Fruit of the Spirit Salad – an activity for children of all ages. Young children are often concrete thinkers so this visual activity will help them better understand the qualities of the fruit of the Spirit. You can also find a free Fruit of the Spirit Bingo game for a limited time at children’s-ministry-deals.com to reinforce these qualities.
*This activity was adapted from an object lesson found on ministry-to-children.com.
- rotten fruit (such as a banana, withered grapes, or a bruised apple)
- a variety of fresh fruit (if able, nine options are preferred): • Strawberries=Love • Pear=Kindness • Oranges=Joy • Apple=Goodness • Grapes=Peace • Peach=Faithfulness • Banana=Patience • Cherries=Self-Control
- nine small bowls
- one large bowl
- cutting board
- sharp knife
- marker or pen
- Throughout the week, sing the song “Fruit of the Spirit” by Steve Green to help your child memorize this week’s memory verse, Galations 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
- Write (or if able, have your child write) each fruit of the Spirit on a piece of paper: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control and label the fruit.
- Make cards with words such as selfishness, anger, dishonesty, disobedience, etc. (enough to label each rotten fruit) and then label each piece of rotten fruit.
- As you label the rotten fruit, talk with your child about how things like jealousy and rudeness are not from the Holy Spirit and are not qualities we want included in our lives just as we wouldn’t want rotten fruit in our fruit salad. Just as rotten fruit can make you sick, these rotten qualities can make us spiritually sick and separate us from God.
- Thoroughly wash hands and wash and prepare the fresh fruit.
- Separate the fruit into nine bowls and label each fruit with a fruit of the Spirit.
- Combine each of the nine bowls into one large bowl. As you add each of the bowls, ask your child what ways they can show each type of quality. Talk with your child about how these positive qualities are evidence that the Holy Spirit is working in their lives. The fresh fruit tastes good and is pleasing to God and to others, just as are the fruits of the Spirit.
- Stir together and serve, but remember your self-control when eating it! 🙂
- Take pictures and tag #theabundantgarden on Instagram to share your fun and for an opportunity to be featured @theabundantgarden.