Activities for the Bible Story David and Goliath

Updated July 20, 2017

The story of David and Goliath is a popular choice for Sunday school and other church activities. In the story David, a young shepherd boy, fights and defeats the Philistine giant Goliath.The story, found in I Samuel 17, teaches that obedience and faith in God are more important than skill or size. You can use a variety of activities to teach the story of David and Goliath.

Activity Sheets

Activity sheets engage learners in problem solving while reinforcing lesson material in a fun format. There are many types of activity sheets, including anagrams, cryptograms, mazes, word searches, colouring, crosswords and matching. While ambitious teachers can create their own activity sheets, a number related to the story of David and Goliath are available to be downloaded and printed for free.


A powerful way to reinforce lessons from the story of David and Goliath is through crafts. One idea is to make a wall hanging out of card stock, small river stones, glue and string. Have children decorate the card stock with drawings of David and add the verse, "the battle is the Lord's" from I Samuel 17:47. Have the children glue five rocks to the card stock and attach the string with small dabs of glue, so the finished craft can be hung on a wall.

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Plays and Skits

Role playing is a natural way for children to express their creativity and reinforce new information. One option is to guide children in creating their own version of the David and Goliath story. A script can provide a more structured activity. The skit or play might use dialogue from the Bible or contemporary dialogue. Simple costumes and props, such as a slingshot, can inspire the children to give their best effort.


Games can be fun but are also an important teaching tool. Younger children may enjoy a variation of "Duck, Duck, Goose!" in which they call out "David, David, Goliath!" Or create a life-size paper cutout of Goliath. Give children a small bean bag or rubber band to aim at the image. Cheer whenever a child hits Goliath. In a guessing game, give children clues about specific characters until they come up with the answer.

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Based in Texas, Clark Highsmith has over 17 years experience working at newspapers as a graphic designer and editor. He is a published author and holds a Master of Arts in Christian education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.