Perhaps the most famous battle in the Bible, David and Goliath is the story of a small shepard boy who killed a nine-foot tall giant in the name of Israel with the help of only a slingshot, a bag of rocks and unshakeable faith in God. It is a great example to kids of what faith and self-confidence can do.
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To really impress the relative size of David to Goliath upon kids, obtain a roll of butcher paper and measure out a 9-foot-long sheet. If you have the space, tack or tape it up vertically -- otherwise, lay it out on the floor. Allow kids to take turns standing next to it and comparing their own sizes to that of the 9-foot piece of paper. Ask them who they think would win in a fight between them and a person of that size. Segue into the concept that God is bigger than a person and can even help a little boy bring down a 9-foot giant.
Depending on how many children will be participating, break the kids up into groups or distribute roles amongst the large group. Have them present the story of David and Goliath to each other, their parents or another Sunday School class. Encourage them to be as funny and zany as they want to be. However, be sure to strictly prohibit the actual throwing of actual rocks -- you don't want any of your students going to the hospital!
Instruct each child to bring in a toilet paper tube and a paper towel tube, but have a stash of extras just in case. Set out markers, crayons, glue, glitter, crepe paper and other craft supplies. Instruct the children to draw a picture of Goliath on the paper towel tube and a picture of David on the toilet paper tube. For smaller children, pre-glue colouring book images of David and Goliath onto the tubes. For added fun, allow children to try to knock over each others' Goliaths with small "rocks" made of crumpled paper.
Distribute brown paper lunch bags amongst students. Have them decorate the bags. Then take the children on a hike or short nature walk and instruct them each to pick up five smooth stones. Once you return to the classroom, have the children paint the stones. When the paint is dry, instruct them to write (or write yourself, for smaller children) a word on each stone that makes them feel less afraid. Examples may include "God," "courage" and "family." Let dry. Tell them that whenever they are afraid, to look at the stones and think of how David is brave.
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