The story of David and Mephibosheth is one of my favorite lessons of loyalty in the Bible. I you’re not familiar with it, you can find it in 2 Sam 4.4; 2 Samuel 9; 2 Sam 19.24-30 and 2 Sam 21.1-7. A quick preschool retelling of it follows as such:
King David had to fight many wars to help protect the children of Israel. But after the wars came a time of peace and joy. When David was happy, he liked to remember his best friend Jonathan and all the great times they had as young men. David had promised Jonathan that he would take care of any children Jonathan might have.
Jonathan did have a child. His name was Mephibosheth. When Mephibosheth was very young, he had a bad accident that hurt his legs. Mephibosheth could not walk.
When King David learned that Jonathan had a son, he asked to take care of Mephibosheth to keep his promise to his best friend. Now Mephibosheth got to sit at King David’s table and have all the wonderful food a king would eat. David promised Mephibosheth that he would always take care of him and Mephibosheth was so happy and thankful that the King would take care of him all of his days.
David learned to give his best to Jonathan’s son out of his love for his best friend. God wants our little ones to learn how to give their best also and to give cheerfully. Second Corinthians 9:7 is a great Bible verse to introduce to your preschoolers to drive this concept home. It says this: “God loves a cheerful giver.” Here is a fun Bible school activity you can play to help your preschoolers learn to be cheerful givers. It’s called “What Can I Give Mephibosheth?”
Here’s what you do:
For this Bible school activity you will need to prepare several sets of duplicate pictures of food. Here is my suggested list: 6
glasses of milk, 6 apples, 6 pieces of bread, 6 carrots, 6 chicken legs, and 6 pieces of cake. Laminate these pictures for long-term use. Display these pictures on a pocket chart or out on a table for the children to easily see. Next, to make this activity extra fun, I suggest you dress up like Mephibosheth and include a crutch in your costume. Lastly, you will want to have a version of the Bible story of David and Mephibosheth such as the one I included above. You are now ready to play this game.
Here’s how to play:
Before playing this activity, you will want to creatively share the story of David and Mephibosheth with your children. Having Mephibosheth “tell” it will delight your children and keep their attention. After telling the story, now invite a child to give “Mephibosheth” a number of one of the displayed foods. So, for example, if you are pretending to be Mephibosheth, you could say, “David said that I could have 4 carrots. Could you bring me 4 carrots, please and remember God loves a cheerful giver.” At this point the child would pick up four carrots and give them to “Mephibosheth”. Don’t forget “Thank you’s” and “You’re welcome’s.” Pick a new child and a new food and play until all have participated. Have fun!
Just in case you’re interested, you might want to check out this book of Bible activities for your preschoolers: 101 Great Games for Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers: Active, Bible-Based Fun for Christian Education
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