Joseph and the Many Colored Coat




  1. Children should know that Joseph was one of the twelve 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. Tell the story of Joseph, either from the Beginner’s Bible, pages 71-77, the Children’s Bible Reader, pages 50-53, or from the Read with Me Bible 74-86.

Add Joseph to your timeline.

  1. True/False questions:

                          True                                                   False

     Joseph was a son of Israel.                         Joseph was Jacob’s oldest son.

     Joseph’s mother was Rachel.                     Joseph’s mother was Leah.

     His father loved Joseph very much.           His father hated Joseph.

     Joseph was sold into slavery.                     Joseph’s brothers all loved him.


  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.

Discuss how Joseph’s brothers treated him. Is that how God wants us to treat our brothers and sisters?


  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.


  1. Close with prayer.