Introductory Activity – Silent Telephone
Materials: no materials needed
Form your class into two teams and line them up. Inform the teams that you will tell the child at the end a single word that they must pass along to the rest of their team. They will communicate the word by drawing on the back of the person in front of them. The team that gets the word all the way to the front of the line correctly is the winner! Be sure to do several rounds with your children. Ask: “What made this game so difficult?” Explain that just as they had difficulty interpreting the message in line, our Bible Story today shows Pharaoh had difficulty interpreting two dreams he had and needed help from Joseph.
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Game – Dance Review
Materials: large cups, scissors, paper
Before class, write the review questions on slips of paper and place them in a cup. Next, write different dance moves on slips of paper and place them in a cup. Form two teams. Taking turns, each team will send a representative to draw a question out of the cup. If he gets the question correct, his team gets a point. If he chooses, he can pull out a dance move from the cup and perform the move. If he does this, his team gets another point. The team with the most points wins!
Possible dance moves: Robot, Floss, Chicken Dance, Whip/Nae Nae, The Shoot
Craft – Cow Bell
Materials: tin cans, cow print paper, tape, yarn, large beads, hammer, nail
Before class, use a hammer and large nail to poke a hole in the end of each tin can. Give each child a tin can. Tell them to wrap the tin can with the cow print paper and tape it to the can. Next, instruct them to run a piece of yarn through the hole and tie two beads to the end of the piece of yarn, inside of the can. Tie a knot in the yarn to keep the beads hanging inside of the can, while leaving a portion of the yarn outside of the can to hold. Afterward, remind your kids of this week’s Life Point.
Introductory Activity – Grab Bag
Materials: blindfold, large paper bag, various items
Before class, fill a large paper bag with various items from your house. Be sure to include items that have different textures. Ask volunteers to put on a blindfold, place their hand in the bag, and find the specific item you instruct them to find. Tell your children that just as their senses had to interpret what was in the bag, Joseph had to interpret two of Pharaoh’s dreams in our Bible Story today.
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Game – Word Games
Materials: white board, dry erase marker
On the white board, draw a grid of 30 boxes (five across, six down). Tell your students that the five boxes across represents a five-letter word from today’s Bible Story, and they have six attempts to figure out the word. For each word they guess, you will let them know if a letter is in your word but in the wrong spot and if a letter is in the correct spot. After the game, ask for a volunteer to read the Weekly Verse. Explain that Joseph always sought to bring glory to the Lord in everything he did.
Possible words to use: Grain, Dream, Baker, Plump, River, Kneel, Egypt
Craft – Cow Maze
Materials: paper, colored pencils or crayonsGive each child a piece of paper and colored pencils. Instruct them to write the Life Point at the top of the paper. Next, tell them to draw a large cow on their paper. Instruct them to create their own maze inside of the cow. As they are creating their maze, remind them how Joseph honored God with his ability to interpret dreams. He never took credit himself but continued to point people to the Lord.