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Sunday School Activities about David and Goliath

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Sunday school activity about David and Goliath for ages 3-6: The Philistine army sent ...

Sunday school activities about David and GoliathActivity Preparation:
  • Print a bulletin for each child
  • Gather enough crayons for the group
  • You'll need a 10' long sheet of craft paper onto which you've drawn the outline of a 9' man
  • Print images from the Internet of examples of each of Goliath's pieces of armor: a bronze helmet, bronze scale-armor, bronze plates for his shins, a bronze scimitar for his back, a strong spear shaft with an iron head and a shield-bearer walking in front a warrior.
Activity Instructions:
  1. Distribute a bulletin to each child. Ask them if they've ever met someone who is 9' tall.
  2. Unroll the sheet of craft paper with the outline of a 9' man and tape it to the wall. Have the children come up to the outline and measure themselves against it to understand how tall a 9' man really is. Then, lay the sheet on the floor. Have the children draw Goliath's armor after showing them picture examples of each.
  3. When the children are done illustrating Goliath, ask them how they would be able to defeat someone that size. Guide them to the answer from the verses — that David came "against [Goliath] in the name of the Lord of heavenly forces, the God of Israel's army...," that is, David defeated Goliath because the Lord handed Goliath over to him.
  4. Read aloud 1 Samuel 17:1-49 to reinforce the lesson.

Sunday school activity about David and Goliath for ages 7-12: David defeated Goliath

Sunday school activities about David and GoliathActivity Preparation:
  • Print a bulletin for each child
  • Have enough pencils for each child
  • You'll need a set of four blue game pieces, four red game pieces and a black game piece in a small paper bag for each team of two
  • Get a small prize for each winner
Activity Instructions:
  1. Divide the class into teams of two each.
  2. Distribute the pencils, set of game pieces and bulletin to each team.
  3. Have the children solve the "How did young David defeat the giant?" puzzle.
  4. Explain the object of the game, "The goal of this game is to be the first person in your group to cover all four words in the puzzle you just solved with the same color game pieces.
    1. First, determine which person on each team will go first. The person whose first name starts with the letter closest to the letter 'A' in the alphabet will be the first player.
    2. Next, determine which person is what color. The first player must choose whether to be blue or red. The second player is the remaining color.
    3. To start the game, the first player chooses a game piece from the bag (no peeking!). If it's his chosen color, he can place it on the first word of his solved puzzle. If it's his opponent's color or the black game piece, he must return both pieces to the bag and lose his first turn.
    4. Next, the second player chooses a game piece from the bag. If he chooses his color, he puts it on the first word of his solved puzzle. If he chooses his opponent's color or the black game piece, he must return both pieces to the bag and lose his first turn.
    5. Players continue to alternate picking game pieces from the bag. However, after their first turn, if they choose their opponent's color game piece, they have to give it to their opponent and lose their turn. If they choose the black game piece, they have to put one of their own pieces from their puzzle and the black piece back into the bag and lose their turn.
    6. The first player to cover all of the words in his solved puzzle gets to yell, 'God was with David!' and wins the game."
  5. Yell, "GO!" and wait for one person from each team to finish.
  6. Give each winner a small prize.
  7. Read aloud 1 Samuel 17:1-49 to reinforce the lesson.

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