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
dltk-bible.com- Daniel and the Lions Word Wall Words
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.
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
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?
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?
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.
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.)
lapbooklessons.com- Daniel Lapbook
This page is full of resources you can use to make your 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.”
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.
craftnhome.com- Make a Lion with a moving head and tail (lion image you can put together and use)
Angel Shut the Lion’s Mouth-
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.
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).
Introduce snack: What didn’t eat Daniel? Lions
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)
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