We all experience fiery trials in our lives. As you do these activities with your preschoolers this week, tell them about a time when Jesus was present with you in the midst of a difficult season or experience. (With age appropriate details of course.)
HIGHLIGHTS from Sunday…
This week your child learned that God listens to all our prayers and that He is always with us. King Nebuchadnezzar made an image of gold. The king commanded that at the sound of the horn, all the people would fall down and worship the idol. Whoever did not do so would be thrown into a blazing furnace. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were Jewish men serving the king. They loved the Lord and wanted to follow His commands. King Nebuchadnezzar was angry at them because they told him they would not worship the idol because it was against God’s commands. The king was furious. He heated the furnace seven times hotter and had the men thrown in. The fire was so hot that it killed the soldiers that threw the men in. When the king looked in the furnace he was surprised to see the men walking around in the fire with an angel. King Nebuchadnezzar brought the men out and praised the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. He also ordered his people to worship the true God. (Daniel 3)
- God wants us to pray only to Him.
- God is our protector.
"Call to me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know." Jeremiah 33:3 (NASB)
Here’s a simple song to help your child (and you) memorize this week’s memory verse!
3 Activities that remind us that God is Our Protector:
1. Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego
While at the grocery store pick up some gummy bears, marshmallows, red or yellow sprinkles and some gold chocolate coins. Grab a paper plate and your snack supplies and head outside for this activity. On the plate, let your child build an idol out of a few of the gold coins. Give your child three gummy bears to represent Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. Then act out the story, let your child pretend to be Nebuchadnezzar and tell the gummy bear men, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, to pray to the idol (the idol of gold coins). The men say NO and the king (your child) takes the red sprinkles and shakes them over the men like they are in the furnace. Have your child count to seven because the fire was seven times hotter. Then place a white marshmallow (the angel) on the plate, and blow the sprinkles away. Talk with your child about how God had protected Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and use these questions for discussion.
- What did the king tell everyone to do when they heard the music?
- Did Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego obey the king?
- What did the king do to these three men?
- How many men did the king see walking in the fire?
- God protected the men, who protects us?
2. Furnace Mobile
Help your child make a furnace mobile. Grab your supplies – a wire hanger, yarn, red, yellow & orange tissue or construction paper and white construction paper. Help your child draw, color and cut out Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and the angel. Attach a piece of yarn to each person and tie the other end to the hanger. Cut strips of tissue paper and tie those all around the people. On a square sheet of construction paper write this verse “For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13. Attach this to the mobile so it hangs below the people and tissue paper.
3. Kitchen Table Furnace
Create a fiery furnace using crepe paper and your kitchen table. Cut long lengths of red, yellow and orange crepe paper and tape them around a table. Have your child crawl under and pretend to be inside the furnace. Tell your child that God is always with him even in a fiery furnace.
Lord, help me to remember Your ways are the right ways, even when the path seems difficult or scary. Help me to always follow You no matter what!
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