Daniel in the Lion's Den

When Darius, the king of Babylon, decreed that no one should pray to anyone but him for 30 days, Daniel, a man of God and faithful to His word, continued to pray to God. Now, some evil people noticed him praying to God, and they plotted against Daniel. They brought up Daniel’s actions to the king, who was grieved–he loved Daniel, but saw no recourse but to punish him for disobeying the new law. So, Darius had Daniel thrown to the lions.

Darius, standing at the top of the pit, looked down at Daniel with pity in his eyes. He said, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!”

Darius spent the rest of the night anxious and restless. Upon daybreak, he returned to the lion’s pit, calling, “Daniel, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?”

Lo and behold, the king peeked over the edge and saw his servant, Daniel, unharmed. Daniel replied, “They have not hurt me–I was found innocent in God’s sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.”

Overjoyed, the king had Daniel lifted from the pit, and the false accusers thrown in with the lions, instead. As soon as they fell down, the lions pounced on and crushed them.

The story of Daniel is a popular one that kids enjoy learning. It reveals the good and just nature of God. This story, along with the activities below, will help children learn to trust God to accomplish His purposes, even when things don’t go the way we want.

Daniel and the Lions Parent Connect Page

Every lesson from God’s Unfolding Story for Older Preschoolers includes a Parents Connect page to help parents or guardians reinforce the lesson at home during the week following the lesson. This is the Daniel and the Lions Parents Connect page (OT12L1PC). Click on the Get Activity button below to view and/or download the lesson PDF.

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Daniel and the Lions Teaching Picture

Every lesson from God’s Unfolding Story for Older Preschoolers includes a full-color teaching picture for use in teaching the lesson. This is the teaching picture for Daniel and the Lions (OT12L1TP). Click on the Get Activity button below to view and/or download the teaching picture PDF.

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Daniel and the Lions Hour B Lesson Plan

Every lesson from God’s Unfolding Story for Older Preschoolers includes two lesson plans (Hour A and Hour B). This is the Hour B lesson plan for Daniel and the Lions (OT12L1HB). It includes the Hour B lesson plan and the needed reproducibles for that plan. Click on the Get Activity button below to view and/or download…

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Daniel and the Lions Hour A Lesson Plan

Every lesson from God’s Unfolding Story for Older Preschoolers includes two lesson plans (Hour A and Hour B). This is the Hour A lesson plan for Daniel and the Lions (OT12L1HA). It includes the Hour A lesson plan and the needed reproducibles for that plan. Click on the Get Activity button below to view and/or download…

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Daniel in the Lions’ Den Story Illustration

This story illustration, based on the events of Daniel 6, will help kids learn they can trust in God to accomplish His purposes in all circumstances. It can be used in a homeschool setting, one-on-one, or in a classroom setting like Sunday School.

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Daniel and the Lions Bible Craft

This word tile activity will engage kids in the story of Daniel in the lions’ den found in Daniel 6. This is a great story about trusting the Lord and God’s great power to protect in any circumstance.

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Joshua 1:9b Write the Bible Phrase Worksheet

This Write the Bible Phrase worksheet calls for kids to write, “The Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” This is an adaptation of Joshua 1:9b and will help children remember that with God’s help they can be brave.

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Zechariah 4:6 Write the Bible Phrase Activity

This Write the Bible Phrase worksheet calls for kids to write, “ ‘Not by strength or by might, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord.” This is an adaptation of Zechariah 4:6 and will help children remember that our God has power that is not of this world.

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Psalms 66:19 Write the Bible Phrase Worksheet

This Write the Bible Phrase Worksheet calls for kids to write, “God hears me when I pray.” This is an adaptation of Psalms 66:19 and will help children remember that God hears our prayers.

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