The Fruity Match Ups Game – Playing Bible games for kids is a great way to help them learn about God’s wonderful Word, the Bible.
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Did you know that your kids are always producing some kind of fruit? Hopefully, it’s not the rotten variety, but the kind that gushes forth the “Fruit of the Spirit.” Galatians 5:22 says: “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” These 9 characteristics are ones we all should have in our lives. Here is a fun game reminiscent of the old standard “Concentration” to help your kids think about
each of these great fruits and their importance.
For this Bible game for kids you will need to prepare the following cards:
9 Pairs of cards, each pair representing a fruit of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
2 BONUS Cards
20 Backing Cards – I used a picture of a fruit basket for my backings.
Laminate all the cards so that they will last for a long time.
Set Up: For this game, I use a pocket chart (approx. 28″ square). (You can find pocket charts at your local teacher supply store or online at www.orientaltrading.com) Place all 22 cards onto the pocket in random mixed up order with the fruit baskets showing. Pick a scorekeeper to keep track of all scoring. I always use a white board sitting on an easel for scoring. I also place my pocket chart on an easel.
How to Play: Divide your children into 2 teams. Decide who will go first. Give a child from the first team a multiple choice question found below. If he gets it correct, he now gets the chance to turn 2 cards over in hopes of finding a match. If he does make a match, he earns 100 points for his team, the cards are removed from the board and his turn ends. If he does not make a match, turn the 2 cards back over. It is now the next team’s turn. The team with the most matches after all the multiple choice questions have been asked is the winner.
Bonus Cards: If a child picks a Bonus card out of the 2 cards he turns over, then his team gets 150 points. If the child picks 2 Bonus cards in one turn, then his team gets 200 points!
Suggestion: When a child makes a match tell them they can earn 50 extra points if they can give an example of how they could use that fruit of the Spirit in their own lives.
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“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”