A David and Goliath
Cooking Workshop Lesson
Summary of Lesson Activities:
Making Chocolate Stones
1 Samuel 17
- pictures to tell the story with
- cooking oil
- wax paper
- masking tape or markers to label their “stones” with
- sandwich bags (without zippers)
- 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)
Say: What was he anointed to be when he grew up? (King)
3. Israelites and Philistines Fighting
Say: Who was fighting? (Israelites and Philistines)
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.)
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
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 rotation.org 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:
- Chest plate
- Arm guards
- Shin guards
Then the team member will take it all off, run back, and tag the next team member.
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.
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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