Bible Activity: Samson, Samson!

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Before a lesson on Samson from Judges 14-16, draw an outline of Samson’s head
and torso on a large sheet of poster board. Cut out the outline and
color Samson’s facial features and clothes. Glue short strands of
dark yarn on the forehead for hair. Glue long strands close
together on the top of Samson’s head so some yarn dangles like
hair. Also, cut 8-inch pieces from the legs of nylon hose. Tie a
knot in one end of each hose piece.

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When children arrive, give them each two hose pieces. Have them
stuff the hose with fabric scraps of Poly-Fil. Help them tie the
other end of each piece. Then have children each tuck one hose
piece into each of their shirt sleeves to make pretend
muscles.

Tell the story of Samson to children. During the appropriate time,
lay “Samson” on the table with his hair hanging over the edge.
Quietly sneak up to Samson and cut the long strands of
yarn. Or l et each child quietly take turns cutting the
hair.

After the story, lead children in the following activity. Have
children do the actions in parentheses:

Samson, oh Samson, with muscles so strong. (Point to the nylon
muscles.
)

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You told Delilah your secret. (Cup hands around mouth as if telling
a secret.)

That’s where you went wrong. (Shake index finger.)

Samson, oh Samson, your hair is so long. (Indicate long hair by
stroking the top of your head down to your shoulders.)

With a clip, clip, snip, snip, (Use fingers as pretend
scissors.
)

Your hair and strength are all gone! (Remove muscles and fall
limply on the floor.
)

Robyn Kundert
Gibbon, Nebraska 

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