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Joseph in Egypt

Cooking / Puppets / Games for Younger Children - not complete lessons.

Cooking Workshop:

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Go on a hunt to find 12 ingredients that represent the 12 brothers in the Joseph story. Make trail mix and talk about how the brothers went out “on the trail” to Egypt.

For this workshop we used a published curriculum: “The Quest for Identity: Joseph in Egypt. Eat Your Way through the Bible.” Glenview, IL: Cornerstones Publishing, 2000, unfortunately Potter's Workshops closed their site on 1/1/2020.
I made modifications to focus on only the Joseph (and his brothers) in Egypt part of the story. It was somewhat difficult to find trail mix ingredients that did not include any peanut products (or cherries – another allergy trigger for us to watch for). There are 6 different colors of Fruit Loops cereal so there was 6 ingredients right there. (Note: blue and purple are under-represented in a box of Fruit Loops!) The kids enjoyed this workshop very much.

Puppet Workshop:

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Use handle-bag puppets to enact the story of Joseph and his brothers.

For this workshop we used material found in Kurt Hunter’s book Puppets, Kids, and Christian Education (Augsburg Fortress, 2001, ISBN 0806664096)
The puppet script is also available from their web site at

Games Workshop for Younger Students:

Summary of Lesson Activities:

Play a variety of games to reinforce story concepts.

For this workshop we used a variety of sources

  • To practice the key verse we used the “Verse Wave” in The Big Book of Bible Games (Ventura, CA: Gospel Light, 1996. ISBN 0830730532)
  • We played a game of tag modified from the book The Humongous Book of Games for Children’s Ministry. (Loveland, CO: Group Publishing, 2001. ISBN 076442355X)
  • We used a portion of the published curriculum: “Living in Land of Many Colors: Joseph Remains Faithful”. Bloomington, IL: Potter’s Workshops, 2000, unfortunately Potter's Workshops closed their site on 1/1/2020.
  • Puppets: Use handle-bag puppets to retell the story of Joseph and his brothers.


Workshops used at First United Methodist Church
Ann Arbor, MI 48104P

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