1. Children should identify Daniel as a prophet.
  2. Children should identify Daniel as the author of the book of Daniel.
  3. Children should be able to tell the story of Daniel in the lion’s den.
  4. Children should identify Belshazzar as the last king of Babylon and to tell the story of the handwriting on the wall.


Possible Lesson Plan:

  1. Open with prayer.


  1. Read the story of Daniel in the Beginner’s Bible, pages 251-256, Children’s Bible Reader, pages 154-157, First Bible, pages 140-143, or the Read with Me Bible, pages 230-243.

Add Daniel, with the lions, of course, to your timeline.

  1. Feed the Elephant True/False questions:

                                            True                                           False

                  Daniel was a prophet of God.                   Daniel was king of Babylon.

                  Daniel lived in Babylon.                           Daniel lived in Jerusalem.

                  Daniel wrote the book of Daniel.             Daniel wrote the book of Psalms.

                  King Darius was a friend of Daniel.         Daniel hated King Darius.


  1. Review angels: How did they appear to other people in the Bible? How did they help Daniel here?


  1. Make Lion Masks:

Cut the center out of a paper plate.

Staple triangle ears of felt or paper

onto the edge of the plate.

                  Glue 2-inch lengths of gold and

                        brown yarn around the edge

                        of the plate.

                  Punch 2 holes on opposite sides.

                  Thread a 12-inch string through the

                        holes and tie around child’s head.

                  Paint child’s nose black and add

                        whiskers with washable paint or



Now retell the story of the lion’s den, with the children crawling around and roaring until the angel shuts their mouths.


6. Close with prayer.