Last night Lydia went to a night-time VBS at her grandfather’s church. So, it was just Asa and me for dinner. After we ate we opened up our new book, the Read and Share Devotional by Gwen Ellis. I was going to read about Noah because we’ve been studying Noah at church. But Asa? He requested Goliath! He loves Donut Man‘s Goliath song (there’s lots of stomping involved!) so we had to read the story to go with it!
The chapter begins with a little poem of a kite who’s too afraid to fly up high. (Of course, now Asa wants to fly a kite.) Then, there is a good retelling of David and Goliath that focuses on the courage God gave David. It ends with some questions (which Asa actually answered correctly!), some funny conversation starters and a prayer. It’s a cute book and an easy read. We’re going to start reading it at lunch since we finished our ABC Verses. (So, I’m sure I’ll be talking about it more soon!)
We still had a few minutes before bed so I thought it would be fun to act out the story of David and Goliath. Actually, I wanted a craft. So, I thought we could make some beanbags. To mimic the 5 smooth stones David brought to defeat Goliath. We grabbed some fabric and some beans. Then I tried to decide the quickest and easiest way to hem the edges.
Sewing? I don’t think so.
Staples? Fast, but not too secure.
Duct tape? YES! DUCT TAPE!
As we made our little beanbags we talked about David. We talked about what Goliath said to him (“Come and fight me!”) and how David responded (“I come to you in the name of God!”).
Then we got out the sword.
And here’s my little…er, I mean, BIG Goliath! He stomped around and yelled, “Come and fight me!”
Then I pretended to be David and said, “I come to you in the name of God!” I threw our new beanbag at him and…
He fell down flat!
Don’t worry, I didn’t make him be the bad guy the whole time. He loved throwing the beanbag, too. Especially when I did some stomping and yelled, “Come and fight me!”
He would laugh and yell back, “NAME OF GOD!” then throw it with all his little 2 year old might at me!
We played this so many times. He laughed and laughed. He screamed and yelled. He stomped and swung his sword. He fell on the ground. He threw his beanbag. HE LOVED IT.
Finally, we packed up our stuff and in the midst of all this, Asa found an honest to goodness smooth stone in the playroom. So, I took my favorite silver marker and wrote “Name of God” on it. To remind him (not that he can read it!) that David used God’s Name to defeat Goliath. And it was God’s Name that made him strong!
It was one of the most fun nights I’ve ever had with my little boy. And I loved seeing him play with such enthusiasm about God’s Name and His Word!
ps–I know you should never apologize because people may not have noticed in the first place so why draw their attention, but I have to say something about the odd color of my photos! Last night Asa was SO funny and so excited about playing David and Goliath that I could barely get a picture in. I took about 75 pictures but that was when I had a camera in one hand and a beanbag in the other. I was just snapping without even looking! These are the only ones I could actually use because the rest were of him as a big blur! Like I said, HE LOVED IT!
disclosure: I’m part of Tommy Nelson’s Tommy Mommy program. All opinions & ideas are mine.