David (later life)



  1. Children should identify David as King after Saul.
  2. Children should identify Jonathon as Saul’s son.
  3. Children should be able to tell the story of David and Jonathon.

Possible Lesson Plan:

  1. Open with prayer.
  2. Read the story from the Beginner’s Bible, pages 181-189, Children’s Bible Reader, pages 129-131, the Golden Children’s Bible, pages 236-241, 252-253.

No one new to add to your timeline this week, so use the time to review all your figures so far. 

  1. Feed the Elephant True/False questions:

                                    True                                        False

      Jonathon was David’s friend.                   Saul always loved David.

      Jonathon was the son of Saul.                  David was the son of Saul.

      Jonathon saved David’s life.                    David was killed by Saul.


  1. Discuss friendship: What is a friend? Who are your friends? What qualities make a good friend? Was Jonathon a good friend to David? Are you a good friend to your friends?


  1. Take a small, toy bow and arrow set. Go out in the yard and practice shooting at a target. Can you make it miss like Jonathon?
  2. No bows and arrows, or too cold to go outside? Discuss above the qualities of a good friend. Write these on the side of large popsicle sticks, adding point and feathers to make an arrow. Decorate a jar or toilet paper tube as a quiver with the words “Be a good friend” and add the arrows to the quiver. Add a piece of yarn or string to carry the quiver and remember what makes a good friend.




7. Make a friendship bracelet: one for yourself and one for a friend.

Take 2-3 24-inch pieces of embroidery floss. Let each child choose the colors. Work with a buddy, each holding one end of the 2-3 pieces of floss. One holds while the other twists until the strands are very tightly twisted. The teacher then comes and grabs the middle with one hand and both ends with the other. Let go of the middle and immediately shake the string vigorously. Tie around child’s wrist. Who will he share the other with? Note that this craft can only be accomplished with a friend since it cannot be made by one person alone. 




8. Close with prayer.