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Resources to Teach Kids about Jesus

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We’ve been exploring Christian resources for the past three years, trying to find the best ways to share Jesus with our children. It’s an ongoing quest, but these are some of our favorites:

1. Jesus Calling: My First Bible Storybook

This is our favorite scripture book for infants and toddlers! The sturdy board book gives equal space to the Old Testament and the New Testament. The illustrations are sweet and engaging, and the text is brief.

We especially appreciate the “Jesus Calling” segment, which includes a short scriptural verse and a one-sentence interpretation of Jesus’ message.

2. The Friend Magazine*

*The Friend is an AWESOME Christian subscription for kids! The magazine includes illustrated scripture stories, action rhymes, rebus stories, look-and-find pictures, recipes, music, and short narratives about real kids making good choices. The magazine is geared towards elementary school kids, but it includes a Junior section for pre-Ks. An annual mailer subscription (delivered monthly) is just $8, and all of their content is available online for free!

3. Bible Videos

These live-action Bible videos are pretty much word-for-word from the KJV New Testament. The series provides great coverage of the Synoptic gospels, along with quite a few accounts from the post-resurrection Church. They’re current, high-quality, and free for personal use!

The Bible videos are are geared toward adults, but even our toddler enjoys them. Shorter Children’s Bible Videos are also available.

4. Jesus Mini-Cards

This beautiful set of 3×4 cards includes sixteen Jesus paintings by artist Simon Dewey. Each card depicts a scene from Jesus life, with scriptural verse on the flip side. We laminated our cards and punched them through a binder ring as a sturdy flip-book for church. We found ours for $4 at the local grocery store, but they are also available on Amazon.

5. When I Take the Sacrament, I Remember Jesus*

We use this board book to help our children focus on Jesus during the sacrament. Each page literally begins with the words, “When I take the sacrament I remember that Jesus…” It’s direct and age-appropriate, with bright full-page illustrations. You can buy it on Amazon for $10.

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How are you teaching your children about Jesus? Please share your favorite resources below!

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*Note: items with asterisks may include references to doctrines specific to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (temples, living prophets, the Book of Mormon, etc).

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Jenny Harris
Jenny is a star-gazing, book-clubbing mother of two. She has a Master’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies, which is mildly comical (but also a boon in parenting and relationships). Her kids will attest that she’s crazy about reading aloud, time out of doors, and creative play. Her family’s goal is the “abundant life,” as prescribed by Jesus. You can read more posts by Jenny here.

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