PRESCHOOL Lesson Ideas for Joseph

I was in charge of the childcare for volunteers children during River Community Church's Marketplace Vacation Bible School. I filled our 3 1/2 hours each day with story and activities related the same Joseph story the "big" (elementary aged) children were studying. Most of the time was spent in centers related to the story and in free play, so it was not truly rotation, but many ideas were gleaned from this site and some could be expanded to full Sunday-school-hour-long lessons for younger children. 

Our overarching theme for the week was Jesus: Our Foundation.

Our memory verse for the week was Colossians 1:15-20.

Some of the activities tie into those as well. 

I found the retellings of Joseph and Jacob's story at Paul Dallgas-Frey's website are wonderful for learning and sharing with preschoolers (and older children, too)! 

Our gifted worship leader at River Community Church, Kevin Smith, wrote music to go with the memory verse that was very singable, and even the preschoolers learned part of the long memory verse with difficult words!

Summary of Daily Stories and Themes 

Day one:

Point: Jesus is our foundation 

Main Story: Abraham through beginning of Joseph’s story (coat of many colors, dreams, well, sold)

Scripture: Genesis 37 

Memory Verse: Colossians 1:15-16-- He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 

Day Two

Point: God wants us always to trust Him
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart.” Proverbs 3:5 

Main Story: Joseph trusts God (Potiphar, jail, interpreting dreams, working for Pharaoh)

Scripture: Genesis 39-41 

Memory Verse: Colossians 1: 17-18 -- And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 

Day Three

Point: God wants us to be sorry when we do wrong things
“But I confess my sins; I am deeply sorry for what I have done.” Psalm 38:18 (NLT) 

Main Story: Joseph’s brothers are sorry
Scripture: Genesis 42-44 

Memory Verse: Colossians 1:19-20-- For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross. 

Day Four

Point: God has good plans for our future
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 29:11 

Main Story: Joseph and his family are reunited
Scripture: Genesis 45-47 

Memory Verse: review Colossians 1:15-20 

Day Five

Point: We can help others know God

“And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” Mark 16:15 

Main Story: Jacob passes on the promises of God to his family

Scripture: Genesis 49

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