Drama & Art Lesson for Writing on the Wall

Daniel

Drama & Art Lesson Set

Overview:


Drama – The Writing on the Wall Skit
Art – Hand of God Glove and Hidden Message


Scripture Reference:

Daniel 5

Rotation Objectives: 

At the end of the Rotation, kids should be able to…

  • Summarize the story of the writing on the wall.
  • Know who Daniel was.
  • Understand that God is always in control.

 

References:

(Note: type "secret message writing" into the Kaboose search field, or google the term. There are several methods you can find many examples of on the web.)


 

A lesson set written by Deborah Ward from: Williams Lake Church of the Nazarene

Waterford, MI

Copyright 2010 Williams Lake Church of the Nazarene, Waterford, MI
Permission to copy materials granted for non-commercial use provided credit is given and all cited references remain with this material

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Writing on the Wall

Drama Workshop

 

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Teaches the lesson through the use of a skit.

 

Scripture Reference:

Daniel 5.


 

Leader Preparation:

  • Read Daniel 1-6, focusing on chapter five. 
  • Gather the materials.
  • You will need to familiarize yourself with the skit,  If you do not have enough kids for all the roles, many of the parts can be played by the same person. The roles of the assassin and hand of God do not require speaking for anyone who does not want to speak or who has trouble reading.

Supplies List:

  • Copies of the script.
  • Any costumes and props you may want.

Background:

The nation of Israel has been captured by Babylon and exiled from their homeland. Daniel is one of many young men who have been taken into royal service. He is faithful to God, and God blesses him with great wisdom. The point of the story is that while it appears that Babylon is in control, it is really God who is in charge. The kings of Babylon are merely the people He is using to fulfill His purposes.



 

Presentation:

 

Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introduction:

Greet the children and introduce yourself.

 

Open with a prayer.

 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

 

Begin by explaining the background of what is happening. King Belshazzar is king of Babylon, the mightiest kingdom on earth at the time. His father, King Nebuchadnezzar, had conquered much of the land around them, including Israel, where God’s chosen people lived. Nebuchadnezzar had taken young men from Israel and trained them to work for him. Daniel was one of them. After Nebuchadnezzar died, his son, Belshazzar became king. 


Our skit takes place during a banquet that King Belshazzar is giving for himself and his nobles.

Assign roles and pass out props.

If you have time, you can go through the skit several times and let different kids have a chance to play different roles.

Questions for Discussion:

  • Why did God send the writing on the wall?
  • What was the message from God?
  • What happened to the king? Why?
  • Who is in control of everything that happens? God. Does it always seem like that? Why?
  • How can we show God that we believe he is in charge?

Closing:

End with a prayer.

 



The Writing on the Wall Skit



Characters:
King Belshazzar
Nobles
Servants
Hand of God
Queen
Wise men & Magicians
Daniel
Assassin

Props:
Crown & robe for king, robes for nobles, outfits for servants, large foam hand, crown & robe for queen, wine glasses, magician hats, beard for Daniel, pretend knife

Setting:

Banquet hall of King Belshazzar. The king is surrounded by his nobles and they are eating and drinking.

King: Servants! Come here!

Servants rush in and bow before king.


Servants: Yes, your majesty. You wish is our command.


King: Bring the cups that my father, Nebuchadnezzar, took from the temple in Jerusalem, so that we can drink from them.


Servants: Of course, your Majesty.
Servants leave and return with wine glasses that they pass out to the king and his nobles.


King: Nobles! Let us toast our gods.


Nobles & King: Great are the gods of the Babylonians!
Nobles and King pretend to drink from glasses.

Suddenly a hand appears and begins writing on the wall. The king is terrified.


King: What is the meaning of this?! Wise men! Magicians! Get in here and tell me what this means!
Wise men and magicians run in. They bow before the king.


Wise men and Magicians: Yes, your majesty. How can we be of assistance?


King: Tell me what this writing on the wall means!


Wise men and Magicians: We humbly apologize, your majesty, but we do not know what it means.


King: Isn’t there anyone who can tell me what this means?
Queen enters.


Queen: Calm down, your majesty. It will be alright. I know someone who will be able to tell you what this writing means. His name is Daniel. He is very wise.


King: Then get him in here!
Daniel enters.


King: Daniel, if you can explain to me what this writing means, I will greatly reward you. You will have fancy clothes and will be third highest ruler in the kingdom.


Daniel: You can keep your gifts for yourself, but I will tell you what the writing means anyway. God was good to your father, King Nebuchadnezzar. He gave him this whole great kingdom of Babylon.


But your father forgot that. Instead, he thought that he did it himself. So God struck him and made him act like an animal until King Nebuchadnezzar realized that God was in charge.
You knew all of this, King Belshazzar, but you did not learn from it. Instead, you dishonored God by using His cups to praise other gods that don’t even exist!
This is what the writing says: Mene, Mene, Tekel, Parsin. God is ending your rule. You have been weighed and haven’t measured up. Your authority will be taken away from you.


King: Wow! That is not good news.


The Assassin runs in and kills the king.


 

A lesson written by Deborah Ward from: Williams Lake Church of the Nazarene

Waterford, MI

 

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

 

Writing on the Wall

Art Workshop

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Hand of God glove and hidden message.

 

Scripture Reference:

Daniel 5.


 

Leader Preparation:

  • Read Daniel 1-6, focusing on chapter five. 
  • Gather the materials.
  • Make a sample “hand of God” glove.
  • Write the words “Mene, Mene, Tekel, Parsin” with white crayon on the card stock (one for each child).

Supplies List:

  • cheap garden gloves (one for each child),
  • fabric paint,
  • smocks,
  • something to stick the gloves on while they dry,
  • card stock,
  • white crayons,
  • watercolor paints,
  • drop cloth,
  • paintbrushes,
  • water,
  • containers for water

Background:

The nation of Israel has been captured by Babylon and exiled from their homeland. Daniel is one of many young men who have been taken into royal service. He is faithful to God, and God blesses him with great wisdom. The point of the story is that while it appears that Babylon is in control, it is really God who is in charge. The kings of Babylon are merely the people He is using to fulfill His purposes.



 

Presentation

 

Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introduction:

Greet the children and introduce yourself.

 

Open with a prayer.

 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

Begin by telling them the story.

King Belshazzar had become king of Babylon. His father, Nebuchadnezzar, had conquered the nation of Israel, God’s chosen people. When he did, he took silver and gold goblets from the temple and put them in his treasury. He also took some of the best young men and trained them to serve him. One of these young men was Daniel.

One day, when King Belshazzar was feasting with his nobles, he told his servants to bring out the gold and silver goblets from the royal treasury. The king and his nobles used these goblets to toast the gods of Babylon, false gods made from wood and stone.
Suddenly, a hand appeared in the room. With its finger it wrote on the wall. The king was really frightened. He was so scared that his legs shook, and he could not stand up.

He called for his magicians and wise men to tell him what the writing said and what it meant. He promised great riches and power to the man who could tell him what it said. However, none of the magicians and wise men could figure out what it meant.

The king was despairing when his wife, the queen, entered the room. She told him about a man named Daniel. He was very wise and had served his father, King Nebuchadnezzar. She was sure that Daniel could figure it out.

The king had Daniel come in. He promised Daniel riches and power if he could explain the writing.

Daniel told the king: “You can keep your riches and power. I don’t want them. But I will tell you what the writing says. God was good to your father, King Nebuchadnezzar. He gave him this great kingdom of Babylon.

But your father forgot that. Instead, he thought that he did it himself. So God struck him and made him act like an animal until King Nebuchadnezzar realized that God was in charge.
You knew all of this, King Belshazzar, but you did not learn from it. Instead, you dishonored God by using His cups to praise false gods that don’t even exist!

This is what the writing says: Mene, Mene, Tekel, Parsin. Mene means that God is ending your rule. Tekel means you have been weighed and haven’t measured up. Parsin means that your authority will be taken away from you.”


The king ordered that Daniel be given riches and power, but Daniel’s words were true. That very night, Belshazzar was killed, and another man became king.

The Project:


To remind us of the story, we are going to make two different crafts.The first is “A Hand of God” glove. Show them your sample glove.

Pass out one glove to each child. Make sure that everyone has a smock and fabric paints. Have the kids decorate their glove anyway that they choose, but remind them that the glove should reflect God in some way. When they have finished, place the gloves somewhere to dry.

The next craft is “A Hidden Message.” (Idea from http://crafts.kaboose.com/secret-message-writing.html).  Pass out watercolors, paintbrushes, water, and one of the prepped card stocks to each child. Tell them that there is a hidden message on the paper and show them how to brush watercolor over the paper to find the message. (Darker colors work better.) The words “Mene, Mene, Tekel, Parsin” should appear. After they have found the message, pass out blank card stock and white crayons. Show them how to make their own hidden message.

Questions for Discussion:

  • Why do you think God chose such a strange way to send a message to the king?
  • How would you feel if a floating hand appeared in your room?
  • What are other ways that God sends His messages?
  • What do you think that God wants us to learn from this story?
  • Often we may think that we are in charge of our lives, but who really is in control?
  • How does life go better when we recognize that God is in control?

 

Closing:
What message do you think God is trying to send YOU right now?  Make it into a "secret message" for your own reminder.


 

A lesson written by Deborah Ward from: Williams Lake Church of the Nazarene

Waterford, MI

 

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

 

 

 

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