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Fruit of the Spirit Bible Lesson and Activities for Sunday School

Fruit of the Spirit Lesson 9 - Self-control/Temperance


Squirmy the Worm learns about self-control when he eats to many tomatoes and gets sick. Complete lessons are available to members on The Resource Room.


Make a Fruit Cup

sunday school squirmy the worm self control bible craft from www.daniellesplace.com

Your children will enjoy decorating this cup that has the Bible verse on the back.

(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.)

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Make a Fruit of the Spirit Picture with Starburst Candy

Fruit of the Spirit Bible Chart

Children color a Bible verse picture and then glue Starburst candy on the picture gluing the matching flavor of candy next to the fruit.

(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.)

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Make Edible Strawberries

Children dip whole strawberries into colored sugar. You can also dip the strawberries in melted chocolate. As you work talk to your children about self-control when eating. It is okay to eat sweets, but we must have self-control and not eat too many. We must also eat the foods that are good for us before we eat the foods that aren't as nutritious.

If strawberries are out of season, you can try this recipe:

Strawberry Shaped Cookies Recipe

1/2 c. Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk
1 pkg. dry strawberry Jell-O (minus 2 tbsp.)
1 1/2 c. Angel Flake coconut
Red food coloring

Mix all the ingredients together. Shape them to look like strawberries and then roll them in two tablespoons or Jell-O mixed with red sugar. Use green icing to make leaves.



Review the Bible Verse with Squirmy Worm

Fruit of the Spirit Bible Verse Review Game www.daniellesplace.com

Draw a large strawberry shape on red poster board and cut it out. Write the Bible verse on the strawberry using large letters ("Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry" leaving out the words quick and slow. Cut wholes large enough for Squirmy's head to fit through where the words should be. Tell the children that Squirmy is going to help us learn the Bible verse. Ask Squirmy what he did with the strawberry. Squirmy should say, "What strawberry?" And you say, "Squirmy, you remember the strawberry with the Bible verse on it." Squirmy says, "Oh, that strawberry. I forgot about that. I'm afraid I didn't have much self-control with that either." Squirmy then brings out the strawberry.

Go over the Bible verse and have Squirmy pop his head out and say "slow" or "quick" in the appropriate place. Keep reviewing until the children remember the verse.



Practice Listening

(Older children) Pass out a sheet of paper to each child. Tell them that they are going to practice being slow to speak and quick to listen. Tell them to do exactly like you say. They have to listen carefully because you aren't going to repeat yourself. It is very important that we learn to control our mouths and our ears, to know when we should speak and when we should listen. Today we are going to practice listening.

Make the directions match your children's age. The older the children the more directions you should give at one time. Have them draw a design on their paper as you explain what to draw. For example, you can say something like this.

1. Draw a big circle in the middle of your paper.
2. Draw a line though the circle from top to bottom, cutting the circle in half but don't make the line go outside the circle.
3. Draw three small circles on the left side of the big circle, one on top of the other, but not touching each other.
4. Draw three X's on the right side of the big circle, one on top of the other but they should not be touching. The bottom one should be bigger than the middle one and the middle one should be bigger than the top one.

When the children are all done have them compare their pictures. How well did they do listening to the directions?



Play a Bible Verse Review Game

This game is played like Duck, Duck, Goose except instead of the children saying "Duck, Duck, Goose, they say the Bible verse. The first child says one word of the verse each time he taps a child's head. When he comes to the last word of the verse, he runs around the circle while the child who was tapped last chases him around the circle to his space.



Fruit Bowl Review Game

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Divide your children up into two or more teams. Take turns asking the teams review questions from all the Fruit of the Spirit lessons. If team an answers a question correctly, place a fruit in that team's bowl. The team that gets all their fruit in the bowl first wins.

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

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Play Fruit of the Spirit Domino Review Game

Fruit of the Spirit Bible Game - Fruit of the Spirit Bible Review Game from www.daniellesplace.com

Children play dominoes with fruit pictures to help them remember the Fruit of the Spirit. This game is available to members only.

(Patterns for these cards are available to members.)



Make a Fruits of the Spirit Tree

Make a small tree (10" tall) out of small wood dowels 1/16" to 1/8" for branches & 1/4" to 1/2" for the trunk. The trunk needs to be drilled with 9 holes for the nine branches to fit in. The tree trunk is attached to a small wood base 3"x 3" x 1/4". The children can assemble the trunk, base, and branches (Vine and branches John 15 could be taught for this step). The tree can be painted and dry moss attached to the base. To finish cut out nine different fruit shapes from "shrink art" plastic and put a hole in each so they can be hung on the tree.  The kids can color and label each fruit (love, joy, peace, etc.) Let the kids shrink their creations in a portable toaster oven. It's fun to watch! When they are cool, hang the fruit on the tree with wire, string, or yarn. You may want to hit it with a little hot glue to secure. (To make this craft appropriate for young children or if you are nervous about using a toaster oven around the children, you can always use some other material to make the fruits such as poster board, or even just construction paper.)

This craft idea comes from Darin. Thanks, Darin for sharing your ideas



Fruit of the Spirit Ideas from Readers:


Print the scripture verse from Galatians 5:22-23 onto a white sheet of construction paper along with a seven piece puzzle in the shape of a heart. I also printed the seven piece puzzle onto colored construction paper with the love scripture from John 13:34 on it. I cut out the colored puzzle pieces and put them in zip-lock bags, to keep each puzzle separate. During class, the children got to choose what color puzzle they wanted to work. Using the puzzle printed on the white construction paper, they worked their puzzle and then glued the pieces down. The children really enjoyed working the puzzle and of course, gluing down the pieces. Theresa Bostick

Hi! I teach the preschool Sunday school class at my church. We are learning about the Fruits of the Spirit. Our fruit this week was PATIENCE. I used the story of Hannah for my lesson, as she must have had a lot of patience to have continued to pray for so long for a baby.

For our craft, we made a "Patience Necklace". I purchased large wooden beads and made a necklace charm, out of construction paper, with the word "patience" printed on it. During class, the children got to pick their string color and the color of necklace charm they wanted. I gave them all the same amount of beads, and as they worked to string them, we talked about how they were using the Fruit of the Spirit, patience to string the beads and make their necklaces. Some of them had to use more patience than the others, but I think they all understood my point. Theresa Bostick

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.



Fruit of the Spirit on The Resource Room


sunday school fruit of the spirit lessons and bible crafts

The following lessons are available on The Resource Room a subscription site.


“Fruit of the Spirit” Lesson for Older Children - Children learn about how the Holy Spirit helps us to become more like Jesus. They learn that as we grow in Christ the Holy Spirit helps us to produce fruit that is pleasing and glorifies God.

“Life Prints” - Children learn that they can be identified by their unique fingerprints and that they can also be identified as a Christian by their “"life prints"” or the things they do.


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