In the Bible, the fruits of the spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Many people would agree that these are all good qualities to teach children. Crafts can give kids a hands-on activity that may help them remember these traits as they strive to show them in their own lives.
This paper craft from AKidsHeart.com is easy enough to complete during one Sunday school class. Ahead of time, you'll need to cut out several basket shapes (one for each child) from brown construction paper or butcher paper. Draw one with a black permanent marker on a piece of white paper, then load a copier with construction paper and copy the basket so you don't have to draw it numerous times. On the back of the basket, tape a sandwich bag so kids have somewhere to put their fruit. Then draw several fruit shapes, such as apples, oranges, bunches of grapes, bananas and pears, on white construction paper. Each fruit should represent a fruit of the spirit, for example apples may represent patience. Label the fruit with the trait you've decided they represent, then ask kids to colour, cut out and place the fruit in the sandwich bag on their basket.
Fuzzy Fruit Bear
This craft idea from Bible Kids Fun Zone will give your little ones a fuzzy little bear to help them remember the fruits of the spirit. You'll need to cut out a 10 in. tall bear shape from felt and some simple fruit shapes such as apples, oranges, plums and bananas. Glue small, circular pieces of Velcro to the bear using felt glue, then glue the opposite pieces of Velcro to the fruit. For the craft, provide small scraps of felt, buttons, sequins and markers. Kids should glue the craft items onto the bear's face with the felt glue or alternatively draw his face. When finished, they can stick their fruits on the bear to remind them of each fruit of the spirit.
After discussing the fruits of the spirit with your Bible class, make magnets they can take home. For this craft from Loyola Press, kids will need felt in various colours, such as red, yellow, orange, green and purple. After you've assigned each fruit a different fruit of the spirit, such as love or joy, kids should decide on one trait they want to show. They'll cut out the fruit, and a piece of white card stock in the same shape, that represents that trait. Next they'll write the trait on the fruit using a black permanent marker and then glue the felt piece to the card stock with felt glue. An adult can then use hot glue to add a magnet to the back of the card stock.