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Originally posted by member Rachel H, 2007

 

A David’s Relay Race Game Idea

(for use in a lesson plan)

Play the game:

  • When David went to fight the giant, people tried to be helpful. The king gave him some armor to help protect him. It was way too big and heavy for David. David chose to wear God’s armor instead. King Saul sent him off saying, “May the Lord go with you.”
  • David was not afraid. He said to Goliath, “You come to me with a sword and a shield. But I come in the name of the Lord. You have spoken against Him, but God is going to give you to me. Then everyone will know there is a God in Israel!”
  • Divide the kids into teams (have 3-4 kids in each team)
  • Draw numbers out of a hat (1,2,1,2…have the same # of kids as #’s)
  • If your teams are uneven, have someone go twice
  • Set the group of clothes to be “put on” at one end of the classroom - opposite the kids.
  •  Each team has a group of clothes to put on. Make them as similar/hard to put on as possible. Suggestions:
    • Helmet – bike, football, army, or band, etc
    • Pull-on Shirt (T-shirt – extra large – must be put on right side out, logo in the front or “it doesn’t matter")
    • “Armor”
    •  Knee pads – bike, skateboard, basketball, or soccer shin guards, etc (OK to fasten only one of the straps to keep it on or have to have everything fastened to be considered ‘on').
    • (Optional) Baseball catcher’s chest protector, pillow/case with loops of elastic to put arms thro
    • Elastic shorts (2 sizes – kids large & men’s x-large – for the different size kids)
    • Tell the girls in dresses that they only have to pull the shorts up to their knees/thighs.
    • Shield (pot/pan lid, cardboard, plastic)
    • Weapon – (sling, spear, sword, bat, tennis racket)

 

  • Go over the best ‘order’ to put things on – put t-shirt on before the chest protector, t-shirt on before helmet, etc
  • To start the race – don’t use ‘on your marks, get set, go”
  • Yell, “Who will fight this giant?”
  • Kids yell, “I will”
  • Say, “Go in the name of the Lord!” (To start the race)
  • The first child on each team races to the other end of the room and put on the ‘armor’
  • After each child has his ‘armor’ on, they have to say, “I come in the name of the Lord!” (Have a cue card for them or written on the chalk board) – then take off the armor and run back to tag the next person in line.
  • Continue till all make it through the line.
  • Let them go through once – If more time allows, redo with different teams. Talk about teamwork and keeping the t-shirt in a condition that is not hard for the next person to put on and equipment not scattered everywhere. (We are all team members in the faith of God)
  • The race only takes about 10 min, so make sure you spend some time on the commercial: "God Commercial Script Skeleton" taken from - David and Goliath - a lesson set from the Kirk of Kildaire also posted in this forum.


Close with a prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for giving us everything we need to be in Your army. Continue to shelter and protect us. Help us to stand up tall and show our faith to others. Amen

Have the kids help clean up.

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It is unfortunate that the questions for the game are not included with the lesson plan.  If the closing discussion questions are intended to be "the questions at the end of the lesson plan", then they are neither conducive to the question-and-answer format of the game nor numerous enough to have at least one question for each potential player.

To the folks at Forest Hill  (and to others gleaning the website for ideas),

I find it helpful to broaden my search.  Even if you are looking for ideas for a specific workshop, you might find some good ideas or discussion questions by looking in the forums devoted to other workshops.  If, in your search, you see that there are complete lesson sets on a particular Bible story, then definitely check those out. 

In this particular case, go to "Lessons and Resources" > "Lessons: Samuel, Kings, Chronicles" > "David and Goliath".  Once you are on the David and Goliath page, scroll down to the bottom (you will scroll further down from this forum on Bible Skills and Games).  You will see that there are two complete lessons sets--one by Creative Carol and one by Amy Crane.  They both have games workshops with either questions listed in the lessons or links to questions.

Hope that this helps!

Cathy

 

Forest Hill United Church posted:

It is unfortunate that the questions for the game are not included with the lesson plan.  If the closing discussion questions are intended to be "the questions at the end of the lesson plan", then they are neither conducive to the question-and-answer format of the game nor numerous enough to have at least one question for each potential player.

CathyWalz posted:

To the folks at Forest Hill  (and to others gleaning the website for ideas),

I find it helpful to broaden my search.  Even if you are looking for ideas for a specific workshop, you might find some good ideas or discussion questions by looking in the forums devoted to other workshops.  If, in your search, you see that there are complete lesson sets on a particular Bible story, then definitely check those out. 

In this particular case, go to "Lessons and Resources" > "Lessons: Samuel, Kings, Chronicles" > "David and Goliath".  Once you are on the David and Goliath page, scroll down to the bottom (you will scroll further down from this forum on Bible Skills and Games).  You will see that there are two complete lessons sets--one by Creative Carol and one by Amy Crane.  They both have games workshops with either questions listed in the lessons or links to questions.

Hope that this helps!

Cathy

Hey Margie and Cathy,

I agree with you Margie that it's too bad the questions weren't in the lesson. I'm pretty sure this lesson is quite a bit older than 2013 and was moved here during one of our renovations. The questions may have been lost then.  

However, after looking at your comments and reading the lesson, I felt the lesson could be improved, and so I modified the lesson in a way that DID NOT require questions. 

Instead, as you can see in the lesson plan above, I re-purposed and labeled the Goliath target holes to elicit responses/discussion by the students when they get their "Rock in a Sock" in that particular hole.

The kids provide the content for two of the target holes. And I've added a written instruction for the third "Story Trivia" hole that has the teacher coming up with a question from their open Bible based on the student standing in front of them. This allows the teacher to craft a question to the student's capability. As we all know, some of our kids are more "Bible smart" or have better recall than others. I hate to have an irregular attender feel "stupid" in these quizzes, and this "come up with the question on the fly" approach allows the teacher to avoid that!

I also took the lesson away from the traditional "killing Goliath....glorifying God," bent, to interpret the story more personally ("our giants") and less violently.     Finally, I added the reflection that picks upon the added game idea of "ways to feel/get close to God."  I also modified the Rotation Editor's "alternate reflection" ... "story rock" to reflect this "God is bigger than our problems" idea.

If you have suggestions for improvement, please add them!

I am grateful to have had Jan and the Rotation Editor's ideas to build upon. Everything at rotation.org is a work in progress.

Neil

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