Every other Friday, I lead the chapel program at our local preschool.
I spend the morning with a roomful of 4-year-olds, teaching, dancing and singing songs.
Those little ones are a tough audience. They haven’t learned the art of artifice, so if they’re bored (or confused or just plain cranky), you know it!
To compensate, I try to make each lesson as interactive as possible. And if I can add a little food to the mix, so much the better.
Last week’s lesson was on the Fruit of the Spirit — a pretty esoteric topic even for adults. How could I make these nine attributes of the Holy Spirit understandable to a group of 4-year-olds?
I decided we’d make a “Fruit of the Spirit Smoothie.” Each of the nine attributes would be represented by a different fruit, which we’d plop in a blender. The children would drink the resulting smoothie at lunch time.
The idea sounded great on paper. But as chapel time got closer, second thoughts reared their heads:
* Would my blender be powerful enough to puree all these fruits?
* What kind of “fruit” would I use in place of yogurt or milk?
* Should I add ice?
* Would this thing even taste good?
“I’m not sure this is going to work,” I told our preschool director (and a few parents) before chapel started.
But it did. The nine-fruit smoothie was delicious, and my little chapel friends loved it.
It’s a perfect drink for the 4-year-old set … and all the adults in their lives!
- 1/3 cup apple juice (love)
- Juice of 1 orange (joy)
- 1 cup coconut milk (peace)
- 1 cup frozen mangoes (patience)
- 1 cup frozen strawberries (kindness)
- 1/2 cup blueberries (goodness)
- 1/4 cup seedless grapes (faithfulness)
- 1 banana (gentleness)
- 1 cup frozen pineapple (self-control)
Whir everything in a blender until smooth. Serve immediately or chill up to 2 hours.