The Story of Joseph for Kids

The Story of Joseph for Kids page has been designed to help teachers and parents introduce their children to the story of Joseph in the Bible. It recounts key events in the life of Joseph from the Book of Genesis, such as Joseph’s Coat of Many Colors, the Story of Joseph and his Brothers, the Story of Joseph the Dreamer and Joseph in Egypt.

The page begins with a simplified Story of Joseph for Kids which has been especially written for children, providing them with an easy-to-understand version of the key events in the story of Joseph. This is then followed by twelve questions that are often asked by children when studying the story of Joseph for kids, together with the answers.

Finally, we showcase 3 of our most popular worksheet activities based on the story of Joseph, together with a link to the other printable PDFs in the Story of Joseph for Kids series for teacher and parents.

The story of Joseph in the bible is one of the most important bible stories for kids because it teaches us about forgiveness and to trust in God’s plan. It also reminds us how that, even in difficult times, good things can happen in the end.

The Story of Joseph for Kids

Once upon a time, in a land called Canaan, there lived a young boy called Joseph. He had eleven brothers, but he was by far the favorite son of his father, Jacob, who had even given him a special coat of many colors.

The fact that he was his father’s favorite made his brothers jealous and they were not very nice to him.

Story of Joseph for Kids - Joseph and his coat of many colors

Joseph had also been given a special gift by God. He was able to interpret dreams. This meant that he could understand the messages which the dreams held.

One day, Joseph had a dream that he was in a field with his brothers. Each of them were gathering bundles of wheat.

Joseph’s bundle of wheat stood tall and strong, while his brothers’ bundles all bowed down to his.

Story of Joseph for Kids - Joseph's Dreams

When he told his brothers about his dream, they were not at all happy to hear this. They became even more jealous of Joseph than before. And they just couldn’t see the importance of Joseph’s dreams.

One day, after Joseph had a second dream, his brothers decided to get rid of him. They threw him into a deep, dark pit and planned to leave him there.

However, as Joseph sat in the pit, his brothers saw some traders passing by and decided to sell Joseph to them as a slave.

These traders took Joseph far away from his home. He was now all alone and very scared.

Story of Joseph for Kids - Joseph gets thrown in the pit

The traders took Joseph to Egypt, where they sold him to a man named Potiphar. Even though he was a slave, Joseph worked hard and did everything to the best of his ability. God was with Joseph and blessed everything he did.

Potiphar noticed how well Joseph was doing and made him head of the household. However, Joseph was just about to face another difficult situation.

Potiphar’s wife falsely accused Joseph of something he didn’t do, which made Potiphar very angry. Even though Joseph was telling the truth, Potiphar believed his wife and had Joseph thrown in prison.

Story of Joseph for Kids - Joseph in Egypt

God looked after Joseph while he was in prison, so he didn’t lose hope, and even continued to use his gift for interpreting dreams to help the other prisoners.

One day, two of Pharaoh’s servants, the cupbearer and the baker, were thrown into the same prison as Joseph. They both had troubling dreams, and Joseph was able to explain their meanings to them.

The cupbearer’s dream meant that he would be restored to his position in three days. Unfortunately, the baker’s dream meant that he would be hanged in three days.

Joseph’s interpretations came true and he asked the cupbearer to remember him to the pharaoh. But the cupbearer forgot all about Joseph for a long time.

Story of Joseph for Kids - The Cupbearer and the Baker's dreams

One day, more than two years later, Pharaoh had very puzzling dreams himself, which none of his wise men could interpret. Suddenly, the cupbearer remembered Joseph and told Pharaoh about him.

Joseph was immediately called to the palace, to interpret the Pharaoh’s dream.

He explained to Pharaoh the dreams meant there would be 7 years of plenty in the kingdom followed by 7 years of famine. Joseph advised the king to save up food during the good years, so that they would then have enough food to eat during the bad years.

Story of Joseph for Kids - Pharaoh

Pharaoh was extremely impressed with Joseph, so much so that he made him the second most powerful person in all of Egypt.

Thanks to Joseph, and his God given gift for interpreting dreams, many people throughout the kingdom were saved from starvation.

During the severe famine that followed, Joseph’s brothers came to Egypt seeking food. They didn’t recognize Joseph, but Joseph knew who they were, and he forgave them for what they had done to him.

Story of Joseph for Kids - Pharaoh listens to Joseph

Joseph’s family then moved to Egypt, and Joseph himself became a great leader. His story shows us the importance of forgiveness, trusting in God, and using our own talents to help others.

Questions about the Story of Joseph for kids

Below are twelve of the most common questions that children may have about this simple story of Joseph for kids. This section can be used by teachers and parents of younger children as a good basis to discuss the the life of Joseph in the Bible.

Alternatively, these questions and answers provide older children with many facts about Joseph in the bible. They will then be able to test this knowledge via the Joseph Online Quiz or through the Joseph WebQuest. Oh, and don’t forget to check out the Joseph Jigsaw Puzzle.

The story of Joseph takes place in the Book of Genesis, Chapters 37 to 50.

Joseph’s father was Jacob.

Although Jacob’s age when Joseph was born is not explicitly stated in the Bible, most Bible scholars agree that he was 91 years old at the time of Joseph’s birth.

Joseph had eleven brothers; ten half-brothers and one full brother, Benjamin.

Jacob’s 12 sons were as follows:

Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, and Benjamin.

The bible does not give an exact time frame for how long Joseph was in the pit, but it is worded as if things occur in a short period of time, so perhaps only a few hours.

Joseph was sold to the passing merchants heading to Egypt for twenty pieces of silver.

The Bible does not explicitly say how long Joseph was in prison for. We know he stayed a further 2 years in prison after he interpreted the dreams of the cupbearer and the baker, but do not know the exact amount of time he spent in prison before that.

Most Bible scholars believe he was in prison for several years before he interpreted the dreams of the cupbearer and the baker, with some scholars saying as many as 10 years before.

Pharaoh called Joseph by the Egyptian name, Zaphenath-Paneah.

Joseph tested his brothers to see for himself if they had truly repented. He only revealed himself to them once he was certain of their repentance.

No, Joseph did not become Pharaoh, as it is a hereditary position. The Bible tells us though that the Pharaoh made Joseph his right hand and so was the second most powerful person in Egypt.

The Bible tells us that Joseph was 110 years old when he died?

There are 6 dreams in the Bible that Joseph interprets, which are conveyed in three pairs. The first two dreams are Joseph’s dreams that he tells his brothers, which makes them jealous. The second pair of dreams are the prisoners’ dreams which he interprets for the cupbearer and the baker. And the third pair of dreams are the Pharaoh’s dreams, which Joseph interprets as one and ends up saving the kingdom from the upcoming famine.

Check out our Joseph Activity Sheets

Coloring Sheets & Story

David and Goliath Coloring Pages
  • $3.00
  • 8 coloring pages
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Aimed at younger children, this Joseph in Egypt Coloring Pages and Story Book Printable makes the perfect no-prep activity. Each coloring sheet tells part of a story, so when the children have finished, they’ll have created their very own bible story book.


David and Goliath Puzzle Pack
  • $3.00
  • 2 puzzles
  • Answer Key Included

This Joseph Word Search and Crossword Activity Pack makes the ideal no-prep activity for your Bible Class, Sunday School, Children’s Church or as a homeschool lesson. Each puzzle comes with a gray-tone version and an answer key.


David and Goliath Activity Worksheets Pack
  • $7.00
  • 34 activity sheets
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This Joseph Forgives his Brothers Activities Pack comprises of four of our most popular products, but at almost half the price. Included are the Coloring Sheets and Story Activity, Bible Character Posters, the Activity Worksheets, and a Printable Booklet.