Hook for Teaching 1 Samuel 15

You may be familiar with the Hook, Book, Look and Took of instructional design. A hook captures attention and introduces the lesson in a creative way. The rhyme "Who Stole the Cookie from My Cookie Jar?" is a good hook for teaching 1 Samuel 15 on Saul's disobedience.

  1. Fill a jar with bite-size cookies.

  2. Tell the children that they are to agree among themselves who is to take and eat a cookie from the cookie jar while your back is turned.

  3. When that child had done so, you will turn around and guess "Who Stole the Cookie from My Cookie Jar?"

You:
(in a gruff voice)
"Who Stole the Cookie from My Cookie Jar?"
Walk around the children, staring into their faces and
keep on repeating "Who Stole the Cookie from My Cookie Jar?"
Who Stole the Cookie from My Cookie Jar?
You: "(Name of Child), you stole the cookie from my cookie jar!"
Note: Even if you know who is the "culprit", do not identify the child.
Child #1: "Who, me?"
You /
Other children:
"Yes, you, (name of child)!"
Child #1: "Couldn't be!"
You: "Then, who stole the cookie from my cookie jar?"
Make your second guess
Note: The children may run away from you.

Play the game a couple of rounds then begin the lesson. Gather the children and say, "Today, we will learn about someone who did something wrong but refused to admit his sin; instead he blamed it on others."



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