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K-2 Catechism: David and Goliath

Updated: Mar 2

David and Goliath K-2 Catechism Lesson

Weekly Lesson Plan: David and Goliath - 1 Samuel 17:1-58 Begin the lesson by gathering the children in a circle and introducing the story of David and Goliath. Explain that it is a story from the Bible about a young boy named David who defeated a giant named Goliath with God's help. Encourage the children to listen carefully and think about the lessons they can learn from this story. Lesson Focus 1: Courage and Faith

Read-Aloud: "David and Goliath (Little Golden Book) by Christin Ditchfield and Jerry Smath Discuss the importance of having courage and faith in God, just like David did. Talk about times when the children have felt scared or faced challenges, and encourage them to trust in God's strength and guidance. Arts and Crafts Activity: Shield of Faith Provide each child with a paper plate, markers, and stickers. Instruct them to decorate the paper plate as a shield, symbolizing their faith in God. Encourage them to write or draw something that represents courage on their shield. Display the shields around the classroom as a reminder of their faith.

painted paper plate

Physical Activity: Obstacle Course Set up an obstacle course using cones, hula hoops, and other items. Divide the children into pairs, with one child blindfolded and the other guiding them through the course using only verbal instructions. After each pair completes the course, discuss how trust and faith are important in overcoming obstacles.

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Lesson Focus 2: Trusting in God's Plan

Read-Aloud: "The Story of David and Goliath: Rhyming Bible Fun for Kids! (Oh, What God Will Go and Do!) by Phil A. Smouse Discuss how David trusted in God's plan for him. Talk about how God chose David, a young shepherd boy, to defeat Goliath, a giant warrior. Emphasize the importance of trusting in God's plan, even when it seems unlikely or difficult. Arts and Crafts Activity: Stone Painting Provide each child with a smooth stone and acrylic paints. Instruct them to paint the stone with colors and designs that remind them of trusting in God's plan. Encourage them to write or draw something on the stone that represents their trust in God. Once the paint is dry, the children can keep their stones as a reminder of God's faithfulness.

painted rocks

Physical Activity: Trust Fall Pair up the children and have them take turns being the "faller" and the "catcher." The "faller" will stand with their back to the "catcher" and fall backward, trusting that their partner will catch them. After each pair has taken turns, discuss how trust is essential in relationships and in our relationship with God. Recipe: Trusting Trail Mix Ingredients: - Assorted nuts (e.g., almonds, cashews, peanuts) - Dried fruits (e.g., raisins, cranberries, apricots) - Chocolate chips or M&M's (optional) Instructions: 1. Mix the nuts, dried fruits, and chocolate chips or M&M's together in a bowl. 2. Serve the trail mix as a snack, discussing how it represents the different ingredients coming together to create a delicious and satisfying treat, just like how we trust in God's plan for our lives. Lesson Focus 3: Overcoming Giants in our Lives

Read-Aloud: The Story of David and Goliath by Running Press and Helen Dardik Discuss how Goliath was a giant, both physically and metaphorically, representing the challenges and obstacles we face in life. Talk about how David's faith in God helped him overcome the giant. Encourage the children to think about the "giants" in their own lives and how they can face them with faith and courage. Arts and Crafts Activity: Giant Collage Provide each child with a large sheet of paper, magazines, scissors, and glue sticks. Instruct them to cut out pictures or words from the magazines that represent the "giants" in their lives. Encourage them to arrange and glue these items onto the paper to create a collage. Discuss how they can pray to God and trust in Him to help them overcome their giants. Physical Activity: Giant Tag Play a game of tag, but designate one child as the "giant." The giant will try to tag the other children, who must run away and avoid being tagged. After each round, discuss how the children felt when they were being chased by the giant and how they can face their fears and challenges with courage. Recipe: Giant Slayer Smoothie Ingredients: - 1 cup frozen berries - 1 ripe banana - 1 cup spinach or kale - 1 cup almond milk or juice - 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup (optional) Instructions: 1. Place all the ingredients in a blender. 2. Blend until smooth and creamy. 3. Pour the smoothie into cups and serve as a refreshing and healthy treat. 4. As the children enjoy the smoothie, discuss how the nourishing ingredients represent God's strength and power to help us overcome the giants in our lives. Wrap up the lesson by summarizing the key lessons learned from the story of David and Goliath, such as courage, faith, trust, and overcoming challenges. Encourage the children to remember these lessons and apply them in their own lives. End with a prayer, thanking God for His strength and guidance.

Play the David's Courage Quest Game Board for family game night! It is included in the David and Goliath Activity Pages printable.

David and Goliath game board

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