What kid (or adult for that matter) doesn't love the story of David & Goliath? Triumph of the little guy over the menacing giant? Good conquering evil? Bravery, faith, loyalty? Heady stuff! So what would be more fun than re-enacting the epic battle? I started out researching the kinds of slings that a shepherd would have used. I didn't want a wrist-rocket style of slingshot, but something a little more authentic, while still being manageable by kids who haven't been actually trained in sling warfare.
So now that our Davids have slings, they need a Goliath to aim at. I have seen some very amazing drawings, and some very amusing drawings, that people have done on butcher paper, to represent to kids how big Goliath really was. I know that this itself is an issue of scholarly debate, but I did a bunch of research and went with the most general consensus for my Goliath's height of 9 3/4 feet. (He turned out only to be about 9 feet tall, so I made sure he was off the floor a bit to get his eye-level closer.) So anyway, you don't have to go as crazy as I did, a drawn figure on butcher paper for a lesson to use the slings with works great!
I opted to crop & use this amazing image of David & Goliath from lds.org, and thanks to a fantastic friend of mine who is an architect and therefore has one of those huge printers, was able to get my life-sized, super menacing Goliath! (It was split in half, due to the paper size, so I had to glue/tape the whole thing straight up the middle - scary trying to get it all perfectly lined up!!) (TIP: Since my initial posting, I've heard that Staples will print large architectural size pictures as well for fairly cheap)
|Watch out Goliath!|
After the fun, we talked about the symbolism of and lessons to be learned from the story. It was a ton of fun and I've used it in Primary and a couple of FHEs since then. It's a favorite, which is why I FINALLY got around to sharing! Hope you have fun with it too!
Here are some other great David & Goliath resources for teaching the story. The video is older, but is still effective.