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Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego 

Art Workshop

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Project: Shrinky Dinks - (Daniel 3)


Shrinky dinks are a drawing kit you put in the oven and they 'shrink" but their image is preserved as a nice art object which can be hung in sunlight. Did Shadrah, Meshach and Abednego "melt" for lack of faith? No!

Leader Preparation:

  • Gather the materials.
  • Read the scripture ahead of time.
  • Either purchase "shrinky dinks" kit materials from a craft source (e.g., Michaels, Dick Blick, Amazon) OR find "do-it-yourself" instructions online. ("Homemade" shrinky dinks can be made using flat pieces of polystyrene cut from salad bar containers--#6 plastic.)


Supplies List:

  • Small chains (or ribbon)
  • Permanent markers
  • Paper punch
  • Old brown baking sheet
  • spatula
  • Hot pads
  • Oven
  • Coloring Picture of “Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, angel, flames/fire” copied onto white paper.
  • Polystyrene plastic (1/4 of a sheet per child)
  • Maze or word search




Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introduction:

Greet the children and introduce yourself.


Open with a prayer.


Dig-Main Content and Reflection:


Read: The Bible story
Practice: The memory verse



  • Place the ¼ sheet of plastic over the picture of “Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, angel, flames/fire”.
  • Trace/color the picture with permanent markers.
  • Punch holes in the top of the Shrinky dink paper – the holes will shrink, so it has to be bigger than “one punch”.
  • (For smaller kids – 1&2 Grades – you might want the picture traced ahead of time, and all they have to concentrate on is coloring the picture.)
  • Bake: according to directions. We used a 400-degree oven for 1-2 min.  (Be sure to have “order” around the hot stove when you “sneak a peak” while they are baking – careful of the hot oven.)
  • After they have cooled (they have to cool on the pan for a while), place a small chain through the hole (or string a piece of ribbon and attach a lanyard hook.)
  • They may attach this to a book bag, Bible zipper pull, belt loop, or hang by their bed.

Discussion: (To be used while they are coloring)

  • How hot was the furnace? (Very hot – 7 times hotter than normal)
  • Why did the King turn up the heat? (He was mad.)
  • Is it ok for us to get mad? (It’s ok to be mad, but not ok to hit when you are mad, or be out of control.)
  • Look and see the "Shrinky Dinks." They’re smaller, but unhurt. Why weren't Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego  hurt in the fire? (God/God's angel kept them safe – they believed in God – their faith was strong)
  • Should we jump in the fire and see if God will keep us safe? (No, The Bible says we are not to test God.)
  • How much does God love you? (More than you can ever know!)

Have the kids work on a Maze or Word Search while waiting their turn in the kitchen.


End with a prayer.



  • Lisa (“LLL") from on art idea about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego - included link to Shrinky Dink Website for purchasing Shrinky Dink Plastic. This site was being updated when this post was revised.
  • Idea revised by Rachel Haugland to include "do it yourself" option.
  • Coloring Picture of “Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, angel, flames/fire” - do an internet search using the words - Fiery Furnance to find an appropriate picture to download.
  • Maze or word search- do an internet search using the words - Fiery Furnace to find an appropriate picture to download.



A lesson posted by Rachel Haugland from: Elim Lutheran Church

Randall, IA


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