Sunday Schoolhouse Series Activity - Green Unit C1
Lesson 4: Joseph Forgives his Brothers (Genesis 45:1 - 20)
Activity: Putting Pieces Back Together - Materials Needed:
- one copy of the story coloring pages from the C1 lesson book p. 17
- black construction paper
- crayons, colored pencils, scissors, glue sticks
Have the students color the coloring pages from the lesson book and shade in as much as they can, including the background. When they are done, have them cut the header and footer from the pages, leaving just the picture. After they have finished coloring have the students carefully tear the picture into small mosaic-like shapes, about 1 to 1.5 inches in width. Encourage them to make the shapes somewhat irregular, but not too small. Using the torn papers like the pieces of a puzzle, have them reassemble the picture on top of the black sheet of construction paper. When the picture pieces are in the right arrangement, they should use a glue stick to attach them in place. If they leave a small 1/8th inch gap between the pieces of the "puzzle", it will produce a stained glass window effect.
Like the pieces of a torn puzzle, God brought Joseph and his brothers back together after many years. Use the craft project to remind the children that even when our relationships with others are torn apart, forgiveness allows the change for people to come back together again.
Have the children spread out in the room. The teacher begins by holding the end of a ball of yarn. Upon saying their first name, each person throws the yarn ball to be caught by a student across the room, who keeps hold of the yarn and throws the ball to another, until all have had the ball. Start again by having each person say their last name. The result should be an interconnected web of people, reminding the students how God binds us all together in one family.