Pass the Apple

June 15th, 2011 by admin

This game is similar to the game Hot Potato.  Have the children sit in a circle.  Use 3 apples to pass around.  Sing the song I’ve God the Love of Jesus (fruit version).  When the song stops whoever has the apples shouts out “God is Love!”

Then show the children a rotten apple, “Who wants to eat this?” – offer it if anyone says yes :P  Then show a good fruit.  Have the children practice saying, “I want the good fruit!”  Play Pass the Apple again and the children who have the apple at the end of the song say, “I want the good fruit!”

In the Bible Jesus said, “By their fruit you will know them.”  So if you make good fruit you belong to Jesus.  When Jesus was talking about good fruit and bad fruit he wasn’t talking about apples he was talking about how you act.  What do you think he meant by good fruit?  How would you act if you were making the good fruit? (Love!)

“Love is the good fruit!”  Have children practice shouting this.  Play Pass the Apple again and the children who have the apple at the end of the song say, “Love is the good fruit!”

We can’t make the good fruit without God’s love.  How do we get God’s love inside of us so that we will make the good fruit?  (Ask Jesus into your heart!)

Give an opportunity either now or later for children to ask Jesus into their heart if they have never done so and they would like to do that.

Apple, Apple, Love! Preschool Game

June 15th, 2011 by admin

Play “Duck, Duck, Goose!” using the words “apple, apple, love”.  To play this game have the children sit in a circle.  Then one person is ‘it’.  They walk on the outside of the circle and tap each person’s head and say, “apple, apple, apple, apple…love!”   They may say apple as many times as they like.  When the person who’s ‘it’ says “love” both children have to run around the circle in opposite directions.  The goal is to try to get to the empty spot in the circle first and sit down.  The person who’s the slowest is ‘it’.

Use this game along with a lesson on the fruit of the spirit.  The fruit we produce is not actually apples but it is love for others.  This love comes out of our heart if we have Jesus in our heart.


Find The Good Fruit

June 15th, 2011 by admin

Before the children arrive, hide apples around the area.  Hide enough for each child to find one.  Alternately, you can get a helper to hide them while you do a different activity with the children.

Read from the Bible:

Galatians 5:22-23

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control.

We want to make good fruit for Jesus!

Tell them the children, “I have hidden some good fruit around the room.  Everyone find 1 fruit and then bring it back here!”

When the children return pass out heart stickers and have them stick it on to their apple to remind them that, “The fruit of the spirit is love.  When we have God’s love in our heart we need to love others.  We need to make the good fruit in our lives!”

I’ve Got the Love of Jesus Song Lyrics (fruit version)

June 15th, 2011 by admin

I’ve got the love of Jesus, love of Jesus, down in my heart.
Down in my heart.
Down in my heart.
I’ve got the love of Jesus, love of Jesus, down in my heart.
Down in my heart to stay.

And I’ll make the good fruit.
I’ll make the good fruit.
I’ve got the love of Jesus in my heart.
I’ll make the love fruit.
I’ll make the love fruit.
I’ve got the love of Jesus in my heart.

Children With Cross Coloring Page

September 10th, 2010 by admin

In this cross coloring page illustration children are at the foot of the cross – praying.  If children get connected with Christ while they are young He will help them keep on the right path and guide them through the trials of life.

Cross Coloring Page

In order to print this cross coloring page, click on the image.  Then click on the image again so it will be the right size to fit on a 81/2 by 11 paper.  This cross coloring page is not for resale or republication.  Do not post this cross illustration  on another webstite.  Thanks!

Artwork by Timothy G. Peters.

Knowing Jesus Lesson Introduction Game

April 8th, 2010 by admin

Age Group:This Lesson introduction game for kids works well with children six and up – children who can read.  This introduction game can be used with a group of children of different ages as long as there are some children in the group who can read.

Materials Needed: A paper  with the lesson topic printed on it.  Also scissors to cut the letters apart before the game.

Print the lesson topic onto a regular piece of blank paper.  I type it and use a printer for this but it could also be printed by hand.  In this case the topic is Knowing Jesus.  Here is a pdf(Knowing Jesus) that I have made with that topic title on it.  This Lesson Introduction Game could actually be used with any topic or Bible lesson.

Then cut the letters apart.  Before the children arrive, hide the pieces around the room.  If you have a larger group, print several pages on different colors.  Organize the children into groups and have each group find the papers of a certain color.  Instruct the children to find all the letters and see if they can put them together to make words to figure out what today’s lesson will be about.

This activity will get children excited about what the lesson will be about.

Charades – About Getting to Know Someone

January 15th, 2010 by admin

Age Group: This activity works well with children aged three and up.  Even adults like this game!

Materials Needed: Slips of paper with the thing the kids are to act out.

Charades can to enhance many different Bible lessons.   Ask for a volunteer to do the acting.  Give the student the slip of paper with the action they are to act out for the group.  Here is what I used for this Charades game in my lesson on Getting to Know Jesus.  If the child is too young to be able to read, whisper it to them.  Then the child acts what was written on the paper and the other children try to guess what it is.

Angel Dot to Dot

December 23rd, 2009 by admin

Here is a printable angel dot to dot.  It would be an excellent Bible printable to use for the Christmas story, the resurrection, or any other Bible story which features an angel.

Click on the angel dot to dot and then print.  This image is designed as an educational resource.  Please do not post this angel image on another website.  Thanks!

Philip And The Ethiopian Activity

December 23rd, 2009 by admin

Age Group: This Bible activity is great fun for children from three to five years of age but it can be used with even older children when the group is multi-aged.  Have the bigger children play the horse!

Materials Needed:

  • laundry basket
  • rope
  • blue blanket
  • Bible

The story of Philip and the Ethiopian is found in Acts 8:26-40.

To act out the story of Philip and the Ethiopian, first loop the rope through the basket so the the ‘carriage’ can be pulled by the ‘horse’.  Allow one of the children to play the Ethiopian and ride in the basket with the Bible.  Have another child play Philip.  Philip runs up to the carriage and asks the Ethiopian if he understands what he is reading.  He doesn’t understand,  so Philip explains.  They both take a ride in the carriage/basket and then come to some water (the blue blanket).  The Ethiopian asks to be baptized.  They get out of the carriage and they duck under the blue blanket – the Ethiopian is baptized!   Play the  Philip and the Ethiopian activity several times.  Allow children to take turns acting out the different parts.

Jesus Is Alive Simple Activity Page

December 21st, 2009 by admin

Here is a printable Jesus is Alive Simple Activity Page.  On this simple Bible worksheet, there is a wordsearch and a dot to dot.  This Bible activity page is about the resurrection of Jesus Christ and is designed for children ages 5 and 6.  You may use this file for educational purposes.  Please do not post this activity sheet on any other website or publish it anywhere else.  Thank you!

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