Three Activities for Preschool Families: Joseph & the Coat

This week, your kids get to dive into a familiar story about Joseph and the Coat. This story is a great reminder of how we can trust God no matter what happens since He is in control of everything – both good and bad circumstances. As you work through this week’s activities with your kids, prayerfully consider how you can model for your kids the knowledge that God is sovereign and in control of it all.

HIGHLIGHTS from the Weekend…

This week your child learned about Joseph. He was the son of Jacob, who we learned about last week. Jacob loved Joseph more than all of his other sons and gave him a beautiful, colorful coat. Joseph also had many dreams about being in a position of power. All of this made his eleven brothers very jealous. They threw Joseph in a very deep hole in the ground. Then, they decided to sell Joseph as a slave to a group of men from Egypt. They tore his beautiful coat into pieces, dipped it in the blood of an animal and showed it to their father, Jacob. They lied to their father, saying that a wild animal must have eaten Joseph and this was all that was left of him. All the while, Joseph was on his way to Egypt as a slave, but God NEVER left Joseph.

Teaching Truths:

  1. We can trust God no matter what happens
  2. God is in control of everything

Memory Verse:

"God's way is perfect. All the Lord's promises prove true.” Psalm 18:30

3 Activities that Help Us Learn We Can Trust God and that He Is In Control Of Everything:

1. Joseph Puppets

Using a small brown lunch bag and several different colors of construction paper, make a Joseph puppet. Have your child tear the different colors of construction paper into 1-2 inch squares and glue them over the body of the bag. Draw two eyes on the top of the bag to complete the Joseph puppet. Grab several other brown bags and draw eyes on the top of each of them. These bags will be Joseph’s brothers. Use a dark colored towel as the well and set up the brother puppets around the well. Act out the story by dropping the Joseph puppet into the well. When your child is finished acting out the story, read the story from the Bible and use these questions to help in a discussion.

  1. Why were Joseph’s brothers jealous?
  2. Who protected Joseph?
  3. Even though bad things were happening to Joseph, who was in control?
  4. Is God in control of your life too?

    2. The Challenge

    Grab a sibling or another friend for this activity. Using a beach ball or a blown-up balloon, stand both kids side by side and place the balloon between their hips. Challenge the kids to walk to the other side of the room together with the ball between them without dropping it. The kids must work together and trust each other to complete the challenge. Talk about how even though the activity may have been hard, they had to trust each other to complete it, just like Joseph had to trust God through his circumstances.

    3. Joseph in the Well Song

    Place a dark colored towel on the floor. Walk around the towel pretending it is a well while singing this song to the tune of Farmer in the Dell:

    Joseph in the well

    Joseph in the well

    Hi ho the derry-o

    Joseph in the well


    God, we thank you from the truths and promises you show us through the story of Joseph. We pray you would help us to trust you more as we learn your Word and to know that you are good and your way is perfect.

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