The lesson behind this Jonah whale activity is to teach your toddler or preschooler about obedience.
Bake a whale cake
The purpose here is to show your toddler about following instructions. What better way than with a bit of baking fun? Introduce this to your child by reading them the story of Jonah and the whale in your favourite children's bible.
Print out this visual recipe so that your toddler can follow the instructions.
So that you can plan in advance here is your shopping list:
4 extra large eggs
1 ¼ cup sugar
2 cups of flour
3 teaspoons of Baking Powder
½ a cup of milk
½ cup of water
3 tablespoons of butter
1 teaspoon of vanilla
Margerine or softened butter
Blue food coloring
Chocolate discs or buttons
Allow as much latitude with your child to do the work themselves. Once the cake is in the oven work together to clean the dishes as you talk about willingly doing jobs that are not always fun because it is the right thing to do.
Draw their line of thinking back to Jonah. Ask them if he was willing to obey in the beginning of the story? Perhaps you can point out that because of his disobedience the sailors on the boat were put in harms way.
Ask them what made Jonah willing to obey? Enjoy the discussion together.
When the cake is cooked and cooled ice the cake with the blue icing and use the chocolate buttons for the eyes. Enjoy a slice together with Dad after supper!
If you would like to do a really cute paper bag whale craft to use during your retelling of the Jonah story, then take a look at http://www.dltk-kids.com/animals/mbagwhale.html for a great idea.
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