1. Children should be able to tell the story of Samuel’s birth and his childhood in the temple.
  2. Children should understand that God spoke to Samuel and called him to his life work, and He will do the same for us.


Possible Lesson Plan:

  1. Open with prayer.


  1. Tell the story of Hannah and Samuel either from the Beginner’s Bible, pages 156-163, the Children’s Bible Reader, pages 120-122, the Golden Children’s Bible pages 216-217 plus the Read with Me Bible pages 167-170.

Add Samuel to your timeline.

  1. Feed the Elephant True/False questions:

                                            True                                                 False

                 Hannah was given a son by God.              Hannah had lots of children.

                 Hannah’s son was named Samuel.             Hannah’s son was named John.

                 Samuel’s father was Elkanah.                    Samuel’s father was Eli.

     Samuel lived in the temple.                        Samuel lived in the desert.

                 Eli was the priest in the temple.                 Noah was the priest in the temple.

     God spoke to Samuel.                                Samuel hated God.


  1. Talk about other mothers and sons from the Bible: Sarah and Isaac, Rebekah and Jacob. Review their stories. Who else was old and prayed for a son? Do you remember the stories of Anna and baby Mary, Elizabeth and John, and Mary and Jesus from the New Testament? Who else gave her child to be raised in the temple?


5.   Hannah brought Samuel a coat, or tunic,

      each year. Make a tunic for our next play: 

      Take a piece of fabric (e.g. muslin) 1 yard

            wide and 2 yards long for each child.

You can also use a bath towel. 

      Fold it in half and cut a hole for the head

with a slit for the neck.

      Tie it in the center with a piece of

            clothesline or cloth ribbon for a belt.

      Decorate your tunic with fabric markers.


6.   Close with prayer.