Visit a petting zoo, play dress-up, melt chocolate and more! Here are loads of fun ideas that teach gentleness.

Sprinkle some of these gentleness-related activities throughout your week to help your kids:

  • understand what gentleness looks like in action
  • speak to others with sensitivity, tolerance and compassion
  • play with others carefully, without causing harm
  • treat belongings with respect.

This lesson also helps address (albeit indirectly) a critical or sarcastic attitude, and biting.

Recommended resources

Raising Emotionally Strong Boys
by David Thomas. Bethany House, 2022. Adults. See companion boy’s book for ages 6-12 here.

The Berenstain Bears Play a Good Game
by Jan and Michael Berenstain. ZonderKidz, 2009. Ages 4-7.

Adventures in Odyssey: Life Lessons #3: Compassion (CD)
Tyndale, 2005. Ages 8-12.

Adventures in Odyssey: Life Lessons #11: Respect (CD)
Tyndale, 2006. Ages 8 and up.

Adventures in Odyssey The Fruit of the Spirit (4 CDs)
Focus on the Family, 2021. Ages 8-12.

VeggieTales Fruit of the Spirit Stories: Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-control (DVD)
Big Idea Entertainment, 2022. Ages 4 and up.