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.

God is Love

June 15th, 2011 by admin

Give each of the children a piece of paper and maker/crayon.  It can be nice to use pink or red paper for this activity.  Have them draw a heart and write the words, “God is Love”. A helper may be needed to do the writing.  Children can cut out hearts and decorate them if there is time and enough scissors.  Heart stickers may also be used for decoration.

When the children are finished, gather them in a circle.  Have the children take turns around the circle.  They should show their paper and say, “God is love!”

The ” God is Love” activity is ideal for children who are three to six years of age.  It will also work for mixed age groups.  For a mixed age group have the older children assist the younger ones.

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.
(Where?)
Down in my heart.
(Where?)
Down in my heart.
I’ve got the love of Jesus, love of Jesus, down in my heart.
(Where?)
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.

How to Show Love Activity

December 1st, 2009 by admin

Age Group: This Bible activity is good for children from four  to eight years of age.  Older student may simply write their ideas down.

Materials Needed:

  • A blank paper for each child.

Ask students how people have shown love to them.  Take responses.  Ask students how they have shown love to others.  Give students each a blank piece of paper.  Allow students to draw themselves showing love to someone. Then get into a circle and allow students to show the others what they drew.  Alternately, you could have students draw first and then share ideas.  Encourage the children to show love to others in a practical way every day.

This activity can also be done on Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, with the drawings being how they can show love to their mothers or fathers on either of those days.

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