Activity Array

Here you'll find an array of activities for elementary children that can be used in Children's Ministry, after-school programs, in the classroom and by homeschoolers.

David, A Shepherd Boy Becomes a King.

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God called David, a man after his own heart. David was humble and praised God! He truely did want to follow God and do what was right. When he did wrong, he confessed his sin. He accepted God’s judgement as just and praised Him for His forgiveness. As we learn about the life of David, we also will learn about God’s armor which protects us from our enemy, the devil and brings us into the service of our Commander, the Lord God Almighty.

David, the Shepherd boy, anointed by Samuel, serves the king — 1 Samuel 16

God tells Samuel to anoint David to be the new king, when it was time. David loved God with all of his heart and praised Him while playing his harp. For the craft, we make our own harps and then play them as we sing. God prepared David for kingship by giving him the Holy Spirit and giving him a job in the palace. In this presentation we learn how David had the full armor of God and how God protects and cares for us.

David and Goliath; God Wins the Battle — 1 Samuel 17

In this presentation, we watch a video of the story of David and Goliath and then do an Armor of God craft. One option is to make DIY armor the kids can wear. It is God who protects us. We win battles against evil and temptation by God’s strength alone. He is the Overcomer. God Wins!

Armor of God belt, sword, and sandal patterns

David and Jonathan — Friends — 1 Samuel 18 and 20

Both David and Jonathan believed and trusted in God. They became fast friends because of this common belief. We need to choose our friends wisely because they will influence us and encourage us to do one thing or another. When we choose friends that also believe in Jesus and follow God, it is like a cord with three strands that can not be easily broken. They will help us to stay strong.

Friends bookmark and BFF activity card

King Saul Chases David, David Honors King Saul — 1 Samuel 24 and 26

David chose to always honor the king even when the king tried to hurt him. He knew that God had chosen the king. God wants us to honor authority over us, too. We start this presentation with a game of hide and seek tag outside and finish it with a water bottle craft. The memory verse is Romans 13:1

Ziklag Raided and Burned, but David, with God, gains the Victory — 1 Samuel 30

David and his men are stuck in a hard place. They have sought refuge from the Philistine king, Achish, in the city of Ziklag, but now all the Philistines are going to go fight Israel. Must they fight their own people? God gives a way out. However now their city is burning and people have been taken away by the Amalekites. David seeks God and gets the victory after a long chase and fight with two thirds of his men. The others watched the baggage. Should they get a share of the loot? Learn that God is with us during hard times and that we work together as a team doing what we can. All will get the reward. Join in with songs, activities, and snack.

David gets a Crown, a City, and a Kingdom — 2 Samuel 5

God had promised David he would be king. David waited patiently and honored King Saul. After Saul died, there came a time when the people were ready and they crowned David king! In this presentation we get to make a crown and learn more about King David. We learn God gave him many victories and established his kingdom. David conquered Jerusalem and made it his capitol. There he built a palace. We’ll have fun going thru tunnels and building too. God is strong! He strengthens us!

David brings the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem — 2 Samuel 6

David really wanted God’s presence with him. The first time he tried to bring the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem, it was met with disaster! The second time, the ark was carried correctly. David praised God! God blessed David. We, too, Praise God that He is with us and blesses us!

David honors Jonathan and Mephibosheth — 2 Samuel 9

David wanted to keep his promise to Saul and Jonathan to be kind to their family. When he found out about Jonathan’s son, Mephibosheth, he invited him to come stay at the palace and eat with him everyday. We, too, can be kind to others, even to our enemies! In this presentation we not only learn the story, we get to do a relay race, sing, watch and do an object lesson with salt, water, and an egg, and eat a snack fit for a king.

David Repents — 1 Samuel 11-12 and Psalms 51

God called David, “a man after my own heart.” God humbly followed God, but he was not perfect. In this lesson we look at David’s sin with Bathsheba, his repentance and God’s forgiveness. We also look at Psalms 51 and learn about confession and God’s mercy and forgiveness. O Lord, create in me a clean heart. Wash me whiter than snow.


Author: Janelle C

I enjoy planning lessons, directing VBS and child care programs. Children's ministry is my passion. God Almighty is my strength and inspiration. For fun I choose hiking, canoeing, camping, cooking, and reading.

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