Theme: David trusted God to take down the giant Goliath
Scripture: 1 Samuel 17
Main Point: Clap! God wins the battle for us!
Supplies: Solid tub filled with sand; Bury five smooth stones in the sand. Slingshot. Decorate the room to make two sides into the campouts of the two armies and one corner into the field where David tended the sheep. You can bring small tents (or make them with sheets and chairs), use crumbled, brown butcher paper for big rocks, and a sheet of green butcher paper for the field with a shepherd’s staff for David to hold. Consider having a tall, big man to play Goliath and a smaller man to play David. Other supplies that would be fun to have: a paper bag of food for David’s brothers, a shepherds pouch (messenger bag), a shield, sword, and armor for Goliath.
Teachers: Take this lesson, study it, and make it your own. Allow the truths of the Scripture to sink into your own heart. Know what you are saying and say it with confidence. Passion and voice inflection is essential with preschoolers. Repeat the main point over and over again.
Story Circle (15 minutes)
Hook (Grab Their Attention!)
Gather the children around you on the floor. Have the tub of sand and stones sitting in front of you.
SAY: This tub has a message for you inside! It will give you a hint on what story from the Bible we will learn about today! Can you guess what is in this tub? (Allow a few moments for guesses.) I need five volunteers to reach inside discover the message! Who would like to volunteer? (Choose one child at a time to come up and reach inside.)
To your first volunteer, SAY: Now I do not want you to pull anything out yet. First, I want you to tell everyone what you feel. (Allow them to place their hand inside the tub and search for what is hidden. They should describe the sand and the stone(s). Then allow them to pull out one stone.) Hmm…what kind of stone is this? (Encourage them to describe the texture, pass it around for them to feel.) It is a very smooth stone! Let’s see what our next volunteer can find! (Allow each volunteer to come up and pull out a stone. Lay them out side by side, far enough away so no child is tempted to grab them.)
SAY: Okay. How many stones do we have? (Five!) Let’s count them together, One, Two, Three, Four, Five! Can you think of a story from the Bible where a person uses five smooth stones? (It is okay if none of them know). Let’s open up our Bible and discover how God wants us to know Him today!
Book (This is Where You School Them!)