October -- Week 1
Daniel & The Lions

Ideal for
16 months -
2 1/2 years
CREATIVE
ACTIVITIES
SPECIAL TOYS & GAMES BIBLE LANGUAGE
MONDAY Make Textured Lions: Print out this Lion Coloring Sheet. Have the children color the lion, then glue pieces of yarn or colored cotton balls (color them by placing in sandwich bags with yellow powdered tempera and shaking them) on the mane of the lion. Act like Lions:
Everyone on all 4's and roaring.
Recite:
"Jesus is with me always." Matthew 28:20

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Read
God Doesn't Let the Lions Bite Daniel,
page 76

Attention Getter:
Say: We're going on our lion hunt now. Follow me to the lions' home, which is called a den. Have kids follow you to a storage closet or a small room with the lights out. Turn on a flashlight and bring out your Bible and read about Daniel.

Sign Language:
Pray
Place hands palm to palm and draw them toward the body as the head is bowed slightly.

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(Tune: Row, Row Row Your Boat)

Pray, pray each day
Morning, noon and night
When we talk to our friend, Jesus
Everything's all right

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Flash Cards and/or Felt Shapes:

Letters: E, F

Numbers: 5

Color: Orange

Shape: Triangle

TUESDAY Rock Painting Paint a rock to remind us that God is solid and strong like a rock. We can depend on him. Cover kids' good clothes with old shirts or aprons. Supply paints, brushes and rocks (or let the children go on a rock hunt before). As they paint, remind them that God is their rock and security. Go on a Lion Hunt. March around chanting:

I'm not afraid.
Got my God
And a Bible by my side.

Going on a lion hunt.
Listen to the roar.
See the teeth
And the big, sharp claws.

All those things can't hurt me.
So I'm not afraid.
With my God
And a Bible by my side.

WEDNESDAY Teach all or some of this Scaredy Cat lesson and crafts. Watch Veggie Tales Where's God When I'm S-Scared?.
THURSDAY Make Lion Tracks: Using their fist and fingertips children try to create an animal track. They dip their fist and fingertips in glue and stamp the black construction paper, then sprinkle with sand and shake excess sand off. He's Got the Whole World in His Hands

Sing the first verse, then for additional verses, sing each of the children's names in place of the phrase "the whole world." For example, "He's got Janna Jones in his hands."

FRIDAY Make a Praying Hands decoration to remind the children to pray. Print out these praying hands. Give each child a paper plate to decorate with markers or glue on bits of tissue paper. Glue the praying hands in the middle and decorate with crayons or markers. Ball Day! Say prayers of thanks before you roll balls of different sizes.
SNACKS & ALTERNATE ACTIVITIES
Snacks:

Animal Crackers

Bologna

Circus Cookies

Ritz Crackers

Sugar Cookies

Make Lion Crackers: Use any round cracker and squeeze cheese to make the lion's mane. Add raisin eyes. Watch The Lion King. Play Daniel, Daniel, Lion instead of playing Duck, Duck, Goose. Go on this more elabriate Lion Hunt


Lion Hunt

Chorus:
Going on a lion hunt.
But I'm not afraid!
'Cause I'm smart and I'm strong,
And I'm very, very brave.

[Recite Chorus]
I see some grass.
It's very tall grass.
Can't go over it.
Can't go under it.
Gotta go through it.
(Make noises by brushing palms together.)
[Repeat Chorus]
I see a tree.
A very tall tree.
Can't go over it.
Can't go under it.
Gotta chop it down.
(Make chopping movements with hands.)
[Repeat Chorus]
I see some mud.
Ooey-gooey mud.
Can't go over it.
Can't go under it.
Gotta go through it.
(Make squishy sounds with hands clasped together.)
[Repeat Chorus]
I see a cave.
A dark spooky cave.
Can't go over it.
Can't go under it.
Gotta go inside it.
(Wave open hands in front of eyes.)
[Repeat Chorus]
I see something furry.
Something big and furry!
(SCREAM)
It's a LION!! RUN!!!
Run out of the cave,
Through the mud puddle,
Over the chopped down tree,
Through the grassy place,
Run inside and slam the door.



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