Friday, September 11, 2009

Sunday School on Friday – Daniel in the Lion’s Den

We were in a hurry this past Friday – trying to get out of town for the big Labor Day weekend (hope you all had a wonderful weekend!), so we only had a short amount of time to spend on our Bible story.
We read Daniel in the Lion’s Den in both of our Children’s Bibles (see them here and here), one in the morning and the other at nap time.
We learned this song with motions (from Hubbard’s Cupboard, click the picture to go to the site):Untitled-TrueColor-01
And we made a paper plate lion. I drew inspiration for this idea from both DLTK and Making Learning Fun.
You will need a paper plate, paint, paintbrush,glue, a triangle cut from construction paper or foam, googley eyes, and 6 strips of black pics 002
First, paint a paper plate orange. We are running low on paint, so we mixed red and yellow together. blog pics 003 You could do different color combinations too – maybe yellow for the face and orange or brown for the outer edge of the plate (lion’s mane), but we made it simple and did orange all over.
Glue on googley eyes, and a triangle nose (we used brown construction paper).blog pics 006
Next, glue on whiskers. For the whiskers I put the glue lines on the plate so M could see where to stick the yarn pics 008
For a little scissor practice, I drew black lines for M to cut on the back of the plate, around the mane at about 2 inch intervals.
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Ta da – our finished lion:blog pics 022
We also read a library book that sort of tied in to this story. It is titled How Loud is a Lion? by Clare Beaton.
This is a fun book that goes through characteristics of several animals, always asking at the end of each page, “But how loud is a lion?”. Finally, at the end you see the lion and he ROARS (very loudly at our home, but only as loudly as you wish at yours :) ). We discussed how lions are loud and have sharp teeth and claws that could hurt people, and how wonderful it was that God sent an angel to keep Daniel safe – the lions didn’t even touch him!
Have a beautiful day! :)


  1. I love it! My son is into animals right now, so I may move on to African animals, after our farm animal lessons.

  2. This is an awesome multi-sensory lesson! I want to look for the lion book in the library - yet another book on my ever growing list :) Anna wants to be a lion for Halloween, and I have no idea why. However, she stated that she won't have her face painted and will not wear a mask. Hmm...

  3. this came out gorgeous!!! you taught him so many things in this fun project... cutting, color mixing, pasting! great job and good thinking

  4. This is so cute! Hes got good scissor skills!

  5. WHat a super fun lion. This must have come out on one of the weeks I was in overwhelm mode and I didn't notice it.


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