Sunday school stories provide so many opportunities for us to teach children about their own lives and feelings. The story of Joseph and his siblings is timeless and all children can relate to this story.
Tell the story of Joseph in a language that this age can understand. Be sure that it is a simplified version; the verse selection is Genesis 37. There are several picture versions in children’s Bibles that are appropriate.
Joseph’s brothers were jealous of him and weren’t nice to him. Have you ever had trouble with your brother or sister? How does your mom or dad make you feel special?
Using props you bring from home, have the students dress as Joseph, Jacob, Potiphar, and the brothers, to act out the story themselves.
Discussion: No One is Blameless
Joseph wasn’t right to act the way he did. How could he have helped to make things better with his brothers? The story doesn’t end here. Joseph does become King and he is nice to his brothers when they come to him for help. How could you help your brother or sister even if they’re not nice?