Make Puppets for the Story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego
You might want to make puppets of
this story out of clean, old socks
or lunch bags. Pipe cleaners, buttons,
construction paper, along with some
glue and old fabric can make great
puppets for helping the children tell
the story. If you have a junk drawer
full of little odds and ends, you
can imaginatively create great puppets.
While the children are making the
puppets, ask someone to read the story
from Daniel 3. Then while they work,
ask them the following questions:
- Who was the King?
- What did the King create?
- What did the King want the people
to do when they heard the music?
- Have you ever heard music from
a cornet, flute, harp, sackbut,
psaltery, or dulcimer?
- What is a cornet? [horn] Flute?
Harp? Sackbut? [in the book of Daniel,
it is a string instrument; elsewhere
in the Bible, it is a wind instrument
with a slide similar to a trombone],
Psaltery? [a harp with a soprano
register] Dulcimer? [In Daniel it's
more like a bagpipe]. Curiously
enough, the line opens with two
wind instruments, goes to three
string instruments (varied in the
number of strings each has), and
closes with a wind instrument.
Teachers: If any of these instruments
are available for you to bring to
church, it adds to the lesson. If
possible, make an audio recording
of each of these instruments and bring
pictures of each one so the children
can hear and see the differences.
Once you have them recorded, they
can be used in the telling of the
story. If you have pupils who play
a musical instrument, ask them to
bring their instruments to class and
they can provide the music for that
part of the story.
- What was the penalty if they didn't
bow down to the image when the music
- Name the three Hebrew boys who
refused to bow down to this image.
- What were their names before King
Nebuchadnezzar changed them? (Dan.
1:6,7)[Shadrach was Hananiah, Meshach
was Mishael, and Abed-nego was Azariah]
- How did the King respond when
he heard that Shadrach, Meshach,
and Abed-nego wouldn't pray to his
gods or bow to his image of gold?
- Anger certainly can make people
hot under the collar. Did the King's
rage get hot like a fiery furnace?
Was he heated 7 times greater than
- Why is anger bad?
- Who does anger hurt?
- How did the three Hebrew boys
respond to the King's anger?
Dan 3:17,18 If it be so, our God
whom we serve is able to deliver us
from the burning fiery furnace, and
he will deliver us out of thine hand,
O king. But if not, be it known unto
thee, O king, that we will not serve
thy gods, nor worship the golden image
which thou hast set up.
- Describe what it feels like to
stand up to evil?
- What did it take for these Hebrew
boys to willingly submit to the
fire rather than compromise their
belief and faith in God?
- Are you faced with those kinds
of challenges today?
- How hot did the King get the furnace?
- When the King looked into the
furnace, what did he see? [see Q&A in Bible Overview]
- Who saved Shadrach, Meshach, and
- What was unusual about their appearance
when they came out of the furnace?
- What kinds of things are we tempted
to bow down to?
- Name some fiery furnace experiences
that you have faced. [Not that you've
actually been put into a fire, but
you have been put in uncomfortable
circumstances as a result of taking
a stand for good?]
- How have you dealt with difficult
- Did you think you could come out
of it without "the smell of
- What would the "smell of
fire" be like today? [Any hurt
that we carry with us from the past?]
- What lessons do you learn from
the story of the three Hebrew boys?