The fifth chapter of Galatians outlines the nine Fruit of the Spirit, which are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Help your Sunday school class remember the Fruit of the Spirit and why they're important by playing fun games. Not only will the kids enjoy themselves, they will be more likely to retain the information.
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Make a line down the middle of the room or yard with masking tape. Have the children stand on one side, and give them each a piece of paper fruit. Place a basket about 20 feet behind the other side of the line. The objective is for the kids to put their fruit in the basket while dodging "temptations." Choose two or three children (or teen helpers) to be "temptations," who will try and tag kids before they get to the basket. Any kid who gets tagged must go back to the other side of the line and try again. Explain that the "temptations" represent things that keep good fruit from growing inside us.
This game teaches kids about kindness, a Fruit of the Spirit. Give each child a pair of lightweight plastic kitchen gloves. Place a big bowl of mixed fruit and kebab sticks in the middle of each group. Tell the class that they will work together to make fruit kebabs. The group that uses all the fruit in its bowl first wins. But each group must follow the rules. Only one person can hold the kebab stick while the other group members place the food on it. Nobody can put more than one piece of fruit on the kebab at a time, and no two kebabs can have the same pattern of fruit. The kids must work together and be kind to one another while also trying to win.
Secretly assign each child a Fruit of the Spirit. Without talking or moving their lips, the kids must find other classmates who were assigned the same fruit. Encourage kids to do this by making hand motions or acting out the quality. For example, a person can point to his heart for love or point to the clock for patience. The first group to successfully find all its members wins. Assign children different fruit, and let them play again.
Use this game to introduce your Fruit of the Spirit lesson. Divide the kids into groups of four. Ask the groups to make a list of good qualities a person can have, such as love, generosity, honesty, etc. The group with the longest list wins a small prize. Make a master list of all the groups' ideas on the board. Ask, "Which are the nine most important traits on this list?" Let each group choose their top nine, and put a star on the board next to the top nine characteristics the class picked. Compare the class's list with the list of the Fruit of the Spirit in the Bible.
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