Are your kids familiar with the story of Jonah and the whale? Young children are fascinated by the idea of living in the belly of a whale for any length of time.
Older kids can related to being told to do something they don’t want to do. This one-page Jonah and the Whale printable is a great resource to have on hand when teaching Jonah and the Whale for kids.
Download and print this worksheet that offers a brief overview of the story of Jonah and his journey to Nineveh.
Jonah and the Whale Printable
If you incorporate Bible lessons into your homeschool lessons, Jonah and the Whale is a great one to add to your ocean unit study.
If you teach Bible stories in your Letter of the Week lessons, you can add Jonah and the Whale to your Jj or Ww lessons.
You can also teach this as part of your character education when you focus on the word obedience.
When you teach Jonah and the Whale, you can read it straight out of the Bible, or you can use a storybook version that is geared toward young children.
You can also present your students with a free printable synopsis of the story that they can reference or read for themselves. That’s where this one-page, print-and-go worksheet comes in handy.
Jonah and the Whale Activities
Whenever I put together a lesson plan or a unit study, I try to touch on as many topics as I can.
I always add a book list and try to gather as many related books as possible. In addition to teaching Jonah and the Whale straight from the Bible, you can grab some Jonah and the Whale story books that are geared specifically toward young children.
If possible, I also try to find a fun snack to incorporate into the lessons. Here’s a fun list of Jonah and the Whale snacks you should check out if you do the same.
Jonah and the Whale Activities
If you need more ideas to add to your Jonah and the Whale unit, you can look through these ideas.
Jonah and the Whale Preschool Printables. This pack is perfect for kids ages 3-6, and will help them work on motor skills, counting to five, visual discrimination and more.
Jonah and the Whale Letter Recognition Game. Here’s a fun way for young children to work on letter recognition within your Jonah and the Whale unit.
Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie. Kids of all ages (yep, even your older kids) will love joining Bob, Larry, and the rest of the Veggies as they set sail on a whale of an adventure.
BOOKS ABOUT JONAH AND THE WHALE
Picture books are a great way to introduce young children to Biblical stories. The story of Jonah and the Whale is a popular one that has been retold in many different ways.
Here are some picture book versions of the story that your child is sure to enjoy.
Jonah and the Whale – Enjoy this traditional retelling of the classic Biblical story about Jonah and the Whale with beautiful illustrations!
Jonah’s Big Fish Adventure – Uh-oh! Jonah didn’t listen to God, and now he’s in the belly of a big fish! What will happen to Jonah next?
The Hard to Swallow Tale of Jonah and the Whale – The story of Jonah is full of ingredients that children love: a dangerous mission; a man on the run; danger at sea; an incredible whale rescue; and a grand finale about forgiveness.
Round Out Your Unit with These Activities:This wooden Jonah in the Whale 4 piece shaped puzzle exercises manipulative skills and helps children remember the Jonah bible story. Set up a Bible-themed sensory bin with these Jonah and the Whale story kit pieces including a peg doll, playdough, fish net, and more.
Download Your Printables
This Jonah and the Whale printable is great for kids of all ages. Little ones can have an older sibling or adult read it to them.
Older children can read it themselves for a brief overview of the Jonah and the Whale story.
Teens and adults can use it to teach the story of Jonah and the Whale in their homeschool or Sunday School.
It’s so very versatile!