Simple Jonah Bible Crafts for Kids

by Karen & Grace Morris

With Jonah Bible crafts your kids will have a “whale” of a time creating while they remember the story. 

God told Jonah to preach to the wicked city of Nineveh. God wanted the people to have a second chance.

But Jonah didn't want to go so he went to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. Tarshish is in the opposite direction from Nineveh.

The Lord sent a great wind and there was a mighty storm on the sea. The ship was about to be broken up.

fish with Jonah

The seamen were afraid but Jonah went to sleep. The captain asked Jonah to call on his God. They also asked Jonah what to do. Jonah told them to toss him into the sea.

A great fish came and swallowed up Jonah. He was in the belly of the fish for three days and nights. Jonah prayed to God and the fish vomited Jonah onto dry land.

The story comes from chapters 1 and 2 in the book of Jonah.

Click the pictures to go to the individual Jonah Bible crafts.

Jonah and the Big Fish

bag and paper plate fish

Jonah Bible crafts wouldn't be the same without some big fish.

You will need;

  • Scissors
  • White paper bag (lunch size)
  • Paint 
  • Glue
  • No- roll doll pin
  • Markers
Step 1

Fold the paper plate in half. Cut a slit on the fold so that the paper bag will fit. 

Cut 3 inches off the open side of the bag. 

Fold the cut piece in half. Cut a curved line to the folded end so that it looks like the tail of a fish.

Paint the outside of the plate and the bag pieces blue. Let the paint dry.

step 2

Leave the bag folded. Glue the tail piece to the bottom of the bag.

Push the top of the bag through the slit on the paper plate. Glue the sides to the plate.

Step 3

With markers draw clothes and a face on the pin.

Place Jonah in the mouth of the fish.

Jonah in the Whale

Another fishy craft.   

You will need;

  • Water bottle
  • Craft foam
  • Streamer
  • Glue stick
  • White glue
  • Wiggle eyes
  • Mini doll clothespin
  • Permanent markers
step 1

Place some glue from the glue stick on the bottle. Starting at the top wrap the streamer around the side of the bottle until you get to the bottom. Wrap back up. Let the glue dry. Cut a small piece of streamer and cover the neck of the bottle pushing the end in the hole.

step 2

To make the tail piece cut a heart shape 4 1 /2 inches by 2 inches from craft foam. Don't make the bottom too pointy. PS if you make your heart with paper first it is easier to cut the craft foam.

Glue the craft foam tail to the bottom of the bottle.

step 3

Add two dots for eyes and a line for the mouth on the round part of the doll pin. Color the top of the round part brown for hair. Color below the neck so that it looks like Jonah is wearing clothes.

step 4

Add wiggly eyes to the side just below the neck of the bottle. 

Add the clothespin Jonah to the bottle.

Jonah Bible craft pictures. So you can tell the story.

3D Jonah and the Whale    

Jonah and the whale picture

“I'm sleeping with fishes here

In the belly of a whale.”

Supplies;

  • 2 blue pieces of construction paper 
  • Green, brown construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
step 1

Fold one blue paper into four 12 by 2-inch strips. Draw waves on the paper and cut out.

To make the fish, fold a 6 by 3-inch piece of green paper in half. Draw an angular line from the point. From the line draw a curved line to the fold. Cut on the lines. Cut the folded end at an angle to make a tail.

To make Jonah, fold a 2-inch square of brown paper in half and draw half of a person. Cut out on the lines.

For the boat cut a square piece of brown paper 5 inches. Draw a curved object similar to a banana. In the center draw a line with a triangle on one side. Cut your shape out. 

step 2

Place the blue strips on the background piece and glue.

step 3

Add the fish, Jonah, and the boat. Glue everything to the background piece.

Jonah Storyboard 

Jonah storyboard

With this Jonah Bible craft, your kids will be able to tell the story to someone else.

You will need;

  • Cardstock
  • Construction paper
  • Blue tissue paper
  • A scrap of thin cardboard from a cereal box
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
step 1

Cut a boat shape from brown construction paper. 

Cut a fish from green construction paper. 

Cut a 3 by 2-inch rectangle piece from red paper. Round two of the corners for a mouth.

Cut Jonah from brown construction paper. Glue him to a 3-inch strip of thin cardboard. (The picture shows two strips of brown construction paper instead use the cardboard it works better.)

step 2

Place the boat at the top of the cardstock. In the center place the fish. At the bottom place the people. 

Draw a line from the boat to the fish's mouth and continue it to in front of the people. 

step 3

Fold the cardstock some so that you can cut on the line. 

step 4

Glue the boat in place. Also glue the mouthpiece on the cardstock.

step 5

Glue the fish so that it sits over the mouth but don't glue it on the mouth. 

step 6

Fold your paper back and forth. Then draw on the people.

step 7

Cut praying people from white paper. Color the people if you want. Fold the head down and the legs back so that it looks like they are on the ground with their hands up. 

step 8

Add the people to the picture.

step 9

Cut a 4 by 8 1 /2 inch piece of tissue paper. Cut the tissue paper so that one piece will fit on the left and the other one will fit on the right of the cut line.

Start reading the story. Place Jonah in the boat. Let him fall out and into the fish when you get to that part of the story. Last, bring him to the people so that he can tell them to repent.

Remember the story with Jonah Bible crafts for kids.

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