Hadley asked me the other day, on the way to school, if giants were real. He asks that about a lot of things lately…Santa, the Easter Bunny, The Toy Fairy. Choices, Choices…right?
I could have just said no, but a documentary I had seen about giants – or really, really tall people – came to mind. I attempted to explain the difference between real giants and pretend giants – like the ones that live at the top of beanstalks.
Unfortunately we didn’t have a lot of time to discuss it, what with all of the questions like “are real giants as tall as trees?” and I told him I would show him pictures online when he got home.
He apparently shared this new “inside information” with his classmates at kindergarten, and he came home a bit deflated. They didn’t buy it. I showed him pictures online, and we discussed it some more, and he gets the difference now…but I have been fighting the urge to send in photos to his classmates to defend his honor, ever since. So far I have managed to resist.
Images like these that I shared with Hadley just might help in your discussion of the story of David and Goliath, however, so I thought I’d share them with you. At least I can defend my son in cyberspace. 😉
Did you know that there are only 10 reliably confirmed cases of humans taller than 8feet in history? Check this story out…
Then there’s this guy…according to Wikipedia…
“Robert Pershing Wadlow (February 22, 1918 – July 15, 1940) is the tallest person in history for whom there is irrefutable evidence. Wadlow is sometimes known as the Alton Giant or Giant of Illinois because he was born and grew up in Alton, Illinois.
Wadlow reached 8 ft 11.1 in (2.72 m) in height and weighed 439 lb (199 kg) at his death at age 22. His great size and his continued growth in adulthood were due to hypertrophy of his pituitary gland, which results in an abnormally high level of human growth hormone. He showed no indication of an end to his growth even at the time of his death.”
So…when your child asks if Goliath was really a giant, you can say “Yes, probably so.” Just don’t expect his friends to believe him. 😉
Anointed One Stories
Read the stories of Saul and David, including David and Goliath, and consider what it means to be anointed as a king over God’s people. Explain that Messiah is another word to describe an “anointed one” or king. Ask them to think about ways that these leaders helped the Israelites as their king, or in David’s case, also as a young shepherd. Sing this song with them, discussing how God chose to defend his people with some one that no one was expecting. We may not always understand God’s choices for his leaders, but we can trust that He knows what he is doing!
Only A Boy Named David
Only a boy named David, only a little sling,
only a boy named David, but he could pray and sing.
Only a boy named David, only a rippling brook,
only a boy named David, but five little stones he took.
And one little stone went in the sling, (pretend to place a stone in a sling)
and the sling went round and round. (pretend to swing sling in circles above head)
And one little stone went in the sling,
and the sling went round and round,
and round and round and round and round,
and round and round and round.
And one little stone went up in the air, (pretend to release stone from sling, to hit giant)
and the giant came tumbling down. (mom can pretend to be giant and fall down)
Baptism of Jesus
Remind your child that Messiah means “anointed one” and read them the story of Jesus’ baptism. Ask them what came down out of the sky to land on Jesus. Point out that this symbolized God’s spirit, and Jesus being anointed as the Messiah, and God acknowledging Jesus as His son.
Matthew 3:1-17 in Children’s Bible
In honor of Jesus being recognized as God’s son, teach your child this very fun and silly song about Jesus being the King of all creation.
WHO’S THE KING OF THE JUNGLE?
Who’s the king of the jungle? OOO OOO (scratch arm pits like a Gorilla)
Who is the king of the sea? Wadda Wadda Wadda (make waves with hands)
Who is the king of the universe? (make circle with arms above head)
And who’s the king of me? (point to self with thumb)
I’ll tell you J-E-S-U-S (point finger)
He is the king of me. (point to self with thumb)
He’s the king of the universe (make circle with arms above head)
The jungle and the sea.
Wadda Wadda Wadda (makes waves with hands)
OOO! (scratch armpits like Gorilla)