Make a life-size Goliath

The Bible tells us that Goliath was over 9 feet tall. (Read the story in 1 Samuel 17). It isn’t always easy to imagine just how tall someone is so we made a life size Goliath.

overhead projector to use to make life size pictures
Life size picture of Goliath

The basic technique for doing this can be used for many pictures and would be very good for making scenery/background. (Don’t under estimate the amount of paper you need – like we did – and end up with a two tone background! This could be fixed by shading or painting the background)

You need:

An overhead projector


The picture you want to enlarge in black and white – use one with a clear outline if possible.

A pencil

Permanent marker pens

Rolls of lining paper (plain wall paper). This is much thicker than the rolls of painting paper and so will stand up to being hung from a wall better.

A step ladder

To enlarge the picture

  • Photocopy or trace your picture on to the acetate.
  • Unroll your paper (We did this well in advance so it didn’t keep rolling up again!). You may need several widths of this tapped together. Use cellotape on one side only.
  • Hang your paper from a wall
  • Position the overhead projector so that your acetate image is projected on to the paper.
  • Trace over the projected image with pencil
  • Lay paper on the floor and go over the lines with marker pen. Use the original image as a reference for details.
  • Colour/paint your picture if you wish – we left Goliath black and white.
  • If you use a large picture of Goliath plan where you can display it. Refer to it during the story. The children can enjoy comparing their height with Goliath. You could have an adult dress up as David to show the contrast.

We’ve made Holiday Bible Club scenery using the same technique

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