Wednesday, March 10, 2010

A to Z Bible Story Lesson- Letter D

D- Daniel and the Lions

Objectives: The children will
- retell the story Daniel and the Lions
- discuss that God helps us when we are in trouble
- explain that we need to pray to God

Prayer and questions from last week’s lesson

Vocabulary Words:

Daniel and the Lions Word Wall- Word wall templates are large flash card printables that you can hang on the wall to aid children when they are learning or using new vocabulary words.


Circle Time:

Read story: “Daniel and the Lion’s Den” from your own story book. Or while you are reading the story do cut outs (Snip-And-Tell Bible Stories by Karyn Henley, page 52 - 54) as the story unfolds. Or read “Daniel in the Lion’s Den” by Jill Kemp



Then ask questions from below.

1. Daniel became one of the three rulers of the whole kingdom. How did the other two rulers feel about Daniel and what did the want to do with him? They were jealous of Daniel and plotted to get rid of him.

2. Who would Daniel only pray to? God

3. Was that against the law? Yes

4. What happened to Daniel for breaking the law? The King ordered Daniel to be put into the lion pit.

5. Why didn’t the lions eat Daniel? God kept the lions’ mouth shut.

6. What happened to the other two rulers? The King ordered the two rulers to be put into the pit with the lions.

7. The King made a new law. What was it? He ordered that everyone in his kingdom should respect Daniel’s God, the God who had saved Daniel from the lions.

Songs and/or Finger Plays:

Introduce songs and/or finger plays: Who would Daniel only pray to? Who should we pray to? When should we pray to God? Where should we pray to God? Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel? (song)

Make a Joyful Noise! by Kathryn Nider Wolf, Heather P. Robbins- This is the Way the Lions Roared (song), page 32

Daniel’s Rap- Playful Songs and Bible Stories for Preschoolers by Group Publishing, page 92.

Finger Food (finger play)- Playful Songs and Bible Stories for Preschoolers by Group Publishing, page 92. Daniel and the Lions Action Rhyme - Daniel Wasn't Hurt!


Introduce activity: Why didn’t the lions eat Daniel? God kept the lions’ mouth shut.

Daniel is Safe in the Lion’s Den- (Playful Songs and Bible Stories for Preschoolers by Group Publishing, page 92 & 93.) Daniel (lapbook) Daniel and the Lions lesson with memory verse, teacher's guide, puzzles, take home sheet, coloring pages, crafts, etc. Daniel in the Lion’s Den Daniel and the Lion (scroll down to Preschool Lesson) Daniel and the Lions object lesson


Introduce movie: Who was thrown into the lion pit for praying to God?

Movie- Veggie Tales: Where's God When I'm S-Scared? Daniel and the Lion’s Den (14 min.) and ask questions:

Who told the King what his dreams meant? (Daniel)

The Wise Men got jealous of Daniel and what did they want to do? (Get rid of him.)

How did they do this? (They had a law passed that people could only pray to the King.)

Who would Daniel pray to? (Only to God.)

What happened to Daniel? (They threw him in the Lion’s den.)

Did the lions eat Daniel? (No)

Why didn’t the lion’s eat Daniel? (God protected him.)


Introduce craft: What did not eat Daniel?

Lion Mask

Need: Paper plate, crayons/paint, stapler, paper grocery bag (cut ears and mane out before students arrive and also paper plate)

Directions: Cut the center out of a paper plate and color/paint paper plate tan. (Note: Be sure to have students use old crayons and peel the paper off the crayons and rub the side of the crayon on the paper plate instead of coloring it. This will be a lot faster and easier for the students). Cut 2 ears (triangles 3 inches on all three sides) out of the paper bag. Staple ears to mask where ears should go on the back of the plate. Cut several rectangles for mane (rectangles 1 inch by 6 inches long) out of a paper bag. Have students staple mane rectangles on edge of mask on the back of the paper plate all the way around mask. Teacher will cut a strip (2 inches by 20 inches) out of the paper bag to make a band for the back of the mask. Staple on end of the strip to one side of the mask on the back. Fit the strip to the child’s head then staple the other end in place. Cut off excess band. Scary Lion Craft
Prep: Print and make copies of craft page. Craft: Have children color the lions. Cut out black part of mouth to intersecting dotted lines. Fold lion in the middle horizontally, like a card, while pushing in the mouth sections from the outside of the card, so that they fold on the diagonal dashed lines around the mouth. Help children draw teeth on the page that will be underneath. Glue this page onto plain sheet of paper, placing glue everywhere except on the mouth section. Pull mouth towards you before closing. Flat Cat (Scroll down to this craft made out of paper plates.) Easy Lion Craft
Lion made out of a paper plate with templates provided. Paper Plate Craft Lion’s Head (black and white version) and (color version) Paper Bag Lion Puppet Lion Paper Bag Puppet Lion Paper Bag Puppet Lion Face Craft

Daniel in the Lion’s Den Story Wheel- Children turn their story wheel dials to retell the Bible story they learned over and over again. (Preschool Christian Crafts by Linda Standke. Directions on page 37 - 39, craft template on page 40 & 45.)

Daniel & the Lions- Bible Story Wheel (Bible Wheels to Make and Enjoy by Carmen Sorvillo, page 29 & 30.) Daniel Lapbook
This page is full of resources you can use to make your Daniel Lapbook. Daniel Lapbook


Introduce game: Who would only pray to God and it was against the law? Is this a brave thing to do? What happened to Daniel? Instead of “Duck, Duck, Goose,” play “Daniel, Daniel, Lion.”

Pin The Tail On The Lion

Play this game just as you would "Pin The Tail on the Donkey". Make a simple lion and tails from poster board. Right before class add double stick tape and the children's names to the tails. Lion image you can use Feed the Lion (Several variations on how to play this game are posted here.) Angel Shut the Lion’s Mouth (scroll down to this game). Items Needed: (Optional): stickers or prizes. How To Play: Have children all stand up. The assistant plays the part of the angel. The teacher plays the part of Daniel. The teacher tells the children they are the lions in the den that Daniel was thrown into. Show them how to make claws and move around and roar like lions. They cannot stand in one place, but have to be moving. When the angel says, "Stop", the lions have to stop making noise and freeze in place, because the angel had the power to shut the lions' mouth. If they get off balance and move, or make noise, they have to sit down. Repeat the game several times until the children are sitting. Everybody gets stickers or prizes at the end. Not My Cub (scroll down to this game)

The Humongous Book of Games for Children's Ministry by Group Publishing- Daniel the Lions are Coming page 19. Also: Around in a Circle page 20.

The Encyclopedia of Bible Games for Children’s Ministry by Group Publishing, page 64- Lion. Lion. Shut Your Mouth! (Daniel Is Safe In The Lion’s Den)
This game will help students review the story of Daniel in the lion’s den and it’s lesson of courage in standing up for one’s convictions.

Daniel and the Lions Game- A simple and fun board game for younger children that reviews the story of Daniel in the Lions Den. (Super Bible Game Book by Linda Standke, page 58 & 59 for game board and page 55 for directions).

Daniel’s Den by The object of the game is to build Daniel's name out of toothpicks. Whoever finishes construction first is the winner. You can also make your own cards with instructions on them instead of using a regular deck of cards. Example: + 1, + 2, +3, etc. or a picture of one toothpick, two toothpicks, etc. or -1, -2, -3, etc. or an X on one toothpick, an X on two toothpicks, or a picture of Daniel praying or a lion (use one of your toothpicks to help another player build Daniel’s name) . Or you can use these cards that I made up. (When you use all the cards, shuffle and continue playing game.)


Introduce snack: What didn’t eat Daniel? Lions Lion cupcake
Have the students decorate their cupcake and eat it. Lion Bites

Letter D Snacks- Dirt Cups for Kids

Danish, Dates, Deviled Eggs, Dill Pickles, Dip w/ Veggies, Doughnuts, Dumplings, etc.


Prayers while students are doing worksheets and/or coloring. Daniel in the Lions Den (coloring) Daniel in the Lion’s Den (coloring) Daniel in the Lion’s Den (coloring) Daniel in the Lion’s Den Coloring Page (scroll down for this)

Daniel (mini book)- Bible Stories from A to Z, page 22. Daniel in the Lion’s Den (mini book) What begins with D? (mini book)

D is for Daniel (handwriting sheet)- Bible Stories from A to Z, page 23.

christianpreschoolprintables-Daniel (handwriting) Hidden Letter Worksheet Letter D Daniel and the Lion’s Den (maze) Can you help Daniel find his way out of the lion's den? (maze) Lion (dot-to-dot) Lion (dot-to-dot) Lion (dot-to-dot)

Quiet Lions! (dot-to-dot)- Dot to Dot Bible Pictures: PK – K by Linda Standke, page 14.

Daniel in the Lions’ Den (find the hidden picture)- Hidden Pictures Explore Hidden Treasures in God’s Word by Linda Standke, page 15.

The Lions’ Den (find 5 lions and color) page 70, Faithful Daniel (color and cut apart puzzle) page 71, Daniel in the Lions’ Den (hidden picture) page 72, Lions, Be Quiet! (dot-to-dot) page 73- Bible Story Puzzle ‘n’ Learn! PK - K

More 365 Activities for Kids (do any of the Daniel puzzles, mazes, dot-to-dot, spot the difference, etc. from July 8 – 14).

Big Puzzles for Little Hands by Carla Williams, Chuck Galey- Daniel in the Lion’s Den
Daniel spent the night in the lion’s den. Can you tell which lion is different? Color it, then color the rest of the picture. (page 62)

Daniel in the Lions’ Den (find the hidden picture)- Hidden pictures Explore Hidden Treasures in God’s Word by Linda Standke, page 15.

Daniel in the Lions’ Den (find and circle the story related items hidden in the picture)- Bible Story Puzzle ‘n’ Learn! PK - K, page 72.

Time To Pray (Match the clocks to the correct time. Paste the clocks in the correct matching boxes.)- Bible Stories from A to Z, page 24. Count the Lions (worksheet)
Circle the number that shows how many lions in each group. Adding Basic Animals (lions)

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