It’s been a while since I posted anything about our journey through Long Story Short by Marty Machowski, but we had so much fun with David and Goliath recently that I thought I’d post about it. There are lots of ideas floating around online for preschool lessons to go along with the story (like my previous post from the last time we covered it), but not so many for elementary age kids. This time around I tried not to repeat everything we’d done before. We did pull out some of our favorite activities (like painting a life-sized Goliath) though, while still adding a few new ones Ian wasn’t ready for before. Our discussion was also a little deeper this time, since Long Story Short shows how every story points to Jesus. Just as God used David to help Israel achieve a seemingly impossibly victory against an overpowering enemy, He also used Christ to conquer sin and death, something we could never accomplish on our own. I love how the Lord used David’s experiences as a youth in the field (trusting the Lord to help him kill the lion and the bear) to prepare him for an event he never could have imagined. We told the boys we never know how God might be preparing us for something in the future, and that even as children their faithfulness and trust in Him can help them be ready to be used in a might way.
The highlight of our week was definitely painting Goliath. We measured out 9 feet on a role of paper and then I drew a basic outline for the kids to paint. We took it outside and then I left them to their fun.
We hung the completed painting in our living room and left it up for a couple weeks so anyone who came over could admire it. I considered making “slings” like David’s, but I was afraid the boys would just get frustrated by how difficult it was to aim, so we stuck with just throwing rolled up socks at Goliath.
Along with measuring Goliath’s height, we did another measurement activity that was suggested in Long Story Short. The Bible says the head of Goliath’s spear weighed 600 shekels, or about 15 pounds (1 Samuel 17:7). We piled books on a scale until we had a stack that weighed 15 pounds, and then I placed the stack in Ian’s arms so he could feel how heavy just the head of Goliath’s spear had been. Ian could hardly hold it long enough to take a picture, and we talked about how strong Goliath must have been to carry such a heavy weapon.
Another new thing we did was print out and color two little books (“David, The Lion, and the Bear” and “David is Brave”) from Lambsongs. (Search the page to find the titles.) They were easy enough for Ian to read, and he really enjoyed coloring them in and having his own books. (They print two on a page, so Elijah also got a copy, though he didn’t have the attention span to finish his coloring.)
The boys loved our “Listening Lesson” for this story and requested it frequently, even wanting to sing the songs to Daddy at night during Bible time. Here’s what was on our iPod playlist:
- “1 Sam 17 David and Goliath” from the ESV Audio Drama Children’s Bible from Faith Comes By Hearing
- “Goliath” from King of Kings by The Donut Man
- “David” from The Singing Bible
- “SONG GOD’S CHOSEN ONE” from the ESV Audio Drama Children’s Bible from Faith Comes By Hearing
- Karen & Kids podcast: “David”
- Adventures in Odyssey episode 046, “The Shepherd and the Giant“
It can be challenging to find ways to keep our Bible lessons “fresh” when covering such familiar stories, but I think overall we had a successful week. Ian’s already asking me about the next time we do this story and sharing his plans for painting another Goliath.