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. Tell the story of Saul the Beginner’s Bible, pages 164-168, the Children’s Bible Reader, pages 122-125, or the Read with Me Bible pages 171-172 plus the Golden Children’s Bible pages 225-227. Again, we can start with the children’s own Bibles, but need a bit more meat to the story.

Add King Saul to your timeline.

  1. Feed the Elephant True/False questions:

                                        True                                                       False

                  Samuel anointed Saul.                              Eli anointed Saul.

                  Saul was the first king of Israel.               Moses was the first king of Israel.

                  Saul disobeyed God.                                 Saul always obeyed God.

                  Saul’s son was named Jonathon.              Saul’s son was named Boaz.


  1. Discuss forms of government (in simplified form). How is your family “governed”; i.e., how are decisions made in your family? 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 and smart king or to trust the invisible God?


  1. Make a crown out of 2 pieces of construction paper stapled together into one long piece. Fit it around the child’s head and staple in a ring. Cut points on the top and fringe on the bottom; trim the fringe short in front to keep the vision clear. Decorate with glitter, glitter glue, sequins, rhinestones, etc.

  1. Close with prayer.