Summary of Lesson Activities:
Genesis 39:3, 21; 41:38,39
- Read the scripture ahead of time.
- Gather the materials.
- Make a sample project.
- eyedroppers and/or Q-tips
- white crayons
- dilute tempera paint in red, yellow and blue or water colors
- sheets of white paper cut to notebook size
Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introduction:
Greet the children and introduce yourself.
Open with a prayer.
Dig-Main Content and Reflection:
First have the children make a design on the white paper using the white crayon (their name should be on the reverse side in pencil). The design may incorporate their name, or a picture, or just be lines.
Explain that it’s OK that no one else can see the design; they will see it later (just like God had an invisible plan He was working out through all the difficulties in Joseph’s life.)
The children may create folds in their papers next, if they wish (please test this ahead of time first!). Then allow the children to drip the colors on to their papers using the eyedroppers or dab them with the Q-tips. In order for the invisible design to show, they will need to use thin temper or water color.
When they unfold their papers, they should see a colorful pattern that reveals the design they made with the “invisible” white crayon.
The papers should be dried, and later glued to the front of each child’s notebook.
(Editor's Note: If you don't do 'journaling' with your students, the book cover could become a hangable piece of artwork, a Bible cover, or fixed to a small notebook which the children make, and in which they write "Our Life Story TOGETHER so far" --a storybook they give to a sibling.)
Discussion questions: (You might be able to begin these while working on the project.)
- Although Joseph was an obedient and loving son, his father also favored him, and so his brothers were jealous of him. How did God use the bad results of their jealousy to develop good character in Joseph? (ANS: God allowed Joseph to be sold as a slave in Egypt, and to be unjustly imprisoned for many years so that Joseph would learn humility, obedient faith in God, love and forgiveness.)
- Have you had to deal with rivalry from brothers or sisters, favoritism, or some other problem? (ANS: Suggest only “yes” or “no” so that children do not share inappropriately.) How can God help you with these things? (ANS: Pray, ask God to help you find positive and appropriate solutions, ask God for help you to love and forgive, trust God to work out the situation for the best, other possible answers.) (Note to teacher: Unfortunately, some children are truly abused. If knowledge of an abusive situation comes to you, we are obligated to report it for the sake of the child.)
- How do you know God was with Joseph in Potiphar’s house and in the prison? (ANS: The Bible says God was with Joseph: Genesis 39:3, 21; 41:38,39. Joseph’s actions also showed that God was with him.)
- How do you think Joseph found God to be “a refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” like Psalm 46:1 says God is? (ANS: Joseph must have remembered his father and mother’s teaching to him about God’s faithfulness, and he must have prayed. He did not hold on to his anger against his brothers; God must have helped him to love them instead.)
End with a prayer and have the children assist with the cleanup.
A lesson written by rotation.org member Learner from: Silverdale UMC.
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