Daniel Bible story crafts are a perfect way to start your lesson. Many of the stories in Daniel teaches us to stand up for what God wants us to do, even if others want to go their own way.
Daniel and his friends were punished for doing what is right, but God was always with them.
As you read the first, third, fifth, and sixth chapters of Daniel, the kids can make the crafts from easy to find materials.
In the first chapter of Daniel in the Bible, Daniel and his three friends were taken into King Nebuchadnezzar's court. The king gave the youth portions of food that the king ate.
Daniel did not want to defile himself with the king's food, so he asked to be allowed to eat vegetables and drink water for ten days.
From construction paper, cut out different vegetables.
Make two red circles for the tomatoes. For the stem, cut a 1-inch square from green paper. Draw an “x” from corner to corner. Draw a line through the center. Cut between the lines to make six points.
Glue to the circle for the tomato's stem.
For broccoli, cut out a green rectangle. On the top draw three curved bumps.
Cut around the bumps to make the flower heads. Make dots on the flower heads with a green marker.
For an ear of corn, cut a rounded rectangle from yellow paper. Cut a slightly larger rectangle from green paper. Glue the yellow onto the green. Draw corn kernels with a yellow marker.
Glue the vegetables to the paper plate. Add a few dry beans to complete your picture.
If you don't want to make your own vegetables, you could cut out pictures from old seed catalogs or grocery store ads.
Daniel's three friends Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego would not bow down and worship the golden image that King Nebuchadnezzar made. The king had the three men thrown into a fiery furnace.
When the king looked in the furnace, the men were not burnt and a fourth man was walking around with the other three. You can read the story in Daniel 3.
Fold the brown piece of construction paper in half. Measure 2 inches from the top and bottom edge.
Starting at the fold cut on the bottom and top line, stopping about 2 inches from the side.
Cut on the fold. You will have a piece of paper that will open from the center.
Cut strips of orange and red tissue paper about 1 inch wide and different lengths. The pieces need to be short enough to fit in the “frame” of the furnace. Cut a flame on one end of each of the strips.
Glue the strips to the bottom of the yellow piece of paper, starting approximately 2 inches from each side.
Glue the brown paper to the yellow paper.
Trim off the excess tissue.
To make the men's robes, cut a 3-inch square from colored tissue paper. Please use something other than yellow, red, or orange. You don't want the men to look like they are part of the fire.
Fold the rectangle in half. Lay the craft stick on the tissue.
Pinch the tissue just below the top so that it folds over the craft stick. Tie a small piece of craft string (approximately 4 inches long) around the tissue. Fold the top out so that it looks like sleeves on a robe.
Add eyes and a mouth to the top of the sick.
Wrap black, brown, or yellow craft string (approximately 24 inches) four or five times around three of your fingers. Tie in the center with a piece of string.
With tacky glue, glue string to the top of the craft stick. After the glue is dry, cut the string close to the stick so that it looks like hair.
You can also use a brown or black marker to make the hair. (see the picture above)
To make the fourth man, download and print the PDF of the fourth man. (PDF will open in a new window)
Color the picture if you want.
Glue the man to the inside of one of the flaps.
Place the other men in the furnace.
Belshazzar held a feast in his palace. Though Belshazzar was not a very kind man and went against God in some of the worst ways.
The king saw a hand that was writing the words MENE, MENE, TEKEL, and UPHARSIN on the wall. (Depending on the translation of Daniel 5:25 UPHARSIN is sometimes written PARSIN.)
No one knew what it meant, so Belshazzar's wife recommended that they ask Daniel. Daniel 5:26-28 KJV tells us this: “This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE; God hath numbered thy kingdom and finished it. TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting. PERES; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.”
You can read the whole story in Daniel 5.
Cut the file folder in half.
Near the top, use the ruler to make a 1-inch wide strip to write three of the words. Make another 1-inch strip to write the last word.
With a pencil, write MENE, MENE, TEKEL on the first line. On the next line, write UPHARSIN.
Go over the words with a black marker.
You will use the other piece of the file folder to make the hand. Make a fist with the hand that you are not writing with. Hold out your index finger.
Draw around your fist and the shadow of the finger. Cut the shape out. Use the shape to make another hand.
Wrap the pipe cleaner around a pencil so that it makes a spiral.
With a hole punch, make two holes near the wrist part of the hand. Thread the one end of the pipe cleaner through the holes and twist.
Make two more holes near the bottom of the file folder. Thread the other end of the pipe cleaner through these holes and twist to secure.
Take the other hand and glue to the first so that the pipe cleaner does not show.
The hand will wiggle some when you move the folder. Can you visualize it, writing the words on the wall?
Several of the Daniel Bible story crafts have to deal with punishment. Here is another one.
Daniel became one of the three presidents during the reign of King Darius. Daniel became a favorite of the king, which made the other officers jealous.
The other officers had Darius make a law stating that anyone who worshiped a god besides the king should be thrown into a den of lions.
Instead of obeying the law, Daniel prayed to God. You can read about Daniel in the lion's den in the sixth chapter.
For the den, you will need a green and orange piece of construction paper.
Fold the orange paper in half. To make the sides, measure 1 1/2 inches from the open side and 5 1/2 inches up.
To make the top, draw a rounded line 1 1/2 inches wide to the fold.
Cut on your lines. You should have an upside-down “U” shape.
Glue the shape to the green paper.
Fold one cupcake line in half. Cut about 24 inches of orange craft string for a tail. Fold the string three times.
Glue to the inside of the folded cupcake liner. Glue the liner shut.
Glue the other cupcake liner to the other end.
With markers, draw on eyes, nose, and mouth.
Download and print the PDF of Daniel (page 2). (PDF will open in a new window) Color the picture with crayons. Carefully cut the picture out.
Place the lion in the den, leaving enough room for Daniel.
Glue Daniel in the lion's den.
Kids can have fun making puppets to go with the Bible story of Daniel in the Lions' Den. The PDF includes:
Choose the colored pieces for an easy cut-and-paste craft. Or print the black and white pieces and have the kids color the pieces.
The PDF includes a short Bible story with ideas of what your puppets might say.
You will also need to provide paper lunch bags. The correct size is 5 1/8 by 3 1/8 by 10 5/8 inches.
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Sometimes doing the right thing can be scary or even have consequences. But no matter what, God will always be with us. Hanging up our finished Daniel Bible story crafts on the wall will hopefully remind us of that.