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This is a fun activity to complement the adventures
and trials of Joseph. Before you begin this project,
be sure you spend ample time reading and discussing
the story of Joseph. As you talk about the story,
emphasize and ask questions about the qualities
that Joseph expressed; for example, the qualities
of trust and forgiveness. Joseph expressed trust
when he was put in the pit. He trusted God and
knew that God was going to take care of him, no
matter how deep and dark the pit seemed; and Joseph
definitely expressed forgiveness and love towards
his brothers, even after they tried to hurt him.
This is a fun activity for children to learn to
recognize how we reflect and express God's qualities.
- A picture or cutout of a 6-8 inch biblical
man. (This can be found in many
Christian activity workbooks at Christian bookstores.)
- Colored glitter glue sticks or magic markers.
(Colored glitter glue gives a wonderful texture
and shimmer, but plain markers will work.)
- Construction paper
- Cut out a Joseph (biblical man) for each
- Cut out a coat that will fit on top of Joseph.
- Glue Joseph on a piece of colored construction
paper and have the children color Joseph. (Put
Joseph on the left hand side of the paper so
there is room to write next to Joseph.)
- Glue Joseph's coat on top of Joseph.
- Decorate the coat by having the children
draw stripes of 5 different colors on the coat.
Each color will represent a quality Joseph expressed.
As a group, decide what quality will be assigned
to each color. For example, red might be for
trust, blue might be for forgiveness, etc.
- As the children are decorating their coats,
ask each child to share how he/she expressed
one of Joseph's qualities. (Maybe a child expressed
forgiveness when a brother took one of his toys.)
They may need a little help in this part, but
it is important for the children to see that
they express the same God-like qualities as
- Next to Joseph, make a key to the colors
and qualities. For example, put a red stripe
and then write the word trust next to it.
By the end, you will not only have a coat of
many colors but you will also have a coat of
wonderful God-like qualities that we all can
Submitted by Sally S. Johnston Charlottesville,