In this week's parsha, we learn about two dreams that Pharoah has. The first is about seven healthy fat cows and seven skinny cows who are grazing by a river. Unexpectedly, the seven thin cows eat the seven fat cows, yet they do not become any fatter. Pharoah is alerted about Yosef, who has a skill at interpreting dreams, who explains that this dream, as well as his second dream about the corn stalks represents seven years of plenty in Egypt that will then be followed by seven years of famine.
This project is from chinuch.org, which is a wonderful resource filled with a variety of crafts, projects, and learning strategies. You can find the templates for this project at http://www.chinuch.org/item_detail/Parshas-Mikeitz-Project-Pharohs-Dream
- 7 pictures of fat cows
- 7 pictures of skinny cows
- optional: colored paper
You will begin by cutting out both sets of cows and you can then color them. My daughter stuck the cows to colored paper to make the cards a little sturdier. Glue the skinny cows to the front of the envelop and the fat cows are placed inside to represent the skinny cows eating them.
Pharoah's Dream: Corn
In Pharoah's second dream, a stalk with seven sickly ears of corn eat a stalk of seven healthy ears of corn.
- a piece of lego
- yellow paint
- a white sheet of paper
- green construction paper
This is a really fun project. Begin by cutting out the white paper into the shape of corn. Pour some yellow paint onto a plate. Dip a piece of lego into the paint and 'stamp' it onto the corn until the sheet is filled. Cut out and glue green leaves to the top.
Yaakov and his families suffers when the seven years of famine begin. He sends all of his sons except for Binyamin to buy food in Egypt. In this project, we depict the scene with the brothers on their way to meet Yosef in Egypt. My friend gave me the template for this project, so unfortunately, I do not have the pictures used here, however you can use clipart to find pictures of 10 boys.
- 2 colours of cardstock or construction paper
- clip art or drawings of brothers
- drawing of a horse
- pipe cleaner or ribbon
Take one of the pieces of cardstock and form it into the shape of a wagon (or a box) by folding the edges and stapling them. Cut out 4 circles for the wheels and staple or glue them to the wagon. Color, cut, and glue the pictures of the brothers inside the wagon. Poke a hole in the front of the wagon and attach a horse with a pipe cleaner or ribbon.