The story of David and Goliath is one of those kids’ stories that as adults we can become so familiar with that we miss the life lessons it contains. As you work through the activities and retell the story to your kids this week, keep your heart prayerful for what the Holy Spirit might be teaching you. Do you believe in God’s power the way David did? Is there a Goliath in your life that you need to trust God to defeat? Do you need to take action to defeat your giant like David did?
HIGHLIGHTS from Sunday…
This week your child learned that when God is on our side, we can win a battle. God can protect us just like He protected David. God’s enemies, the Philistines, wanted to fight Saul’s army, so they sent their best fighter, Goliath. He was huge‐‐nine feet tall! He was so huge that all of Saul’s army was afraid to fight him. One day, when David was taking food to his brothers who were soldiers in Saul’s army, he saw Goliath. David told the soldiers that God would help him win, so he offered to fight Goliath. Saul gave David armor and a sword, but they were too heavy for David. Instead, David chose 5 stones from the stream and used them and his sling shot to fight Goliath. He told Goliath, “You come with a sword and a spear. But I come to you in the name of God.” As the giant came closer, David put a stone in his sling shot and threw it. It hit Goliath in the forehead, and he fell down and died. David trusted God, and because He had faith, God helped him win. (1 Samuel 17)
- God is our protector.
“Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” - Jeremiah 33:3 (NASB)
Here’s a simple song to help your child (and you) memorize this week’s memory verse!
3 Activities that remind us that God shows us the right way to live:
1. Make a SlingTogether with your child, find a stick in the shape of a Y. (Or glue some craft sticks together.) Tie a rubber band to the top part of each side of the Y. Show your child how to position a marshmallow or cotton ball in the middle of the “sling”. Pull back and have fun aiming at pillows around the house.
2. Water Balloons vs. Goliath
Help your child draw a picture of Goliath’s face on a paper grocery bag. Have your child name things they are afraid of and draw pictures or write them down on a piece of paper. Cut each item out and glue it to the bag around Goliath’s face. Find a place to attach the bag that is approx. 9 ft. off the ground (tree, wall of house). Make some water balloons that are “stones” and let your child throw them at “Goliath”. After this activity talk with your child about how David listened and trusted God using these questions.
- Where did David find courage?
- Did David defeat Goliath by man’s power (Saul’s sword and armor) or by God’s power?
- Is anything too big for God to handle?
- How do you think David may have felt when he saw how huge and powerful Goliath was?
- What are some things that may frighten us? Can we trust God to help us in those times?
3. Finding Rocks
Grab five medium sized rocks from your yard or while you are on a walk with your child. You can also cut five large circles from brown construction paper. Hide the stones around your house or in a specific room. Talk to your child about how David trusted God and only needed stones to fight the giant, Goliath. Have your child find the stones and then talk to him about how David used one of the stones and his sling shot to defeat Goliath.
Thank you, God, that You are strong enough to protect us and help us in every situation. Please help us trust You with all our fears. Teach us to honor Jesus with every challenge we face.
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