It was my turn to teach the kids this past Wednesday night at our church. We are doing a summer program on the heroes of the faith. This week’s lesson was on Daniel in the Lion’s Den.
When I first started thinking about this lesson, I was wondering how to make the lesson stand out to the kids as they all already knew the story. I also went to Pinterest to look for craft ideas.
On Pinterest, I found this bulletin board idea, that I converted to a craft. I used this craft as the springboard for the direction of the lesson; and after the lesson, we did the craft.
Since our craft talked about “not staining their reputation”, I started the story of Daniel 6 talking about Daniel’s reputation.
I had 3 papers of large print that I shared with the kids during the lesson. The first page talked about what the word “reputation” means: (Access all three papers HERE.)
- Is what others think about you.
- Is what a person is known for.
- Is based on someone’s behavior.
- Could be bad or good.
I then asked them the following questions that was on the 2nd paper:
- What was Daniel’s reputation?
- What was he known for?
- Was it good or bad?
Since no fault could be found in Daniel, the presidents and princes that Daniel was over had the king pass a law that they knew Daniel would disobey. Daniel’s reputation was that he always obeyed his God. We see this in verses 4 and 5:
Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him. Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God.
We also see the Daniel’s reputation in verse 16.
Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.
So we see that even the presidents and princes that did not like Daniel considered him to be faithful, without fault, and obedient to the law of God. The king knew that Daniel served God continually. What a great reputation!
I ended the lesson asking the following questions that I had on the 3rd piece of paper:
- What is your reputation?
- How can you have a reputation like Daniel?
We discussed how that Daniel was without fault because he relied on God to help him do right daily. He prayed at least three times a day for God’s help and He knew God’s laws. If we want to have a good reputation, a reputation that we serve God, we have to first of all know God as our Savior. Then we must daily rely on God for His strength through prayer and getting into God’s Word.
After the lesson, we went to do our craft. I gave them this sheet of paper that was printed on cardstock: (You can print it out HERE.)
I had them color below the green line green, and color the area above the green line blue. They could color the sun yellow.
Then they cut out the three articles of clothing on this sheet of paper. (You can print it out HERE.)
They made markings on two of the paper clothing items, and left one completely unmarked. After cutting the three pieces of clothing out, they glued them on the clothesline so that the perfect robe was in the middle. Here is a picture of one completed craft from last night:
I also made this coloring sheet to go along with the verse for them to memorize with this lesson: (You can print it off HERE.)
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