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David and Goliath Preschool Theme



This David and Goliath Preschool Theme is based on 1 Samuel 17:1-50.  

Through his faith in God, David was able to overcome what others thought impossible.

Whenever we talk about this Bible account, we always talk about David defeating Goliath with 5 smooth stones.  And wow, it is an amazing account!  However, let's not forget that this little boy, David, could ONLY have defeated Goliath with God's help.

David was a shepherd.  God had a plan for him: to one day be King.  This victory over Goliath is truly a story of the strong faith in God of young boy and of him following God's plan for him.

God has a plan for each of us (Jeremiah 29:11).  Talk with the children about this strong faith.  Talk with them about HOW David had such faith (prayer and reading God's word).

Let the Theme planning begin!

You can either scroll down through this page to see all of the preschool activities for your theme or click the link below to go to specific preschool activity types you are looking for.


DAVID AND GOLIATH Art Activities Block Area Circle Time Activities Cooking Recipes Dramatic Play Ideas Easel Ideas Gross Motor Games Library and Literacy Math And Manipulatives Activities Music and Movement Sand and Water Table Science Activities Writing Activities

Here is a Rocks Theme that may give you more ideas to add to this theme!

Art Activities

David and Goliath Theme Art

Posterboard Shields

Materials Needed: Posterboard, shield shaped stencil, scissors, glue, markers, miscellaneous arts and craft supplies (ribbon, buttons, sequins, etc.)

In advance, cut out one shield shape.  Let the children trace the shape (stencil) onto their posterboard and then cut out.  Keep the extra posterboard pieces.

The children create their own designs with markers and glue on items to make their own shield.

Cut a rectangular strip from the extra posterboard pieces.  Staple this onto the back of the shield.  The children can use this to hold the shield or you can use that handle to hang the shields on the wall or from the ceiling.

David and Goliath Paper Bag Puppets

Provide small paper lunch bags (brown or white) and markers, yarn for hair, googly eyes, glue

The children make a David and Goliath paper bag to act the story out with.

What a GIANT!

In advance, cut out the shape of a man.  Make the shape 9 feet tall (or 7 feet, depending on how high your ceiling is!).

This is a group project.  The children will help to color or paint Goliath.

You can predraw details (such as the hair line, beard line, etc.).

When complete, hang Goliath in your science center!

Discuss how tall Goliath was versus how tall they are!

Rock Painting

Collect medium sized stones (smooth ones).

Provide paint.

The children paint their own "5 smooth stones".

My Gift

David had a gift and that gift saved his people from Goliath's army.  We all have gifts.

Encourage the children to paint (using watercolor) a picture of what their gift is.  What are they good at?  Helping others?  Drawing?  


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Block Area

David and Goliath Theme Block Center Ideas

Shepherding the Sheep

David was a shepherd.  It was an important job to keep track of an entire flock of sheep!

Add toy sheep and people (shepherds) to your block area.  Also, add some cotton balls for fun!

David and Goliath Boulders and Rocks

In advance, make some large rocks to place in the block area!

Take a few large, brown grocery bags.  Crumple them up into roundish shapes.  Paint brown or gray.  Let dry.  Place in the block area.

Do the same with small, brown lunch bags.


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Circle Time Activities

David and Goliath Theme Circle Time Ideas

Circle Time is such a great time for children to learn the social skills of being together as a large group AND to learn more about your theme!

God Had A Plan

Whenever we talk about David and Goliath, we always talk about David defeating Goliath with 5 smooth stones.  And wow, it is an amazing account!  However, let's not forget that this little boy, David, could ONLY have defeated Goliath with God's help.

David was a shepherd.  God had a plan for him: to one day be King.  This victory over Goliath is truly a story of the strong faith in God of young boy and of him following God's plan for him.

God has a plan for each of us (Jeremiah 29:11).  Talk with the children about this strong faith.  Talk with them about HOW David had such faith (prayer and reading God's word).

Bravery

In this David and Goliath account, we find that David was brave.  He knew that God was with him during this time.

Talk to the children about things they are afraid of.  List these things on a large piece of paper.  It will be very helpful for the children to realize they are not the only ones with fears.

Then, talk about how children can overcome some of these fears.  Children are so wonderful at making suggestions to help each other!  List these solutions on the chart paper also.

Remind the children that God is always with us and hears our prayers. When we are afraid, we can pray to him anytime.

Lead the children in prayer.

Gift Chart

We all have gifts, or things we are good at, at all ages!  Have the children share the things they are good at!  List them all!

Accept all thoughts!  They may range from I'm Good At.... making silly faces, painting, making my Mom laugh, taking care of my dog, etc.

Introduction Prop

Bring a collection of small stones to Circle.  Discuss what they are.  Let the children each choose one and discuss their rock.  

Tell them that these stones remind you of something that happened a long time ago.  Tell them to hold on tightly to their stone while you tell the story of David and Goliath.

Beautiful Music

Try to find a small harp to bring to circle.  Or, bring pictures of harps to story.  Also, find a CD that has harp music.

Explain that shepherds often played music while watching their sheep. 

Discuss what a shepherd is.  Let the children try playing the harp if you have one.

Tell them that David played a harp, it was one of his many gifts.

Play the music quietly as you tell the story.

Bravery Mystery Box

Collect a variety of items and bring to circle (don't let children see them). You could use items from the David and Goliath story (sandals, stone, rubber band (like a sling shot).  

You could also include items to discuss God's love and plan for us such as: a Bible, a cross, etc.).

Place one item in a box and let a child try to guess what it is by just feeling it, or shaking the box. etc.

Place this box in your Science/Discover center when done for the children to use on their own.

Golitath's Armor

Bring a scale to circle.  Let each child get on the scale and list how much they weigh.

Show a picture of Goliath in his armor.

Tell them that Goliath's armor weighed over 125 pounds!  Explain to them that it would be like having _______ and __________ and ___________ on your back (add up weights to 125 pounds)!  Wow!


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Cooking Recipes

Snack Recipe Ideas to Cook Up for Your David and Goliath Theme!

Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific David and Goliath themed questions while making these fun snacks!

Streams and Stones

You will need:  celery stalks, raisins, cream cheese or yogurt, a plastic knife

Have the children help to rinse the celery.  

They then use a plastic knife to spread the cheese or yogurt in a celery stalk.

They place 5 raisins (5 smooth stones) on their snack.

VARIATION:  Color the cheese or yogurt blue by adding a small amount of blue food gel coloring and mixing.

Sling Shots

For this snack, you will need:  cookie dough (the refrigerated cookie dough will work), red licorice (the ones you can peel), chocolate chips

Give each child a slice of cookie dough.  Have them roll it into a snake.

Show them how to shape their snake into a letter "Y" (Sling shot shape).

Bake the cookies.

When done, the children attach a piece of red licorice from one top of the "Y" to the other.

Give them a handful of chocolate chip stones!


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Dramatic Play Ideas

David and Goliath Theme Ideas to Transform Your Dramatic Play Area

Putting on Armor

In our David and Goliath Bible story, we find that the armor was too big and too heavy for David.

Provide items that are a bit larger than the children for this:

A large helmet (football helmet perhaps).

A large heavy jacket.

A large shield.

Also, provide child sized items that fit.  Perhaps bathrobes, slippers, sandals, etc.


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Easel Ideas

David and Goliath Theme Ideas for your Easel--

More Than Just Painting (Although that is always THE favorite in our classroom!)

Cross Rock

In advance, cut the easel paper into large circle shapes.

Then, tape a cross shape on each paper (using painters tape works well).

The children paint their rocks.

When done, gently remove the paint to reveal the cross.  

Remind children that Christ is with us always.

Do-A-Dot

Instead of paint, provide Do A Dot (bingo dobbers) with paint in them!

Encourage the children to make big and small items:

Goliath and David

Big dog, small dog

Big flower, small flowe


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Gross Motor Games

David and Goliath Theme Large Group Games 

that help build their muscles while they have fun together

Rock Tossing

Okay, not really, just the thought of this makes one cringe!  However, if properly supervised and set up, this would be a great opportunity to show children how to toss rocks safely!

What I was thinking for this activity is:

Make a large person shape (Goliath) out of cardboard with a large opening in the middle.

Make "sling shot rocks" by adding dry rice to the toes of socks, tie off socks.  

The children hold the long part of the sock to swing and toss their rocks into Goliath.

David, David, Goliath

Play duck, duck goose but change the words!


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Library and Literacy

David and Goliath Theme Ideas for Your Library and Literacy Activities for your Preschool Classroom

Bible verses for this David and Goliath theme are:  1 Samuel 17:2-11; 16; 40; 45-50

Memory Verse  Print 1 Samuel 16:7 and hang in library:   "The Lord looks on the Heart"

Book Suggestions for the Library

The Children's Book of Heroes by William J. Bennett

David and the Giant Pickle by Veggietales

David and the Giant by Kelly Pulley (an I Can Read book)


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Math And Manipulatives Activities

David and Goliath Theme Activities to help your Preschoolers develop those small muscles in their hands!

Stone Sorting

Materials needed:  brown lunch bags, different sized rocks and stones

In advance, roll the tops of the lunch bags down so it looks like a satchel. Then crumple it up and uncrumple!  

The children will sort the stones into the lunch bag satchels.

You can program them with numbers that you are working on.

Colored Stones

Provide a large variety of colors of playdough and scissors

Most children are great at making "snakes".

Let's now work on making "balls".

This is a great activity to help develop their muscles by pinching, rolling and manipulating the dough and using scissors to cut the dough.  And those muscles are the ones that are needed for future writing skills, so you can NEVER have enough playdough and scissor activities in the classroom!

Silhouette Match

Print out pictures from the David and Goliath story.

Print out pieces of armor used by Goliath (spear, shield, helmet, sandals) and a sling shot and stones and cut them out.*

Now trace those shapes onto black construction paper.

Tape the paper shapes into a file folder.  Laminate folder if you have access to one.  If not, cover with clear tape.

The children place the correct pieces to the black shadow shapes.

* To make these pieces, search the internet for pictures or color copy the pictures from a book.

Shepherding The Sheep

Provide cups, tongs and black and white pom poms.

The children sort their "sheep" into the "pens" (cups).

You could program these in many ways to go along with the concepts you are working on such as:

Tape a dot on each cup with a number.  The children place that many pom poms in the cups.

Provide colored pom poms and program the cups with colored dots (or provide colored cups!) for the children to sort by color.

Provide a small, medium and large bowl for the children to sort by size.

Light Patterns

After using the battery operated tea light candles (see Music and Movement activity below), place them in your math area.

Encourage the children to make patterns with the lights such as On, On, Off, On, On, Off.

EXTENSION:  In advance, make cards that have pictures of these lights in patterns for the children to recreate.


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Music and Movement

David and Goliath Theme Music and Movement Activities and Ideas to get your Preschoolers Movin' and Groovin'!

This Little Light Of Mine

Provide battery operated tea light candles to the children.

Let them explore them and check out how they work.

Once they've had some time, use the lights while singing the song!:


This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine

This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine

This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine

Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine


Everywhere I go, I'm gonna let it shine

Everywhere I go, I'm gonna let it shine

Everywhere I go, I'm gonna let it shine

Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine


Hide it under a bushel? No! I'm gonna let it shine

Hide it under a bushel? No! I'm gonna let it shine

Hide it under a bushel? No! I'm gonna let it shine

Let it shine, all the time, let it shine. Oh yeah!


Jesus gave me the light; I'm gonna let it shine

Jesus gave me the light; I'm gonna let it shine

Jesus gave me the light; I'm gonna let it shine

Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine


Don't let the Satan blow it out; NO! I'm gonna let it shine

Don't let the Satan blow it out; NO! I'm gonna let it shine

Don't let the Satan blow it out; NO! I'm gonna let it shine

Let it shine, all the time, let it shine. Oh yeah!


Don't you try and blow it out; I'm gonna let it shine

Don't you try and blow it out; I'm gonna let it shine

Don't you try and blow it out; I'm gonna let it shine

Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine


David Was His Name-O

Sing this song to the tune of B-I-N-G-O

There was a boy who would be king

and David was his name-o,

D-A-V-I-D, D-A-V-I-D, D-A-V-I-D

and David was his name-o


There was a shepherd with his sheep

and David was his name-o,

D-A-V-I-D, D-A-V-I-D, D-A-V-I-D

and David was his name-o


There was a boy who killed a giant

and David was his name-o,

D-A-V-I-D, D-A-V-I-D, D-A-V-I-D

and David was his name-o


There was a King who wore a crown

and David was his name-o,

D-A-V-I-D, D-A-V-I-D, D-A-V-I-D

and David was his name-o


Down Went the Giant

This is sung to Pop Goes the Weasel


Goliath had a sword and shield.

Goliath was a giant.

David slung a rock at him.

Down went the giant.


Only A Boy Named David

Say this poem and add your own hand motions to it.

Only a boy named David

Only a little sling

Only a boy named David

But he could pray and sing


Only a boy named David

Only a rippling brook

Only a boy named David

But five little stones he took.

And one little stone went in the sling

And the sling went round and round

And one little stone went in the sling

And the sling went round and round

And round and round

And round and round

And round and round and round


And one little prayer went up to God

And the giant came tumbling down.


Baa, Baa Black Sheep

Of course!  Sing this classic song!


Baa, baa, black sheep,

Have you any wool?

Yes, sir, yes, sir,

Three bags full;

One for the master,

And one for the dame,

And one for the little boy

Who lives down the lane.

David Played a Harp

If you have access, bring stringed instruments to show the children and let them play them.  Many have not seen a harp so it would be great if you could find a video of one being played!!


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Sand and Water Table

David and Goliath Theme Activities for the Senses!

Find 5 Stones

David needed to find 5 smooth stones.

In your sand table today, hide many small stones or colored jewels for the children to find.

VARIATION:  Instead of sand, place gravel in your sand table and hide the stones in the gravel for more challenge!

Be sure to add cups for the children to be able to sort the stones they find!

Mish Mash!

Why not add it all!  Add gravel, rocks, pea gravel, pebbles AND sand to your table this week!


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Science Activities

David and Goliath Theme Science Activities--for your Preschool Scientists in Training!

How Tall?

Hang your 7 or 9 foot tall Goliath (see Art Activity above!) in your Science Center.

Provide the following items at your science center this week:  tape measures, rulers, linking blocks and other classroom materials that the children can use to measure items in the room with.

How Heavy?

Provide a balance scale (or more if you have more than one), rocks, magnifying glasses and a regular scale.

Be sure to allow this to be out all week so that the children have enough time to explore and use these items to measure rocks and themselves!

Provide a journal for each child to record (by picture or words) their thoughts (I make journals by stapling a piece of construction paper on top of several pages of blank paper).

God Is Good

This is an experiment for you to do with the children

You will need a clear soda bottle, vinegar, baking soda and a few balloons, not inflated yet.

In advance, add vinegar in the soda bottle to about half full (use clear vinegar).  Put the cover on the bottle so the children can not smell it.

In advance, put a few teaspoons of baking soda in the non-inflated balloon without the children seeing you do that.

Talk to the children about how much God loves them.  Remind them that we can always talk to God and he hears our prayers.  Remind them that we all have special gifts that God has given us, even if not everyone can see them! (such as being a good friend, helping others, etc.)

Show the children the balloons that do not have the baking soda in them. Place one on the floor.  Tell the balloon "Get big".  Hmm... it didn't work!

Ask the children how they think the balloon can get big.  (Blow into it).

Blow up a balloon and ooh and ahh about how that worked!

Tell them that God's love gives us strength to do the things we need to do, even though we can't see him.

Now, uncover the soda bottle.  Quickly place the end of the balloon with the baking soda firmly around the opening of the soda bottle, holding the other end of the balloon with your hand.

Quickly empty the baking soda into the bottle by holding that end of the balloon up (try not to let the children see the baking soda fall into the bottle).

The gas from the mixture will slowly fill up the balloon.

Tell the children, God fills us with his love.  God is good, all the time.

EXTENSION:

Provide paint cups, vinegar, baking soda, pippettes and goggles for the children to experiment with these items at the science center!


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Writing Activities

Writing Activity Ideas for Your David and Goliath Theme!

Name Your Harp

David was a harp player!!!  

Provide a harp shaped stencil.

The children trace it on paper and cut it out.

Then have them draw "strings" on it.

Encourage them to practice printing their names on their harp strings!

It would be helpful to have an actual harp or picture of a harp for them to see!

I Am Good At....

Provide paper and thin markers for the children to draw a picture of what they like to do...what they are good at!

Encourage them to print their names or words as they like on their pictures.

Write down any story that the children share with you about their picture to attach to their picture!

Children of the King

David was a child of God.  A child of Jesus the King.  David became a King of a nation.

Provide the children with a few crown shaped stencils.

Have them trace onto their favorite color construction paper and cut out.

They should print their name on their crown as best they can.

They can embellish them with markers or other items.

Tape the crowns for the children to wear.


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Here is a Rocks Theme that may give you more ideas
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