Family Fun: The Fruits of the Spirit
Summer is a time when the kids (and grandkids) are out of school and it doesn't take long until they are bored. Here is a fun one-day unit study on, "Fruits of the Spirit."
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY: Use Galatians 5: 22-2. "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." In the morning, read the Scripture and speak as a family about the different types of fruit that God wants us to display. Let the children explain each attribute from the passage. If the children are old enough, allow them to write out the passage on paper.
CRAFT: Watermelon Fans You will need: Paper plates Craft paints in red or pink, green and black Foam or regular paint brushes Popsicle Sticks Stapler or Clear Packing Tape Allow the children to paint the paper plate like a watermelon. Paint a green ring around the outer edge. Paint a large red or pink circle in the middle of the plate. Allow to dry. Dot "seeds" of black in the red/pink painted area. While painting the seeds, talk about how fruits have seeds. Explain that people can, "plant seeds of kindness," by doing nice things for others. Fold plate in half with the inside of the plate on the outside. Place popsicle stick in the seam and staple edges all around and onto the stick.
SNACKS: Eat apple slices dipped in peanut butter and/or strawberries dipped in whipped cream.
Make blueberry muffins.
FAITH IN ACTION:
Focus on the, "Fruits of the Spirit," all week. Ask all the members of the family to report when someone in the family displays one of the fruits, such as forgiving, sharing, obeying, waiting patiently, etc. Write the act on a list. If the family reaches 20 fruits-of-the-spirit actions during the week, then everyone gets to share banana splits as a treat. If you do not like using sweet treats as a reward, choose another fun activity the family enjoys.