Daniel and the Lions Den for Kids

The Story of Daniel and the Lions Den for Kids page has been created in order to help teachers and parents introduce their children to the story of Daniel in the Lions Den in the Bible. It summarizes the key events of Daniel in the Lions’ Den, which takes place in the Book of Daniel.

The page begins with the Daniel and the Lion’s Den Children’s Story, which has been especially written for kids, providing them with an easy-to-understand version of Daniel and the Lions Den. This is then followed by ten questions that are often asked by children when studying the Story of Daniel in the Bible, together with the answers.

Finally, we showcase 3 of our most popular Daniel and the Lions Den activities, together with a link to the other Daniel and the Lion’s Den Sunday School activities and Bible class printables in our series for teacher and parents.

The Story of Daniel and the Lions Den is one of the most important Bible stories for kids because it teaches us that bravery, faith, and trust in God can help us overcome any obstacle in our path. And it also reminds us that no matter what challenges we may face, God will always watch over us.

Daniel and the Lion’s Den Children’s Story

Once upon a time, there lived a young man named Daniel. He was a kind and brave man who loved his friends, family, and most importantly, he loved God.

Daniel always prayed to God every day and followed His commandments.

Daniel and the Lions Den for Kids - Daniel

At that time, Daniel lived in a big kingdom ruled by a powerful king called Darius.

King Darius really liked Daniel because he was wise, honest, and very good at his job.

The king decided to make Daniel one of his most trusted advisors, which made some of his other advisors very jealous.

Daniel and the Lions Den for Kids - King Darius

These advisors plotted to get rid of Daniel. They tricked the king into making a law which said that nobody could pray to any god or person except the king for 30 days.

Anyone who disobeyed this law would be thrown into a den filled with hungry lions.

Even though Daniel knew about the new law, he still prayed to God three times a day, just as he always did.

When the wicked advisors found out, they ran to the king and told him that Daniel was breaking the law.

Daniel and the Lions Den for Kids - Daniel praying

When the king found out, he was extremely upset because he realised he had no choice but to punish Daniel. Although he liked Daniel, he had to follow the law.

King Darius reluctantly ordered Daniel to be thrown into a den filled with hungry lions.

The king hoped that God would save Daniel, because he knew how faithful Daniel was.

Daniel and the Lions Den for Kids - Hungry lion

King Darius was so worried about Daniel, he was unable to sleep that night. Early the next morning, he rushed down to the den to see if Daniel was still alive.

The king called out to him and was overjoyed when Daniel replied.

Daniel explained that God had sent an angel during the night to protect him, and that he was unharmed.

Daniel and the Lions Den for Kids - Daniel in the Lions' Den

King Darius was delighted. The king then declared that from that day on everyone in his kingdom should worship Daniel’s God, the one true God.

Meanwhile, the jealous advisors were all punished for their wicked deeds. The king had them thrown into the lions’ den, and they were pounced upon immediately.

Daniel and the Lions Den for Kids - The wicked advisors

Daniel continued to be faithful to God all his life. He became a wise advisor to King Darius and helped make the kingdom a better place. People throughout the kingdom admired him for his bravery and his strong faith in God.

Questions about the Story of Daniel and the Lions Den for kids

Below are ten of the most common questions that children may have about the Story of Daniel and the Lions Den for kids. This section can be used by teachers and parents of younger children as a basis to discuss the Story of Daniel in the Bible further.

Alternatively, these questions and answers provide older children with some more facts about the Story of Daniel and the Lions Den. They will then be able to test this knowledge via the Daniel and the Lions’ Den Online Quiz or through the Daniel and Lions’ Den WebQuest. Oh, and don’t forget to check out the Daniel and the Lions’ Den Jigsaw Puzzle.

The question of when the Book of Daniel was written is quite a contentious one. Conservative scholars believe the Book or Daniel to have been written shortly after his death, in the 6th Century BC, while most Bible scholars argue that it was written during the 2nd Century BC.

There are 12 chapters in the Book of Daniel.

Please note that the Greek text of Daniel has 3 extra stories compared to the original Hebrew text.

The Hebrew meaning of the name Daniel is ‘God is my judge’.

Daniel was born in Jerusalem.

Daniel was taken into captivity by Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon.

The Bible does not tell us who Daniel’s father was. David and Abigail had a son called Daniel, but that was of course a different Daniel.

Although there is no mention of Daniel being married in the 12 chapters of the Book of Daniel, in the Greek text of The story of Susanna and the Elders within the ‘Additions to Daniel’, Daniel is said to have been married to Susanna.

King Darius reluctantly put Daniel in the Lions’ Den.

Daniel was put in the Lions Den because he ignored the new law (that King Darius had been tricked into signing) and continued to pray to God.

Although the Bible does not explicitly give Daniel’s age at the time of his captivity in the Lions’ Den, most Bible scholars estimate that he would have been about 80 years old.

Daniel and the Lions Den Activities

Coloring Sheets & Story

Noah's Ark Coloring Pages
  • $3.00
  • 8 coloring pages
  • N/A

Aimed at younger children, this Daniel and the Lions Den coloring page and Story Book Printable makes the perfect no-prep activity. Each coloring sheet tells part of a story, so when the kids have finished, they will have created their very own bible story book.

WORD SEARCH + CROSSWORD

David and Goliath Puzzle Pack
  • $3.00
  • 2 puzzles
  • Answer Key Included

This Daniel and the Lions Den Word Search and Crossword Activity Pack makes the ideal no-prep activity for your Bible Class, Sunday School, Children’s Church or as a homeschool lesson. Each puzzle comes with a gray-tone version and an answer key.

WORKSHEET ACTIVITIES PACK

David and Goliath Activity Worksheets Pack
  • $7.00
  • 34 activity sheets
  • N/A

This Daniel and the Lions Den Activities Pack comprises of four popular products, but at almost half the price. Included are the Coloring Sheets and Story Activity, the Bible Character Posters, the Activity Worksheets, and a Printable Booklet.