Fruit of the Spirit Crafts for Kids
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law,” according Galatians 5:22-23. Fruit of the Spirit crafts communicate this idea in a tangible way that will help kids remember this important lesson. Whether you plan one lesson including all the traits, or a series concentrating on one trait at a time, crafts will help to illustrate the meaning of this verse. Using crafts and actual fruits illustratea the abstract ideas of the character traits of the Spirit in a physical way,
Choose different fruits to represent the individual qualities of the Spirit. Give children pictures of the fruits to color and cut out, or provide pre-made cutouts, depending on the age of the children and time available to complete the craft. Have children label each piece with a trait, and then glue them all on a single tree picture.
Traditionally, a strawberry is used to represent love because of its shape and color. Lemons can be used to symbolize long suffering or patience because they must be eaten slowly. Bananas are often used for joy since they are the favorite fruit of many children. Any fruit will work, and all are interchangeable.
Help children create a human-like character that uses a different piece of fruit as the body. Starting with either a picture of the fruit or a real piece of fruit, students add eyes, hair, arms and legs. Ask them to name their character with a name representing one of the spiritual traits, like Joyful Joyce or Peaceful Peter. Next, allow them to tell a story centered on their character that demonstrates that trait.
Label cutouts or models of fruit with each character trait to make a necklace. Younger children could embellish paper or foam cutouts with paint and glitter, while older children could shape air-drying clay into fruit-shaped charms, making a small hole for stringing. Thread the pieces on yarn or plastic craft string, using a cross for the center and beads between each piece of fruit.
Available in a wide variety of shapes, colors, and styles, pasta is an inexpensive material for crafting. Let children paint the pasta or color it with markers, or you can dye it with food coloring a few days ahead, before children glue it to coloring pages of fruit labeled with the spiritual traits. White craft glue holds the pasta to paper, but it may cause dyes or paints to run, so have plenty of paper towels on hand.