Here are some ideas for Sunday school for kids to teach the lesson of Jonah . When I use drama along with crafts and discussions, I find that they stay engaged and really gain a better understanding of what is being taught.
Tell the story of Jonah to the children in the class.
A picture book version isn’t necessary but a simplified version of the story will put it into the understand level of the age group. If you have a children’s bible that you use with your class, then this ought to be appropriate.
Have the class act out the story of Jonah. Provide them a desk or part of the room that will be the stomach of the fish/whale.
Why was God angry with Jonah? Was Jonah sorry for disobeying God?
Give the children a piece of white construction paper. On this they should draw a large fish. Provide art materials, colored paper, scissors and glue.
The children should decorate their fish and the water behind it.
Once they’re finished with this, give each child a simple cut out basic “man” shape. If there’s time they could improve this with the art materials. The man – Jonah – should be glued into place in the fish’s stomach.
Do the children always do what they’re told to do? What happens to them when they are naughty? Do they think that God put Jonah in the fish’s stomach as a “time out” to make him think about what he’d done wrong in refusing to do what God had told him to do?