q is for question – Bible alphabet

A long time ago we created a Bible Alphabet for toddlers – it’s here and there on the blog. It was a great thing to do and gave us lots of story options. This time it’s the letter ‘q’. Not so many options! I went for q is for question.

The question ‘who is this, that even the winds and waves obey him?’ was asked by the disciples after Jesus stilled the storm. (Matthew 8:23-27).There are  other questions in the story – ‘Teacher do you care that we are perishing?’ and ‘Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?

The first question about who Jesus is is at the heart of the story.

To tell the story to young children:

Have a story bag with a boat and the twelve disciples (you could use duplo figures or cut out pictures. Below are lego mini figures because that is what we have! Don’t look too closely at the characters as they are a strange bunch!)

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Piece of blue cloth to represent the sea.

Cushion or pillow

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Introduce actions for the children to do during the story

1. move arms to represent waves

2 blow in to closed hands for the wind

3 pretend to be sleeping

4 ‘shush’ – ‘be still’

You could play some sound effects during the story – thunder and rain recordings are available on MP3 downloads (usually used for relaxation). Make sure you listen to anything you plan to use beforehand.

Paper plate boat

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Use Cellotape to secure the mast.

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This simple craft is easy and effective. It can be used for any story where there is a boat.

You need:

Paper plate, tissue paper squares, card or a lollypop stick for the mast, patterned paper for the sail, cellotape, blue waves made from card or construction paper.

In the Bible A-Z series we used the story of Jesus stilling the storm for the letter Q – the disciples ask a question ‘Who is this that even the wind and waves obey him?’ After you have made the boat the children can use it to retell the story.