STORYTELLING & PUPPET Workshop Lessons and Ideas for Lions' Den

Daniel and the Lions' Den

Storytelling/PuppetWorkshop

For K-4th  (with older student option added by Exchange Editor)

Summary of Lesson Activities:

In this workshop the learners will use a GLOVE to create a hand puppet to use to tell the story of Daniel in the lions’ den.  Each finger on the glove will be decorated to represent a different character.

Scripture Reference:

Daniel 1-28

Memory Verse:

Daniel 6:26b:

"For he is the living God, enduring forever. His kingdom shall never be destroyed, and his dominion has no end."

Lesson Concepts:

  • God is with us in the good times and in the bad times of life.
  • Prayer is the way we communicate with God.
  • Even in times of trouble, God never leaves us.
  • Daniel loved God and was loyal to God.

Supplies List:

  • The Children's Bible in 365 Stories, or NRSV Bibles (your preference);
  • gloves (one per student);
  • 5 chenille balls per student (2 flesh colored (pink, brown, or beige), 3 yellow);
  • Constructions paper or felt scraps for eyes, etc.;
  • hot glue guns and glue;
  • scissors;
  • small plastic eyes if desired;
  • pencils.


Teacher preparation:

  • Read the Bible passage.
  • Read over the background material included in your teacher packet as you review the lesson plan.
  • Gather the materials.


 

Presentation

 

Opening-Welcome and introductions:
Greet the children and introduce yourself. Remember that you are interacting with a different group of students each week—some may not know you. Wear your nametag and make sure that the children are wearing theirs if there are new students or visitors.

 

Open with a prayer.

 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:


Lesson Plan:
1. Have the students sit where you would like them to during the reading of the story from the Bible. Hand out Bibles. Read or retell the story of Daniel found in the scripture. In The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories, the pages are 242-244.

2. The following discussion could take place as they are working on their puppets. If you do it first, don’t spend too much time on it (5 minutes would be enough) as the activity may take some time and you want them to have time to tell the story with their puppet. State the following: “One thing we see through the stories we have studied is that God is always with us in the good times and the bad times.”

Then ask:

  • What were some of the good times for Daniel? Accept any answer but some might be when he was one of in the king’s army and was being promoted, when he was praying, when the lions did not eat him.
  • What were some of the bad times? Accept any answer but some might be when he was arrested, when he was thrown in the hole with the lions, being in the dark hole all night, knowing people were plotting against him or were jealous of him.

State something like: It is fairly obvious that God was with Daniel when he was not eaten. Do you think Daniel was afraid during this time? Accept any answer and ask for why they think that. Assure them that if he was afraid that would be natural and would not show a lack of faith. It is okay to be afraid but we need to remember God cares when we are afraid.

3. State the following: The story tells us Daniel prayed three times a day. What do you think his prayers might have said? Accept any answer.
Ask them if that is similar to what they say when they pray?
What would you have prayed if you had been in such a scary situation?

Tell the students the following: It is good to pray even if it is just one sentence because that is the way we talk to God. We know we should give thanks to God and pray for others but we should also pray for ourselves.

4. Tell them we are going to make a hand puppet to remember and retell the story.



Directions for the hand puppets:

  • Give each child one glove.
  • Glue one flesh-colored ball to the thumb and one to the little finger of the glove (palm side).
  • Glue a yellow ball to each of the three remaining fingers.
  • For each lion’s face (the three yellow balls), cut three small triangles of black construction paper or felt for eyes and a nose (or use the plastic eyes). Glue the pieces to the yellow balls. Glue yarn scraps or cut construction paper for the lions' manes.
  • For Daniel (little finger) and King Darius (thumb), use circles or the eyes for the eyes and a black circle for the nose. Glue these on the flesh-colored ball. Cut a crown for the king and hair to add to the characters.


5. When the puppet is finished let the students move their fingers as you read the verses from the referenced book "Daniel: Ideas A-Z."

 

Or let the children do a Round Robin story by each adding five words or a sentence to the story of Daniel, using his or her puppet to say the words. Begin the Round Robin story with the following: “Daniel was very loyal to the king.” If a child has trouble when it is his or her turn give them clues to the next action in the story. If time permits you can do the verses and the Round Robin story.

Closing:
Remind the students that just like God was with Daniel, God is always with us. That does not mean God is going to stop bad things from happening to us (like taming the lions), but it does mean that God cares deeply for us during those bad times.

 

Closing prayer:
Close the class with a prayer of your own, or use the following:
God, help us to be loyal to you like Daniel. Thank you for always being with us. Amen.

Older Student Option:

Have older students create the glove puppet for a young child in the congregation. Go to that class and have the older students do a group presentation using the puppets, and then give their glove to a young child and show them how to tell the story with the puppet.


References:

  • Wezeman, Phyllis Vos, Liechty, Anna L., and Case, Judith Harris. Daniel: Ideas A-Z. Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications. 1998.
  • Wezeman, Phyllis Vos. Puppet Projects For Scripture Stories. Prescott, AZ: Educational Ministries, Inc. 1995.


 

A lesson by Jan Marshall from: Brenthaven Cumberland Pres.

Nashville, TN

 

A representative of Rotation.org reformatted this post to improve readability.

 

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A Godly Play Script About Daniel

version of Daniel and the Lions Den

by Sheila Butler

 

"Godly Play" is a style of telling a story with props and objects placed out in front of you. It is a storytelling technique which the teacher can use, and if time, have the students create their own storytelling kits to retell the Daniel story.

 

Materials needed: Should be stored in a basket and all kept together except general use items.

Green underlay – general use shelf
Tri city walls – general use shelf
Small boxes decorated to look like small houses/towns enough for 4 groupings.
King
Daniel
Other people
Butter tub or box covered to look like a lion’s den
Stone like cover
Small toy lions


Lay out the green underlay
Put city walls on right side
Put small houses groups spread out around in middle
Put Lion’s den on left side with lions around it

[script in brackets]

[Once there was a King named Darius who
was King over many lands.]
Show the King
Spread hand over land indicating.
[He had men he called Presidents to look
Over his lands.]
Place a person at each group.
[One was named Daniel. He was the
King’s favorite.
He was going to be given rule over all
of the other Presidents.]
Hold up Daniel above the others.
[The others were jealous and tried to find out
bad things about Daniel.
Daniel was so good, they couldn’t find
anything bad to use.
They decided to force the King
to make a new law.]
Have the other Presidents group together in a huddle.
[They went to the King and convinced
him to make a law
To have anyone who prayed to anyone
besides the King be thrown
Into the lions den to be eaten.]
Have the Presidents go to the King.
[The King made the law and Daniel
knew it had been signed.
Daniel still went into his house and
prayed to God 3 times a day.]
Have Daniel go to his village.
Have the others close by watching Daniel.
[The others went to the King
and told on Daniel.]
Have the others around King.
[The King felt terrible and tried to
save Daniel but couldn’t.]
Have the King pace back and forth.
[Daniel had to be thrown to the lions.
And a stone was put in as a door
And sealed with the Kings mark so it could
Not be moved.]
Put lions in Den and put Daniel in the den and cover.
[King Darius told Daniel to pray to his God
to save him from the lions.
The King couldn’t sleep and worried all night.]
Have the King pace back and forth.
[In the morning the King went to the Lions Den.]
Take the King to the Lions Den.
[He called out, “Daniel, are you there?
Did your God Protect you?”
Daniel called back “O King Live Forever.”
The King was so relieved and happy that Daniel was alive. ]
Take Daniel out.
[Daniel said that God had sent angels to seal the
Lion’s mouths shut and they hadn’t touched him
because he had done nothing wrong.

The King had all of the people who told on Daniel
thrown into the Lions Den.]
Put the others in the Den and seal it shut.
[Then the King said that everyone should
Worship the God of Daniel.]

Wonder questions to be asked afterwards.

I wonder how Daniel felt when he was going to be made head of everything?
I wonder how Daniel felt when the King made a law that he couldn’t pray to God?
I wonder how Daniel felt when he was caught praying to his God anyway?
I wonder how the King felt when he realized Daniel had to die because of a Law he had made?
I wonder how the King felt when he had to seal the stone so no one could save Daniel?
I wonder how the King felt when he found Daniel alive the next day?
I wonder if you have very felt protected by God?
I wonder how Daniel felt when the King ordered everyone to worship his God?
I wonder how God felt?

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