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Jonah in the Big Fish – a craft activity for children

Posted on: 11 August, 2011

The story of Jonah contains some serious messages, but also great drama – it’s not every day someone is swallowed by a big fish and spat out again!

To make this craft, you’ll need:
– paper or cardboard for your fish and background
– clear plastic contact (the sticky plastic you use to cover books)
– and a selection of items to be swallowed.

First, draw yourself a nice big fish outline.  If you plan on making more than one, I recommend creating a cardboard template.  Biological/physiological accuracy is not that important, but leave plenty of room for Jonah.

I used my template to cut fish from old cardboard folders, and pasted them onto a backing piece of cardboard, from which I had cut out an identically sized hole..  Alternatively you could just draw a fish onto cardboard and cut out the centre.

Draw on the eye and decorate the fins if you wish.

Cut out a piece of contact paper slightly larger than the hole in the middle of the fish, and adhere it to the BACK of the fish, so that the sticky side is facing up.  Then feed your fish!

I used a paper Jonah (I found a picture on the internet but you could easily draw your own), thin strips of blue and green cellophane,  and a selection of marine-themed confetti.

When you have finished, cut another piece of contact paper and adhere it to the front of the fish, sandwiching Jonah and everything around him into the fish’s belly.

Hang Jonah and the big fish up in a window and let the light shine through.



7 Responses to "Jonah in the Big Fish – a craft activity for children"

Cute!! You have the best ideas! 🙂

Oh yes, this will definitely be on the agenda post-Rosh Hashanah next year. Even kids who hate sticky fingers should have fun poking bits into the contact paper belly. I know I will…
Good way to use up part of my supply of blue/green tissue paper strips, too.

That’s beautiful, would love to try this with my little one!

Definitely going to try this! Thanks :0

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