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Fruit of The Spirit for Kids: Preschool Activities

Hi!  I’m Courtney from Faith For The Littles and I’m so honored today to be guest posting for Abi! She has some great things to say about being an example of the Fruits of the Spirit for her children and this excites me to no end. Today I’d like to share a resource for being intentional with our children in teaching them what it really means to live out the fruits every single day.

Treat your kids to some fun, flavorful activities that will help them understand the fruit of the Spirit.

 

In our Breakfast with the Bible study at home, we read a super cute story and did an object lesson and devotional for each of the fruits. You can find all of those resources in our ongoing series over at the Faith For The Littles blog!
With all of you, I’d love to share the book we read, Pups of the Spirit by Jill Gorey, and the extension activities we did! I absolutely LOVE picture books. I’ll turn them into a mini thematic unit, and we’ll do different activities every day. There are so many early literacy and math skills as well as Biblical truths that can be incorporated into these units! This makes my teacher heart and my mommy heart very happy!

 

 

A few years ago, I found a “Summer Schedule” on Pinterest that included different themes for each day.  I’ve seen several different versions, so I moved things around to make it work for our family.  In addition to our Breakfast with the Bible object lessons, we followed this schedule for the first week so we never missed a minute of Fruits of the Spirit fun!

 

Make-It Monday ~ Kool-Aid Painting

 

I found Kool-Aid in each of the flavors of fruits that we talked about (strawberry, orange, lemon, watermelon, grape, cherry, peach, blueberry).  I printed off several different coloring pages, mixed the Kool-Aid with a little bit of water and let the boys have at it!  Their final products smelled super yummy!  I found a general Fruits of the Spirit coloring page and then found one of each of the fruits.  We compiled all of them together to make our own book.  A folder with brads or a hole puncher and yarn works to hold it all together.  These pages can be used as sticker charts when you catch your little ones showing one of the fruits!

 

Time to Read Tuesday ~ Book List

 

We certainly didn’t read all of these in one day, but we made a special trip to the library to pick up our stack of books.  These were some of our bedtime stories while we did our study!

 

Love ~ Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
Joy ~ The Berenstain Bears Count Their Blessings by Stan and Jan Berenstain
Peace ~ I Will Not Be Afraid by Michelle Medlock Adams
Patience ~ Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
Kindness ~ The Kindness Quilt by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
Goodness ~ Clifford’s Good Deeds by Norman Bridwell
Faithfulness ~ Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats
Gentleness ~ Hey, Little Ant by Phillip M. Hoose
Self-Control ~ No, David! by David Shannon

 

What’s Cooking Wednesday ~ Fruit Salad

For a simple cooking activity, I had several bowls of the fruits listed under “Make-It Monday.”  Each bowl was covered in foil and labeled with the Fruit of the Spirit it represented.  I had Little Man decorate paper bowls with our names (one for each member of the family).  As I called out each Fruit of the Spirit, he would add it to a large mixing bowl while we gave an example of a way to show that fruit.  For example, for lemons (peace), he said he would say one of his memory verses before he went to bed to remember that God is always with him.  After we added all the fruits to the big bowl and mixed them up, we divided it into the separate bowls for the family.  We talked about how the Holy Spirit gives us the fruits and fills us up (the fruit filled the bowls with our names).

 

Thoughtful Thursday ~ Fruit Baskets

 

For Thoughtful Thursday, we had a service playdate.  A few friends came over and each person brought a different type of fruit (apples, oranges, bananas, grapes, etc).  We had all the kiddos fill some baskets and write short notes.  We took them to area businesses and gave them to the staff.  The kids took turns explaining what we were studying and what our activity was for the day.  At first we received some strange looks, but once they figured out what they were doing, the responses were fantastic!  The faces on the little ones were priceless!

 

Fabulous Friday ~ Fruits of the Spirit Slip n’ Slide

 

For Fabulous Friday, I spread out a giant blue tarp. We covered it in water and let the boys slide on it.  Once they figured out how to slide across it in a certain direction, I challenged them with a goal.  I made foam cutouts to resemble the fruits.  My artistic abilities presented a slight challenge.  Most of my fruits ended up looking like colored circles!  I wrote the words so they would know which one I wanted them to grab.  Little Man liked trying to pick which fruit was demonstrated in a specific scenario.  “Mary wants to play Barbies, but her friend Lisa wants to do puzzles.”  I also challenged them with a bit of literacy here.  “Slide to a fruit that starts with the sound /f/.”  To keep the fun going, the foam cutouts can be used for some bathtime fun later in the evening!

 

So there you have it!  This was such a fun week and a great introduction to our Fruits of the Spirit study!  To see exactly what we did during our Breakfast with the Bible time, stop by Faith for the Littles!  You’ll find overview activities, as well as specific object lessons and memory verses for each of the fruits!

 

Fruits of the Spirit Activities for Kids

 

Which of these activities would your kids enjoy the most?

 

Courtney-mommy-her-men

Courtney is “Honey” to her husband and “Mommy” to two crazy and LOUD boys.  Little Man is almost seven and Baby Boy is seven months.  She taught in the classroom for eight years.  God has amazingly placed her in a position now where she can teach from home, and she’s loving the extra time with her kiddos!  she has a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education and a Masters Degree in Reading Intervention.  Courtney loves the Lord and loves to read!  She intertwines the two into special moments for you and your little ones at Faith For The Littles.

 

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  1. This is so precious! God has given you many talents. Wonderful to see them being used for His kingdom.

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