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David and Goliath, Harp, Philistines, Armor, 1 Samuel 17, etc.

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A David and Goliath

Cooking Workshop Lesson


Summary of Lesson Activities:

Making Chocolate Stones


Scripture Reference:

1 Samuel 17

Supplies List:

  • Bibles
  • pictures to tell the story with
  • aprons
  • bowls
  • chocolate
  • cooking oil
  • spoons
  • wax paper
  • marshmallows
  • toothpicks
  • masking tape or markers to label their “stones” with
  • sandwich bags (without zippers)
  • string

Leader Preparation:

  • Set up stations for dipping the marshmallows
  • Read the scripture ahead of time.




Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction: 
Welcome the kids and introduce yourself. Begin the workshop in a circle, reviewing the Bible story using pictures. (You can easily find pictures on the internet or in a book.) Open your Bible and tell the students that today’s story comes from 1 Samuel 17.

1. Boy with a lamb
Say: Who is this? We’ve been studying about him. (David)

2. Crown
Say: What was he anointed to be when he grew up? (King)

3. Israelites and Philistines Fighting
Say: Who was fighting? (Israelites and Philistines)

4. Goliath
Say: Who’s this? (Goliath)
What did he want to do? (Fight and Israelite - if he won, the
Israelites would be his slaves. If the Israeli won, the Philistines
would be Israel’s slaves.)

5. Armor
Say: What is this for? (Protection - Saul wanted David to wear it when he
fought Goliath, but it was too heavy. David decided not to wear
Saul’s armor.)

6. Sling Shot and 5 Stones
Say: What did David do with this? (He shot Goliath with one stone
Between the eyes and killed him.)


Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

Say: Today, we are going to make the stones like David used to kill his Giant with. The stones we make will help us to remember that God will always help us to fight our “Giants”.


It wasn't David's aim, it was his heart that made God choose him, and help him overcome his problems and become King.  


Stones can represent the tools we have that can help us become the person God has called us to be. 

Go into the Kitchen.

Make sure that all of the students wash their hands and put on an apron.

Divide them into groups of 4 or less. Instruct each group to put some chocolate chips or chocolate bark into a microwaveable bowl. Add a tiny drop of cooking oil.

Put the bowls of chocolate into the microwave. Microwave the chocolate for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between microwaving until the chocolate is melted. DO NOT OVER COOK THE CHOCOLATE. 

Carry the bowls of melted chocolate over to the station. 

Have each student select 5 marshmallows and put them onto toothpicks. 

Instruct the students to dip their marshmallows into the chocolate and then lay them onto the wax paper, close together but not touching. Use tape or a marker to label each student’s “Stones”. 

Go back to the room.

Say: David put on Saul’s Armor, but it wasn’t right for him. Now we are going to have a relay race to see if armor is right for you.

Relay Race: (from an idea posted at by Lisa Martin, 2005)
Divide the Students into 2 even teams.
Each member of the team will run down to the armor and put on:

  • Shirt
  • Belt
  • Helmet
  • Chest plate
  • Arm guards
  • Shin guards

Then the team member will take it all off, run back, and tag the next team member.

Reflection Time: 
Say: David was better off without Saul’s armor. What did he rely on? (Trusting God) 

Ask: Do you think all that armor is right for you?
Have you ever tried to be something your aren’t? 

(Share an example of a time when you tried to be something you weren’t - like: I tried to fit in with the popular kids one time and lied about skipping class. I got into a lot of trouble. I know that I shouldn’t skip class...that God tells me to obey the rules.)

Ask: Can you tell me about a time when you tried to be something you weren’t?
What did you learn from David about who God wants you to be? (God
Wants you to be who you are and to trust in Him to help you fight your



Pray: Ask God to help them to remember that He promises to always be with us to help us fight our “Giants”...that all we have to do is trust in Him. 

Take the class to the kitchen to collect their “Stones”. Put the “stones” into the sandwich bags and use a piece of string to tie it closed. Let each student make enough individual bags to SHARE with family members.

Attach some slips of paper to the bags of stones. On those slips, have the students summarize the "giant problems" a person can face, and how God can help us overcome our problems.


Editor's Note

Wondering about what type of chocolate will set up 'hard' on marshmallows, or what type of cooking technique would produce hard chocolate. If you know the answer, please post it!


Lesson written by Faith Herrera from: Grace Point Church

San Antonio, TX


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David and Goliath

Cooking Workshop


Summary of Lesson Activities:

Students will make ice cream cone cup cakes to demonstrate that things are not always the way they seem. Students will learn that we should have faith in God at all times.

  • Things are not always the way they look.
  • We should always have faith in God, and not doubt.

Scripture Reference:
1 Samuel 16-17

Supplies List:
  • 2 gifts (explained below)
  • Cake mix
  • Ingredients needed for cake.

Teacher Preparation:

  • Read the scripture ahead of time. 
  • Gather the materials.


Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introduction:
Greet the children and introduce yourself. 
Open with a prayer.
Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

Lesson Plan

1. Show two gifts. One gift is colorful, sparkly, shiny, etc. The other is worn and dull looking. Talk about the two gifts with the students, what each one looks like, etc. Ask the students which one they would rather have and why. Ask the students if they doubt that there is anything good in the dull looking gift. (Students will most likely choose the colorful gift. If not, prompt them somehow to do so.)

2. Have two students help you open the gifts. Inside the colorful gift they will find trash. Inside the dull looking gift, they will find cones for ice cream cones. Then, ask the students which one they would rather have.
Lead a brief discussion about how it looked like the colorful gift would be the one they would want, and how the dull gift would not be wanted. But, it was really just the opposite. Tell the students that things are not always the way they seem. Ask them if anyone doubted the contents of the dull looking gift? Ask, have any of you ever thought that you knew what was going to happen, but then you were wrong, and something else happened?

EX: You thought you were going to get a bad grade, and you got a good one, or you thought you were going to strike out, and you got a home run?

3. Put the gifts aside, and ask students what they think they’re going to do with the ice cream cones? (Students will most likely say that they’re going to make ice cream cones.) Remind students that, just like with the gifts, things are not always the way that they seem. Tell the students that today, they’re actually going to make cupcakes in ice cream cones, that will look like ice cream cones.

4. Split into two groups. Follow the cake mix directions on the box, and prepare the cake batter. Help students to fill each cone ¾ full. Bake them.

5. While the cones are baking, read and discuss the story of David and Goliath.
  • What was David’s job? (shepherd)
  • Where was David from? (Bethlehem in Israel)
  • Was David a big person or a little person? (little person)
  • Who was Goliath’s job? (a soldier)
  • Where was Goliath from? (Philistine)
  • Was Goliath a big person or a little person? (a big person – a giant)
  • Who thought he was the best soldier in his army? (Goliath)
  • Who wanted to fight Goliath? (David)
  • Who had a sword, a spear, and a dagger? (Goliath)
  • What did David use to fight with? (a slingshot)
  • Who did you think was going to win the battle? (Goliath)
  • Who won the battle? (David)
  • How did David win the battle? (Because he had faith in God and fought in the name of the Lord)
  • What was it about David that you think made God want to pick him and help him win the battle?  (God looks at their heart)
Draw a big picture of a heart and write inside it the things the students think God wants to find in our hearts.
Now write some things the students think will lead to having a healthy faith heart. For older students, you may even draw arteries that feed into the heart.  What brings life and nourishment to our faith and courage to be the right kind of person?

6. The cones should be cooled. Have the students decorate them.
You might consider having a variety of ingredients to DECORATE WITH --each of which you give a symbolic meaning.  Candy hearts. Red hots. Sugar crystals (the Word is sweet). 
Have the children assist with cleanup.
Pray the following prayer, the enjoy eating:

Dear God,
Help us to have the faith of David who trusted you enough to stick his neck out. Help us to have the courage of David to always do the right thing. Help us to have the courage of David to stand up for others and bring honor to you.  Also, thank you very much for these cupcakes. They look really good. Amen.

A lesson plan written by Julie Buckman from: Cargill United Methodist Church
Janesville, WI. 

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