This week we started a new unit in Sunday School on respect. The lesson was about respecting authority, using the story of David cutting off a piece of King Saul’s robe in the cave (1 Samuel 24). I love our curriculum, but the particular method that the curriculum suggested to use to convey the story just wouldn’t work in our space and with our resources. I had a dramatic presentation of the story on CD that I knew we could use, so I decided to create a cave that we could sit in while listening to the story. I started off with this basic structure:
I used a portable room-divider to create the wall on the left, then tacked brown curtains to the wall and the top of the divider. The remaining fabric was draped over chairs. (Side note: I bought those brown curtains on a whim to temporarily cover some windows, but they have so come in handy for several lessons like this one and this one!).
Next, I covered the chairs with brown paper to make them look like boulders. I crumpled the paper to give it some texture too.
Next, I crumpled more brown paper to create the interior walls of the cave. There was a bit of space between the floor and the bottom of the brown paper, so I crumpled up some spare construction paper to create rocks.
Last, I draped a brown sheet over the outside to cover the back side of the wall-divider.
The kids thoroughly enjoyed hearing the story in the cave! We had quite a few new kids added to the mix, so it was a little cramped, but we made do. Always fun to make the story come to life!