I have a friend who is so very talented, organized, and generous! And when you have a friend like that, and she suggests putting together a mini-summer camp for the little ones, you jump.on.board.immediately.
As I have mentioned in this space before, I am a former (but always will be) teacher. It is in me, I can’t escape it, and I love it. So planning a little camp focusing on the fruits of the spirit was just my cup of tea.
My friends and I started talking and floating ideas a few months ago and then really began to sort out the details these last couple weeks. We all three had a similar vision for how this week would flow, and here we are at the end of it, and it could not have gone any better.
We each took three fruits and planned activities to teach each one. Pinterest is, of course, a wealth of information, so we really just had to find and choose all the crafts, songs, snacks, etc.
The picture overload that is about to happen is intense, but I really wanted to document all that we did because it was such a sweet week! And also, so that I can hopefully do it again one day for Brother Bear. Although, he pretty much thought he was a part of this one. He’s not gonna let the little-brother-role slow him down.
And the fruit of the spirit is…Johannah started off the week teaching the kids about roots and fruits and showing them that having the fruit of the Spirit in your life happens when you are rooted in God’s Word.
Not pictured (shocking), but we did a little Simon Says game. Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle-self control. Squeal, squeal, squeal-then self control. Etc.
REVIEW Supportive little brothers: At the end of each morning we let them loose outside… And that about wraps it up.
We were really able to do some fun stuff with them, and I believe truth of this passage began to take root in their little hearts.
After such a fun, busy week, I am totally spent. I needed caffeine in order to make it to a 9:30 bedtime last night. And when I get tired, things can get ugly. In my heart and in my parenting. And I was challenged in my own spirit, that the best way for my children to learn about what these fruits really look like is for me to live them out in front of them. This is not something I can muster up within myself. And I am glad to know that these fruits flow out of the Holy Spirit’s work and presence in our hearts.
It was such a precious time with our kids. I am so thankful for these friendships for my children and myself!!