Introductory Activity – Grain Relay
- Four buckets; small cups or scoops; oatmeal, barley, or other small loose grain
Divide the grain between two of the buckets. Set these buckets on a table in the middle of the room. Place the two empty buckets and cups at the start line. Group kids into two teams. Say: “Go!” and the first member of each team will take a cup, run to the grain buckets, scoop some grain into the cup, run back, and pour the grain into the team bucket. The next team member will take the cup and run down to get more grain. Tell kids to scoop only about half a cupful each time so grain will not fall on the floor. Teams must clean up any spilled grain. Call: “Stop!” Determine which team has more grain. Pour the grain back into the beginning buckets and play the game again. Tell kids that they will hear a story that includes grain.
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Game – Four-in-a-Row
- Paper (yellow and orange), markers, tape
Create a 6-by-6 grid on the floor with masking tape. Group the kids into teams. Give one team the yellow paper and the other team the orange paper. Tell each child to draw a self-portrait on his paper. Say the Life Point and talk about the Bible story. When kids finish, gather teams around the game grid. Ask the first team a review question. If the answer is correct, the team can place one of their portraits in the grid. Ask the second team a review question. Continue playing the game until one team has four pictures in a row. Remove the pictures and play the game again with additional review questions. Talk about ways people use their abilities to honor God.
Craft – Decorated Pencils
- Pencils, decorative paper tape or other colored tape, scissors, paper
Provide each child with a pencil. Guide her to decorate her pencil with the colored tape. Talk about abilities people have and ways they can use their abilities to honor God. Talk about how Joseph trusted God and used his abilities for God. When a child finishes decorating her pencil, lead her to list things that she can do or to write a thank-you prayer to God for her abilities. Tell her to take the pencil home and write down ways she uses her abilities this week.
Introductory Activity – Ring a Name
- Paper plates, scissors, markers, tape
Cut the middles from paper plates to make rings. Print the letters of Joseph’s name on the paper plate middles. Scatter the letters around the game area and tape them to the floor. Use the tape to make a tossing line a few feet from the letters. Guide kids to take turns tossing the rings onto the letters. Challenge them to ring the letters in order to spell Joseph’s name. (Most of the letter should be inside the ring for it to count.) Comment that they will hear another story about Joseph today.
Optional: Print the letters on plastic bottles. Guide kids to ring the bottles in order.
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Game – Oversized Pick-Up Sticks
- Several pool noodles
Group the kids into two or more teams. Scatter the pool noodles in the middle of the game area. They should overlap one another and create a “pile.” Guide a player from the first team to remove a pool noodle without moving any of the others. If another pool noodle moves, the turn is over. Alternate players from each team. If a player removes a pool noodle successfully, his team receives a point. Ask a review question of the whole group. (You can award points for correct answers, too, if you choose.) Repeat the Life Point. Talk about abilities that kids could use to honor God.
Craft – Ring
- Washers (1-inch diameter), chenille stems, colored string or embroidery floss, scissors
Talk about the Bible story. Mention that Joseph received a ring from Pharaoh; the ring was a sign that Joseph was working for Pharaoh. Give each kid a washer. Kids can cut lengths of floss or string and wrap the floss around the washer. When the washer is all wrapped, tie off or tuck in the ends. Cut a chenille stem in half. Guide the kid to slide one end of the stem piece through the back of the wrapped washer (through the floss). Then the kid can bring down the ends of the stem around his finger and twist the ends to fit. Trim any ends as needed. Say the Life Point and talk about abilities that people use to honor God.