Lesson Title: God Gives Us Wisdom
Bible Reference: 1 Kings 2:1-4; 3:3-28
Target Age Group: Preschool
Learning Context: Children’s Church
Target Time Frame: 1 ½ hour
Gospel Connection: Whenever David passed his crown on to Solomon he had some very important advice to give him: Listen to God. Listening to God helped David be a good king. David also learned the heartache that came by not listening to God whenever he had an affair with Bathsheba. Today, our preschoolers will learn that they should always follow God and listen for His directions because He wants to teach them.
Learning Aim: God teaches us.
- Wood Blocks
- Construction Paper
Open your Bible to 1 Kings 2.
Say, Once David was older and about to pass away he decided to pass his kingdom on to his son, Solomon. David knew that in order to be a good king Solomon would have to listen to God. Here is the advice that David gave Solomon.
Have the students act out the advice as you say it.
Be strong and act like a man. Hold up your arms to flex arm muscles.
Observe what God wants you to do. Hold hands in front of you like you are praying.
Walk in obedience with God. Walk your fingers across the palm of your other hand.
Keep His command, Hug yourself.
Laws, and regulations as written in the Law of Moses. Act like you are holding a pencil and writing.
Do this so that you prosper in all that you do and wherever you go. Place palm over your eyes like you are looking into the distance.
Say, David knew that if Solomon did this God would bless him and help him be a good king. Wisdom comes from God. God taught David and Solomon how to be good kings and he will teach you too!
Give each child weights and lead them in a few exercises. You can use blocks as weights. Lead the children in several exercises such as lifting their weights high above their heads 10 times and holding them out to their sides as long as they can. Put the weights down and have them do jumping jacks and lunges.
Say, David told his son Solomon to be strong and listen to the Lord. God wants you to be strong and take care of yourself as well.
Observe What God Wants You to Do Game
Say, God wants you to always listen to Him no matter what. God will teach you what you need to know. Let’s think of some ways that God can teach you.
Stand in a circle and toss a ball around the circle to each student. Each time they catch the ball, they have say a way that they can listen to God. Here are a few examples: Praying, reading/listening to the Bible, going to church, listening to parents and teachers, and Praising God.
Say, God wants to teach you and doing these things will help you learn from Him. Just like God taught King Solomon, He wants to teach you!
Walk in Obedience
Pick a child to be the leader and play Follow the Leader. Think of creative ways to have the kids walk such as in a zigzag pattern, while jumping, backwards, like their favorite animal, skipping, or while spinning.
Say, God wants you to walk in obedience with Him. That means that no matter where you go or what you do you should always do what God is teaching you to do. Whether you are walking through your house, church, or anywhere always listen to what God wants you to do.
Cut a piece of construction in half hamburger-style. Place one piece of paper on top of the other and staple in the middle to make a small 4 page book. Title the book, ‘Things God is Teaching Me.’ Help each child write one or two things that God is teaching them in their book and then let them color it.
Say, This is a fun little book that you can use to write down things that God is teaching you. Always remember that God will teach you everything that you need to know.
Closing the Lesson
Say, Can you name a few things that God is teaching you right now? What did God teach David and Solomon? Let the kids give answers to what they are learning and what God taught David and Solomon. Close in prayer.