Joseph #1




  1. Children should be able to name Joseph and his brothers as the 12 children of Israel.
  2. Children should be able to tell the story of Joseph and the many-colored coat and of Joseph sold into slavery.


Possible Lesson Plan:

  1. Open with prayer.


  1. Scripture Reference: Genesis 37.

  1. Learning Game: Try “Brother Concentration”. It may seem unimportant to know the names of all 12 brothers, until one realizes that they become the names of the 12 tribes of Israel. Write each of the 12 names twice on small pieces of paper, or print two copies of the names with their tribal symbols, and tack or tape to the board randomly in rows of 3 by 4. Cover each with a Post-It of similar size and write numbers from 1 to 24 consecutively on the cover papers. The students will guess 2 numbers; if they have the same name behind them, they get to continue. If not, put the Post-It back over the name and keep going. 


  1. Add Joseph and his brothers (Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Naphtali, Issachar, Asher, Dan, Zebulon, Gad, Judah, and Benjamin) to the family tree; Joseph and Benjamin will be under Jacob and Rachel, the rest under Jacob and Leah.

  1. Make a Many-Colored Shirt: Decorate T-shirts or old long-sleeved men’s shirts (to be painting smocks) with fabric paints or dipping in multiple colors of fabric dye. Mix the fabric dye, Rit or similar, in very hot water according to the directions. Put each color in a separate pail (or other container you don’t mind getting dyed along with the shirts). Let the children dip the shirts in the various dyes to make multi-colored shirts. Try not to overlap the colors too much or the shirts will lose clarity of color.
  2. Close with prayer