Have you been looking for clean, faith filled adventures for your little ones? Something they can watch, and learn from, both basic letters/numbers kind of things, and healthy interaction with family and friends and neighbors? I want to show you 3 of my favorites, that I actually enjoy watching with my little guy. They are full of fun, imagination, moral lessons, and faith building activity. And the occasional jokes that go over the kids heads, are still clean and kind, which I Love! (It drives me BONKERS when that’s not the case) *Note that this post contains affiliate links. You can read my full disclosure here.
Faith Filled Imagination
Boz the Bear is a big Green Bear, who teaches his 4 year-old twin neighbors (Drew and Gracie) all kinds of things. Filled with lots of songs and activity, you can easily move with them (sneaky exercise, anyone?). The family is complete with 2 parents, and 2 grandparents next door, a dog and a cat, and plenty of friends. The episodes are about 10-15 minutes each, and each one ends with a family prayer, either over dinner, or bedtime. The episodes range from letters and numbers, colors and shapes, to apologies, helping, sharing, health, and noticing the ways God shows His Love for us. My little guy loves to have pancakes with Boz, whenever he can. The beginning of the feature length Wowiebozowee Christmas, has Boz making pancakes for breakfast, so whenever I make pancakes, “I want Pancakes with Boz!!!” is shouted loud and clear, year round.
Boz’s website also has activities and lesson plans with printables, and some games, all corresponding to the videos. ?
My son had a mild tongue tie issue, that wasn’t caught until he was 2 years old (Thanks again, Joyce!). Once that was fixed (by a wonderful dentist who didn’t even have to use anesthesia! Just a water/laser, and was done in 3 minutes), he still struggled with pronunciation. He had learned to say a lot of words already, and relearning with more oral agility, was difficult. 6 months later, we received 2 of the Boz DVDs for Christmas, and by the end of January, I have to say, quite a bit of that was resolved! Honestly, that was the ONLY change, and it was pretty amazing to watch – well, hear, anyways!
Parables of Faith Filled with Animals
On The Farm With Farmer Bob is a remarkable set of videos and books. Amy Grant is a main voice, and Randy Travis and Vince Gill sing the theme-song on the videos, which are now available in a Literacy Edition, with bonus features including movie play with a key letter highlighted throughout, say D, so Dog, or Doghouse etc, pop up on the screen whenever they are spoken, or shown in the scene. Also short videos and bloopers are included.
A Friend Planting Seeds is a brilliant version of the Parable of the seeds (Matthew 13, Mark 4, Luke 8). Several animals trying to plant the field, following only part of the instructions, and recreating the conditions of the 4 types of soil. It’s dramatic, and worth considering our own ‘grownup’ actions through that filter of partial belief and obedience.
In Cock-a-Doodle-Doo the Right Thing, (Parables of Pharisee and Tax Collector) Hercules the Rooster and Sam the Ram both find themselves in embarrassing predicaments because they were NOT doing the right thing. Hercules’ pride gets in his way big time, (ouch!) and Sam learns his lesson when he finds money, and decides to spend it.
In LOST: A Sheep Story, the Parable of the Lost Sheep (Matthew 18, and Luke 15) it’s a very important couple of days on the farm, and Sam the Ram wanders off and gets Lost. Farmer Bob leaves the rest of the farm to muddle through, and goes in search of his lost sheep, who is naturally having a big adventure, and doesn’t quite get that he’s lost. (Feel familiar? Yeah, me too)
And then there’s Prodigal Pig. Which is just a hilarious way to tell the story of the Prodigal son, when you think about it. Porkchop leaves the farm in search of musical fame, while Jenny is looking for More, at home on the farm. Come and see their faith filled in, when they realize the truth!
The Big Book of Fun Learning (School and Bible activities) is for kids 4-7, and is over 300 pages of fun!
The Books in a Box set, features the different animals in more stories, on 5 reading levels, for kids 4-8
(Shannon, Carrie, Lindsey, these are already purchased for gifts for your kids!)
A Faith Filled The-Owl-Ogy
Welcome to Owlegories!
Here is a group of young owls, who go to Theowlogy school. Their professor sends them out in each episode, to find connections, such as what The Sun and the Son (Jesus) have in common, or what we should learn from Ants and Butterflies, Seasons and Fire, etc. In each episode, they have issues with an owl named Devlin, who thinks it’ll be easy to take whatever ‘treasure’ the class finds, and keep it for himself.
At the end of each 12 minute(ish) episode, someone explains the story and the gospel. Once it’s Tony Evans, Once it’s Si Robertson. I really enjoy this series! It’s cute, well made, and there’s even a free app on iTunes and Google Play.
Bonus Series For the Older Kids
For the Older Elementary/Middle School group, My favorite faith filled videos are the Torchlighter Heroes of the Faith series (some episodes are also available free on Amazon Prime-currently). These are half hour-approximately biographies of missionaries and historical greats, such as Jim Elliot, Corrie Ten Boom, John Wesley, Amy Charmichael, St Augustine, Eric Liddell… Some are even available in Spanish. By nature these stories are somewhat intense, so I would not recommend them for kids under age 8, personally. They’re very well done, I really liked them. They don’t sugar coat what happened, but they handle it tastefully, at the same time. A great supplement to your study of any of these countries, time periods, or individuals.
And Superbook! Some of us remember and enjoyed the original Superbook series from years ago. Well, It’s back. and Better than ever! If you Don’t remember Superbook, a couple of schoolkids find themselves in a situation that tests their Faith. Superbook takes them back to meet someone and witness the Bible events that will help them GET the truth. There are Old Testament favorites like David and Daniel, and New Testament adventures like the Miracles of Jesus, The Damascus Road, and Revelation. There’s lots of drama, an AI Robot named Gizmo, and challenges to be met, both now and way back when.
What Fun Ways Have You Found to Nurture Faith?
I hope these videos will help you build faith filled kids! I know they are supplemental, but when you can work faith building into fun times, it often sticks better, I’ve found. What about you? What do you use in those circumstances?
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