Have you ever had something bad happen with no way out? Have you ever been some place that’s really scary?
A man by the name of Daniel was once in a very bad and scary place…..a lion’s den!
Let me tell you about Daniel:
Daniel was a very good man who loved God very much. King Darius placed Daniel and some other men in charge of his kingdom to help him rule over the people. The King liked Daniel very much and placed him in charge of the whole kingdom. The only person Daniel had to answer to was the king himself.
This made the other rulers in the kingdom jealous of Daniel. They tried to find something about Daniel that was bad so they could show the king. However, Daniel was so good they couldn’t find anything.
So the jealous men decided to trick the king into hurting Daniel. They convinced King Darius to make a law that said for 30 days no one was allowed to pray to anyone but the king himself. If anyone broke the law they would be thrown in the Lion’s Den.
Daniel knew that it was wrong to pray to anyone but God. So Daniel went home and prayed to God just like he always did. The bad men saw Daniel praying to God and told King Darius what he had done.
The king was very upset. He didn’t want to hurt Daniel but he had to obey the law he made. So he threw Daniel in the lion’s den.
The king couldn’t sleep or eat the whole night because he was so worried about Daniel.
As soon as it was morning the king raced to the lion’s den and called out, “Daniel, Daniel Did your God save you?”
Daniel answered, “Yes, God sent his angel to close the mouths of the lions and saved me because I had done nothing wrong.”
King Darius was amazed and praised God. He said everyone must worship Daniel’s God.
Daniel continued to rule the kingdom with King Darius for many years.
Daniel 6:23 “…And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.”
Have you ever been really afraid of something?
Did you trust God to help you through that?
Now let’s have some fun making a craft to remind us of how God took care of Daniel.
Daniel and the Lion’s Den Craft
Markers (Brown or Black)
Construction Paper (Black, Yellow, Orange and Red)
White or Brown Paper Bags
Gather your supplies
Cut the corners off of the black construction paper to make easy triangle shaped noses for the lions.
Next fold the yellow and orange papers in half once and then again. Cut strips about 1/2-3/4″ wide.
Next cut the strips at the fold lines
Now I separated mine in bowls by colors. If you have the time and the kids are older, you may even want to let the kids cut the strips themselves.
My kids were eagerly awaiting to start the craft.
Open up the folded end of the paper bag and put a thin layer of school glue on it. Cut a red piece of construction paper to match (depending on the kids ages they can glue and cut out this shape if an adult draws the outline)
Next let the kids press the red piece of paper in place and then draw a mouth.
Fold the mouth back closed and let the kids pick a nose. Put a spot of glue on the paper bag and let them press on the nose.
Let them draw the lion’s face.
Next put a thin line of glue around the outer edge of the lion’s face. Let the kids use the colored strips to design and glue down the lion’s mane.
So it will look like this….
My kids had a blast! After we made the craft we use the puppets to illustrate what the angel of God did to the lion’s mouths…..He closed them to keep Daniel safe!