Do you find yourself stumbling over the mountain of stuffed animals your sweet toddler daughter has managed to accumulate in her short life span?
Or perhaps you find yourself frustrated with how quickly toys break or loose their appeal after being given?
Honestly, as a Christian mom, are you disgusted with the message that some toys are sending to your daughter?
And, speaking as a book lover who loves to give books to my kids, I am shocked at the amount of vigilance necessary to find books that present a Godly, Christian worldview (i.e., skipping the millions of years talk, what about when someone has two mommies or daddies, etc.) At some point when my daughter is a little older than barely two, we plan to address these issues in a delicate fashion. However, until that time, I don’t want it thrown in her face!
Personally, I have struggled with these issues already in the short amount of time that I have been a mom to our little princess. As I have talked to other young moms, I heard them echo some of these frustrations as well so I decided to gather a list of recommendations for gifts that can help equip your young daughter with opportunities to learn about the love of God.
As much as I groan and whine about more stuff coming in my house in the form of gifts, I realize that the “stuff” that is coming in should at least be intentional towards reaching my child’s young heart for Christ. I want to give her the best gift of all-a love for Jesus!
As a parent, do your due diligence and check them out for yourself as well! Make sure they line up with you and your husband’s guidelines for teaching your child. Let this list serve as a guideline to help get you headed down the path to intentional gift-giving to your small daughter.
Oh, and have fun! 🙂
Christian Toddler Clothes
Does your daughter like to dress up and be pretty in pink? Well, let her do it with a message too! Below are some great Christian toddler sized shirts that share important messages about who your daughter is as child of the King of Kings. Every time she wears her shirt, you can be reminded to take a few minutes to talk about the message on her shirt with her. She will love the extra time and attention these outfits receive and you will have an awesome talking point with your kid!
Sparkle and Shine Pink T-shirt
Owl Always Love Jesus T-shirt
I Will Praise the Lord T-shirt
Wonderfully Made Kids T-Shirt
Christian Toddler Bibles
It is never too young for your child to own their very own Bible! As your child grows into toddler-hood, let her explore and learn God’s Word at her level with a Bible geared for her age.
Our daughter loves the Candle Bible for Kids and I love that she will be able to grow into it more as she gets older. However, there is also the option of the Paraclete Bible for Toddlers as well. And the Beginner’s Bible is a classic cornerstone work for reaching the youngest members of your family with God’s Word.
Trust me when I say that there is nothing more thrilling to this mommy’s heart than when I see my little girl flipping through and “reading” the stories back to me as she looks at the pictures on each page! I want her to always be desiring to know and learn more about God through His Word!
Christian Toddler Books
Okay, I am going to assume that you all already know that it is super important to read to your kids and are already doing that on a daily basis (you go, momma!) There are tons of good kids books out there to teach your daughter counting, colors, and letters just to name a few of the basics that I am sure that you see over and over again!
Well, let’s switch it up and check out some of the following books:
My ABC of God Loves Me
Count My Blessings, One Through Ten
N is for Noah
A Is for Adam: The Gospel from Genesis
The Berenstain Bears Keep the Faith
And if you don’t want to buy all of these books for your child, remember to head over to your local library and just check them out short term. You will get to enjoy lots of great Christian books without it hitting you so hard in the pocketbook!
Christian Toddler Music
My toddler loves to get her wiggles out by dancing and doing the actions to her favorite songs. It just so happens that several of her favorite songs also teach her about the love of God! 🙂
My absolute favorite is the music by Go Fish. My kids love their music and it doesn’t drive me and my husband insane after only listening to it once! 🙂 Plus, this album actually introduces some older hymns of the faith to our kids in an extremely upbeat fashion. It’s fun to watch their grandparents light up when our daughter recognizes an old hymn too!
Christian Toddler Toys
Okay, I know we are all trying to simplify and get rid of toys and such but sometimes toys will be a part of our life. Here are some Christian options to consider!
(P.S. If you are looking for a great toy line to start up someday, you should start making Christian related toddler toys. They are hard to find!!)
A Fabric Nativity Manger Set is great because you can let your child explore the story of Christmas without worrying about them shattering your favorite breakable manger scene!
I think every child has a universal love of learning about animals and making animal noises. Therefore, this Noah’s Ark is awesome because it combines their love of all things animals with a Bible story. Just come to embrace the fact that you will find random animals throughout your house for the next few years of your life. You have been warned. 🙂
If you are like me, you are already trying to create good habits in your kids from a young age including sitting quietly during church. This Bible Quiet Book makes for a nice option to entertain your child quietly. And if you are handy with a glue gun or a sewing, head over to Pinterest for several ideas on creating kid-friendly Christian projects!
Also, consider this awesome Magnetic Drawing Board where you can practice writing their name the alphabet and even whole Bible verses together! Our daughter has one of these at her Grandma’s house and it is the best toy ever because it is quiet and doesn’t require batteries! 🙂
Christian Toddler Movies/TV Shows
There can be moments when we have to entertain our kids in front of a TV. No matter how rare we try to make that happen, it does happen. Here are some resources we use to make sure that even those times are a chance for them to learn about the love of God.
Okay, these are actually near and dear to my heart because I have watched these since I was a kid but they are good! And my daughter is already growing to enjoy them as well!
First, I know it is cliche Christian kids stuff but Veggie Tales! Seriously, this collection of Veggie Tales Bible Heroes shares Bible truths in a way that reaches the youngest members of our family!
The best part about Veggies Tales is you can pick actual Bible stories or you can pick topics such as forgiveness, sharing, or obedience and watch your child connect with the issues they are currently struggling with.
Adventures in Odyssey is the gold standard of Christian drama and story telling for kids. Their radio shows are beyond amazing. Honestly, most people don’t even realize they made these great shows for TV as well. Check out this awesome collection! Your daughter will love the adventuresome stories and best of all, it holds the attention of the older kids (and even adults) in your home as well!
Life at the Pond . Ah, where else does a duck wear glasses? 🙂 These are fun, bright musical shows that are very Veggie Tales esque without being Veggie Tales. Also, like Adventures in Odyssey, they are based off of a radio series so it provides a great option of listening in the car on road trips as well!
Have you struggled to find solid Christian gifts for your young daughter? What are some recommendations you have? Let me know in the comments below!
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