The Bible story of Jonah and the Big Fish (also commonly known as Jonah and the Whale) is a common one. Most kids who have spent any time in church, Sunday School, or vacation Bible school have heard the story. Jonah and the Big Fish Paper Plate Craft is a great one to create to use as a lesson supplement and a craft for the kids to make after the lesson.
Jonah has his own book in the Bible, but the story of Jonah and the Big Fish is found in Jonah chapters 1-2.
This post was originally published on my Bible crafts blog in August 2020. That blog has since been discontinued.
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Supplies for the Jonah and the Big Fish Paper Plate Craft:
- Uncoated paper plate – An uncoated paper plate is important for the paint to adhere to the plate. An upside- uncoated paper plates are also less expensive!
- Grey washable or acrylic paint
- Sea blue washable or acrylic paint
- Paint brush
- Wooden craft stick – This should be a standard size popsicle stick or longer.
- White paper
- Glue stick
- (1) large wiggle eye
- Newspaper or plastic sheet to protect painting surface
Cover the painting surface with the newspaper or plastic sheet.
Paint the paper plate with the grey paint. Add sea blue paint and intertwine the colors for the paper plate to be a mixture of grey and sea blue. Allow the paper plate to dry thoroughly.
Cut a triangle share from the paper plate to create the mouth of the big fish.
Use the glue to attach the triangle to the back of the paper plate. This is the tail. The point of the triangle should be glued to the backside of the plate so that the larger edge of the triangle is farther away from the paper plate.
Attach the wiggle eye to the paper plate above the cut-out for the mouth.
Now, it’s time to make Jonah.
Draw Jonah on the white paper. Make him a size not larger than the mouth of the big fish. Hopefully, you or your child are much more artistic than I am. A stick figure is as good as I could create.
Cut Jonah out. Glue the paper to the wooden craft stick.
Cut a rectangle of while paper. It should be wide enough for the craft stick to fit through.
Glue the rectangle to the back of the big fish near the cut-out for the mouth. Be sure to only glue the top and bottom edges of the rectangle strip. Allow the glue to dry thoroughly.
Place the wooden craft stick through the rectangle. The big fish can now swallow Jonah and spit him out on dry ground!
See other Bible crafts for kids here!