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Goliath (1 Samuel 17) | Make 2


For many children’s stories the act of David cutting off Goliath’s head is excluded, but kids cope rather well with, and often downright love, the gruesome. Goliath is the self declared baddie and that his invincibility is cut down to size is rather comical.

This craft could be done with any age and it doesn’t take a lot of preparation beyond a supermarket trip. The biscuits can be hand made or store bought, but they need to have a flat side to work on. Be creative with the decorations, all ingredients can be substitutes, you could even use bread instead or biscuits!
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Goliath (1 Samuel 17) | Direct

The aim behind this worksheet is to get the children to mentally wander beyond the facts of the story of Goliath and consider how we are threatened by size. We get to wonder, to ‘tweet’, to put the facts side by side, and then to wonder again. It can be completed with pictures in the place or words if your group finds letters difficult.

To complete this worksheet the children need need colouring pens, pencils or crayons.

The PDF can be downloaded by clicking on the images.

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Goliath (1 Samuel 17) | Make


The crux of what happened to Goliath comes down to an encounter with just 2 characters (plus a shield bearer), and so lends itself to being acted out. Acting out stories where boys throw stones, however, may not be the wisest move, so I’ve gone for finger puppets!

These puppets, unlike traditional soft finger puppets, are designed to wear with the head at the opposite end to the finger tip. While this is placed in the Make section it is beast done in small groups with each group making one set of puppets to acts out the story. The Goliath puppet can be made without the legs if you have children under the age of 7.
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Goliath (1 Samuel 17) | Play


Goliath was born with a gift, he had the gift of size, but he didn’t realise that he was still tiny compared to the big powerful God of the Israelites, our God.

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Alternative fashion – this is a beautifully silly activity involving clothes and shoes and any other apparel you can find in big and tiny sizes. split the clothes into bags. Have the children get into teams and choose a model from amongst them. Give each team a bag of clothes and tell them they have 5 minutes to prepare for a fashion show. Say that the clothes do not need to be used for their purpose – eg. baby socks could be ear-warmers.

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Tap tap tag – Sit the children in a circle and have them lightly pace their left hand above the right hand of their partner. Start by passing a tap round the circle. The game starts when one person calls out the word Tag and a number, the person next to them must then call out ‘Tag’ and one number lower – this continues until the number 1. The person on zero then needs to jump up and swap places with the initially caller before the tag reaches that space. If they make it they remain in the game, if they don’t they are out. Link to passing the responsibility for battle.
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Goliath (1 Samuel 17) | Heroes


Here are the images you need for the hero’s attributes linked to the Goliath.

Each hero set contains a high quality graphic of the character, a take home bible card and a colouring page. There is a set of hero resources for David (being anointed) which shows David with a sling.

The images are displayed small here, click on the image you wish to have, then save the image that loads.
(Please note : these images have no watermark but are not copyright free, they are only intended for classroom use.)






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Goliath (1 Samuel 17) | Talk

Goliath (1 Samuel 17) | Talk 
If you want the teachers page then please click on the image for the pdf.

Today’s hero is Goliath because he shows us the gift of Size

Essential Teachers notes:
In order to remove this story from the fairytale like ‘Jack and the beanstalk’ this story is not written from the perspective of David but from the perspective of Goliath, and it’s Goliath who is our hero. A hero does not need to be the goodie in the story, but he does need to teach us. Have older children read the bible text to discover the story from the perspective of David. (There may be a possible future hero lesson on Eliab)

Main Passage : 1 Samuel 17

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