628. A wall of dreams - a creative / personal activity


Use this craft activity to teach about the Bible story of Joseph and the Pharaoh

The children are going to think about their most beautiful dream. This may be a dream that they really dreamt, or something that they would really love to see happen in the future.

You can use this personal look at dreams to go on to talk about Joseph’s dreams.

A wall of dreams a creative personal activity about the Bible story of Joseph and the Pharaoh. Ideal for a Sunday school lesson kids ministry or childrens church

What do you need:

- enough worksheets for each child
- felt pens/ coloured pencils

What to do:

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627. A glimpse into the heart of God - a craft activity


Use this craft activity to teach about the Bible story of Joseph and the Pharaoh

Even though it seems that the Pharaoh is the most powerful person in this story, God is working in the background. He gives Pharaoh the dreams, and warns him. He gives Joseph the wisdom to be able to interpret the Pharaoh’s dreams. In this way Joseph is able to save everyone with his clever plan.

A glimpse into the heart of God a fun craft activity about the Bible story of Joseph and the Pharaoh. Ideal for a Sunday school lesson kids ministry or childrens church

What do you need:

- each child needs the two worksheets printed on card. You can download the two worksheets below.
- glue sticks
- pairs of scissors
- felt pens

What to do:

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626. Waiting for the dream to come true - a fun craft activity


Use this craft activity to teach about the Bible story of Joseph having to be patient

Joseph has to wait thirteen years until the Pharaoh takes him out of prison and makes him viceroy of Egypt. It’s hard to wait! Luckily the children won’t have to wait that long with this craft activity.

Waiting for the dream to come true a fun craft activity about the Bible story of Joseph having to be patient for many years. Ideal for a Sunday school lesson kids ministry or childrens church

What do you need:

- plastic cups or flower pots
- cotton wool
- cress seeds
- stickers and pens to decorate the pots

What do you do:

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625. The difference between looking and seeing - a fun science experiment


Use this science experiment to teach about the Bible story of Joseph explaining the dreams

The baker, the cupbearer, and the Pharaoh have their dreams in their sleep, but they don’t see the meaning of the dream. God gives Joseph the insight to understand the meaning of the dream. As ordinary people we are sometimes not very good at really seeing and understanding things. We look but don’t see. This experiment is a good example of this.

The difference between looking and seeing

What do you need:

- a pack of cards
- pen and paper

What do you do:

Lay out the following combination of cards on the table.

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Ask a child to choose one of the cards and write the name of the card on a piece of paper. Ask them then to turn over the paper so that no one (and especially you) can’t see which of the five cards they chose. Then remove all five cards from the table.

Tell the children about the story you’re going to tell, about the baker, the cupbearer and the Pharaoh who all watch their dreams but don’t see the meaning of them. God gives to Joseph the insight to understand the meaning of the dreams.

Is there a difference between looking and seeing?

Put the following four cards on the table.

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Ask the child who chose a card at the start to turn over the paper on which they wrote which card it was. Lo and behold, their card has vanished!

It’s all about looking and seeing.

The baker, the cupbearer and the Pharaoh watch/look at their dreams in their sleep, but Joseph needs Gods help to see the true meaning.

With this experiment you also need to look very carefully.

Which of the original five cards are the same as these four cards that are now on the table?

They are all different! Not a single card is the same as the first five.
This is why the card that the child chose will always have disappeared.

But how come we don’t see this?

The cards look so similar to each other that we don’t remember properly which cards we have seen. We look, but don’t see properly.
With God’s help Joseph learns to see the meaning of the dreams.

You can repeat this ‘trick/experiment’ so that the children learn how to do it at home.

624. YouTube Video and Discussion – Nobody Nose Cleopatra


Using this secular YouTube film you can talk with the children about the Bible story of Joseph becoming a ruler of Egypt

Cleopatra rules over Egypt. There’s just one problem – she is not happy about her nose. She wants someone to paint a portrait of her, but each time that someone paints a good likeness of her nose they get into big trouble! One painter sends his servant to Cleopatra with the latest portrait, but on the way the painting gets damaged. The servant tries to repair it, and ends up with a portrait that is more like a Picasso. Cleopatra thinks it is wonderful, and the servant in turns becomes a painter with his own servant. 

Nobody Nose Cleopatra The Egyptian Piramids Use this secular YouTube video to talk about the Bible story of Joseph becoming a ruler in Egypt


So what makes this film suitable for a discussion on the story of Joseph?

The film is about the power and fickleness of the rulers of Egypt. Farao and Cleopatra were the most powerful people in Egypt. They could make and break people, throw people into prison, kill them, or appoint them as viceroy or portrait painter. Sometimes in our world it seems as though powerful people, companies and governments can do anything they want. Which role does God play in the background?

Important questions:

It’s important to always watch the film yourself beforehand and to ask yourself:
- do I want to show this to the children?
- does this film work in the context and age-range of the children I am working with?

If you choose to show this YouTube video, we suggest you use the following steps:

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