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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Check out our Joseph Activity Sheets
Coloring Sheets & Story
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.
WORD SEARCH + CROSSWORD
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.
WORKSHEET ACTIVITIES PACK
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.