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