Daniel and the Lions Den

Video Workshop (Master’s Theater)

 

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Younger: Where’s God When I’m Scared, from Big Idea Productions (Veggie Tales)

Older: The Animated Stories from the Bible “Daniel” by Nest Entertainment.

 

Memory Verse:

"Don't ever be afraid or discouraged! I am the Lord your God, and I will be there to help you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9


 

Advance Preparation: 

  • Become familiar with tv/projector equipment and have it ready to play.
  • Become totally familiar with the Bible chapters.
  • Visit your classroom before your first Sunday rotation so that you know where everything is located.
  • Watch the movie at home to become familiar on where to stop and start.


Materials List

  • “Where’s God When I’m Scared” (VeggieTales)
  • “Daniel” (Nest)
  • Popcorn
  • Water & straws
  • Baby wipes


Presentation

 

Opening-Welcome and Introductions:

Greet the children and introduce yourself.

Have a short prayer to ask God to be with us as we learn more about his word and how we can follow him.

 

Begin by asking the students to vote on the following questions:

  • If sharing your faith in Jesus meant going to prison, how many of you would be scared to share your faith?
  • If the President and Congress outlawed prayer, how many of you would obey that law?
  • If you were 100% guaranteed that your praying would lead others to follow God, but you were persecuted for that praying…would you still pray?
  • Tell the kids about Daniel's time in history: The Israelites were in captivity in Babylon and there were those who wanted them to stop worshipping their God in their strange ways.

 

Pass out popcorn and water

 

 

Dig-Main Content and Reflection:

 

FOR GRADES PreK-Grade 4

 

“Where’s God When I’m S-scared?” A Veggie Tale Movie

 

Show the first story in the video, Tales From the Crisper.

 

After the first story, ask the participants to explain the story and if they have ever been scared like Jr. Asparagus was.

 

Continue the video, beginning with the intermission ("The Water Buffalo Song"), the next story will focuses on Daniel and the Lions' Den. Let the video play through the recap from Bob and Larry. In the end Daniel learns that even in the lions' den, he is still in God's hands.

 

Discussion After the Movie:

  • Do you think it was easy for Daniel to stick to his beliefs? How easy or hard do you think it was?
  • What are times in our lives that we hope God is with us, and protecting us?
  • Do you think God is with us, always – even in those times when we feel like we are all alone?

 

 

FOR GRADES 5-8

 

The Animated Stories from the Bible “Daniel”, approximately 30 minutes


*Pause at several points to see if the kids, particularly younger one, know who's who in the video and understand the story. Ask them to summarize the story 'thus far' before finishing the tape.

 


Discussion After the Movie:

  • Do you think it was easy for Daniel to stick to his beliefs? How easy or hard do you think it was?
  • What would you have done? ...or do if prayer to Jesus was outlawed? (is it somewhere in the world today?) (Teacher note: prayer in school?)
  • How hard is it to be a Christian? To pray every day? To always try to do what's right? To stand up for your beliefs when maybe it isn't the cool or safe thing to do?
  • Have each person name 1 thing which pull you away from doing what's right, going to church, prayer, worship, helping others, being a better person.
  • How could God help you to be strong in your faith like Daniel?

Closing:

Tell the kids that God ALWAYS answers our prayers! Sometimes the answer is not what we expect or want! God answers our prayers in different ways. God answers either: Yes! No! Wait, not yet! Or I have a better way!

 

Dear God, we are thankful that you are with us in good times and bad. Help us to remember that you will always listen when we speak. And all God's children said…AMEN!


 

References:

  • DVD– Where’s God When I’m Scared, from Big Idea Productions (Veggie Tales)
  • DVD – The Animated Stories from the Bible “Daniel” by Nest Entertainment.

 

A lesson by Liz Weingart from: Canfield Presbyterian Church,

Canfield, Ohio

 

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Editor's Note:

 

This post is a re-posting of the link to Neil MacQueen's creative, Rotation-inspired "Camp Bible Wahoo! Summer Sunday School" curriculum.

 

It has two Daniel Lessons in it (computer and video), as well as 3 lessons for the Good Samaritan, and 3 for Paul's Journeys.

 

The workshops are all "locations at a Bible Camp".

 

The Daniel Lessons in Camp Bible Wahoo!:

 

  • Daniel Computer Camp Out Lesson: Uses Adventures with Daniel CD (Sunday Software)
  • Daniel Lakeside Theater Lesson: Uses Daniel from Nest Entertainment
  • Daniel Song: "Standing In The Need of Prayer"

 



 

Lesson Outline for Lake Bible Wahoo! Theater by Neil MacQueen

 

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Uses the Daniel Video from Nest Entertainment.

 

 

1. Begin by asking the students to vote on the following questions:

  • If sharing your faith in Jesus meant going to prison, how many of you would be scared to share your faith?
  • If the President and Congress outlawed prayer, how many of you would obey that law?

Tell the kids about Daniel’s time in history: The Israelites were in captivity in Babylon and there were those who wanted them to stop worshiping their God in their strange ways.

 

2. Then show the video.

 

Pause at several points to see if the kids, particularly younger one, know who’s who in the video and understand the story. Ask them to summarize the story ‘thus far’ before finishing the tape.

 

 

Discuss the following after the videotape:

  • Do you think it was easy for Daniel to stick to his beliefs?
  • What would you have done? …or do if prayer to Jesus was outlawed? (is it somewhere in the world today?)
  • How hard is it to be a Christian? To pray every day? To always try to do what’s right? To stand up for your beliefs when maybe it isn’t the cool or safe thing to do?
  • Have each person name 1 thing which pull you away from doing what’s right, going to church, prayer, worship, helping others, being a better person.
  • How could God help you to be strong in your faith like Daniel?

Conclude with a prayer for courage and finish by passing a firm "pass the courage to follow God" handgrip/handshake around the circle of students holding hands.  Do it a couple of times to reinforce your point.  

 

Next, play the "strong prayer" game..... have one child put their hands in a prayer position (palms facing palms) and have another student grip their palms together tightly. See in another student can pull the praying palms apart by grabbing the elbow. It should be pretty hard to do!   "How do we SUPPORT EACH OTHER IN PRAYER?" 

 

Play the "pray for each other" game. Students sit in a circle of chairs. One person folds their hands in prayer. When the person standing in the middle of the circle tries to 'tag' that person praying, the person praying immediately reaches left or right to 'tap' another person to "pray for them". That next person assumes the prayer position and also tries to avoid being tags by the standing person. The kids with praying hands can move WHO is praying pretty rapidly around the circle and change directions. (this is similar to the game "swivel hips" but without changing chairs).  Discuss the importance of praying for each other.

 

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Daniel and the Lion's Den

Video Lesson Idea

 

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Uses: Hanna Barbera’s Greatest Adventures



Make "Lion Chow" (aka: Puppy Chow):


Place in a large bowl:
1 box Chex Cereal (Corn or rice) – 9-10 cups

Microwave in a separate bowl–high for 1 min, stir, high 1 min, stir–till smooth:
1 ½ cup chocolate chips
¾ cup peanut butter
1/3 cup butter

Stir into chocolate:
1 teaspoon vanilla

Pour chocolate mixture over cereal – stir till well coated

Place cereal in zip lock baggie and add:
1 ½ cup powdered sugar
Shake till well coated

 

 

Show: “Daniel and the Lion’s Den” – 30 min.

Questions:

  • Did Daniel worship the King? Why/why not? (No, he chose to worship God)
  • Do you think Daniel was afraid to go into the lion’s den? (Yes, no, maybe)
  • How do you think Daniel felt when the stone was pushed over the opening of the den and sealed him in with the lions? (Doomed, alone, confident, hopeful)
  • Have you ever felt afraid? (Dark, storms, high diving board, home alone)
  • How did that make you feel? (Alone, scared, nobody cares)
  • What can you do if you are feeling scared? (Talk to a friend, pray, read the Bible, remember a Bible verse or Sunday school song)
  • Why does God want us to pray? (Keep close to him – communicate with God – talk with a friend – so He knows we remember him – just like we would talk with a “best friend,” God wants us to talk with Him and keep close to Him.)
  • None of us are perfect. Some people think they are very close to perfect, but we’re not. We probably could all stand to improve our prayer habits. How can we pray better/more often to God? (Reminders around the house, some people keep a Christian coin or a cross in their pocket/purse to remind them – wear a Christian bracelet to remind them – before each meal – go to a quiet spot and really concentrate)


Close with a prayer.


 

An idea posted by Rachel Haugland from: Elim Lutheran Church

Randall, IA

 

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Daniel and the Lion's Den

Video Workshop Idea

 

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Make a Daniel Audio CD

Using a computer with a laptop with built-in microphone, your class will create an AUDIO BOOK of the Daniel story, then burn that recording onto CD for distribution home. It can be played on the car CD player !

 

You can assign students to provide sound effects, such as, singing President's Tune (Hail to the Chief) and Lion's growl.  Add sound effects including walking steps, and door closing to the script. Practice it a few times, then record and listen before making the final recording.

 

 

[King tune]
KING DARIUS
I am King Darius. I am King over many lands. I have 120 Governors to watch over my lands and 3 Presidents to watch over the Governors. One of these Presidents is named Daniel. Daniel is my best worker, he does such a wonderful job I think I will make him in charge of my entire empire.

[President tune]

OTHER PRESIDENTS
(Together) We are the other Presidents, we can’t allow the King to give Daniel all of that power, he would be in charge of us. (Alternate) We have tried to find something wrong but he is too perfect. We must find a way to use his religion to hurt him. (Together)Let’s go to the King and have him make a law to hurt Daniel.

[King tune]
KING DARIUS
Yes, my Presidents, what can I do for you?

[President tune]
OTHER PRESIDENTS
(Together) Long live the King! (Alternate) We, the Presidents and all of the Governors agree that you should make a law and punish those who break this law. For the next 30 days, no one should pray to any other God and should only make requests of you. If they break this law they should be thrown into the Lion’s Den. [Lions growl] Make this a law of the Medes and Persians and then it cannot be changed.

[King tune]
KING DARIUS
I like the idea of everyone worshipping me, I will do it. For the next 30 days this law cannot be changed, anyone who prays to any other God will be put in the Lion’s Den. [growl]

[Daniel’s tune]
DANIEL
I am Daniel and I cannot follow that law. I love my God and I will not worship the King. I will serve him faithfully and I will do my job but I will only pray to my God. I pray to him 3 times a day in my own house.

[President tune]
OTHER PRESIDENTS
Look through the window, Daniel is praying to that God of his again. Let’s go tell the King. Finally we can get rid of Daniel and he won’t be put in charge over us.

[King tune]
KING DARIUS
Yes, my Presidents, what can I do for you?

[President tune]
OTHER PRESIDENTS
Daniel is not obeying your law. We saw him praying to his God. He does it right in front of his window in his house. The law says you must throw him to the lions. [growl]

[King tune]
KING DARIUS
Oh, not my Daniel! There must be a way to save him. I don’t want him to perish, what have I done?

[President tune]
OTHER PRESIDENTS
Don’t you remember King Darius, you made the law according to the law of the Medes and the Persians and because of this it cannot be changed, there is nothing you can do. We will go and get Daniel.

[movement music]

Daniel you are charged with breaking the King’s law and you will be thrown into the Lion’s Den [growl]

[King tune]
KING DARIUS
Daniel, pray to your God to save you, there is nothing I can do, I must seal the stone door with my sign so that it cannot be moved.

I am so worried, I cannot eat, I cannot sleep, Oh what will happened to Daniel.

[Daniel tune]
DANIEL
Dear God, I have always been faithful to you and I always will pray to only you. If this is right, please save me from the lions [growl].



[King tune]
KING DARIUS
Oh, I have not slept all night, now that it is morning , I must go and check on Daniel.

[movement music]

(Calling) Oh Daniel, are you there? Did your God save you from the lions [growl]?

(Silence for effect)

[Daniel tune]
DANIEL
Long Live the King! God sent an angel to seal the lions mouth and they did not hurt me.

[King tune]
KING DARIUS
Oh, this is wonderful news. I am so sorry Daniel. From now on you may pray to your God and only your God.

I order all of the Presidents and their families to be thrown to the lions [growl, growl, growl] for plotting against Daniel.

Make it known. From this time on, everyone in my kingdom will worship Daniel’s God because he is a great God and he saved him from the mouth of the lions. [growl]

THE END

This is based on the 6th Chapter of Daniel in the Bible.

 


A lesson idea by Sheila Butler.

 

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DVD - “Roar: Daniel and the Lion's Den” (New Superbook Series)

Chris is morally challenged, “to do the right thing,” when a smaller boy, Tommy, is harassed by Skateboard Park bully, Barry. SUPERBOOK takes the kids off to an adventure where they meet Daniel and King Darius in the land of Babylon. Through this adventure, Chris learns that no matter how difficult the situation, when you stand up for what is right, God will be with you. Lesson:  Stand up for what is right, for what you believe in, no matter how difficult it may seem. (Animated - approx. 28 mins)

See Rotation.org reviews of the "New Superbook" DVD Series for more details on this series link)


Editor's note: One can view Superbook videos online simply by setting up a free account with CBN (The Christian Broadcasting Network). This allows you to preview a video. (Flash is required to view videos.)
Purchase videos on-line but expect to wait for their delivery! To order faster, call CBN Partner Assistance at 757-226-3320 - for a few extra dollars they will expedite a video. Mine came in 2 days!

(Accurate info as of 12/2016)

DVD - "Daniel & the Lion's Den" (Beginner's Bible)

Was re-released Sept. 22, 2015 in a collection called "Beginner's Bible Vol. 4". Great for your younger children. It includes 3 of the original titles:  Joseph & His Brothers, Daniel & the Lion's Den, and The Battle of Jericho.

Update: Looks like they may be taking this out of print as Beginner's Bible are now posting full episodes on YouTube, Daniel & the Lion's Den can be found here  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqJl0dzYYuA  .

Video - "The Mane Event"

From the series  "The Roach Approach" and latter renamed "Bug Rangers".  
Century Fox Faith, 2005.

Just discovered and used a great new video called "The Roach Approach: The Mane Event" for our 2nd-5th graders.

It's a Bruce Barry video - a family of cockroaches! Somehow we got on a mailing list from 20th Century Fox that listed a variety of "family and Christian films". (Go figure!) They sent several companion discussion guides to us and I was very impressed, so ordered the video and it was really good! The video itself is only 30 minutes so it was easy to pause it and use suggestions from the discussion guide go deeper. We also put together a take-home page with additional things to think about using parts of the guide.

You can download the discussion guide http://www.christiancinema.com..._DiscussionGuide.pdf

A copy is attached below.

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