Activities to Teach Kids About the Fruits of the Spirit

by Wannikki Taylor

    The fruits of the spirit are described in the Bible's book of Galatians 5:22 as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. These nine attributes are essential to a Christian lifestyle and are often themes for children's Bible lessons. Along with a lesson, fun activities help children remember the fruits of the spirit as they start applying the lessons in their lives.

    Have your kids make a colorful collage to remember the fruits of the spirit. Provide the children with old magazines and safety scissors. Ask the children to search for and cut out pictures of all kinds of fruit. Have the children cut a semi-circle from brown paper for a bowl and glue it to a piece of construction paper. The children can glue the pictures of the fruit above the bowl so it looks like the fruit is sitting in the bowl. Have the children write all the names of the fruits of the spirit on the bowl. Have the children hang their collage in your family's kitchen so they can see it every time they come in the room.

    If you are working with a large group of kids, a fun fruit relay can encourage the kids to get up and get active as they learn patience -- one of the fruits of the spirit. Divide the children into two equal teams. Provide each team with an apple and broom. Call the apple the fruit of patience. Have the teams stand at a starting line. On the word "Go," the first player in each team must push his fruit of patience to the finish line. Once the player gets to the finish line, he must grab his fruit of patience and broom and run back to the next team member for him to have a turn. The remaining children must show "patience" until it is their turn. The team who gets all its members through the relay first wins the game.

    Have the children memorize the fruits of the spirit with an edible activity. Purchase and wash nine different kinds of fruit. Designate each fruit as a particular fruit of the spirit. For example, oranges can mean self-control, strawberries can mean love, bananas can mean peace and so on. Cut up and place the fruits individually in small bowls and label each bowl with its corresponding fruit of the spirit. Have the children help dump the contents of each smaller bowl into one larger bowl. Mix all the fruits together, reminding the children that all the fruits of the spirits should work together for the good of everyone. Serve the fruit salad on small plates to "share" the fruits of the spirit with each other.

    A simple matching game can help kids memorize the fruits of the spirit. Draw duplicates of nine different kinds of fruit on index cards. Make sure there is a spirit assigned to each fruit and that it is written on the cards. For instance, grapes could mean long suffering. Mix the cards up and turn them over face down. Have the children turn two cards up at a time to see if they match. If the cards match, they can keep them. If the cards do not match, they must turn them back down. Continue playing until all cards are matched.

    About the Author

    Wannikki Taylor is a professional writer with a Bachelors of Arts in journalism from Temple University. She serves as a children's columnist and covers family entertainment for several print and online publications. She specializes in games, crafts and party planning ideas for kids and their families.

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