Treat the families in your church and community to
multisensory environments that feature Joseph, Ruth, and
JOSEPH: THE COMEBACK KID
Joseph is a great example of someone whose life seemed out of
control, but in the end, he learned that God is always in control.
Use this environment to tell the amazing story of Joseph's
• Deep Pit-Cover your room walls and ceiling with dark
brown paper. Smear mud all over the walls for a musty, smelly
effect. Tape plastic insects, snakes, and spiders to the walls of
Make your entryway look like the opening to a pit. Paint fake
rocks around the doorway. Drape a brown curtain across the bottom
half of your entryway. Place a stepladder on each side of the
curtain so people have to climb up and over the curtain to enter
the "pit." Turn off the lights in the room before people enter.
Play insect sound effects in the background.
You can download sound effects at www.sounddogs.com. There are several free audio
programs available for Windows (Winamp) and Mac (iTunes, QuickTime
player) that you can use for playback of your sound files. None of
these applications provides the ability to edit sound files
directly, but most can loop songs or sounds through the use of
simple programming buttons.
• The Rescue-Turn on the lights and choose people in
the audience to bring the story to life with Joseph, your
storyteller. You'll need Jacob, 11 brothers (or fewer if
necessary), slave traders, and Pharaoh. Even though these roles are
male, girls can also fill them.
Have the people for each scene stand against different walls as
though they're frozen -- wall 1: Jacob; wall 2: 11 brothers; wall
3: slave traders; and wall 4: Pharaoh. Instruct the actors not to
come to life until you get to their scene. Once the scene is over,
they must freeze again.
Retell the Bible story using the "It's the Pits" drama.
• Multicolored Tapestry-Determine the size of your
finished tapestry. Then construct a simple frame of 1¥2 wood strips
in those dimensions. Nail small finishing nails halfway into the
wood and 1 inch apart on the top crossbar of the frame and across
the bottom of the frame. Tie twine to the first nail on the bottom
crossbar. Keeping the twine taut, loop it over the first nail on
the top and again on the first nail on the bottom. Then create a
zigzag pattern by looping the twine around the second nail at the
top, then around the second nail at the bottom, then around the
third nail at the top, and so on. At the end, loop the twine around
the last nail at the bottom, and then tie the twine off at the last
nail at the top.
Cut many strips of various colored ribbons approximately 4 inches
longer than the width of your frame. Have kids and parents take
turns weaving strips of ribbon in and out of the twine all the way
across the frame, always alternating the pattern of the previously
Using your fingers, push the ribbons together to make the
tapestry tighter. Using the excess 2 inches of ribbon on either
side of the frame, tie the first and second ribbons together, then
the third and fourth, and so on to keep the tapestry from
unraveling. Once the frame is entirely filled, clip the looped ends
of twine and tie each pair of strings into a tight knot.
(Contributed by RoseAnne Sather.)
• It's the Pits-Give each actor a copy of this script.
Instruct the actors to freeze in position when Joseph is not at
their wall. Joseph does all of the speaking and main actions.
(Stands by the wall with Jacob, who "comes to life.") Hi, I'm
Joseph, and I want to tell you my story. I was always my dad's
favorite kid -- even my brothers knew it. (Jacob and Joseph give
each other high fives.) My father gave me a beautiful coat of many
colors to wear because he liked me best. (Jacob puts a coat on
Joseph.) Of course, my 11 brothers were so jealous! (Points to
brothers, and Jacob freezes.)
(Walks to the wall with the brothers.) Hey, yo, brothers! How's
it going? (Brothers come to life.) Of course, since I was so
special, my brothers loved me too -- not! (Brothers push him
around.) My brothers didn't like me at all. They pushed me around
all the time.
(Joseph steps out from the crowd of brothers while they plot in the
background.) I went to see them one day as they were watching the
sheep, and I wore this great coat. My brothers ripped my coat off
my back. (They rip it off.) They put animal's blood on it to
convince my dad that I was dead. And they threw me in a pit. (They
push him to the other wall and then they freeze.)
(The slave trader catches him.) But then they had pity on me, I
guess, and sold me instead to slave traders. This slave trader took
me to Egypt. (Slave trader walks with him to Pharaoh's wall.) I
thought I was a goner, but God was faithful. (Slave trader
(Pharaoh comes to life and stands proudly.) God told me in
Pharaoh's dream that all the land was going to run out of food.
Pharaoh was the king of Egypt, and he put me in charge of all the
food. (Pharaoh shakes hands with Joseph and then freezes.)
(Joseph steps to the center of the room.) I saw my brothers
years after they threw me in the pit. And I forgave them. (All the
brothers kneel at Joseph's feet.) Because even though my brothers
meant to do evil to me, God worked it out for good so that many
people's lives could be saved. I learned that God is always in
control of our lives.
• Play the Joseph -- King of Dreams video (www.amazon.com).
• Provide a salt map or a wall map of Joseph's travels.
• Create a "pit" out of a refrigerator box. One at a time, lower
kids into the pit and then pull them out.