98 - Samson: Answer my riddle


15 minute Story planner

Judges 14
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor, page 116

Remind the children that for six weeks we are learning about Samson. Samson was a judge. Use the Old Testament flashcards and ‘The story so far…’ (see Printables) to remind the children of the events leading up to the time of the judges. 

1. Setting the scene - 2 mins 
Find the Old Testament section in a Bible.
Show and talk about 'The Old Testament FlashCards' cards one to five

2. Starter question - 1 min  
Do you know what a riddle is? A riddle is a puzzling question. People often need to think hard to work out the answer to a riddle. Can you work out the answer to this one? ‘What gets wetter as it dries?’ The answer is ‘a towel’ – when you dry your hands on a towel the towel gets wetter, but it still dries your hands. Thousands of years ago Samson told the Philistines a riddle… do you think they worked out the answer?

3. Tell the story with props - 4 mins
Hold up the story bag and reveal the previous weeks’ props. Encourage the children to talk about them and, if possible, describe their relevance to Samson’s story so far. After telling the story, place the props in the bag ready to use next week. 

Beware of allergies – make sure it is safe for the children to handle the food used in this activity. 

  • A book of riddles or a couple of riddles printed from the internet (beware of copyright)
  • ‘Out of the eater…’ riddle (see Printables)
  • The jar of honey and the toy lion from last week’s props

Click on the images at the beginning of this post for more resources from the web

4. Story activity - 6 mins
Option 1 - Enjoy colouring in this week's Dead Sea Comic Caper (see Printables)

Option 2 - Play a game of 'buzz splat'
You will need: a  blindfold.

1. Encourage the children to stand in a circle.  Ask for a volunteer and explain that they will be blindfolded.
2. Explain that during the game one person in the circle will say ‘splat’ while everybody else says ‘buzz’.  The blindfolded volunteer will need to listen carefully then make their way towards the child they think said ‘splat’. 
3. Encourage the blindfolded volunteer to stand in the middle of the circle.
4. Choose the player to say 'splat' by silently pointing to someone in the circle.
5. Count to three with the children. Everyone should then clap their hands and say ‘buzz’ except for the nominated child who will say ‘splat’.
6. The volunteer can ask the children to say ‘buzz/splat’ as many times as they like.
7. When a volunteer has correctly identified who said ‘splat’, ask for another volunteer and repeat the game.
8. Praise the children for their attempts. Congratulate those who were particularly good at identifying who said ‘splat’. 

5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins
Father we think about Samson. We think about the great things he did for you, but we also think about the mistakes he made too. Father we remember that Samson was strong enough to fight with a lion but not always strong enough to do the right thing. 
Father we think about the times we need to make good choices. Thank you that you sent your Holy Spirit to be with us. Thank you that the Holy Spirit is with us every day, helping, guiding and comforting us – helping us learn and grow to live the way you created us to live. Amen.

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