Here is a fun activity you can do with your preschooler using things you already have at home.
WHAT YOU NEED:
Optional: shakers, noise makers
WHAT YOU DO:
During the activity, say: Come sit it in a circle on the floor with me. We’re going to make storm sounds. Put your hands together in front of you like this and rub them back and forth really slow. (Demonstrate.) Do that with me. (Pause.) That sounds like rain. Now rub them a little faster. (Pause.) And faster. (Pause.) Now pat one leg. (Pause.) Then the other. (Pause.) Keep going. (Pause.) Now even faster. (Pause.) That sounds like thunder. Now freeze." (Pause.)
Continue: “In our story, God told Jonah to go to Ninevah and tell the people there to go God’s way. But Jonah didn’t want to, so he got on a boat and went the other direction! While Jonah was on the boat, a big storm came. Rub your hands together like before. Start slow and go faster. It rained and rained, harder and harder. Pat your legs. (Pause.) Pat them faster. (Pause.) Then came the thunder and lightning. And the wind began to blow. Move back and forth. (Pause.) Jonah knew that God sent the storm for him, so in order to save the people on the boat, he threw himself into the water. And guess what? The storm stopped. Then God sent a great, big fish to swallow Jonah! Jonah was on the inside of that big fish, and he knew he should have gone God’s way. Jonah prayed and told God he was sorry for not going God’s way. When Jonah finished praying, the big fish spit Jonah out onto dry land! Then Jonah went to Ninevah like God said and told all the people there to go God’s way because God’s way is perfect!"
After the activity, say: "Sometimes we think we have a better way, but we have to remember that God’s way is perfect. We can trust God and go His way because God’s way is perfect. Whose way is perfect? God’s way is perfect.”