As a teacher of Sunday school for kids, it is important to involve children throughout the lesson to hold their interest. Use the story of Josephs dreams in this lesson to get your 6-8 year olds thinking about their own unique abilities or gifts from God.
Tell the story of Joseph and his dream interpretation to the children in the class. A picture book version isn’t necessary but a simplified version of the story will put it into the understand level of the age group. If you have a children’s bible that you use with your class, then this ought to be appropriate.
Using the story that you just read, ask the children to split into groups and to act out the dreams that were told to Joseph. Either act as Joseph yourself, or ask one of the better readers to play this part and to read from your book what the dream interpretation would be.
Being able to interpret dreams was one of the gifts that God gave to Joseph. We all have gifts. Tell the class that you are going to ask them to share with the class what gifts they think they have, and to give them time to think, tell them what your own gifts from God are – you can use this to show that not all gifts are artistic talents, but are human talents also such as being compassionate, and having leadership skills.
Each child should write about his or her gift(s). Tell them to write a letter to God thanking him for the gift and telling him how it makes them feel when they use that gift. At the end of the class, say that they should take their letter home and read it to God when they say their prayers that night.
Time allowing: Ask for volunteers to demonstrate their gifts – whether it’s singing, dancing, speaking, reading, sketching or whatever – to the rest of the class. Make sure that the others in the class realize that this is a privilege and that you should appreciate the gifts that are being shared.