The biblical story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the fiery furnace is found in the Old Testament book of Daniel, and is a popular lesson on obedience and courage. Frequently taught in children's services for its portrayal of three young men's commitment to their God, despite being threatened with certain death, the fiery furnace story delivers on both excitement and the miraculous. Let your children take the exciting story home with them by providing a special craft to remind them of the story.
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Preschoolers and kindergartners, who love to colour and glue but are less skilled with scissors and assembling complex parts, will enjoy creating a fiery furnace character collage. Copy and cut out pictures of the main characters of the story, ahead of time. Most lesson-planning materials on the story contain stencilled images for this purpose. Give each child a sheet of coloured construction paper and a glue stick. Have them colour the photocopied characters and glue them onto their construction paper to make a collage. Discuss the characters and their significance as they work through the task.
Furnace 3-D Interactive Box
Create a 3-D interactive box for your classroom using a small shoebox or cardboard box. Copy and colour paper characters of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, some guards and God's angel. Secure a craft stick to each of the paper characters leaving some space at the top end for a handle. Close all sides of the box but the front. Use strips of red and orange tissue paper to create flames inside the box. Make a slit across the top of the box to slide the stick characters through. Retell the story using the box and characters.
Create an interactive scene by copying and colouring paper characters of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and God's angel. Give each child a brown piece of construction paper, two pieces of orange tissue paper and one piece of red tissue paper. Have them crush the orange tissue paper and staple it into a circular ring on the brown paper, leaving enough room in the centre to staple in the characters. Leave the red tissue paper uncrinkled and staple it as the final inner ring around the characters. Gather the red tissue paper up to a point like a tepee and secure with a red, plastic paper clip. Retell the story unfolding the red tissue paper at the end to reveal the three untouched.
Pre-assemble blank paper storybooks by stapling sheets of white paper together. Give each child a book and let them choose a sheet of coloured construction paper as their cover. Discuss the title of the story and help them create a book cover reflecting the title. As you go through the story, have each child create a picture of the basic scenes of the story to go into their books. Give the children crayons, markers or paint to colour their drawings. Complete the books by having each child put their name on the back.
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