David and Goliath

The story of David and Goliath is a story of God's triumph over His enemies through His people. From an early age, David tended flocks of sheep, protecting them from wolves and other dangers, through the strength of God. He was the youngest of eight sons, and his father, Jesse, loved him greatly. During a battle between the Israelites and Philistines, Jesse sent David to the Israelite encampment to check on his brothers. While David was there, however, he noticed the intimidating presence of Goliath–the champion of the Philistines, who was somewhere between seven and eleven feet tall! This Goliath had been heckling the Israelites and cursing God for forty days; so long, in fact, that Saul, the king of the Israelites, had put out a reward for whoever managed to kill Goliath.

So, David, angry that this Philistine would speak blasphemies to the living God, went to Saul and promised to bring Goliath down. He referenced his skills in killing lions and bears that dared attack his sheep, and promised that his time spent shepherding proved that God would rescue him from the hand of Goliath. 

Saul said to David, waving a hand in resignation, “Go, and the Lord be with you.” 

David was not a warrior, but he believed God could empower him to conquer any opponent. Sure enough, he met Goliath on the battlefield and, ignoring the taunts the much bigger man threw at him, David invoked the name of God instead. He threw a stone from his sling, and it hurled through the air so fast it was buried in Goliath’s forehead. The Philistine giant stumbled, and he fell facedown on the ground–dead. 

 

The story of David and Goliath, and the supporting activities below, will help children realize the strength of their God and how He can conquer evil through us.

David and the Giant Parents Connect Page

Every lesson from God’s Unfolding Story for Older Preschoolers includes a Parents Connect page to help parents or guardians reinforce the lesson at home during the week following the lesson. This is the David and the Giant Parents Connect page.

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David and the Giant Teaching Picture

Every lesson from God’s Unfolding Story for Older Preschoolers includes a full-color teaching picture to provide a visual for use in teaching the lesson. This is the David and the Giant Teaching Picture (OT10L3TP).

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David and the Giant Hour B Lesson Plan

Every lesson from God’s Unfolding Story for Older Preschoolers includes two lesson plans (Hour A and Hour B). This is the David and the Giant Hour B Lesson Plan (OT10L3HB). It includes the Hour B lesson plan and the needed reproducibles for that plan.

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David and the Giant Hour A Lesson Plan

Every lesson from God’s Unfolding Story for Older Preschoolers includes two lesson plans (Hour A and Hour B). This is the David and the Giant Hour A lesson plan. It includes the Hour A Lesson Plan (OT10L3HA) and the needed reproducibles for that plan.

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David and Goliath Bible Craft

This free, printable Bible craft activity, based on 1 Samuel 17:1-54, can remind kids that God is able to conquer His enemies through us. It can be used in a homeschool setting, one-on-one, or in a classroom setting like Sunday School.

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Joshua 1:9b Write the Bible Phrase Worksheet

This Write the Bible Phrase worksheet calls for kids to write, “The Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” This is an adaptation of Joshua 1:9b and will help children remember that with God’s help they can be brave.

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Zechariah 4:6 Write the Bible Phrase Activity

This Write the Bible Phrase worksheet calls for kids to write, “ ‘Not by strength or by might, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord.” This is an adaptation of Zechariah 4:6 and will help children remember that our God has power that is not of this world.

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David and Goliath Word Tiles

This free, printable word tiles activity, based on 1 Samuel 17:1-54, can remind kids that God is able to conquer His enemies through us. It can be used in a homeschool setting, one-on-one, or in a classroom setting like Sunday School.

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David and Goliath Color by Number

This free, printable color by number activity, based on 1 Samuel 17:1-54, can remind kids that God is able to conquer His enemies through us. It can be used in a homeschool setting, one-on-one, or in a classroom setting like Sunday School.

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