What animal is longer than a school bus, bigger than a dinosaur, and heavier than 25 elephants? Most kids can tell you the blue whale is well-known for its extreme size. But there are several lesser known facts about this gentle giant that will grip their attention and provide a natural opportunity to direct their attention to Jesus, the Creator and King of earth’s most epic animals.
BIG BLUE WHALE QUESTIONS:
True or false, the blue whale is the biggest animal in the world.
True or false, blue whales can be louder than a jet engine.
True or false, blue whales weigh more than the the biggest dinosaurs that ever lived.
True or false, a blue whale’s tongue weighs as much as a female elephant.
True or false, a blue whale’s heart is bigger than you.
Believe it or not, these statements are all true (Number five could potentially be false if you happen to have a kid in your class who weighs more than 400 pounds.) So, how do you use this information to guide kids on their journey of knowing and enjoying Jesus? All you have to do is tell them about the blue whale and point them to its wise and powerful creator. (If you’re like me, you’ll whip out your whiteboard marker and draw a picture of a blue whale while you say these things. If you’re not like me, you could always print and show the picture at the top of this article to help keep the kids’ attention.) You might say something like this:
You can emphasize the LOVE of Jesus.
“Jesus loves you and made you. He also made incredible animals like the blue whale. It’s so big that just its tongue weighs more than 100 of you put together! But you matter more to Jesus than all the blue whale’s in the world. He loves you!”
You can emphasize the POWER of Jesus.
“The disciples were amazed that even the wind and waves obeyed Jesus! There is nothing more powerful than Jesus. Even blue whales, the strongest animals on the planet, depend on the power of Jesus to give them life and provide for their needs.”
And that just scratching the surface. The wisdom, creativity, and sovereignty of Jesus could also be reinforced with this larger than life object lesson. Connecting spiritual truths with fascinating facts not only keeps the kids interested, it also helps them understand and appreciate the truth. You don’t have to become an expert, just do some research, discover for yourself how God displays His attributes through creation, and then plan creative ways to share the wonder of what you’ve learned with kids.
And just for fun, one last whaley cool fact. Did you know scientists use ear wax to figure out how old blue whales are? True story! Wax layers can be counted sort of like tree rings to determine a whale’s age. Just imagine, there are millions of other fascinating facts just waiting to be learned and shared with kids to help them know and enjoy Jesus! If you’re searching for ideas to help you get started, check out our e-book, “Enjoying God My Creator” for 70+ hands-on activities that use animals, plants, planets, Scripture, and the human body to point kids to their Creator.