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Fruit of the Spirit Bible Lessons and Activities for Childrens Ministry

Fruit of the Spirit Lesson 2 - Joy



In this lesson your children will learn that we can be happy in all situations even when things don't go our way because we can trust God to work out his plan for us. The story of Paul and Silas in jail is used as an example of how we can praise God even when things aren't going our way.

Complete lessons are available to members on The Resource Room.


Fruit Loop Necklace

Joy - Fruit of the Spirit Necklace Craft from www.daniellesplace.com

Children color the "Joy" medallion, cut it out, and then string Fruit Loop cereal and the medallion onto a ribbon to make an edible necklace.

(A Pattern for this craft is available to members only. Click on the lesson link to go to The Resource Room for the complete lesson.)

Hi. Thanks for the lessons re Fruits of the Spirit. We had a great time in the camp studying the Bible with these lessons. Your teachings are well written, the frame with Squirmy is lovely, and the activities are very different in each lesson. The printables are very clear, nice, ready to use. It was such a joy to teach with your help. We took a few photoes, I am attaching them for you to see. God bless you. Lilla, Hungary, 9/9/2010



Fruit Loop Picture

Fruit of the Spirit Activity Sheet www.daniellesplace.com

Children color or paint the picture and then paste Fruit Loop cereal on the picture to decorate it.

(A Pattern for this craft is available to members only. Click on the lesson link to go to The Resource Room for the complete lesson.)



Squirmy Find the Bible Verse Game

Tell your children that Squirmy wants to help them learn the memory verse. Ask Squirmy if he is ready to show your children the memory verse fruit. Have squirmy look around for them and then come up with nothing. Ask Squirmy what the problem is. Squirmy then says that he lost them. Ask the children if they will help Squirmy find them. When a child has found a fruit help him put it in the correct order to spell out the verse.



Love and Joy Beanbag Pass

Make fruit beanbags out of felt before class. In class have your children pass beanbags around the circle and each time they pass a beanbag they should say what that beanbag represents. When they pass the cherry beanbag, they should say, "joy". When they pass the apple beanbag they should say, "love". Keep introducing more and more beanbags. Start passing some in the opposite direction. Soon the game will become confusing, but fun. (If your children are younger than Kindergarten age, you should just have them pass them all in the same direction but alternate apple with cherries. A Pattern for the beanbags is available to members of The Resource Room.

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Spread the Joy Bean Bag Toss

Prepare this game before class. Use a plate to draw circles on the construction paper. On some of the circles write some of the following:

1. I can be happy when I have to go to the dentist.

2. I can be happy when I have to clean my room.

3. I can be happy when I loose at a game.

4. I can be happy when I have to go to school.

5. I can be happy when I have to do my homework.

6. I can be happy when I don't get my way.

7. I can be happy when I can't play with my friend.

On the rest of the circles draw sad faces. Tape the circles to the floor close together on one side of the room. Have your children stand on the other side of the room behind a piece of tape. Let them take turns throwing a beanbag and trying to avoid the sad face circles. If the beanbag lands on a circle with words, read the circle and give the child a treat like a cookie and have him sit down. If the beanbag lands on a sad face the child goes to the back of the line and tries again when it is his turn. Tell that child that he doesn't have to be sad because he gets to try again next time. Keep playing until all the children have gotten a treat and are sitting down.



Love or Joy?

Before class cut up an apple and some cherries, place them in plastic containers such as film canisters, and punch holes in the lids. Make the containers look different so the children can tell them apart. For instance, you can wrap red tape around one. Review the two fruit of the Spirit that they have learned so far. Place the canisters at opposite ends of the room and tell the children to smell them through the holes and decide which one they think is the apple and which the cherries. If you have a large class, make several of each type so it doesn't take too long. Tell the children not to tell each other what they think is in the canisters. When all the children have had a chance to smell the containers ask the children which container they think the apples are in and tell them to go to that side of the room. When everyone has picked a side of the room, tell them which canister contains the apples and which the cherries.


Fruit of the Spirit Ideas from Readers:


My daughters were having a hard time (as we all do sometimes) exercising the Fruit of the Spirit. I printed off some fruit pictures and printed a Fruit of the Spirit on each one of the fruit. I then found a basket picture in a clipart program of mine and attached a small magnet to the back of it and to each of the fruit pieces and stuck it on my refrigerator. As my children exemplified a certain fruit during the day, I told them they could go to the refrigerator and place that fruit in their basket (They each had their name printed on their basket.) The goal was to see who could fill up their basket during the day. It worked very well ! Kerrie Wade

Make a Fruit of the Spirit Lapbook to go along with these lessons - 1+1+1=1 Blog has a picture and directions on how she made a lapbook using the printouts from these lessons.


Memory Cross