David and Goliath Lesson Plan

David and Goliath is a popular bible story with kids but do they really know all the important details? There’s so many important things God teaches us through David and Goliath, make sure your children know it’s much more than just a fun story, it’s full of awesome examples of God’s love and power.

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This Lesson Plan includes:

  • Scripture Reading
  • Vocabulary List
  • Books to Read
  • Videos to Watch
  • Awesome Facts
  • Crafts
  • Additional Resources

The scripture reading included is always from the King James Bible. For more information on why we are a strictly King James Version only family please visit our about page. Also, while we don’t like to spend all of our lesson watching videos, I always include a few short ones for our visual learners!

Scripture Reading:

I Samuel 17:40-42
“And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine. And the Philistine came on and drew near unto David; and the man that bare the shield went before him. And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance.”

I Samuel 17:47-48
“And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord‘s, and he will give you into our hands.
And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came, and drew nigh to meet David, that David hastened, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.”

I Samuel 17:49-50
“And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth. So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.”

Vocabulary List:

Use flashcards to study and learn what each of these words are and how to spell them!

  • shepherd – a person who cares for and protects sheep.
  • sling – a short strap with a long string at each end and that is used by placing a stone in the strap, holding the ends of the strings in one hand, whirling the instrument around in a circle and releasing one of the strings to throw the stone
  • Philistine – someone that lives in or is from Philistia
  • smote – to strike or hit hard

Books to Read:

David and God’s Giant Victory

This book is a Level 2 I Can Read! book so it’s awesome for the beginner readers to try on their own!

A Giant Headache: The Story of David and Goliath

This simplified story is great for little ones just learning the basic details.

One Boy, One Stone, One God

From the Arch Books Series, this is a great version for anyone who wants to collect the whole series!

The Story of David and Goliath

With cute and colorful illustrations, this is one of my favorites to use when teaching smaller children.

The Boy and the Battle

This is an awesome, extremely detailed book of how David was chosen by God to become king of Israel all the way through him defeating Goliath.

David and Goliath (Little Golden Book)

Another version of the story, however each of these provide different and important details from the bible.


Videos to Watch:

God’s Story: David and Goliath

This is a great depiction of the story of David and Goliath for kids, it’s biblically accurate and interesting enough to keep even the most wiggly one’s attention for five minutes! Spoiler alert, it’s so accurate it does talk about how David beheaded Goliath after he was dead, it’s not gory but definitely worth talking to smaller kids about before watching.

David and Goliath

This video is better for smaller and more sensitive children, ending before the beheading. This way they can still enjoy the awesome story while saving the more gory details for when they’re a little bit bigger!

Awesome Facts:

  • Before slaying Goliath, David was a shepherd. He had fought a bear and a lion to protect his sheep and won both times.
  • David played the harp, a musical instrument, and wrote most of the Psalms in the bible.
  • God had chosen David to be the future King of Israel because King Saul was disobedient to God’s commands.


This David and Goliath Craft is perfect for sparking an interest and understanding in bible stories in your children. Make this fun slingshot to bring the amazing and true story of how David killed the giant to life!

Find all the supplies and directions to make this David and Goliath Craft here! The post on our Facebook Page so we can see how it turned out.

Additional Resources:

Kids Study Bible, King James Version

This is a great starter bible for kids and essential for any bible lesson. With additional pictures and descriptions, it is a great resource for kids.

David & Goliath Flipbook

Filpbooks are mesmerizing for kids and being able to create your own is especially cool. Watch the story or David and Goliath play out in seconds!

David and Goliath Beginners Bible Felt Figures

Finally, let your kids tell the story of David and Goliath on their own with these awesome felt figures. They will be able to reenact and really commit to memory the powerful story over and over again.

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