202 - Special training at the Palace


15 minute Story planner

Daniel 1
The Children’s Bible in 365 Stories by Mary Batchelor, page 232

Notes Use the Old Testament flashcards to remind the children of the events leading up to today’s story. Explain that when the Israelites finally reached the Promised Land, they called their land Israel. After many years Rehoboam became King; he was a bad king. With Rehoboam in charge the people of Israel began to disagree and eventually the nation split into two kingdoms. The kingdom in the North was called Israel and the kingdom in the South was called Judah. After many years God let an enemy army capture his people and take them away. The Israelites were taken to Assyria and the Judeans were taken by King Nebuchadnezzar to Babylon. King Nebuchadnezzar ordered his men to find the fittest and the cleverest men in the kingdom of Judea and bring them to him to become his advisers. However the King was about to find out that the men brought to the palace did not want to follow his training programme… instead they chose to eat vegetables day after day after day.

1. Setting the scene - 2 mins 
Find the Old Testament section in a Bible.
Show and talk about 'The Old Testament FlashCards' cards one to nine.

2. Starter question - 1 min  
Which vegetable do you think is disliked by people the most? Did you say Brussels sprouts? Thousands of people around the world think that Brussels sprouts have a bitter taste and refuse to eat them. But did you know that although the Brussels sprout is one of the most hated vegetables it is also one of the most nutritious – it’s full of goodness that’s great for healthy living.

3. Tell the story with props - 4 mins
Beware of allergies - make sure it is safe for the children in your group to handle the food used in this activity.

  • Healthy and good-looking check list (see Printables)

  • Philosophy etc book labels (see Printables)

  • An empty wine bottle or a plastic bottle with a wine label stuck to the outside (see Printables)

  • An empty box that had contained a cake or something similar

  • A selection of vegetables

  • A jug of water and a cup

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4. Story activity - 6 mins
Option 1 - Enjoy the puzzles in this week's Dead Sea Comic Caper (see Printables)

Option 2 - ‘What am I?’
Beware of allergies - make sure it is safe for the children in your group to handle the food used in this activity.     
You will need: lots of tea towels or serviettes, small containers such as plastic shot glasses, teaspoons, ‘what am I?’ sheets (see Printables) and a selection of food items (see Printables for a list of ideas).     

Before the session print enough ‘what am I?’ for one per child. Use the teaspoons to place small amounts of food into the shot glasses. You will need one container per food sample. Cover each container with a serviette or a tea towel.

Either work together as a group allowing each child to smell the sample then write down what they think it is on the ‘what am I?’ sheet, or place the samples on low tables around the room and encourage the children to move around smelling the samples and writing down what they think they are. After all the children have tried to guess what is in the containers reveal what the samples are. 

5. Reflective prayer - 2 mins    
Father God, we think about Daniel and his friends far away from their home. We think about how, even though they were in a strange place they wanted to keep living your way. Father we remember that Daniel was offered rich and delicious food, but chose to live a simple life because he believed it was the right thing to do.

Father God please help us to be like Daniel and live your way even when we are with people who don’t know you. Please help us to choose to do what’s right even if it means we don’t always get what we want. Amen

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