Kids love the Old Testament story of David and Goliath. It has a boy hero, a giant, two armies, tons of action and an impossible task. Teaching this story from the perspective of a young child who did an amazing thing helps students relate to David as someone just like them. Making crafts that will help the kids recall the story is an effective and fun way to teach David and Goliath.
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The Little Stones Paper Craft
The Little Stones paper craft helps younger children remember David's courage. A letter envelope is glued onto a piece of card stock with the words "David's Little Stones" written directly onto the stock next to it. Children cut out and colour five circles of paper and draw happy faces on one side. Teachers write words of encouragement on the back of each stone, such as "God helps", "God was with David", "God watches over you."
David's Bag of Stones
The David's Bag of Stones craft gives children a craft that is also a game. Kids decorate six flat, smooth stones purchased from a garden store with acrylic paints, and decorate lunch bags for storage. The stones are marked with D, A, V, I, D and G, and felt circles are glued on the bottom. The game is played by placing the G stone inside a circle marked off by masking tape on the floor, and then trying to knock it out of the circle by sliding the stones at it one at a time. The kid who knocks the stone out of the circle using the least amount of stones wins.
One of the main points of the story is "the battle is the Lord's" (1Samuel 17:47). Kids can make a wall hanging with this Scripture. Cardboard is cut into a rectangle with a rope hanger glued onto the top. The teacher or older kids hand-letter the scripture onto the cardboard. Kids glue five flat stones around the scripture. Ribbon glued around the edges completes the project.
Gentle Giant Sling Shots
Felt square sling shots are made by having kids tie a piece of yarn on two opposite corners of the square. One piece of yarn ends in a large knot; the other ends in a loop made by tying the end of the yarn back onto the piece. It works by placing the loop around the index finger, placing the ball in the square, and holding the knot between the thumb and the tall finger. By twirling the square over the head and releasing the knot, the ball flies out of the sling.
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