Cardboard Sailing Boat for Story Telling

Create a sailing boat from a large piece of cardboard and use it for story telling and acting out role play scenes from familiar New Testament stories! fishing on the sea of galileeWe had a large cardboard box recently that we used for making a fun train track activity scene on the inside. On the outside I painted a simple boat shape with paint and stuck a long, thin piece of wooden edging rail through a hole at the top and bottom to become a mast. To this we tied some thin material to represent the sail, tossed a blue blanket on the floor to become the sea and added some cardboard fish (that are part of a counting project we are also working on.)

coin in the mouth of the fish
We put it in front of the sofa so that we could climb in and sit on it, and read stories together about the disciples on the Sea of Galilee and all of the wonderful accounts of their interactions with Jesus there. We read about the stilling of the storm, how the Lord Jesus walked on water and encouraged Peter to do the same, the coin in the fish’s mouth and others. The girls also pretended to do a bit of fishing and had a go at being tossed around in a strong storm and remembering how Jesus stopped the storm with such a simple, powerful command of “Peace, be still.”
Using props and storytelling aides can really bring the Bible to life for kids and make it easier to understand events as they happened.
Have you used story telling props or scenes during family worship? Have you got some ideas to add? thanks!

Resurrection Garden for Easter


Make a beautiful garden scene to represent the Resurrection and to help teach children about the powerful and incredible events in the Easter story.

resurrection garden title

Materials Needed:

a shallow dish or planter


small shrubs and flowers

a pot, empty tin or other cave-like object

a flat stone

two twigs and some string or a pipe cleaner

a plain peg doll (optional)

twig cross

First of all we bound the two twigs together using a brown pipe cleaner, to form a cross. We used this as a simple story telling prompt when retelling the story of the crucifixion. This is suitable on any day of the year of course, but particularly as a family worship idea for Good Friday.

Resurrection garden

Then we constructed a simple garden scene by planting the shrubs and flowers into a barrel and inserted the cross into the background. We used an empty tin garden planter to represent the tomb. We placed a little plain wood peg doll inside to represent Christ being buried and rolled the large stone in front of the tomb.

playing with resurrect garden

On Easter morning the children can come down to see the garden and find that the stone has been rolled away from the tomb and is completely empty inside. Read the passage from the Bible and celebrate together with songs and prayers!

stone rolled back from the tomb

“He is not here. He has risen. Come and see the place where He lay.”

Matthew chapter 28 verse 6