Joseph’s Coat of Many Colors

I mentioned earlier this week that I was caring for a few sick ones. Nothing serious, just summer head colds. AND we had 2 of our grandchildren for the weekend. Always fun to have the little ones around. But what to do when Grandpa isn’t sure he can keep up with the little guys during Sunday morning services and Grandma has to deal with 2 grumpy Uncles?

Josephs's Coat of Many Colors

AHA! (lightbulb moment) I may be getting older, but I still remember what it was like to occupy a 2 and 3 year old. They need their minds and their hands occupied. Sooo, Grandma pulls out her Bible, the grandchildren and Aunt Bekah seat themselves around and we read in Genesis about how much Jacob loved his son Joseph, so much so that he made him a very special coat. We talked about how this reminds us of how much more God loves us and provides for us, so much so that He sent His only Son to die on the cross for us.

Joseph's Coat of Many Colors

I used a sharpie marker to draw a shape resembling a coat onto plain ol’ printer paper

And then we created colorful coats to keep their hands busy as a reminder of God’s love for us.

Joseph's Coat of Many Colors

keeping little hands busy

Joseph's Coat of Many Colors

hands-on activity helps little ones remember the lesson

They were pleased to show their creations to their mother when she picked them up and were looking forward to telling their Daddy all about what they learned.

Josephs's Coat of Many Colors

we filled in child’s name at the bottom

What is your (grand)children’s favorite Bible lesson? How do you make the lessons ‘stick’ with them?

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  2. I love that this was an impromptu lesson. I often get caught up in planning and trying to make things perfect, but a lot of times the impromptu lessons are the best ones. I love this idea though and will probably incorporate into my planning. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi Kirstylee ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s a great observation – we miss out on many things because we try to plan out too much in life. The spontaneous, impromptu lessons are often what have the biggest impact on us, aren’t they? I am so glad you stopped by. Thank you for leaving your nice comment, have a blessed weekend!

  3. Hi there, I’m Hanna! I’m co-hosting the Aloha Friday hop this week and just wanted to stop by, say hi and follow your blog ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hello Hanna ๐Ÿ™‚ Welcome to Apron Strings & other things. Thank your stopping in and leaving your nice comment. I’ll be spending time this weekend browsing through the links on Aloha Friday – thanks so much for co-hosting! Enjoy your weekend!

  4. When rereading this story not long ago with our two growing blessings it occured to me that Joseph continued to wear this coat that was a thorn in his brothers eye because he loved it so much. But my wondering came about why he would do that to them. Why not turn it inside out or something when he went to the fields to check on his brothers? It’s funny how this never crossed my mind until now. *smile* This is a cute craft, thanks for sharing it with all of us. Sincerely, Mommy of two growing blessings & so much more!

    • You know, there are many levels to the message of Joseph’s life, and I’m not sure I understand all of them. I’ve had my children ask me that very question and I did not have a good answer. On Sunday we kept to the most basic message of God’s love for us. You now have me thinking I’d like to dig in deeper! I always enjoy your comments, thank you for sharing! Keep reading your Bible with your blessings ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. How fun! My grandkids nearby are a bit older. So we’ve used LEGO projects, Minecraft computer game projects, and always when they are here, we read together from the Bible – either a verse I’ve got in my phone to share with them, or a graphic novel style Bible, or a kids’ study Bible. I also love to sing them songs about Jesus – particularly ones that use Bible verses. All fun ways to hide God’s Word in their hearts. Thanks for another good idea for my younger grandkids ๐Ÿ™‚

    • What a wonderful Grandma you are, all those wonderful activities. And there’s nothing like singing to bring out the joy in their hearts! Having younger children of our own not much older than ou grand children makes it fun around here.
      Have a blessed week ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. This is a simple yet colourful and fun way to reinforce a Bible story for kids. You did such a good job with the outline that I assumed it was a printable!

    Thanks for linking up with the Tender Moments with Toddlers & Preschoolers Blog Hop!

    • Thank you Sharla ๐Ÿ™‚ It was a fun activity – they are especially fun when it’s simple to throw together and it keeps them busy for a few minutes. Thank you stopping by and commenting. Have a wonderful weekend!

  7. This is great! I was looking last minute for a Joseph craft that was simple for little hands and this is perfect!! Thank you for sharing!

    • you are very welcome, Susanna ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m so glad this was helpful to you – I hope you had some good fun together while learning and creating!

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