Jesus Calms the Storm: Three Activities for Preschool Children

The disciples in the boat in the middle of the storm were afraid. They were afraid even though they had Jesus in the boat with them. It seems they did not understand two things: (1) that Jesus had complete power over their circumstances and (2) how much He loved them. Are you afraid in the midst of the circumstances of your life right now? As you do these activities with your kids remind yourself of the truth that (1) Jesus has complete power over your circumstances and (2) that He loves you in a deep, amazing way.

HIGHLIGHTS from Sunday…

This week your child learned that Jesus was able to do things nobody else can do. Jesus was on a boat with the disciples when a fierce storm came up. Jesus was sleeping and the disciples were frightened. They woke him saying, “Lord, save us! We are going to drown!” Jesus rebuked them saying, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Jesus got up and calmed the storm. The men were amazed because even the winds and waves obeyed him! They wondered what kind of man this was that could do these amazing things.

Teaching Truths:

  1. A miracle is something wonderful that only God can do.
  2. Jesus has power over nature.

Memory Verse:

"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." Psalm 139:14 (NIV)

Here’s a simple song to help your child (and you) memorize this week’s memory verse!

3 Activities that remind us that Jesus has power over nature:

1. Styrofoam Boat

Grab a large Styrofoam cup and cut it in half width-wise. Let your child color it with paints or marker so it looks like a boat. Cut a small triangle out of paper, punch two holes along one side of the triangle and weave a toothpick through the holes. Help your child tape the sail to the inside of the cup. Let your child roll a lump of play dough into a thick snake and slightly push the dough into the bottom of the cup. Encourage your child to decorate 12 popsicle sticks to represent the disciples and 1 stick to resemble Jesus. Lastly, let him place the popsicle stick people into the play dough.

2. Styrofoam Boat Story

Act out the story using your Styrofoam cup boat and popsicle people. Grab a large sheet of blue poster board, a blue towel or sheet to be the water. Use empty metal cans or cookie sheets to make lightning and thunder.

  1. What is a miracle? (Something wonderful only God can do)
  2. Where was Jesus when the storm started?
  3. What did Jesus use to stop the storm?
  4. Do you feel afraid sometimes? What can you do?
  5. Do you trust Jesus?

3. In His Hands Song

Sing this song to help your child understand that we can trust Jesus and that he has power over nature.

He’s got the whole world in His hands,
He’s got the whole world in His hands,
He’s got the whole world in His hands,
He’s got the whole world in His hands.
2nd me through: He’s got the wind and rain in His hands ...
Make up other verses to this song such as flowers & trees, sun & clouds or moon & stars.


Dear God, we know that we never have to be afraid because you are with us. Please help us to always ask you when we need help. Help us trust in your ability to help us through anything. Amen.

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