came, at this point we splashed and splashed in the tub, making lots of big waves. Meanwhile, Jonah is on some toy, which we are calling the boat. When Jonah asked to be thrown overboard, a big whale (fish) came and swallowed him up. That’s when the big milk jug comes and “eats” Jonah.
We talked about how Jonah stayed in the belly of the whale for three days. At that time, Jonah is sitting in the milk jug. Finally, he got spit out after he repented to God. (That’s where you can use the milk jug to spit out your Jonah. Ours ended up going out the other side, which I don’t think is accurate to the story!)
The kids LOVED it. For the next few days, Gracie would see the clothespin Jonah and get excited and retell me the story.
What are some ways that you make Bible stories fun for your kiddos?
If you liked this fun activity, check out our Adam and Eve unit.