Three Activities for Preschool Families: God Chooses David

What matters most to God is what is in our heart, not what we look like. In our materialistic culture, this is a truth that we all struggle to live out. We often declare it with our words but deny it with our actions.Let the story of God choosing David as King encourage you this week as you reinforce this important lesson with your children.

HIGHLIGHTS from the Weekend…

This week your child learned that the Lord rejected Saul as king and told Samuel to go to Bethlehem to visit a man named Jesse. The Lord told Samuel to fill his horn with oil because He had chosen one of Jesse’s sons to be king. God said He needed a king who loved Him and would teach the people to love the Lord. Samuel obeyed the Lord and met Jesse and his sons. Jesse had seven strong sons and one young son. After seeing the first seven, strong sons, the Lord had not confirmed to Samuel that He had chosen any of them to be king. Samuel asked Jesse if he had any other sons. Jesse laughed and said, “Yes, but he is young and weak,” but sent for him anyway. David came running, and the Lord immediately told Samuel, “This is the one. He is a man after my own heart.” Right then, in front of his father and brothers, David was anointed king. David did not become king right away. He had to grow up and wait a long me before he actually became king. (1 Samuel 16; 2 Samuel 5)

Teaching Truth:

  1. God cares most about our heart, not what we look like.

Memory Verses

"Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105

3 Activities that Help Us Learn That God Cares Most About Our Heart, Not What We Look Like:

1. Our Heart

Help your child trace and cut out two identical large hearts from construction paper. On one heart, help your child brainstorm words that describe what they look like on the outside such as facial features or types of clothing. On the second heart, write down adjectives that describe character traits that people can’t see such as kindness, patience, etc. Take the first heart and place it over the second heart and staple it together on one side like a book. Fold back the side of the heart to see the words written on the second heart. Talk with your child about how people may only notice the things on the first heart, but God notices the traits on the second chart. Continue the discussion with your child by using these questions:

1. What do you think is important to God?

2. What makes you special to God?

2. What's Inside

Before doing this activity, find a small toy or item the size of a ring and wrap the item in aluminum foil without your child seeing it. Let your child help you make a mixture of Plaster of Paris. Combine one cup of warm water for every two cups of flour. Mix the flour and water until there are no lumps and mixture is smooth. Dip the entire aluminum foil ball into the plaster and let it dry. After the plaster has dried, let your child crack open the ball to see the surprise.

3. God Looks at Our Heart

Sing this song with your child to the tune of Farmer and Dell and include these hand motions.

God looks at our heart (point straight up and then point to heart)

God looks at our heart (point straight up and then point to heart)

Thank you God for loving us (wrap arms around yourself like you are giving yourself a hug)

God looks at our heart (point straight up and then point to heart)


God, thank you that you know us so well and love us so much. Thank you for being our perfect Father and helping us do your will with your Holy Spirit. Help us this week as we want to live for you, and not for ourselves. Help us to learn and apply the Truth that you care about our hearts and not what we look like!

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