Daniel and the Lion’s Den

Daniel 6:1-28

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.

Memory Verse:

Daniel 6:23 “…And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.”

Discussion Questions:

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

Supplies Needed:

Markers (Brown or Black)

School Glue

Scissors

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

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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!

 

 

Baby Groundhogs!!!

My husband was heading out and call me just a couple minutes after he left the house. He told me he spotted a couple baby groundhogs down at the bottom of our street and thought I might want to take some pictures of them. 
 
So I rallied the kids together (I strapped my baby carrier on for Joey) and grabbed my camera. We walked down to the bottom of the street to see the little groundhogs. Sure enough there were two little balls of fur sitting right by the road eating grass. The one ran into the brush as we approached, while this little guy sat there and totally didn’t seem to mind that we were there. He let me get a couple really cute shots of him eating a leaf. 
 
These were my instructions to my kids as we walked down the street “Now remember, we can’t touch the baby groundhogs. The little babies’ mommy might be around here and she might not like it if we touch them. She might think we’re trying to hurt her babies and come bite us. So we can’t touch them; just look at them.”
 
Trinity looked up at me and said, “Yeah, no touch Groundhog Mommy!”
 
As I stepped forward to snap these photos the kids all held out their hands and said, “Stop Mommy; Don’t touch it!” lol Too cute. 🙂 At least I know they were listening!
 
Trinity was fascinated by the little groundhog. She loved it but was very good and didn’t get any closer than what you see in the picture. She called it a baby squirrel at first.
 
Our mailman who had just delivered our mail turned around laughing and said, “Hey tell your mom you want to take one home for a pet!” haha