Who’s your favourite Bible hero? Daniel would have to be one of mine. When I get to Heaven, I am definitely going to join the long queue to meet him… along with his three courageous friends who chose the fiery furnace over offending God. If you are doing a Daniel or Fiery Furnace theme for your child, check out these FREE colouring pages, puzzles, crafts and creative ideas…
DARE TO BE A DANIEL ~ BIBLE VERSES
Daniel ~ Read the real-life story of this incredible Bible hero. Taken from his royal family when only a teenager, through integrity he rose to the top of 3 different empires, survived being thrown into a den of lions for his faith, was able to interpret a very strange handwriting that mysteriously appeared on the wall at a king’s banquet, witnessed amazing historial events – like the rise and fall of empires – and wrote about them, met an angel and was given incredible prophecies of the future, and all this is in his own book of the Bible.
DARE TO BE A DANIEL ~ INFORMATION FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
- Daniel in the Lions’ Den ~ FREE Article for kids | also available in French
- Daniel’s Three Friends in the Fiery Furnace ~ FREE Article for kids | also available in French
Dare to be a Daniel Billy Graham evangelism training and devotional for kids 9-14 years old; as they journey through 5 powerful themes in the life of the outstanding young prophet, Daniel, they are equipped to stand strong, live courageous Christian lives and boldly share Christ with their friends; for purchase
- DARE to be different for God;
- DARE to be disciplined and know Jesus better;
- DARE to be discerning with choices and friends;
- DARE to be His disciple through self-sacrifice and humility;
- DARE to share and be prepared to tell the good news of God’s love through Jesus Christ.
The book of Daniel (Dr Chuck Missler) The first six chapters are historical. In those chapters we read that Daniel is deported from Israel after the Babylonian conquest. He encounters King Nebuchadnezzar, correctly interprets his dream, and is promoted as a result. Then we see Daniel’s rivals trying to “undo” his three friends in the fiery furnace episode. Nebuchadnezzar, the king of the world at that time, writes chapter four of Daniel in which he recounts his lesson from God about pride. That makes Nebuchadnezzar the only Gentile writer in the Old Testament. Next, the fall of Babylon to Darius leads us into the Persian Empire period…
Daniel (Dr Chuck Missler) was given a mathematical formula about the arrival of the Messiah. The Book of Daniel is actually one of the most authenticated books of the Old Testament, historically and archaeologically… It is critical to realize that the Book of Daniel existed in documented form almost three centuries before Christ was born.
Three things historians said didn’t exist – until they did The biblical character King Belshazzar is described in the book of Daniel (chapter 5) as the last king of Babylon, killed when the city fell to the Persian Empire. Historians insisted this “Belshazzar” never existed. The Bible was the only known document to mention him. Every historian worth his salt knew that King Nabonidus was the final king of Babylon and that he was not killed, but rather taken prisoner. Other historical documents clearly supported this… In 1854, British Consul John Taylor was excavating an ancient ziggurat, or temple, located in the area of ancient Ur, an area ruled by Babylon, in what is now Iraq. There, he discovered what became known as the Nabonidus Cylinders. On these cylindrical clay documents, King Nabonidus recorded the history of the ziggurat…
The Cylinder of Nabonidus, now located inside the British Museum, talks about how Nabonidus, king of the Babylonian Empire, spent several of the years of his reign in northwest Arabia, leaving his son, Belshazzar, to rule in his place. Belshazzar is discussed in Daniel 5. For many years leading up to the discovery of this cylinder, a lot of scholars didn’t believe that Belshazzar existed. The cylinder explains that while Nabonidus was off on his expeditions, his son was back home in Babylon, ruling in his stead… The Cyrus Cylinder, also in the British Museum, discusses King Cyrus of Persia’s conquest of Babylon in 539 B.C. [after the handwriting on the wall incident.]
Cyrus the Great (Dr Chuck Missler) In 539 BC, Cyrus took Babylon without a struggle. According to the Greek historian Herodotus, Cyrus diverted the course of the Euphrates River, making the river level drop and giving the invading forces the ability to enter into the city that night through the river bed. Nobody noticed them coming in [they were too busy partying – up until the handwriting on the wall incident] and the city gates that opened up onto the river were not closed; the Persians were able to just walk into town. Within a year, Cyrus declared that all the Jews captive in Babylon were free to return home to Jerusalem, as described in Ezra 1. These two events—the taking of Babylon the Great without a battle and the magnanimous freeing of the Jews soon after—are both remarkable historical events in themselves. What makes them even more notable is the fact that God told about them in Isaiah, appointing Cyrus by name 100 years before this son of Cambyses was born.
DARE TO BE A DANIEL ~ COLOURING PAGES FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Daniel – colouring, trace over and complete the details (practicalpages) 2 page minibook ready to download; this is a fun trace over plus some cool cartoon strips to colour from the Picture Smart Bible that kids of all ages will enjoy. Here is a free sample Daniel lesson to go with it, giving an overview of the book of Daniel; trendy format; free printable
Daniel in the Lions’ Den – colouring (theactionBible) a magnificent colouring page showing an older Daniel (because he was probably somewhere around 80 years old when this incident happened) with 5 lions around him and someone peering down into the lions’ den from above; free printable
Daniel and his people are taken into exile – colouring (abdaacts) The royal tribe of Judah is taken into exile to Babylon for disobeying God; Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego – colouring (scroll down) brave friends walking around in the fire, as the heat of the furnace is so strong it kills the guards; Daniel in the Lions’ Den – colouring; The hand writing on the Wall – colouring (scroll down) Belshazzar invites his officials to a feast and uses the sacred vessels taken from Jerusalem to praise his false gods; the mysterious hand of the real God appears on the wall of the banquet, writing, telling the king that he had been weighed and found wanting – his number was up; the kingdom of Babylon was finished that very night; free printable
Daniel in the Lions’ Den – colouring (answersingenesis) Daniel surrounded by 5 lions sitting on rocks; free printable
Daniel standing between two lions – colouring (Jesusandkidz) free printable
Deuteronomy 31:6 – colouring (link now broken, but the idea is too good to remove) Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified of them; this is a fun one with the words written inside a roaring lion’s mouth and perfect to go with your Daniel package; free printable
Daniel refuses the King’s food – colouring (craftingthewordofGod) Daniel takes a stand and makes up his mind to please God; Daniel prays – colouring even as his enemies are ready to inform on him; Daniel in the Lions’ Den – colouring with 3 lions; Fiery Furnace – colouring 4 sequence panels; Fiery Furnace – colouring; The Hand Writing on the Wall – colouring; free printable
Daniel in the Lions’ Den – colouring (bigBiblechallenge; scroll down to ‘challenge 10’) free printable
Daniel in the Lions’ Den – colouring (ministryark) showing Daniel with 3 lions and the king peering down; free printable
Joshua 1:9 – colouring (Paper Gifts for Estefany) Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid for the Lord is with you; free printable
Jazz up your colouring pages combine or shrink colouring pages to make a unique scene; add a border, a title, a Bible verse and some clip art to make your colouring pages more interesting with this easy tutorial.
See also: Lions
DARE TO BE A DANIEL ~ PUZZLES FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
325 Puzzle / Colouring Bible booklets for kids (Calvary Curriculum Original) each workbook is about 7 pages and has one colouring page and several puzzle pages, including word searches, fill-in-blanks, crosswords, true or false, circle correct words, mazes. The Daniel related items are numbers 155 to 160. Also available in Spanish (also scroll down to number 155 to 160); free printable
Daniel – word search; fill-in sheet; colouring; draw a picture (religiousdoodles) in a fun doodle style; this is a good recap sheet where your child can combine some facts about Daniel with a drawing; Shadrach Meshach Abednego – colouring; word search; acrostic in a doodle style; free printable
Daniel in the Lions’ Den / Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (Biblewise) colouring pages, puzzles, game ideas; free printable
Daniel – puzzle (kidssundayschool) a word search with a hidden message; find out what it took for Daniel to survive when he was in Babylon; Fire Escape – maze help Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego get to safety; free printable
Daniel in the Lions’ Den – crossword (crosswords.ochristian) 17 clues; free printable
Daniel refused the king’s food – jigsaw puzzle (craftingthewordofGod) to colour and cut out;
King Nebuchadnezzar’s Gold Statue – jigsaw puzzle; Fiery Furnace – jigsaw puzzle; Daniel Prayed – jigsaw puzzle; Daniel in the Lions Den – jigsaw puzzle; The Writing on the Wall – jigsaw puzzle; free printable
Daniel and the Lions Den – printable pack (simplelivingcreativelearning) 104 pages – colour sorting; size sequencing; finish the pattern; number cards; writing practice; word search; sentence builidng; dominoes; tic tac toe; vocabulary cards; flashcards; circle the odd one out; reading comprehension; free printable
Trust in the Lord – dot to dot Bible puzzle (max7) featuring a variety of kids in national costumes with a very important message that Daniel and his friends knew well; free printable
See also: Lions
DIY Make your own Bible Puzzles specifically suited to your child. Choose from several puzzle styles and use words your child will know to create a personal puzzle just for them… wherever your creativity leads you.
DARE TO BE A DANIEL ~ CRAFTS / ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Daniel – 3D craft (mylittlehouse; scroll down to ‘Prophet Daniel’) Daniel speaks to King Nebuchadnezzar of ancient Babylon and interprets his strange dream after none of his other advisors could and God gave Daniel the meaning; free printable
Daniel in the Lion’s den – bingo game (livingwaters) free printable
Fiery Furnace – paper bag craft (123homeschool4me) make paper ‘flames’ coming out of the top of the paper bag, cut a round hole in the side of the paper bag for the furnace; with paper puppets for Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; not only fun to make, but they could retell the story with the puppets; free printable
Daniel – crafts and lesson ideas (Biblefunforkids); Fiery Furnace – crafts and lesson ideas; Daniel in the Lions’ Den – crafts and lesson ideas; free printable
Daniel refuses the king’s food – craft (craftingthewordofGod); I Will Not Defile Myself – craft; King Nebuchadnezzar’s Gold Statue – craft; Fiery Furnace – Hand Spinner; Fiery Furnace Sun Catcher; Lion – face mask; Daniel in the Lions Den – puppet 1; Daniel In The Lions Den Puppet 2; The Writing On The Wall – craft; free printable
Daniel – lesson ideas for kids (ministryark) ‘living like Jesus in my school’ theme based on Daniel’s refusal to eat the king’s food; and Stand Strong – lesson ideas for kids – crafts, games, songs, skits; free printable
Daniel in the Lions’ Den – story cards (flamecreativekids) cut out the cards, then put them in the correct order; in colour; free printable
Daniel in the Lions’ Den – decorate your classroom (applesaucekids) turn your classroom into a lion’s den or cave; add pictures of lions on the walls; play sounds of lions roaring (they have one you can download and play on loop); turn out the lights and paint the eyes of the lions so they will glint in the dark; Lion – memory verse cards 8 lion cards to colour and cut out, then arrange in the correct order to read Daniel 6:22 – My God has sent His angel and has shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me.
Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego – Bible board game (sundayschoolsources) the guards escort the 3 friends into the fiery furnace; in colour; and here are the review questions to go with it or make up your own; free printable
Daniel (activity-mom) your child will love these cool Bible free printable figures to cut out and play with; free printable
Cuneiform – craft (answersingenesis) hands-on writing activity with recipe for salt dough clay so students can make a historical cylinder similar to that written by Nabonidus; free printable
See also: Lions
DARE TO BE A DANIEL ~ STATIONERY / PAPER GIFTS FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Dare to be a Daniel ~ paper gifts / stationery for kids (Paper Gifts for Estefany) with super cool majestic lion – Bible verse card; bookmark; secret club ID card; note cards; stationery; photo frame (add your child’s photo) and more; also available in French and Spanish; free printable
Stand Strong – poster for kids (ministryark; scroll down to the end of the post) Integrity = standing strong for what is right; 3 kids standing behind a firey flame on a green background; free printable
Daniel – cartoon booklets (Bibleforchildren; scroll down to numbers 31-34) in colour or to colour (CB); big (story – 24 pages) or small (tract – 2 page); in very bright primary colours; also available in other languages – e.g. Spanish; French; Portuguese; Hindi; Kinyarwanda; Swahili; Amharic; Tagalog; and more; free printable
See also: Lions
MORE CREATIVE IDEAS ~ MAKE YOUR OWN
Add a Bible verse to your favourite ‘Dare to be a Daniel’ image and make your own:
Bible Bookmark ~ add your child’s name
Bible Wallet cards
Bible Poster/Bible Verse Card
Bible Board Game
Bible Note Cards/Bible Notepaper ~ use the same tutorial, but just space out your initial four rectangles.
Jazz up your envelopes if you are including any special treats like stickers (e.g. lions). Sticker sheets are fine for your sponsored child.
Lions ~ FREE colouring pages, puzzles, crafts and creative ideas for kids
Armour of God ~ FREE colouring pages, puzzles, crafts and creative ideas for kids
Bible Treasure theme ~ FREE colouring pages, puzzles, crafts and creative ideas for kids
The Secret of the Missing Scrolls ~ an exciting and dangerous time travel adventure for kids
Warrior or Wimp? King David / King Saul ~ FREE colouring pages, puzzles, crafts and creative ideas for kids
Moses and God’s Top 10 ~ FREE colouring pages, puzzles, crafts and creative ideas for kids
Dinosaurs ~ FREE colouring pages, puzzles, crafts and creative ideas for kids
Bible Timeline Game and Bible history timeline. It consists of 24 Bible event cards and 9 action cards. As children (ages 7+) play with their friends (2 – 6 players) they place the cards in order to learn the overall flow of Biblical history; 2 different levels of difficulty; Includes blank cards so you can add extra Bible events; free printable. While you are there, you may like to check out their other free printable games.
And when you write to your sponsored child, don’t forget to them about our awesome Creator who is always with them in their scary situations and the love He has for them…
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