Help your kids grow in their faith when you teach the Fruit of the Spirit Lessons for Kids! This 9-lesson Bible study will teach children about the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives, from Galatians 5:22-23. Each lesson includes a variety of activities to help kids learn and grow spiritually. Plus, we’ve included “more than enough” with each lesson so you can adapt to any teaching situation. Get your copy today and see how your children blossom in their knowledge and love for Jesus Christ!
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Fruit of the Spirit for Kids: 9-Lesson Bible Study from Galatians 5:22-23
“The Fruit of the Spirit” is a classic scripture passage to understand the work of the Gospel in our lives. This 9-part study will help children grow spiritually as they learn from Galatians 5:22-23. Do you want to help your kids grow in their faith? Then you need the Fruit of the Spirit Lessons for Kids! This 9-lesson study will teach them about the work of the Holy Spirit in their lives, based on Galatians 5:22-23. Each lesson includes a variety of activities to help kids learn and grow spiritually. Plus, we’ve included “more than enough” with each lesson so you can adapt to any teaching situation.
This page links to all our ministry resources based on the “Fruit of the Spirit” for kids passage in Galatians 5. This is often a very popular passage for children’s ministry because of the immediate life application. These are perfect children’s ministry resources when you need to teach kids on the Holy Spirit. Use the Bible lessons above to make sure kids understand how all the fruit are expressions of God’s love.
Suggested Age Group: Preschool age 4-5 years old, younger elementary age 6-8 years old, older elementary students age 9-10 years old, preteen children age 11-12 years old, middle school students age 13-14 years old, high school students age 15-18 years old.
Sunday School Activities: Fruit of the Holy Spirit
- Love (coloring sheet – worksheet) Try these materials when teaching about Love.
- Joy (coloring sheet – worksheet) Free resources for teaching a lesson about Joy
- Peace (coloring sheet –worksheet) Use these in your Peace Sunday School Lesson
- Patience (coloring sheet – worksheet) Perfect for your Patience Bible lessons.
- Kindness (coloring sheet –worksheet) Help kids learn about kindness. Don’t miss our new series Kids 4 Kindness: 4-lesson Sunday School curriculum on what it means to be kind to others.
- Goodness (coloring sheet – worksheet) Try this in your Goodness lesson.
- Faithfulness (coloring sheet – worksheet) Download when you teach about Faithfulness.
- Gentleness (coloring sheet – worksheet) Of all the fruits, Gentleness is often overlooked in teaching.
- Self-control (coloring sheet – worksheet) Ideal for your lesson on self-control.
Bible Games for Kids and Fruit of the Spirit Teaching Ideas
Kids learn best when they are engaged. The Sunday School teacher can use creative ideas in their teaching. Try these fun activities in your kids ministry classes.
- Fruit Basket Upset game idea
- Another Fruit of the Spirit game (with video demo)
- Printable review game Fruit of the Spirit BINGO – perfect for Sunday School
- Try “the Ninja Game” to talk about self-control and keep kids engaged in your lesson
Fruit of the Spirit Music & Songs
Includes some active worship time in each of your Fruit of the Spirit Sunday School lesson. The songs below will help kids learn all the different fruits listed in Galatians 5:22-23.
- Video “We Got the Fruit” from Go Fish
- Fruit of the Spirit song with online video
- Learn about another kids worship CD based on this theme “To Be Like Jesus”
Activities to Teach the Fruit of the Spirit – Don’t miss the Fruit Salad Snack
- Spiritual Fruit object lessons
- 3 more Fruit of the Spirit activities to boost your lesson on the fruits
- Fruit of the Spirit word search activity sheet for Sunday school
- Bible Lesson plan about the Holy Spirit’s role in Spiritual Fruit and how fruit grows spiritually in the same way that when God is working in our lives
- “Good Heart Farms” Free VBS program based on this Galatians 5 and the work of the Holy Spirit of God
- View all our Fruit of the Spirit coloring pages on one page to download
- View all of the Sunday School worksheet reviews and add them to your fruits lesson.
- Read about making a fruit tray with your kids as a family devotional. Real fruit and fruit salad can be a fun way to teach this Bible lesson. You can show the difference in good fruit and kids can pick their favorite fruit to eat as a snack at the end of the Bible study.
- See related Fruit of the Spirit for kids ideas on our Pinterest page
Galatians 5:22-23 The Fruit of the Holy Spirit: Paul the Apostle describes the work of the Holy Spirit to build our faith and help Christians become more like the Lord Jesus Christ.
Galatians 5:22 The spiritual growth of a Christian
(ESV) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
(KJV) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
(MSG) But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments,
(NIV) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
(NLT) But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
Galatians 5:23 The Fruit of the Holy Spirit
(ESV) gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
(KJV) Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
(MSG) not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely. Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way.
(NIV) gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
(NLT) gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
Self Control? Fruit of the Spirit
Among all the fruits, is typically a favorite topic for Bible lessons when teaching kids about the Holy Spirit. It’s important to give equal weight to all the fruit of the Spirit. The point is how much God loves us that the Lord bless us all in powerful ways when we accept Jesus. This is such a fun Bible theme for the children, but it’s import to remember in each Fruit of the Spirit lesson is always about the way Jesus Christ loves us!
Paul the Apostle Teaching on the Holy Spirit in Christian Life
In his biblical epistles Paul teaches that the Holy Spirit is our helper, guide and teacher. He convicts us of sin, leads us in prayer, teaches us about God’s truth and helps us to grow in holiness. The Holy Spirit also empowers us to share the gospel message with others and to serve Christ in the world. In other words, the Holy Spirit is involved in every aspect of our Christian lives!
The Fruit of the Spirit for kids will share those same important concepts with the children in your ministry. Download the free PDF lesson plan above to get started.
FAQ about the Fruit of the Spirit for Kids
One way to explain the fruit of the Spirit to a child is by using an analogy. Imagine that the fruit of the Spirit is like a basket of delicious fruits. Each fruit represents a different kind of good feeling or characteristic that comes from God. The more you eat of these delicious fruits, the more you will feel good inside. Another way to think about it is this: Just as your body needs food to grow and be strong, your spirit also needs spiritual food in order to grow and be strong. The Bible calls this spiritual food “the fruit of the Spirit.” These are things like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control – all qualities that the Holy Spirit provides for your spiritual health and growth.
The fruit of the Spirit is important because it’s a sign that we’re living in the Spirit and not in our flesh. Kids need to know that God’s Holy Spirit wants to build the character of Jesu Christ in their lives. The Bible tells us that “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23) These are the qualities that God wants us to have in our lives, and they’re a reflection of His character. When we allow the Holy Spirit to live within us and guide us, these qualities will begin to manifest themselves in our lives. Our Bible lesson plans will instruct children in these important religious truths.
There are actually nine fruits of the Holy Spirit, but some people consider there to be twelve. The nine fruits are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. The additional three fruits often mentioned are hope, humility and perseverance. All of these fruits are important in our Christian walk and they help us to become more Christ-like in our daily lives. The fruit of the Spirit is not just for adult Christians – it is for everyone children preschoolers, middle school students, and high school youth group age too.