One of my favorite Bible verses has got to be Galatians 5:22-23 which gives us the wonderful “Fruit of the Spirit.” This is because it was one of the first Scripture songs I ever wrote. I love sharing this verse with children of all ages but when I share it with preschoolers I tend to focus on the first 3 fruits of love, joy and peace. Here is a fun Bible school activity to help your little ones learn the first part of this verse. I call it “Fruit of the Spirit Spin and Toss.”
Here’s what you do:
For this activity you will need to create 9 large circles the children will toss. I created mine from the tops and bottoms of frozen juice cans. On 3 of the circles, attach a picture of a heart. On 3, attach a picture of a joyful smile and on the last 3 attach a picture of a peaceful sleeping baby or child. You will also need a large bowl or bag into which the circles will be tossed. Finally, you will want to make a line on the floor with a piece of chalk or tape behind which the children will toss the circles.
Here’s how to play:
Pick a child to come forward and stand behind the line. Before letting him toss the 9 circles into the bowl, slowly spin him around while saying the following Bible verse to a bit of a beat. Emphasize the words I have underlined:
“But the fruit of the Spirit
Is love, joy and peace…”
After the giggles subside, let the child toss the circles into the bowl one at a time. Count how many circles made it in the bucket by encouraging your little ones to count along with you. Then point out which kind of “fruit” made it into the bucket – love, joy or peace. When showing each circle, you might say, “God wants us to love one another,” or “God wants us to be joyful,” or “God wants us to be peaceful.” After every child has had at least one turn. You might want to conclude your activity by handing out fruit cups.
Before playing this Bible school activity, you might want to introduce it in the following way:
Who can tell me their favorite fruit? (Wait for responses.) I’m so glad all of you like fruit. Did you guys know that God loves fruit too? He does. He loves apples and oranges and grapes just like you, but He also loves a special kind of fruit called the Fruit of the Spirit such as love, joy and peace. When we have love, joy and peace in our lives we will be sweet and “yummy” to everyone we meet just like a good piece of fruit. Let’s play a fun game to help us remember God’s wonderful Fruit of the Spirit. It’s called “Fruit of the Spirit Spin and Toss.”