The Bible tells us in Galatians 5:22-23: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law ( NKJV). Teaching the fruit of the Spirit to your Sunday school class is a great way to help kids understand the importance of living out their Christian faith. It’s also a fun lesson to teach, because there are a variety of fun (and tasty!) crafts you can do to reinforce the lesson. Whether you have a large or small class, older kids or preschoolers, these Bible craft ideas for the fruit of the Spirit will keep hands busy and hearts full of the important truths they have learned.
Fruit of the Spirit Fruit-Stamps
For this craft you will need some brightly colored tempera paints, a variety of fruit cut in half(avoid citrus or very juicy fruits), and large sheets of paper. Let the kids dip the fruit halves into the paint, then stamp them onto their papers. When they’re dry, write each fruit of the Spirit under the stampings. Don’t forget some baby wipes for messy fingers!
Fun with Fruit Loops
Fruit Loops are a fun and easy tool for teaching the fruit of the Spirit to younger kids. One craft idea is spelling out one of the fruits(i.e., “Joy”)using Fruit Loops. Use some construction paper and write out the word in block letters. Place some drops of glue in the letters and let the kids glue the fruit loops in place until the letters are full.
Another option is to make necklaces focusing on the particular fruit of the Spirit you are learning about that week For this craft you will need some letter beads(you can find them in the jewelry making section of your local craft store), yarn, and Fruit Loops.. String the Fruit Loops and beads on the yarn, either placing the letters all together in the center of the necklace, or spacing them with Fruit Loops in between. In addition to being fun, this craft also helps develop fine motor skills!
The best part about using Fruit Loops? Snack time is covered too!
Fruit of the Spirit Salad
Fruit of the Spirit Salad is a delicious treat that lets kids put their love into action. This craft requires a little prep work at home and is best for older kids. You will need the following supplies: paper bowls, markers, some cut-up fruit (apples, bananas, and strawberries work well),1- ½ c. whipped topping, ¼ c. vanilla pudding, a large mixing bowl, a whisk, a serving spoon, and plastic wrap
Help the kids write “The Fruit of the Spirit is Love” around the outside of the bowls and decorate them with the markers and maybe even some stickers. In the mixing bowl, combine the whipped topping and pudding. You can pass it around and let the kids take turns mixing if you feel brave! Then combine the mixture with the fruit, spoon into the kids’ bowls, and cover with plastic wrap. Tell them to take their salad home, and “share their fruit” with someone they love!
These crafts are fun and easy, but the best way to teach our students is by example. While preparing these fruit of the Spirit crafts, take some time to meditate on Galatians 5:22-23. Ask God to show you which fruit could use some cultivating in your own life, and then get growing!
We also have fruit of the spirit coloring pages, be sure to check them out!