The book of 1 Samuel in the Old Testament offers rich stories, the most famous of which is that of David and Goliath. It is full of potential craft ideas that can help explain the lesson and support your teaching material for students of every age.
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David and Goliath
1 Samuel 17 tells of David versus Goliath. Use a Velcro ball and a handkerchief to recreate the stone and sling weapon David used to defeat Goliath. For older children, use the Velcro ball dart board with Goliath's head as the bull's eye. Allow the child to try to throw the Velcro ball with a heavy leather coat on to simulate David attempting to try on the king's armour and weapons. Support the Bible passage by explaining that David needed to trust in God, not his weapons to conquer the giant.
In 1 Samuel 7, Samuel set aside a stone to signify how God had helped him. Decorate a stone with a way that God helps us today. Use oil-based paint so it can be kept outside for all to see.
Samuel Hearing God
In 1 Samuel 3 there is an interesting story about Samuel waking up to a voice and mistaking God's voice for Eli's. Create a paper megaphone to use as a demonstration of calling a voice. Roll up a piece of construction paper and tape or staple it to make it stay in the appropriate shape. Discuss with your students how we hear God's voice today by reading the Bible instead of hearing it through a prophet like Samuel.
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