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Day Four

Joseph's Family Moves to Egypt 

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

Genesis 45-47 

Bugles (return of Christ, announcement of visitors arriving at Pharaoh's palace)

Supplies List:

  • Paper doll family cutouts
  • Construction paper
  • Glue sticks
  • Stone mosaic coaster supplies (same as in Marketplace):
  • Metal coaster to hold mosaic
  • Colorful plastic beads
  • Air-dry clay
  • Bible verse on a sticker (mail label sized): For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 29:11
  • Newspaper

Make stepping stone/story picture cards for art and for the game (use coloring sheet or clip art pictures):

  1. Shepherd: Joseph was a shepherd like his brothers.
  2. Coat of Many Colors: Joseph received a very colorful coat which made his brothers mad.
  3. Dreams: Joseph had dreams of his family bowing down to him.
  4. Slavery: Joseph was sold to a merchant.
  5. Egypt: Joseph was sold to an Egyptian.
  6. Servant: Joseph worked hard and pleased his master.
  7. Jail: Joseph was thrown into jail because the Egyptian's wife lied.
  8. Dream Reader: Joseph is called to interpret Pharaoh’s dreams.
  9. Ruler of Egypt: Joseph is made 2nd in charge of all of Egypt and saves the land from famine.
  10. Brother’s Visit: Joseph is able to forgive his brothers and save his family from starving. 

Lesson Plan


Put on costumes (optional) and nametags
Make conversation about what has been happening during the week—teeth lost, fun times, swimming, lunch, birthdays, and so forth. Mention the theme idea/verse.
Say: Do you think God knew what you were doing this week? Remember what God said to Jacob, “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go.” God is always with you.

Decorate paper doll families.

Glue family to construction paper. Talk about families. Ask: I wonder how Joseph felt about his family (especially the mean brothers)?

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Scooping, pouring, measuring again.
Talk about sharing and helping others who are hungry. Ask who they shared their extra soup jar with.  


Storytelling resources:
Many, many years later, there will be another cup, in another story. This time, it will be the cup Jesus drinks from at the Last Supper. And just like God sent Joseph, God will send Jesus on ahead to save his people - you and me!
“God’s People Grow” (pages 83-105) The Big Picture Story Bible, David Helm
“The Forgiving Prince” The Jesus Storybook Bible, Sally Lloyd-Jones 

What is God doing for His people is this story? (Let children share their ideas)

He is providing for them so they will not starve.

He is protecting the nation of Israel.

He is reuniting the Jacob with Joseph after many years of separation.

He was bringing then back together so they could live close to each other.

Jacob had thought Joseph was dead but now he knows he is alive! God brought joy back to Jacob’s family- replacing sorrow with joy.

Good News! How does God do the same for us- only better- in Jesus? He provides what we need for life, but not just life here but eternal life. We were dead in our sins but now we are alive because Jesus took the penalty for our sins when He died on the cross. We are reunited with God and become one with him. 

Remind the children that God promises to be us with every step we take in life. We can be faithful to God in each step we take by looking to Jesus example and praying for guidance/help so we can become the person God wants us to be. 

Practice the memory verse. 

Activities After Storytime: 

“Stepping stone” mosaic coasters
Adapted from

See also similar craft for mini-mosaics: 

Tell the children we are making something to help us remember the story. Talk about how Joseph had many different Stepping Stones in his life (choices, options, helps) and read each card in order.
Today we are going to make our own Stepping-Stone mosaic coaster with colors like in Joseph’s Coat. 
Put clay in small round coaster form.
Children can press beads into clay as a reminder of the story. The beads are placed in a circle. A circle is never ending, like God's Love. As the children put the beads in their coasters, talk about Joseph's colorful coat, and remember Joseph's story and that God had a plan for Joseph through all of his troubles.

Remind the children that God has a plan for them, just as He did for Joseph.

Put a Bible verse sticker on the bottom of the coaster: “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 29:11

The goal is to end up with a flat surface, so that a glass can rest on it. This is to demonstrate that we need a good foundation in Jesus. 

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Play a stepping stone game.

Pass out the deck of stepping-stone cards of Joseph’s Life (reviewed earlier). Children work together as a team to put them in the right order. 

Talk about bugle fanfares that announce important arrivals.

Remember today’s story where Jacob and family arrived in Egypt. 

More time for playground, free play, and activity centers until we join the big kids for music, and then dismissal.

Put away toys and clean up the room.
Send home projects with children.

A lesson created by Amy Crane

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