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Two Fun Daniel and the Lion's Den Crafts Kids Will Love to Make
Use these hands-on crafts to support Sunday school lessons about Daniel in the lion's den. When kids engage as many of their five senses as possible when learning, the information is retained longer. Your class will have so much fun making these that they may not realize how much they have learned.
Edible Crafts: Daniel and the Lion's Den
Kids like making crafts, but they love creating edible crafts that they can eat. Here’s an easy way to make a craft to tie-in with the story of Daniel in the lion’s den.
It is quick and simple so you can use it with a wide range of ages and skill levels.
This is a fun craft, but be sure to recruit a volunteer to help with the process so it does not become too time-consuming or frustrating for the kids.
Check student records for any allergen concerns.
You will need:
- One cake or two mixes in any flavor (amount needed depends on class size)
- Two jellyroll pans
- Cookie cutters in the shapes of an angel, lion and gingerbread boy
- One can of white cake frosting
- Cake decorating gels in assorted colors
- Plastic spoons and knives
- Paper plates
- Prior to class, prepare the mix as directed on the package.
- Spray the pans with non-stick spray or cover with parchment paper to prevent the cake from sticking.
- Pour the half the batter into one prepared pan and smooth it out.
- Tap the pan lightly on a solid surface a few times to remove any air pockets.
- Repeat with the remaining batter.
Bake the cake until it tests done; just insert a toothpick into the center to test for doneness. When the cake is done, the toothpick will be clean when you pull it out. Let the cake cool completely in the pan.
Making the Craft
Have the kids to wash their hands, and work with them one at a time. Let them choose a cookie cutter and place it on top of the cake. Help them press the cookie cutter down and make a shape. Use the spatula to remove the cut-out piece and place it on a paper plate. Hand the plate to the volunteer and continue helping the other children to cut out their piece of cake.
While you are helping the other kids make their cake shapes, the volunteer puts a small amount of white frosting on top of the cake shape and invites the child to use a plastic knife to spread the frosting over the top of the cake. The kids can use the cake gels to decorate their cakes or leave them unadorned.
When everyone has finished their craft, ask each child to tell which shape they picked and why. Review a few key portions of the story of Daniel in the lion’s den, and invite the kids to eat their crafts.
Teacher’s note: If class time is too short for this craft, make and bake a batch of sugar cookies using the angel, gingerbread man and lion shapes. Let the children choose a cookie and decorate it with cake decorating gels.
Class Name Tags
You will need:
- Construction paper in assorted colors
- Lion, angel, and gingerbread boy cookie cutters
- Markers or crayons
- Double-sided tape
- Kid safe scissors
- No. 2 pencils
Let each child choose the color of paper and the cookie cutter shape he prefers. If there aren’t enough cookie cutters for each child, you have the perfect opportunity to teach a quick lesson on sharing.
The children trace around the cookie cutter with a pencil to make the shape of Daniel (gingerbread boy), the angel, or the lion. Be available to help if needed but allow them to own the process.
Invite them to cut out the shape after they have traced it onto the construction paper and let them decorate it. Help them to write their names (if necessary) on their shapes. Use a piece of double-sided tape to affix the name tag to their shirt.
Why Crafts are Valuable Teaching Tools
Hands-on projects like Daniel and the lion's den crafts engage more of the children’s senses and provide a richer learning experience. Kids remember new information longer and recall it better when it is presented to them in various ways.
Use other lessons about Daniel and his friends during their lives as captives in Babylon to build on prior knowledge learned during crafts and activities like these. Another lesson on Daniel that is always fascinating for children is the story of Daniel and the handwriting on the wall.
If you are looking for other Sunday School lessons on characters from the Old Testament, you may want to check out this lesson plan on Moses and the Burning Bush or the story of Joseph in the Bible, where his dreams got him into big trouble with his jealous brothers.
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