Yom Kippur! Children’s Jonah Craft

Help your children better understand God’s appointed time of Yom Kippur. The Jonah Craft gives them an opportunity to use their creativity as an open door to have a deeper encounter with the love and forgiveness of God.

 “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”—Proverbs 22:6

List of supplies needed:

  • Uncoated paper plate – An uncoated paper plate is important for the paint to adhere to the plate. An upside- uncoated paper plates are also less expensive!
  • Grey washable or acrylic paint
  • Sea blue washable or acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Wooden craft stick – This should be a standard size popsicle stick or longer.
  • White paper
  • Markers
  • Glue stick
  • (1) large wiggle eye
  • Newspaper or plastic sheet to protect the painting surface
Icon of a smiling child holding scissors and a coffee filter
Icon of a scissors cutting a triangle out of a blue coffee filter
Icon of a child drawing Jonah on paper with a marker
Icon of the finished Jonah craft

Step by step instructions:


  1. Cover a flat surface with newspaper or plastic so that you have a space to paint and do your craft.
  2. Paint a paper plate with gray and/or blue paint.
  3. Cut a triangle out from the edge of the plate, creating an “open mouth” shape.
  4. Glue the point of the triangle to back of the paper plate, creating a tail.
  5. Attach “wiggly eyes” to the big fish above where the triangle was cut.
  6. Get a plain sheet of paper and draw Jonah on the paper.
  7. Cut out Jonah and glue him to a craft stick.
  8. Cut a rectangle shape out of the plain paper, creating a pocket that will hold the craft stick glued to Jonah. Glue the top and bottom edges of the piece of paper to the back of the fish.
  9. Place the craft stick in the pocket so Jonah is in the mouth of the fish.


Cartoon instructions for the Jonah craft