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 from 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. 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. 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 -- or buy folders with pockets and prongs.  Now, bind your books with yarn or string. 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.