Wednesday, August 29, 2012

fruit of the spirit- preschool/toddler lessons

A few weeks ago...we started going through a Fruit of the Spirit lesson.  I haven't been doing much with them lastly activity-wise...and so this helped us jump back in the groove some.  (I do have links to pretty much every activity we did, but I just put them all at the bottom of this post for time's sake.  They should all be there though!)


"But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  Against such things there is no law."  Galations 5:22-23

We started out by reading this book.




Fruity Cheerio necklaces...













 Painting our fruit pages with kool-aid.  Unfortunately- we never got to cut up their painted, scented fruit and glue on the fruit basket because...even though I thought I made sure to buy the stuff without sugar...I think the name brand stuff had the sugar in it (guess I didn't pay that close attention to it!).  It was a different texture and...well...it stayed sticky and never dried.  :)  But the girls had a really good time doing this regardless.  Will definitely paint with kool-aid again!












And for snack that afternoon we had banana bread and strawberries.....



We watched a few Fruit of the Spirit videos...




Then a litte coloring....




And a matching fruit-shaped game....





I let Parker do some cutting on her own....



And just this week...

When I observe them acting out any of the fruits of the spirit...they get to eat their 'fruit of the spirit candy'.  It's taking them a while to get the hang of it....but it's sparked a lot of conversation about how we are to treat people...and I am also able to call out specific behaviors that are not  showing 'love, kindness, self-control, etc."


And we are also going to chart it in their own lap book folder by using a do-a-dot .  We'll see how long we keep this up.  I don't want them to think that they will get something each time they do something that they are already supposed to be doing.  But it has peaked their interest and so for now, I feel like it's doing us some good.



And lastly- we did some sorting and counting and eating of a few more Runts.





Another great activity to do is this Fruit Loop Sorting activity with Fruit Loops.  Free printable here.


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RESOURCES:

fruit of the spirit basket craft

blank fruits of the spirit to paint

fruit of the spirit mini book

Runts game for rewarding

printed out the Fruit of the Spirit lesson

fruit of the spirit video to watch- a song to help them remember

color sorting the runts for grace- and also counting with 1:1 for both girls.  grace through 10.  parker through 20; also adding and subtracting for Parker

connect the dot apple sheet

4 comments:

Kristin said...

What a great idea and what fun crafts! I am so copying you and doing this!! I really need to be doing more crafts with Payton.

Chance said...

Oh.my.goodness! What a awesome series of activities! I can't wait to get the book and do this too!

betty said...

Hi; was looking at curriculum for 3/4 year olds for church and saw this book on Amazon and thought it would be a good lesson for the kids, then when looking for crafts, Google brought me to your blog (I'm sure God led me here) and I saw the crafts you had along with the book, which now is going to inspire me to plan a lesson for fruit of the spirit. Just wanted you to know that I visited.

betty

Ron Whitney said...

Fruit lessons are fun! Grandma has "fruit" lessons for the whole family, along with games & posters & music suggestions. You'll find them here:
http://www.mygrandmatime.com/3019-2/visit-with-grandma/bible-fun-with-grandma/family-bible-activities/fruit-of-the-spirit/
Blessings!
Grandma
www.mygrandmatime.com

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