The story of Jonah doesn’t come around every year, but I sure do love it when it does. I love the imperfect messenger who literally cannot hide from our God who intends to use him. I think there are challenges in covering Jonah as addressed in our Gospel Project Leader Video but I think sometimes a church can also face the challenge of kiddos thinking they know a story already.
I look forward to bringing this one to life and not just telling it. In an Investor Training years ago danielle gathered the teachers under tarps and sprayed water on them from water bottles while wafting smells from open tuna cans. This was a great illustration for us to pass on to kiddos and let me tell you, it’s so great to get them all gathered under a table with the lights off, playing a storm youtube soundtrack on your phone or iPad and stinking up your room with tuna. Your co-teachers may not forgive you, but the added smell sensory charge really opens up the story in news ways for kids who have been getting it since preschool.
I would love to hear about other ways you’re bringing this story to life this week!
Paper bag characters are a simple a fun way to bring your Bible lessons to life and the variations can go from single character scene reenactments to whole unit reviews. Here are some possible variations, but we’d love additional submission in the comments.
- Groups kids together in small groups depending on the story. Have them each create a paper bag character. Then when they’re finished, have them retell the story together as a small group.
- Have each child create their version of the same character (Examples: Joseph (with his coat), Job (after illness had struck)).
- Have each member of the class make a character for a unit review. Give them a name and a description to glue to the back. (Examples: Judges, Kings)
- Have the class create a whole scene to reenact. (Example: Jesus’ Birth, Last Supper)
Kids love this activity. Let us know if you have other creative uses for paper bag characters in your classes.