How to Make a David vs. Goliath Game

By Kate Lee

David and Goliath is a popular story for Sunday school lesson plans. Here are some simple games you can make to get kids involved in the lesson and reinforce what happened in the story. For the beanbag toss game, you can make a life-sized Goliath, about nine feet tall. This can help the kids picture just how big Goliath really was. For the pin the rock on Goliath game, you’ll want to make a smaller, poster-sized Goliath so the kids can reach Goliath’s head when you hang the game on the wall.

Make a David and Goliath Beanbag Toss Game

Cut a sheet of butcher paper about nine feet long, or tape several smaller sheets together.

Draw a simple picture of Goliath that takes up the whole paper. You may want to enlarge a coloring page picture of Goliath using a photocopier, then cut it out and tape it to the paper.

Spread the Goliath game out on the floor. Tape the edges of the paper to the floor, or secure the corners with small weights.

Have the children line up in front of Goliath’s feet and give them the beanbags. Use five beanbags, to match the five stones David had.

Have the kids toss the “stone” beanbags at Goliath’s forehead and see how close they can get.

Talk about how David needed God to defeat Goliath. Ask the kids how God can help them overcome big problems in their lives.

Make a Pin the Rock on Goliath Game

Cut a large piece of paper, about the size of a poster, or tape several smaller sheets together.

Draw a picture of Goliath on the paper. You may want to draw just Goliath’s head to make the game easier, or his whole body to make the game more challenging.

Cut small circles of dark construction paper to make the stones.

Put a piece of double-stick tape on the back of each paper stone, or fold a piece of regular tape to make it sticky on both sides.

Hand each child a paper stone. You may want to put each child’s name or initials on the paper, so you know whose stone is whose.

Have the kids line up in front of the poster. Blindfold the first child and have him or her try to pin the stone on Goliath’s forehead, just as they would pin the tail on the donkey.

Remove the child’s blindfold and let everyone see how close the stone is to the mark. Continue playing until everyone gets a turn.

Tip

You may want to have the kids help draw the Goliath games as part of the lesson or activity. You can also use the paper or beanbag “stones” as part of a memory verse game by putting one word from the memory verse on each stone.