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Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego
(Projects and Activities)

   
 

Draw the Image From the King's Dream in Chapter 2
What did the image look like? Using the description in Daniel 2:31-35 – draw the image.

   
 

Make Puppets for the Story of Daniel and the Lion's Den
The pictures below are of puppets made by Sunday School pupils for the story of Daniel with the lions.

One student made a toothless lion because he said he was a vegetarian. There are a variety of puppets. Daniel was made with a sock, likewise two lions. The angel, the king, and some of the lions were made from lunch bags. Students should use the puppets to help them tell the story. Get permission from your child care director to have a Sunday School class come in with the puppets and tell the story of Daniel. Practicing telling the story is very important.

   
 

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 played?
  • 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 normal?
  • 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 Abed-nego?
  • 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 situations?
  • Did you think you could come out of it without "the smell of fire?"
  • 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?
   
 

I Am a Child of God

Ages 5-9

Print/ Download -- I Am a Child of God

I wanted my children to really understand that they are children of God, that God created them. As it says in Genesis 1:27,

" So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them."

Materials

  • Butcher paper or a large roll of big paper at least 3 feet high
  • Spool of ribbon
  • Poster board
  • Markers
  • Hand-held whole punch

Session One
The children first need to have a solid understanding of God.

Start off by talking about God. Who is God? Where is God? How do we know He is here if we can't see Him? How is He expressed? What qualities does He express?

Take the different qualities that God expresses and write them on different sheets of poster board. Under the main quality write how this quality is expressed. For example: let's take the quality Love. God is Love and God expresses this Love by taking care of and protecting us. You could use the Bible story of Daniel and the Lions' Den to illustrate His Love.

Continue this until you have at least 7 different qualities, each on their own separate poster board.

Hang the poster boards on the walls or bulletin boards around the room.

Session Two
(The kids love this part)

Roll out a large piece of paper and have a child lie on the paper and trace around the child with a marker.

Cut out the life-size outline of the child.

Have the child personalize or color his cut-out.

Hang the cut-out children on the wall.

Session Three
Punch a hole in the child cut-out and a 'quality' poster board.

Take the ribbon and connect it through the hole in the poster board to the hole in the child. Have the child take the tied ribbon from the poster board and walk it over to his or her own cut-out, and tie it on. (Punch the holes high on the poster board, so the ribbon runs high.) As you are doing this, talk about how each child expresses that quality of God. For example: Love. The child expresses God's Love when he or she helps a little brother pick up his toys.

Repeat this with each 'quality' poster board for each child. Soon you will have ribbons going from a child cut-out to all the qualities of God.

You will have ribbons all over the place, but by seeing this visible connection the children will begin to see that God is expressed through them; that they express the same qualities of God because they are children of God.

Sally S. Johnston

   
 
   
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