Family devotions can be a bit hectic when it comes to attempting them with preschoolers, but just because the little ones don’t always sit still doesn’t mean devotions aren’t making an impact. We try to make sure that every evening we slow down, do a devotion, and pray together as a family. We want to set a foundation with our children from the beginning in letting them know how important time spent with the Lord is.
Since kids are so media driven, we have really turned to that aspect when it comes to finding a way to engage our children in family devotions. It’s important to us that we don’t get up in the sitting down and reading straight from the Bible, as much as the focus needs to be on having fun learning God’s word. It doesn’t matter in what way we are presenting it, in a book or in a movie, God’s word is still being instilled into the lives of our children.
The Jesus Storybook Bible has been one of our family’s favorites since Christmas. We have done it before, but we have the The Jesus Storybook Bible Animated DVD Complete Set that goes along with the storybook and it has really kept our children engaged. Jase has loved the opportunity to have the storybook in his lap while watching the DVD’s and following along. It has helped him stay engaged and learn to connect the story together in new aspects. As a parent, this is one of my favorites because of the way it connects Jesus in every story. There have even been times that the connection wasn’t one I had seen before and it has encouraged me in my own life. Just shows that God’s word doesn’t have to be complicated to touch someone.
The You Version Kid’s Bible App is another one of our favorites, best part is it’s 100% free! Our kid’s love that it is interactive and they can play along in the app as it’s being narrated. It is such a great way to bring the Bible to life for them and help them visualize the story! Our kids have loved this app pretty early on!
And lastly, we stumbled upon Saddleback Kids on Youtube and have loved them! They have really short videos to different Bible lessons and they are animated and the kids have loved them. They have more movement than the Jesus Storybook Bible Videos so it really captures their attention. We’ve been doing them for awhile now and they have so much to offer!
It’s been pretty important to us to start devotions with our kid’s early so it’s just something they always know as being a part of our family. Sometimes they fidget a lot, sometimes they sit through the entire story, but every time they get something out of it and we can see them growing through it which means everything.