I was in charge of the lesson Monday night for our Family Home Evening and decided I would really get the boys excited and we would act out the story of David and Goliath.
We began with a picture of David and Goliath from the Gospel Art Kit. The boys thought the story was pretty cool and were pretty excited when I told them they could dress up and act out the parts. Of course, Walker wanted to be "the bad guy" and Porter, being the accommodating brother that he is, was David. Walker got a fur sash thingy and a sword and Porter got a piece of old material wrapped around his head. I don't have many slings hanging around the house so we made do with an old medal from my high school basketball days. (Laugh all you want. I might not have been good but I had fun!)
The role playing was going great right up until we got to the part where Goliath was supposed to slowly walk towards David wielding his mighty sword. I told Porter, (David) to start swinging his 'sling' at the approaching Goliath but to be sure not to let go. This is where things quickly went downhill. Walker forgot he was supposed to 'slowly' approach and charged full speed ahead with his sword pointed at Porter's gut. Porter got about a swing and a half of the sling in and suddenly all H-E- double hockey sticks broke loose! Porter started bawling and holding his ear and Walker attacked. Apparently an old medal isn't a good idea for a five year old to use as a sling due to it's potentially harmful ability to graze one's ear as it swings overhead. That's right, in our story, David took himself down well before Goliath got close and then Goliath finished him off with a swift stab to the mid-section. I just hope they remember the story according to 1 Samuel 17 and not our slightly different version.
Luckily the night ended on a high note with everyone taking their shirts off and wrestling on the air mattress. Well, the boys anyway! :)