This topic is for posting your Cooking Workshop lessons and ideas for teaching about the Fiery Furnace.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego
Summary of Lesson Activities:
Fiery Furnace S'mores.
- Gather the materials.
- Read the scripture ahead of time.
- Preheat the oven.
- Graham Crackers
- Cookie Sheet
- Chocolate Chips
- Teddy Grahams
Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction:
Greet the children and introduce yourself.
Open with a prayer.
Popcorn Toss - Divide the children equally, and have them stand in two lines facing each other about 10 feet apart. Each child will need to be facing one other child. The will be tossing a piece of popcorn back and forth to the same person. (For an odd number of kids, have a helper or yourself be their partner.)
Give all the children in row “A” a piece of popcorn (Not to eat). Tell them that on your signal, they will toss the piece of popcorn 10 feet across to the person directly facing them in row “B”. All kids must use only one hand to throw and one hand to catch the popcorn – and they must stay in place in their line.
The popcorn in this activity represents our relationship with God. Give the signal and have the kids toss the popcorn. Being that far apart, many of the tosses will not be caught. Count the number of pieces that were caught and write that number on a chalkboard.
Give each child in row “B” a piece of popcorn and take one small step towards row “A”. Then on your signal, have the children toss the popcorn again. Count the number of tosses that were caught and record it.
Do this several more times, each time taking one step closer until the two rows are together. Once together, the kids can simply drop the popcorn into the hands of the other child (No misses).
Our relationship with God is similar to what we just did. The further away from each other, the harder it was to catch the popcorn. Likewise, the further we are from God, the harder it is to have a relationship with him. On the other hand, the closer we are to God, the easier it will be to have a strong relationship with Him.
- How do we get close to God? (Read the Bible, prayer, fasting, “Be still, and listen”, coming to church, talking to others about God, sharing Christian stories)
Dig-Main Content and Reflection:
Read: The story
Practice: The memory verse
Cooking Activity: Fiery Furnace: S’mores
- Place a full-length graham cracker on a cookie sheet.
- Add chocolate chips on top
- Add miniature marshmallows on top
- Place 3 teddy grahams on top
- Bake in the “fiery furnace” (375 degrees) for about 5 minutes
- Cool a bit before serving.
The chocolate chips and marshmallows should melt, but the teddy grahams are fine!
(Consider adding a 4th teddy graham while/after baking – for the angel that appeared in the fire)
Discussion: (during prep time & baking)
- So why did King Nebuchadnezzar make a gold statue? (People worshipped idols back in that day – made himself feel important, because he made the idol)
- Why were Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego so stubborn – not giving into the King’s order to worship the idol? (They knew it was wrong – knew God would get angry)
- Do we worship any idols today? (Yes, money, the best toys, clothes, cars – sometimes people get so wrapped up in the church building, what it looks like, if it serves good food, if the decorations are pretty, that we forget that God is who we worship, not the building)
- What happened to the guards that tied them up and threw them in the furnace? (The fire was so hot, the guards burned up – WOW, that’s hot!)
- How come Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego didn’t get hurt? (God didn’t let them get injured.)
- Why was there a 4th man walking around in the fire? (God sent an angel to keep them safe)
- What was the king’s response when he found out the 3 were unharmed? (Praised the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. “Your God is great!” – Commanded everyone to respect the Lord.)
If there’s extra time: (during baking)
- Try to list other stories in which God saved a faithful believer. (Noah, Daniel, Many miracles of Jesus, David, Moses, Lazarus)
- Find the common thread – God is with us! Just as God was with those before us.
End with a prayer.
- Popcorn Toss – by Mike, 2000-2004 Kid’s Sunday School Place
- S’mores – “First and Favorite Bible Lessons for Preschoolers” (submitted by janlocascio @ rotation.org)
- Revisions and discussion by Rachel Haugland
A lesson posted by Rachel Haugland from: Elim Lutheran Church
A representative of Rotation.org reformatted this post to improve readability.
Cooking Idea - Fried Ice Cream
Another idea would be fried ice cream. Roll a scoop of vanilla ice cream in corn flakes mixed with powdered sugar & cinnimon. Then dip it in very hot oil (we will be using a fondue pot) for 10 seconds.
Cooking Idea - Mini Cherry Tarts with Mini-Teddy Grahams
This is a variation on the s'mores idea listed above. I like the I used a mini cherry tart topped with new "Mini" grahams in my lesson plan because the "red" of the tart reminded us more of "fire" and was a nice change of recipe pace for us.
- Take prepared pie crust that is rolled up.
- Unroll and cut out 4 inch circles (makes 7 with scraps left over) place cup cake liners in a muffin pan and put the crust in the liners, smoothing around the sides.
- Put a tablespoon (or so) of canned cherry pie filling in the tart.Make sure the filling does not cover the edges.
- Then I put three chocolate Mini-Teddy Grahams on the top to represent S-M & A. I then put a fourth mini- teddy graham- (honey golden)to represent the angel in the furnace.
- For taste I sprinkles sugar on the top.
- Bake for 20-25 min in a 350 oven.
The clean up is not bad and the kids really got the idea of the red hot furnace with three(four) kids in the middle.