David and Jonathan


David and Jonathan Bible Story

Scripture:  I Samuel 15:1 - 16:13


David and Jonathan Bible Verse

1 Samuel 16:7b - People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.


David and Jonathan Bible Songs and Poems

Only a Boy Named David  Traditional
Only a boy named David (make a small person with hands)
Only a little sling (swing arm around at ear)
Only a boy named David (make a small person with hands)
But he did pray and sing (pray with hands and then raise hands into air)
Only a boy named David (make a small person with hands)
Only a rippling brook (move fingers like playing a piano)
Only a boy named David (make a small person with hands)
But five little stones he took (show five fingers)

And one little stone went in the sling (take one hand into the other hand)
And the sling went round and round (swing arm around at ear)
And one little stone went in the sling
And the sling went round and round (swing arm around at ear)
And round and round
And round and round
And round and round and round!
And one little stone went up in the air – oop, oop, oop, oop, oop  - move hands up into the air)
And the giant came tumbling down!  (fall down)

"David, David" Poem  Adapted from Unknown Original Source
Tune:  Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
David, David, turn around (turn around)
Pick that stone up off the ground (bend down and pick up)
David, David, swing your sling (swing hand above head)
Let it go and watch it fling (flick wrist)
Giant, Giant, up so high (reach arms into the sky)
Watch that stone; it really flies (put hand above eyes to watch)
Giant, Giant, standing tall (stand on tiptoes)
1, 2, 3 and down you fall (count with fingers and then fall)


David and Jonathan Activity Sheet

David Becomes King  Sheet available in the Bible Activity Workbook

- Glue thinned cotton balls to the sheep

- Glue gold glitter to David's crown

- Paint the sheep with cotton balls dipped in white paint


David and Jonathan Bible Script

This story is free for family use only and may not be used in any form in a non-family situation.  A script of this story for non-family use is available in the Old Testament Curriculum and 4 Year Interactive Bible Stories 

This looks like a bracelet I used to wear. You see, when we became best friends, we gave each other matching bracelets to wear so we would always know we were best friends.  We even had a secret handshake!  You wanna see what it was?  (Do something silly)

Even though we were silly together, we were always really good friends to each other.

David had a best friend too!  Do you know his name?  It was Jonathon.  Say Jonathon.  Jonathon was the son of King Saul.  He and David became great friends.  But they didn’t give each other bracelets like this.  They gave each other things like (pull from a bag) clothes to wear, a bow and arrow, armor to wear in battle, and a sword.  They were really good friends!

Put your finger on your knee if you have a best friend.  Shake your head if your best friend has ever been in danger.  My best friend has never been in danger.   Jonathon’s best friend was in danger!  Someone was after him and wanted to kill David!  You won't believe who is trying to hurt Jonathan's best friend.  It was Jonathon’s very own dad!  Show me a surprised face.  

After David killed the giant named Goliath with one tiny stone, the people began to love David.  King Saul saw how much everyone liked David.  This made Saul angry and jealous. Saul was the king, not David.  Put your hands on your waist.  The people should love Saul more!  Show me a proud face.  Saul decided that he would try to kill David because he was so angry!  Show me an angry face.

David found out that it was Saul’s plan to kill him and he didn’t know what to do!  So he told his best friend Jonathon.  Jonathon was very sad to hear this about his dad, but he loved David and wanted him to be safe.  Jonathan came up with a plan to get David to a safe place.  When Saul found out what had happened, he was even more angry!  Show me your most angry, mean, furious face. 

But I have good news!

David escaped because of Jonathan's help.  Jonathan showed his friend David love!

Wow, Jonathon and David were really good friends.  Jonathon and David protected each other.  Jonathon and David shared with each other.  And most of all, Jonathon and David showed love to each other. 


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