by Karen & Grace Morris
Joseph spent his adult life in Egypt. The Joseph in Egypt Bible crafts will cover his dream interpretations and his family coming to buy grain.
Joseph's brothers sold him to a band of Ishmaelites. The caravan took Joseph to Egypt where he became a slave of Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh. Potiphar's wife caused Joseph to be thrown in prison, where he met the Pharaoh's butler and baker.
The butler and baker had dreams. God showed Joseph the interpretation of the dreams. The Joseph in Egypt Bible crafts begins here.
You can read the story in Genesis 37 through 45.
The Butler had a dream where a vine with three branches budded with ripe grapes. He pressed the grapes into the pharaoh's cup. Read the account in Genesis 40:9-13. Then make the Joseph in Egypt Bible crafts.
Cut a brown rectangle 8 1/2 by 1 inch. Round one end to look like a branch.
Cut three 1 1/4 by 1 1/2 inch triangles from the index card.
Cut small squares from the purple tissue paper.
Also, cut three green pipe cleaners 6 inches.
Wrap the pipe cleaners around a pencil. Flatten some of the curves so that it looks like a vine.
Roll the tissue squares into small balls.
Glue the balls to the triangles. With a pencil, push the balls down so that they stick on the triangle.
Poke a small hole in each triangle. Push the pipe cleaner through the hole. If too much of the pipe cleaner shows through the tissue, then add a tissue ball over the pipe cleaner.
With the end of the pipe cleaner, poke a hole in the brown rectangle. Twist the end to attach the pipe cleaner to the paper. Repeat with the other two pipe cleaners.
The Baker then told Joseph his dream. He dreamed that on his head were three white baskets with bread in them. But the birds came and ate the bread. The story is in Genesis 40: 16-19
For the baskets, cut an 8 1/2 by 2 3/4 inch rectangle, a 7 1/2 by 3 1/4 inch rectangle, and a rectangle 6 1/2 by 3 1/4 inches.
Fold each rectangle in half. From the fold, cut several slits to almost the cut end. Also, cut off the corners on the cut edge.
From one of the colors of paper, cut three strips 9 inches long. From another color, cut three strips 8 inches long. From the third color cut three strips 6 1/2 inches long.
Weave the longer strips in the larger basket. Weave the 8-inch strips in the medium-sized basket and the shorter strips in the small basket. Glue the ends down. Trim the strips to the edge of the basket.
Glue the larger basket on the bottom of the background sheet. Then glue the medium basket slightly over the larger one. The small basket will go on top. Don't glue the top of the last basket all the way down so that you can add the bread.
For the bird, cut a 3 1/4 inch tear shape. The tail almost comes to a point.
For the beak, cut a 1-inch square. Fold the square in half from corner to corner. Cut in half from the top point.
For the legs, cut a strip of black paper 2 1/4 inches. Fold the strip in half.
Glue the beak and legs to the back of the tear shape to finish the bird.
For the bread cut several oval shapes. Also, cut snips out of the ovals so that it looks like the bread has been eaten. Slip the ovals in the top basket and glue down.
Glue the bird to the side of the top basket. Add a small piece of brown paper so that it looks like the bird took a bite.
Later, Pharaoh also had dreams. Joseph was called to interpret the dreams. According to the interpretation that God gave Joseph, there would be seven years of plenty and then a time of famine. It was decided that during the plentiful years that grain would be stored. Because Pharaoh believed the message that God gave to Joseph, he made Joseph his second in command. You can read about Pharaoh's dreams in Genesis 41. Then make more Joseph in Egypt Bible crafts that have to do with dreams.
Pharaoh dreamed that seven fat cows came out of the Nile. Then seven skinny cows came out of the river. The skinny cows ate the fat cows. You can read the story in Genesis 41:1-4.
Fold one sheet of brown paper in half. Draw your “U” shape on this paper. Also, draw a 4 by 1/2 inch rectangle with a tear shape for the tails. Draw a tear shape for the ears.
On the other sheet of brown paper draw the two 3 1/2 inch circles, two 2 1/4 inch tear shapes, and a 6 1/4 inch circle.
Cut two 1 1/2 by 1-inch rectangle from pink paper. Fold each of the rectangles in half and round the corners to make the noses.
From yellow paper, cut two 2 by 1 1/2 inch rectangles. On each rectangle, draw a “U” shape. Taper the ends to a point. This will be the horns.
Glue the nose to the front of the two circles. Glue the horns to the top of the back of the circles. Glue the ears to the sides of the head.
Turn the “U” shape over so the points are down, these will be the legs. Glue the large circle to the center of the upside-down “U”. Glue the head to one side. Glue the tail to the back opposite of the head.
Add wiggly eyes.
For the skinny cow, glue the head and tail to the upside-down “U” shape. Add wiggly eyes.
Pharaoh dreamed again. This time about corn. In his dream, seven fat ears of corn grew on one stock. Then seven thin ears grew. The fat ears ate up the skinny ears. You can read about the dream in Genesis 41:5-7.
For the fat corn or grain, cut a 1 by 9-inch rectangle from brown paper. Cut seven tear shapes 4 by 2 1/2 inches.
Glue the brown rectangle to the background sheet so that it looks like a stem. Add the seven ears of corn to the stem.
Make the corn by coloring some brown paper with a yellow crayon. You will need seven 1 by 2-inch rectangles. Round one end of the rectangles. Then cut the other end of each rectangle to a point.
Glue the corn on the stem and on the background piece.
Finish the four Joseph in Egypt Bible crafts for the dreams of Pharaoh. Then read about his interpretation of Pharaoh's dreams is in Genesis 41:14-36.
After a time there was a famine in all the land. Besides Egypt, this also included Canaan, where the family of Joseph was. So ten of Joseph's brothers went to Egypt asking to buy grain.
Joseph said that they were spies and put them in prison. After three days, he sent nine of the brothers on their way, but kept Simeon in prison. Joseph also gave them grain and their money back. Genesis 42:1-25. The next Joseph in Egypt Bible crafts deal with the family coming for grain.
One of the brothers went to feed his donkey. In the feed sack, he found money. But instead of returning to Egypt, they continued on their journey to Canaan. Genesis 42:27-38.
You will need a 9 by 7 1/2 inches piece of paper for the background.
On brown construction paper draw a rounded rectangle 4 1/2 by 4 inches, add 1 by1 1/2 inch tabs on each side. Cut the shape out.
Cut a 7 by 5 1/2 inches piece of yellow tissue paper.
Fold the taps to the back. Add some glue to the tabs and the bottom of the bag. Glue to the background piece. Let it dry.
Cover the buttons with foil.
Stuff the tissue in the bag. Be careful not to pull the sides or bottom from the background.
Glue the buttons to the tissue paper.
The famine was so severer that Jacob sent his nine sons and Benjamin to Egypt. He also had his sons give some fruits of the land and double the money. The family was brought to Joseph's house. The brothers still did not know who Joseph was. You can read the story in chapters 43 and 44 of Genesis.
Joseph commanded his officers to fill the bags with grain and put each man's money in their bags. In Benjamin's bag, they were to put in Joseph's cup. The stewards overtook the brothers and accused them of stealing. The stewards found the cup in Benjamin's bag, so everyone went back to the city. Then Joseph made himself known to his brothers. You can read the story in Genesis 44:1-13.
Fold 2 inches down from the 5-inch side of the card.
On one side count three of the lines and cut this off. On the other side draw a “C” shape for the handle.
Cut around the outside of the “C”. Then fold some so that you can cut out the inside. Be careful that you don't cut the handle off. Trim off the corners on the top of the cup.
Cover the cup with foil.
Poke out the center of the handle. Try to leave as much of the foil as possible.
After you are done making the cup place, in the bag with the grain and money.
Joseph encouraged them to go back and bring everyone to Egypt and live in the land of Goshen. Genesis 45:1-10
Joseph in Egypt Bible crafts will help your kids remember this time in Israel's history.