Ask children to look at Joseph’s face and body language closely. Say: Our bodies and our facial expressions often show how we feel, even if we don’t say a word. Let’s practice showing our emotions without speaking. Have children stand up, and when you call out an emotion, have children act out or pose in a way that shows that emotion. Some emotions children will be familiar with include frightened, joyful, sad, prayerful, and curious. Close the activity with a discussion about saying kind words to people who have heavy burdens or are going through difficult times.
Explain to children that Joseph was feeling overwhelmed and worried. Say: God sent an angel to show Joseph that with God in his life, everything will work out. Have children think about times when they are scared or unsure. Have them write a prayer to God, asking for guidance and for strength. Have children decorate their prayers, perhaps with their own versions of an angel that will guide them. Encourage children to keep their prayers in a prominent place in their homes, such as their bedrooms, as a reminder to talk to God when they are feeling blue or scared.