Is it just a whale of a tale?
Dr Harry Rimmer, D.D., Sc.D., tells of personally meeting a sailor who fell overboard from a trawler in the English Channel and was swallowed by a gigantic Rhincodon whale shark. The entire trawler fleet set out to hunt the shark down and 48 hours after the accident, the shark was sighted and slain with a one-pound deck gun. The carcass was too heavy for the ship’s winches to handle, so the crew towed it to shore, intending to give their friend a Christian burial. When the shark was opened, the man was found unconscious but alive. He was rushed to hospital, where he was found to be suffering from shock alone, and was later discharged. He was on exhibit in a London museum at a shilling admission, and was advertised as ‘The Jonah of the Twentieth Century’. Read more…
Sceptics often ridicule this Bible story, but it was confirmed by none other than the Lord Jesus Christ – the Creator Himself – in Matthew 12:39-41. Plus it’s obviously happened to others too. When writing to your Compassion child, you may like to include this real life story of ‘The Jonah of the Twentieth Century’. If your sponsored child will be interested in speculations as to exactly what the original ‘great fish’ could have been, click here (creation.com); here (icr.org); or here (Answers in Genesis for kids) to get some thoughts from scientists who take the Bible seriously. Now, here are some free colouring pages, puzzles, crafts, cartoons, posters and creative ideas for a ‘Jonah and the great fish’ theme, also traditionally known as ‘Jonah and the Whale’.
JONAH ~ POSTER / CARTOONS / BOOKLETS FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Whale – beautiful poster (Answers in Genesis) Biblical perspective; free printable
Jonah cartoon (Answers in Genesis) God created the world’s first submarine, complete with the first emergency passenger ejector system. Biblical cartoon to make your child smile; free printable. Idea: great image if you are making your own stationery.
Jonah – cartoon booklet (number 26) in colour or to colour (CB); big (story – 24 pages) or small (tract – 2 page); in very bright primary colours; and if you click on the search box, the other languages menu will drop down – e.g. Spanish; French; Portuguese; Hindi; Kinyarwanda; Swahili; Amharic; Tagalog; and more; free printable
Jonah 4:2 – Bible poster You are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and relenting from disaster; the tail of a large fish disappearing into the ocean depths; or here is the same verse with words only on a plain teal background; free printable
JONAH ~ BIBLE COLOURING FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Jonah boards the ship at Joppa – colouring (scroll down) with lots of detail for older children; cartoon style; free printable
Jonah overboard – coloring showing Jonah next to the ship with a big fish lurking nearby; free printable
Jonah – colouring (pdf) from The Action Bible (it’s actually a creation page, but that shadow on the bottom definitely looks like Jonah; what do you think?); free printable
Jonah on the beach – colouring looking back at the opened mouth big fish; free printable
JONAH ~ BIBLE PUZZLES / LEARN TO DRAW FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Jonah – puzzles and activities for kids (Biblewise.com) Jonah praying inside the big fish – maze; Jonah inside the big fish – coded message puzzle; word search; stories; colouring; free printable
All about Jonah – fun fill in sheet; whale maze; Jonah wordsearch in a cool doodle style; free printable
325 Puzzle / Coloring Bible Activity Sheets for Kids fun, fabulous; each booklet is about 6 pages and has one coloring page and several puzzle pages, including word searches, fill-in-blanks, crosswords, true or false, circle correct words, mazes. The Jonah related items are numbers 161 to 163; also available in Spanish (scroll down to numbers 161 to 163); free printable
Jonah – Word Mat (make sure you click the link immediately under the David and Goliath word mat) in full colour (love the whale’s tongue); free printable
Jonah and the big fish – colouring / puzzles / learn to draw (scroll down) free printable
Whale colouring / puzzles / learn to draw free printable
whale – learn to draw free printable
Learn to draw cartoon whale this is what the whale would have looked like when his lunch disappeared! :)
Learn to draw a cartoon whale – with a pail (of popcorn) and looking at a snail – sitting on his tail too crazy, but very cute! I had to include it – hey, maybe the whale and the snail went to the movies together after Jonah left for Nineveh! :)
JONAH ~ BIBLE CRAFTS FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Jonah standing in the big fish’s mouth – craft (great hand puppet, too)
Jonah ~ a whale of a craft to help kids remember that walking with God in obedience is always the best choice.
Blue whale paper toy complete with teeth and spout; free printable
Whale – origami easy; humpback whale design already printed – ready to print and fold; free printable
I really like this whale – peg craft idea for a cute Sunday school or homeschool activity (or adapt for paper only)
JONAH ~ STATIONERY FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Whale – lined stationery this large, very cute blue whale definitely has a cheeky glint in his eye; free printable
Whale – card (Canon Creative Park) Write your note on the underside of the whale’s belly; free printable
Blue whale stationery / page border (sparklebox) blue ocean and sky border; whale clipart with a spout and cheeky grin; free printable
Jonah – stationery showing Jonah sitting on top of a whale’s head; free printable
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Ocean in His hands – Isaiah 40:12 Who else has held the ocean in His hands? Memory verse card, devotional, puzzle for younger children; free printable
Warrior or Wimp? The story of two kings – King David / King Saul
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