Week twelve of Play Through The Bible is the story of the Daniel in the Lion’s Den. K had a ton of fun with the crafts this week and loved the idea of Daniel being with the lions. It was also a great opportunity to further talk about prayer.
Week Twelve – Daniel
Daniel prayed only to God.
Story Time Tips
- We read “Daniel and the Lions” starting on page 146 of The Rhyme Bible Storybook and “Daniel Prays” starting on page 118 of The Rhyme Bible Storybook for Toddlers.
- We spent some time talking about prayer and how we only pray to God, not to people.
- We talked about how Daniel obeyed God and talked about how we could obey God.
- Of course we spent a lot of time pretending to be lions!
Using a blanket and chairs build a small fort to be a “den.” Take turns pretending to be Daniel and the lions. If you have your day 3 craft made, you can use that as well to pretend to be the lion.
Parent: “What did Daniel do to get in trouble?”
Parent: “Who did they tell him to pray to?”
Child: “The king.”
Parent: “But who did he pray to?”
Parent: “So where did they put Daniel?”
Child: “With the lions!”
Parent: “Did the lions eat him?”
Child: “No, their mouths were shut tight!”
Day One – Daniel Coloring Page
Day Two – Pray Like Daniel
- White paper
First, trace your child’s hands on the white paper.
Cut out the hands and color them however you’d like.
Once you’re done coloring the hands, write on them “I can pray like Daniel.”
Put some glue on the back of one of the hands…
…and glue them together like they are praying.
Day Three – The Lion
- Paper plate
- Brown construction paper
- Yellow construction paper
- Orange construction paper
- Glue stick
- Craft stick
Cut off an approximately 2 inch strip off the construction paper.
Cut skinny strips off out of each of the colors.
Cut out the center of the paper plate and glue the strips around the edge. We’ve been working on patterns, so we did ours in a pattern!
Put some glue on the end of the craft stick and glue it to the paper plate.
Let out your best ROAR!
Day Four – Daniel in the Den
Printout and color the Daniel and the lion page. I printed ours at about 75% but I could have made it a bit smaller.
If your craft paper is new (ours came in a package) fold it a couple times and crumple it up. Then, tape each end down onto the brown construction paper. This makes your “den.”
Then, tape the picture you colored onto the back of the den. That’s it!
Day Five – The Angels
- Paper plate
- Yellow pipe cleaner
K thought the angels in the story were pretty cool, so we decided to make our own. Perfect timing, since we can use them for Christmas play as well! We used the tutorial here to figure out how to make them. I apologize for the poor quality of some of these photos. A tiny fenced-in backyard and a giant tree blocking the sun don’t give very much light into our house after a certain small window.
First, you’re going to need to trace out the shape of the angel on your plate. Start with a circle in the middle of the plate. Inside the circle, trace a head shape. Then, drawn two lines coming out the the sides of the circle at the top. If you don’t want to free hand this, there is a printable template on Martha Stewart’s website.
Next, you need to cut out along the lines you drew. First cut out the chunk on top. Then, cut around the head shape. Just don’t cut all the way around your circle. It may seem kinda complicated, but once you do it you figure it out pretty quickly.
Bend the outside of the paper plate around the back of the angel and tape together.
You could decorate your angel really fancy with glitter glue and sequins, but we kept it simple with a yellow marker.
Cut off a small piece of pipe cleaner and shape it into an oval.
Tape it onto the back of the angel’s head.
Add a simple face.
And they are ready to protect Daniel from the lions!
There is a great song by the Donut Man called Daniel and the Lions, but unfortunately I couldn’t get it on YouTube.
There is also an old Veggie Tales movie about Daniel and the lions that is pretty good.
I hope you enjoyed week 12 of Play Through The Bible. I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment below or use the hashtag #playthroughthebible on Twitter or Instagram!
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