Try this simple idea for telling the story. Younger children enjoy it. Older children will like this one too if they are the ones creating the characters.
You or the children draw simple figures and mount them on the sides of upturned paper cups with tape to make stand-up characters. Move the characters around as you tell the story.
This visual aid can be adapted to any story.
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In the instructions I used the story of Nadab and Abihu as an example.