Israel Wants a King: Three Activities for Preschool Families

In Isaiah 30:15 the Lord says to Israel, “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.” It should be so easy. We want salvation and we want strength, but so often we will not have any of the repentance, rest, and trust that are required to get them. We would rather make our own way and trust in our own plan than believe that God’s plans are better than our own. This pattern is always a mistake. Use the activities below this week to teach your kids (and yourself) how good God’s plans are and how we all need to listen and obey.

HIGHLIGHTS from Sunday…

This week your child learned that Israel wanted a king. Over and over again they asked Samuel for a king. Each time, Samuel told the Israelites they would be sorry if they had a king. The Lord was their king. Samuel told them a king would take their sons and daughters and their land. Even though God had always taken care of them, the Israelites didn’t trust God’s plan. They wanted to do things their own way. They wanted a king! The Lord assured Samuel it was not him they were rejecting it was the Lord. God told Samuel to give them a king, so with the Lord’s direction Samuel anointed Saul and said he would be the leader of the Israelites. For a time, Saul was a good, obedient king. However, when Saul disobeyed the Lord, God rejected him as king. (1 Samuel 8‐11 & 15)

Teaching Truths:

  1. God wants to be our King.
  2. God wants us to listen and obey.
  3. God's plans are better than our own.

Memory Verse:

"Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path." Psalm 119:105 (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 wants us to listen and obey:

1. Listen & Obey

Israel continued to want a king and didn’t listen to God. Play a game of Simon says or Mother May I to help your child learn to obey.

TALK about it ...

After playing the game, talk about how Israel did not listen and obey . Ask these questions:

  1. Did the Israelites trust God?
  2. Did God give them what they wanted?
  3. What happened when the Israelites didn’t listen and obey God?

2. Stickers

Create a simple obedience chart to hang in your house, perhaps in the kitchen or in your child’s bedroom where he can see it. Grab some crayons and let him decorate it however he wants. Then make a quick stop at the dollar store and let him choose some fun stickers. Throughout the day or week, whenever you child obeys the first time, let him put a sticker on the chart. Once the chart is full, give him a special treat for listening and obeying right away.

3. Trumpet March

Sing this song with your child to the tune of “Old MacDonald Had A Farm”

We will listen and obey
Yes Lord, yes we will
We will listen and obey
Yes Lord, yes we will
With a yes Lord here, and a Yes Lord there
Here a Yes, there a Yes
Everywhere a Yes, Yes
We will listen and obey
Yes Lord, yes we will


Dear God, thank you for caring so much about us that you made a special plan to save us from our sins. Please help us to trust in your ways and not our own. Amen.

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