Teaching Kids About the Trinity with Apples

I  saw the cutest idea about how to explain the Trinity to kids using an apple! There’s even a whole Apple Trinity children’s book! Here’s how an apple is like the Trinity: The peel, the flesh, and the seeds- 3 parts, to 1 apple. We have 3 parts to 1 God as well: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

  • The peel is like God the Father, because He protects us.
  • The flesh is like God the Son, because Jesus is God made flesh.
  • The seeds are like the Holy Spirit because He  helps us grow.

Every year we go apple picking together as a family. It’s nice to be able to tie this annual trip into our faith in such a simple way.

There are so many cute apple crafts you could pair this concept with! What’s your favorite apple activity to do with your kids in the Fall? Tell us about it!

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  1. I’ve been following your blog for a while and you’re an inspiration.
    In my country we miss this kind of inspiration and I’m sure Catechists would enrich by following your blog and trusting your tips.
    Blessings,
    Teresa

  2. Hey! Is that Sky Top orchard in Flat Rock?

    Oh, and thank you for the idea – I find the Trinity really hard to grasp, much less teach. St Patrick’s shamrock has always been my favorite but the apple is great too!

    • Yes, it’s Sky top! :-) I’ve been going there since before they had that huge apple.

      • We go every year, too. My kids love the bamboo forest. We live near Brevard and go to Sacred Heart. Neat to see something so local on a blog!

  3. SleepyKnitter says:

    When I was five (I’m 42 now), my daddy got down on one knee and explained to me that the Trinity is like an egg with an outer shell, a yolk, and a white, three in one. He also took out three candles and made three flames from one, but I think the egg illustration probably made more sense to me because I knew we could keep splitting the flame indefinitely, but not the egg. I have never forgotten Daddy’s illustrations or even the moment in which he shared them with me, and have thought of them often throughout my life, but at 42 I still feel like I don’t “get it.” I’m a slow learner! :-)

    • Wow! I’ve never heard that one, and I think it’s even better than the apple thing! Thanks so much for sharing! I’m filing this away in my brain for future reference. ;-)

      • This is my 2nd year teaching 2nd graders. I love using these examples of the Trinity for them. They seem to grasp the simple apple and shamrock ideas. This year, I too, will use the egg example. I really like it too. Keep the good ideas coming; they help us teachers and parents too.

  4. So my husband and I have a huge decision to make in the next yr..So I thought I might collect some of your thoughts on this. We plan to make a move…job, house, life. We are currently living in Italy as Americans but will be returning back to the states. Where do you think is a great place to raise your Catholic young families? Interested in your thoughts and opinions. And pray for us that God leads us where he wants us.

    • Well, there definitely tend to be more Catholics in the North than the South, but I’ve actually been surprised at the amazing community we have found in Greenville, SC. We also had a great community in Steubenville, OH, and in Northern Virginia. I know there are TONS of Catholics and a great diocese in Texas as well. So far, everywhere I have lived, I did manage to find young Catholic families. You just have to be willing to be brave when you find them and approach them and introduce yourself. Or in my case, chase them down to their car and give them your email address. ;-)

  5. I LOVE the apple idea. I’ve been teaching Sunday School for the last 4 years, and I find the Holy Trinity the hardest to explain. I’ve tried grandparents/parents/kids (3 generations, 1 family), water/steam/ice (all are water just in different forms)… The Apple is a great idea – I’ve already bought the apples to cut up and share with the children!
    Thanks!
    Amanda