1. Children should be able to identify Saul and the first king of Israel and Samuel who anointed Saul.
  2. Children should know the story of Saul’s disobedience to God.

Possible Lesson Plan:

  1. Open with prayer.
  2. Scripture Reference: I Kingdoms/I Samuel 9:15-10:8, 13:1-15, 15:10-28.


  1. Learning Game: 20 Questions. Put the names Saul, Jonathon, Samuel, Benjamin, and Philistines in a hat. Have a student draw one. The other students will ask “yes” or “no” questions until they identify the person. Benjamin is included because he was the son of Israel to whose tribe Saul belonged.


  1. Discuss forms of government: How is our country governed? How was Israel governed in its early years? (with prophets and judges chosen by God for a specific task) Who were some of the people God used to lead His people? (Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Gideon, etc.) Review their stories briefly. Why would people want a king? Did other countries have kings? Is it easier to trust a good-looking king or to trust the invisible God? What was Saul’s downfall? Samuel said to Saul, “to obey is better than sacrifice”. What does that phrase mean? Why does God prefer obedience to sacrifice?


  1. Begin your Book of Samuel Storybooks: Take several pieces of heavy paper. Actually, wallpaper is perfect for this and wallpaper stores will often give you old books of samples for free. If not, use construction paper or cardstock. A pale color, light blue or cream (or light-colored wallpaper with a minute pattern) is good for the pages. Punch three holes in each page; and 3 holes in a piece of tagboard for front and back covers. The front cover should have a pocket stapled in for figures. Now, bind your books with yarn or string.  OR get folders with 3 fasteners in the middle and pockets. Begin today making figures of Saul and Samuel and mounting with glue on craftsticks as puppets. Draw pictures or color them from coloring books and cut out. Decorate the first 2 pages for the anointing of Saul and his sin against the Lord; what kind of scenery do you need? Grass or flooring can be made of appropriate-colored wallpaper or construction paper glued on the bottom of the page. Other things – trees, chairs, altars, etc. – can be cut out and pasted on. Tell the story, but we’ll add to the book next week.

  1. Close with prayer.