I used old cereal boxes, a paper towel tube, and a boat from the bath. This is how I told the story to my daughter, then she eventually learned it as well.
Long ago, God asked Jonah to go to Ninevah to preach about God.
|But Jonah didn't listen. So he got on a boat to hide from God.|
|God wanted to get Jonah's attention so he sent a big storm. The men on the boat were scared so they threw Jonah overboard.|
|God sent a whale to swallow Jonah.|
|Inside the whale, Jonah prayed and prayed and asked God to forgive him.|
|God had the whale spit out Jonah and now Jonah knows to always listen to God.|
|This is my daughter pretending to be Jonah inside the whale. So glad I got a picture of this...melts my heart.|