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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Unit 1: Lesson 24 DANIEL

1) Welcome Activity:

2) Songs: Start the Story Hour with the learning our names song. Go around the circle or table and introduce each child.

3) Prayer...Thank God that he delivers us from sin and death, just like he delivered Daniel from the lion's den.

4) Theme: Remind the children of the theme of the unit: God works among his covenant people to prepare the world for the Savior. Hebrews 12:1&2 “Therefore, since we are surrounded
by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us… look to Jesus.” Tell them that they are going to hear a Bible Story again today that shows how God works through Daniel. Daniel lived during the time of exile.. when the people of Israel had been taken away from the Promised Land because of their sinfulness. God works through Daniel and his friends to show the power and majesty of God to both the Israelites and their rulers.

5) Bible Story: Today’s Story is about Daniel. Read pages 204-211, 217-223 from the Read and Learn Bible (Scholastic).

6) Text: Today’s Text is: “Blessed be the LORD… for there is no other god who is able to deliver in this way” Daniel 3: 28a &29b (This text is also used for Lesson 17(b).)

7) Craft:
  • Daniel in the Lion’s Den… there are many variations of the “lion” craft available. The idea is that the children all make a lion and you make a puppet of Daniel (picture colored, backed with heavy paper and on a popsicle stick) so that you can help them visualize what it must have been like to be Daniel surrounded by all those hungry lions. And God delivered him!
    Here are several lion variations:
  • Macaroni Lion: Provide each child with a basic lion face template. Have them color the lion’s face with crayons or markers and make the lion’s mane with glued on macaroni noodles (dyed brown if you like… noodles are easily dyed with a solution of rubbing alcohol and food coloring but need time to dry so you would have to do this ahead of time.) This picture will be heavy so is best mounted on a sheet of construction paper on which you could glue the text, too.

I like this lion template because the basic shapes are very simple. You could even draw these shapes directly onto the construction paper yourself. If you want to keep it simple, ignore all the other facial details.

  • Yarn Lion: Same idea, except have the children glue on snips of brown/black/yellow yarn for the mane.
  • Paper Curl Lion: Same idea, except have the children glue on paper curls for the mane make of thin strips of brown construction paper curled with scissors
  • Lion Puppet.. using the same template (print it small enough that you have two per page and cut out before the lesson), give each child one lion face to color. Print and cut out the lion's body and let the kids color that too. Glue the face onto the bottom flap of a paper bag. Glue the body onto the front.
Lion's body:

  • Paper Plate Lion…use a paper plate for the lions head. Plates can be colored or painted yellow/orange. Provide children with triangles for ears/nose/mouth, circles for eyes so that they can make a face. You can make the mane by gluing on yarn or paper curls to the outside of the plate. If you have two sizes of plates, you could use the small plate for the head and the large plate for the body (staple securely together) and provide rectangles for legs and a long strip for a tail.
8) Closing Prayer... say the Lord's prayer together with the children

9) Going Home: Sing the closing together. Then, check to see if all the children have collected their crafts and coloring sheets before they go home. Say goodbye and tell them that you enjoyed learning about God together and were happy to have them today! You were, weren’t you?

10) Optional Coloring Pages...

This one is good in that it shows Daniel, the lions and the king:

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