Abigail Bible Lesson Ideas,
Crafts, and Activities
David, Abigail, and Nabal
How to Make Crafts and Activities Relating to Abigail, David, and Nabal Including:
Sunday School Beanbag Toss Game, Bible Stick Puppets, and Review Games
Abigail, David, and Nabal Bean Bag Sunday School Game
(A complete lesson with more crafts and activities is available on The Resource Room.)
Before class prepare the game pieces. Make game pieces by folding card stock where indicated (see diagram below). Tape the folded bottom of the paper to the back of the paper to make a stand. (Blank Game Piece Pattern (PDF Pattern) - Game piece patterns with sheep and letters are available to members on The Resource Room.) (Printing Problems?)
Write one letter on the bottom of each stand to spell out "Keep the Peace".
In class place the cards in front of the room on a table or floor with the letters facing the floor or table. Place the letters in order to spell out "Keep the Peace". You can number the cards on the front or back before class so you know in what order to place the cards.
In class have your children throw a beanbag or ball at the game pieces and try to knock pieces backwards so that the letters on the bottom of the cards pop up. Let the child who has knocked over a piece try to guess what the letters might spell out. Keep playing until a child has guessed or all the pieces are knocked over. When you are done tell your children that they will be learning about a woman named Abigail, who helped keep the peace.
Make Bible Stick Puppets and Put on a Puppet Skit About Abigail, David and Nabal
What you will need:
Card stock (Heavy paper)
Jumbo craft sticks
How to Make the Bible Stick Puppets:
Before class print out the Bible Stick Puppets Pattern or paper dolls on to card stock (Heavy paper). Put your children into groups of four and have them prepare a puppet skit for the rest of the class. One of the children in the group can be the narrator for the story. Have them prepare stick puppets for each character. They may want to prepare more than on puppet for each character to depict different feelings. They can glue the puppets back to back and just turn the puppet around to show different emotions. (Male Bible Stick Puppet or Paper Doll Pattern (PDF Pattern) or Female Bible Stick Puppet or Paper Doll Pattern (PDF Pattern)
Children may also want to draw things that the puppets will be holding during the story. For example the can tape picture of food to Abigail's hands. They may also want to draw swords for David's men and David, or donkey's for Abigail to ride.
Review the Story
Before class prepare 3" x 2" cards by writing words that describe the character and his or her actions in the story. Some of the words used for this story are: Beautiful, angry, rich, wicked, mean, smart, bowed down, etc. After telling the story of Abigail, David and Nabal use the description cards to review the story. Write David, Abigail, and Nabal on your dry erase board or on a piece of poster board. Have your children take turns picking one of the description cards. Ask the if the word or words on the card describe David, Abigail or Nabal. Then have that child tape the card under the appropriate name. (A Complete Lesson with printable description cards are available on The Resource Room.)
Bean Bag Toss Bible Verse Review Game
Print out Blank Game Pieces (PDF Pattern) on to card stock (Heavy paper) and cut them apart. Fold up the bottom part of the pattern as shown in the diagram to the left. Tape the folded edge to the back of the game piece to make a stand. (See Game Above.)Print one word of the Bible verse on the bottom of each piece. Place them on the floor in front of the class. Have your children take turns throwing a beanbag or ball at the game pieces to knock them over revealing the words on the bottom of the game piece. Each time a child knocks over a game piece and reveals a word, let him or her try to say the verse by guessing the missing words.
When all the words have been revealed, have all the children say the Bible verse. Then discuss what the Bible verse means. Ask your children if David was quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry in today's story.
Use the following Bible verse to go with this lesson:
"Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry." James 1:19b, NIV
"Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:" James 1:19b, KJV