Daniel’s life story provides children with so many themes to discover, each of them so important, including:
*the importance of living a life faithful to God
*the assurance that God will be close to God’s people forever
*if we ask for it, God will give us the courage needed to follow God when it goes against what the world values
*we can question God about the things we don’t understand
*God can sustain us in times of despair and give us hope.
As the children work during their response time, we can give them chances (by asking questions) to talk about these themes. It’s so important that the children don’t just walk away from Sunday school with a lion or a fiery furnace, but their own ideas of how the story applies to them.
Idea Sparkers For Our Give A Gift to God Time
1. Reproduce the story in some way.
Of course the BEST ideas for art response time come from the child herself, but here are some ideas to get our kids thinking. Hopefully they won’t follow anyone’s set of instructions verbatim, but will make something all their own.
There are plenty of directions out there for making artistic representations of Daniel in the Lion’s Den.
1. Here’s one of my favorites, a den of lions and a Daniel, all out of paper cups.
2. There’s a cute lion out of noodles, here, and other lion ideas here.
3. There’s a whole host of Daniel craft ideas here.
4. There’s a paper plate lion here.
5. Children could also make the fiery furnace scene. I found 3 good sites for this, here, here, and here.
2. You could also focus on God’s gift of courage- like the kind Daniel had- by making a bracelet celebrating courage like the ones here.
3. You could celebrate Daniel’s life by making a mural with all the scenes from the story.
4. Our Godly Play Daniel story leaves out the story I remember from my childhood: the part at the beginning, when Daniel was first taken captive to Babylon and asks permission to eat food other than that on the king’s table. You might want to present the story as scripted, and then ask the children if they know the part left out. The children could find it in the Bible (Daniel chapter 1) and figure out how to make it part of the Godly Play story. How would they tell that part of the story? What figure or drawing could they add to the story basket? What does this part of the story have to do with them (and not just about what kinds of food they eat!)
Find more ideas about responding to the Daniel story at my Pinterest Page here.
I hope these ideas help!