Beginner Bible Verses for Ages 2 and Up

Here are some simple Bible verses you can have your child start to memorize!  Start with just one at a time and keep adding as they are ready for more!

  • If sinners entice thee, consent thou not. Proverbs 1:10
  • Let all your things be done with charity. 1 Corinthians 16:14
  • He that hath the son, hath life. 1 John 5:12
  • Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near. Isiah 55:6
  • Hear instruction, and be wise. Proverbs 8:33
  • Honor thy father and thy mother. Deuteronomy 5:16a
  • For I will declare mine iniquity; I will be sorry for my sin. Psalm 38:18
  • The joy of the Lord is my strength. Nehemiah 8:10b
  • Seek and ye shall find. Matthew 7:7
  • Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above. James 1:17a
  • A wise man will hear and learn. Proverbs 1:5a
  • A wholesome tongue is a tree of life. Proverbs 15:4a
  • Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105
  • And God said, let there be light: and there was light. Genesis 1:3
  • Be ye kind one to another tenderhearted, forgiving one another. Ephesians 4:32
  • But with God all things are possible. Matthew 19:26b
  • I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ. Romans 1:16
  • Trust in the Lord with all thine heart. Proverbs 3:5a
  • It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20:35b
  • For whatsoever a man soeth, that shall he also reap. Galations 6:7
  • But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering (patience), gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance (self-control). Galations 5:22-23
  • Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. Ecclesiastes 12:13b
  • Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice,… and shout for joy. Psalm 32:11a
  • And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. 1 Timothy 6:8
  • O taste and see that the Lord is good. Psalm 34:8a
  • Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart. Psalm 31:24a
  • The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Proverbs 1:7
  • Depart from evil, and do good. Psalm 37:27a
  • Create in me a clean heart, O God. Psalm 51:10a
  • All things work together for good to them that love God. Romans 8:28
  • For the Earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof. 1 Corinthians 10:26
  • In the beginning God created the heaven and the Earth. Genesis 1:1
  • The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Proverbs 9:10a
  • All our righteousnesses are as filthy rags. Isaiah 64:6

Click here for 11 Tips on How to Teach Your Child to Memorize Bible Verses

Dice Fun

Here are two dice games you can play with your children.  I invented them myself.  🙂

Exercise Dice Game:
I took two foam dice, then cut out card stock squares that would fit directly onto the dice.  For the first dice, I wrote numbers (5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 15) on the card stock squares.  For the second dice, I wrote activities… long jump, jumping jacks, push-ups, sprint in place for __ seconds, donkey kicks, tuck jumps, etc.  (Other activities could include leg lifts, arm circles, squats, lunges, crunches, kicks, crab walks, etc).

Then I glued the labeled card stock squares onto my foam dice and let dry.

Now it’s time to roll the dice and get to exercising!  Super fun to see just how many jumping jacks you’ll have to do, how long you’ll have to sprint in place, etc.  Mom’s gotta do the excercises also, you know!    🙂

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The second dice game…

Learning Coin Names and Values:
Just like the exercise game, I used a foam die (just one this time) and card stock squares.  I labeled the sides with 1 cent, 5 cents, 10 cents, and 25 cents.  I also gathered a little plastic piggy bank for each player (you could also just have them make a pile or use a fun container). Grab a bucket of change and you’re ready to get started!

The first player rolls the die.  They have to pick a coin out of the main pile that matches the die amount and then say the name of the coin.  So if they roll 25 cents, they have to correctly pick out a quarter and say the name of the coin… quarter.  They can now place that coin in their pile/ container/ piggy bank (not to have, just for the game!) and move on to the next player.

When everyone is getting tuckered out, you can add up the coin values to see who got the most money.  Although, we’re not all that competitive with the little guys, so we just say “Yah, you got so many coins correct!”

This is how my son completely learned and memorized all the coins, their names, and their values!

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Favorite Children’s Books!

I love reading quality children’s books to my little ones.  We have had such great discussions after reading the books below.  And I have been able to teach my children such neat life lessons through these books.  Reading is learning.  Growing.  Gaining knowledge.  I want to teach my children to love to learn.  If they love learning, the sky is the limit!

Here are some of our favorite children’s books…

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These are “Little Jewel” books and there are dozens to choose from.  They are simple, old-fashioned, precious stories.  They emphasize family and teach valuable life lessons.  “A Letter For Titus” teaches such a great lesson that we talk about often around our home!

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I always like to give “God’s Wisdom for Little Boys” (or “God’s Wisdom for Little Girls”) as gifts.  The illustrations are precious, the poems are fun and the character building is priceless!  The authors have also published “A Little Boy After God’s Own Heart” (and “A Little Girl After God’s Own Heart”) and those are such great character building books as well!

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“A is for Adam” has been read in our home dozens and dozens of times!  It’s tops on my list!  A fantastic Creation book!  Each page starts with a letter of the alphabet, A through Z.  We practically have all the rhymes on every page of this book memorized!  (If you buy this book, look for the older version, the newer one has pages that are harder to flip).

Sample:  “A is for Adam, God made him from dust, He wasn’t a monkey, He looked just like us.”

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“The True Story of Noah’s Ark” has the absolute BEST illustrations I have ever seen!  A HUGE fold-out center page shows the inside of what Noah’s Ark may have looked like.  It teaches children that Noah’s Ark wasn’t some little bathtub tug boat with a giraffe head poking out the top.  No, it was a massive boat with extra room to spare, longer than a football field and the height of a 4-story building!  The book comes with a neat audio cd as well as a neat “Closer Look” section in the back.

“The True Account of Adam and Eve” also has beautiful illustrations and tons of information to help you teach your child about Creation, Adam & Eve, and how it all ties in to Christ on the cross.

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“Ronnie Wilson’s Gift” is a sweet book that my boys ask me to read over and over again.  The little boy accepts the gift that Jesus gave him (salvation) and tries his hardest to give his best gift to Jesus in return… his baseball glove.  He tries to mail it to heaven, send it up to heaven by balloon, and jump on his trampoline to try and jump high enough to get it heaven.  In all his efforts, he couldn’t get his baseball glove to heaven but he fed a hungry man, played with a lonely boy, and gave his balloon away to a hurting girl.  He has a dream where Jesus tells him “Whatever you do for these brothers of Mine, you do for me.”  So the next day, he knew just what to do with his special baseball glove, he gave it away to a boy that couldn’t afford a glove.  Sweet lesson on giving to Jesus!

“In God We Trust” is a really neat book about giving, saving, and spending money.  I really like it because you save your money right in the book… there are slots all throughout for sliding your coins in to save!  A fun way to learn about money!  I found this at a garage sale, knowing I was already a fan of Larry Burkett, but it may not be available any longer??

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“Trusty Tried and True” teaches an amazing life lesson.  A train breaks down but Brawny with his big muscles wouldn’t help, Smarty with his big bag of tricks wouldn’t help, and Beauty with her pampered engine wouldn’t help.  The people cried and prayed and who came to their rescue… Trusty Tried and True!  He not only gladly served but told the people how just earlier that day he had prayed that if someone was in need, that God would send him their way!  The rhymes are fun, the story is priceless!  “Trusty Gets Off Track” teaches how even when we get off track, our Father comes to our rescue.

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These three books are sweet and precious.  The illustrations are beautiful.  The poems are a little longer (probably for ages 5 and up) but they speak volumes!  All three of these books teach valuable lessons and make for great family discussion!  “The Person I Marry” is especially my favorite for discussion time and teaching your child about what kind of person they should marry someday, and what kind of person they need to be for someone else to marry someday!

Also, just recently, we read “The House in the Middle of Town” by Crystal Bowman.  Oh, it’s so precious!  It shows children all around the community that come together and chip in to fix up a widow’s home for her.  What a great story to help you teach your children to serve the widow.  After reading this, my boys and I decided we should go scrub a widow’s bathroom like the children in the book did!  🙂

Side Note:  Purchasing these books from companies that are standing strong for God’s Word and Christian values supports them to keep doing what they’re doing!
Buying all these new would be quite pricey, but perhaps you could ask for a few as birthday/ Christmas presents from extended family!  Also, check for coupons/ discount codes and sales!

Practicing Phillipians 4:8

One of the best parenting techniques I know of is to focus on “practicing” before the need for discipline arises.  At home we have “practiced” everything from sitting in church quietly, walking beside the grocery cart and not touching things on shelves, greeting others with a confident friendly voice, having blanket time, and so much more.  We’re constantly practicing things so our children can LEARN before a situation presents itself.  We focus on “re-do’s” when the child does need corrected.  So if a child took a toy away from another child, we go back and practice what they should have done, reenacting the entire situation, instead of nagging and scolding and reprimanding.  So here’s a fun “practice” we did the other day, hope you enjoy it as much as we have!

Phillipians 4:8 is where we get the rule “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”  But it goes further than that, don’t even think negative things!  Focus on the things that are pure, true, just, honest, lovely, of good report, virtuous, and praiseworthy.  Easier said than done!  But if little ones can learn it while they’re little, this will give them a foundation so they won’t grow up to be a bitter, negative gossip.

So for our practice, I pretended to hand my child something they definitely wouldn’t like.  Burnt broccoli anyone?  How about some mushrooms mixed with cereal?  And what about some noodles mixed with icecream?  🙂

Hand your child this pretend item and they have to say one nice thing… focusing on thinking of something nice to say.  Like, “Thank you for making some food for me Mama,” “What a creative meal you made Mama,” “I do like mushrooms, thank you for this dish!” “I was feeling hungry, thank you!”  🙂

Now when you do serve a regular meal that is not their favorite, perhaps they’ll remember this “game” and think of at least one nice thing to say rather than grumbling and complaining!

You can also do this with opening gifts… hand them a gift bag with tissue paper that has a broken pencil inside or a paperclip or a sock.  The game can be funny!  Then have them say one nice thing about it… “I like short pencils.  Now I can keep my papers together!  A sock will help me dust my room, why thank you!”

One great example I’ve seen of Phillipians 4:8 is from Michelle Duggar.  They are a homeschooling family but one time they went to a public school to share the love of reading and being an author.  She told the children how great it is to write because you can do that to encourage others (what a sweet way to plant a seed in these children’s hearts that writing is supposed to be to encourage and edify others!)  But before she got up to speak at their assembly, the principal and teachers led all the children in doing some dancing to some hip hop music.  The Duggar’s were sitting on the side and they just smiled and were polite.  Later, the camera interviewer asked her what she was thinking when the children started moving their hips and grooving.  (The Duggar’s don’t believe in dancing).  Instead of being judgmental, she said “I figured they were probably doing that to get their students motivated since it was bright and early morning.  I do certain things to get my children motivated in the mornings as well.”  What a gracious response!

As your children “practice” Phillipians 4:8, you can tooIt’s great for all ages!

Homemade Baby Wipes and Solution!

Regular baby wipes from stores are loaded with harmful ingredients.  Even if they don’t visibly cause problems with your child’s skin, they are still adding toxins to your child’s body.  And anytime you can reduce exposure to chemical ingredients (especially the strong smelling ones), the better.  Here’s what I do for homemade baby wipes!

For the Wipes:
Baby wash cloths are great to use.  Or if you sew, you can hem some 7×7 or 8×8 squares of fabric (flannel or other preferred fabric).  Or you can cut some baby blankets or baby towels into squares and wa-la, free homemade wipes!

For the Wipe Solution:
Dr. Bronner’s Option- My favorite recipe is to put 2-3 drops of Dr. Bronner’s liquid soap (citrus and rose are my favorite scents) in some water, and that’s it!  Just add wipes!  (Dr. Bronner’s soap is very mild and is much safer for your baby’s skin than 99% of the other soaps out there.  You can buy little travel sized bottles of it for around $2.  Use it for baby’s bath time too!)

Tea Tree Oil Option- I’ve also used 2 drops tea tree essential oil diluted in water for my wipes (I don’t measure the water, just however much is needed to wetten all your wipes).

Oil– Some people also like to put a few drops of olive oil or almond oil in their water solution to act as a moisturizer, this works great too!

Getting Your Wipes Ready-To-Use:
Option One:  Get a gallon sized baggie.  Add one cup water or so and your chosen ingredient(s) from above.  Shake up the baggie a little, add a handful of dry cloth wipes.  You’re ready to go!  (Although I usually use a baggie, I plan on switching to a leak proof container or wet bag soon).  (If your wipes are still too dry, add more water).  Wipes will store for about a week, or perhaps a little less, when wet.  I usually prepare them each Sunday to take to church and then use the rest throughout the week.

Option Two:  Get a small spray bottle, fill with water and your other chosen ingredient(s) from above.  Grab a handful of dry cloth wipes.  You’re ready to go!  When it’s time to change baby’s diaper, spray your wipe to get it wet and then proceed to change your baby.  Don’t spray baby with the spray bottle, he/she probably won’t like it.  🙂

Sweet Lullaby Baby

It’s so important to praise your children, hold them, cuddle with them, love on them, and sing to them.

I really enjoy replacing conventional nursery rhymes and lullabies with Christ-honoring words.  Here’s a few I sing to my little ones.  🙂

Rock-a-bye-baby
Rock a bye baby,
In my arms,
Let me hold you
Through the storms.
When the rain comes,
And it’s cloudy and gray,
I’ll love you sweet baby (can also say child’s name)
Forever, always.

Rain Rain
(to the tune of “Rain Rain Go Away”)
Instead of being negative about the rain God gives us…
Rain rain, you’re so nice,
God sent you to grow the rice.
Rain, rain, you’re so fair,
God sent you to wet my hair.
And all of my rainy days,
I will sing and give God PRAISE!

Twinkle, Twinkle (a message to the Mama’s here as well!)
Twinkle, twinkle, shining star
God has placed you where you are (OR God has placed you in my arms)
He’s above the world so high,
God created the big blue sky,
Twinkle, twinkle, shining star
God has placed you where you are (OR God has placed you in my arms)

This is from a book we have (I didn’t write this myself)
ABC’s (to the tune of the regular ABC song)
(We sing this each night through teeth brushing).  🙂
A-B-C-D-E-F-G,
God loves you and God loves me,
H-I-J,
At work or play,
K-L-M,
We worship Him,
N-O-P,
So happily,
Q-R-S,
We do our best,
T-U-V
With hearts of glee,
Sing we all this melody,
God loves you and God loves me,
W-X-Y and Z.

Have you made up any sweet rhymes?  Share!

Colds and Fevers

The following excerpts are taken from Dr. Mercola’s article titled “How to Kill a Cold, Starve a Fever — and When You Absolutely MUST See a Doctor.”  My comments are labeled as UCHM below.

“It could be just a little twitch or an irritating itch, but whatever it is, when it’s happening to your body and you don’t know what’s causing it, it can be downright scary. The good news is that lots of scary symptoms are really no big deal.”

“I agree that the symptoms addressed in (their) article are typically harmless and nothing to worry about, but I would add that any time you experience any kind of new or bothersome symptom, know that it’s your body’s way of communicating that something is not quite right, and that you may need to make some changes – especially if it’s a recurring symptom, regardless of how harmless it may be.”

UCHM:  Something I am continually learning is how to listen to my body when it’s giving me a certain symptom.  Sometimes it may be a deficiency in a certain mineral or vitamin.  Other times it may be that I need to double up on my water intake.  Other times it was just something I ate that caused my body to make me feel “off.”  Or even an unknown food allergy.  I’ve learned the importance of listening to your body and trying to find the CAUSE rather than masking the symptom.

“A great number of people have completely misunderstood fever, and believe that fever can be dangerous in and of itself – especially when the fever occurs in a child.”

“It’s important to realize that fever is your body’s backup defense mechanism when your primary ones – mainly your immune system — fail. Your first line of defense is your macrophages, which gobble up any invading microbes.”

“As long as your immune system is strong, you may not even realize you’ve been exposed to a troublesome bug.”

UCHM:  I have another blog post about this for later, but basically, the key to preventing ALL types of diseases is a healthy immune system.  If you can build and keep a STRONG immune system, you may very well never face cancer, heart attacks, diabetes, etc.  I know that’s a pretty bogus statement, but a healthy, strong immune system really is the key to disease prevention!

“If you are still under the impression that having a fever over 100 or 101 degrees Fahrenheit is an indication of a dangerous situation, relax! It’s not!”

“Many infectious agents do not survive in elevated temperatures so your body increases the temperature in an effort to eradicate the infection. It is a healthy response.”

UCHM:  When I sit back and think about it… Wow, it really is AMAZING how perfectly designed God created our bodies.  Yes, we live in a fallen world and there is sickness and disease.  But our bodies have amazing healing mechanisms in place.  One of which is the fever!  Our body really heats things up to kill off infection.  So when we take fever-reducing drugs we are prohibiting our body from killing off the infection it’s trying to fight.

“Unfortunately, most parents end up giving their child potentially toxic doses of fever-reducing medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen when, in reality, their child’s temperature is ideal for accomplishing healing. Worse yet, there are parents who administer aspirin at the first sign of fever, which actually poses a far greater health risk than any fever could, as aspirin may cause Reye’s Disease, which can be lethal.”

“First, the two functions of fever are:

1. To stimulate your immune system.
2. To create an inhospitable environment for invading organisms. That is, to turn up the heat high enough that the invading microbes cannot live.”

UCHM:  So neat… Your body turns up the heat to make an inhospitable environment for invading organisms!

“If your macrophages – your first line of defense – are unable to manage the invasion of disease-causing microbes, they recruit other immune system cells and start making Interleukin One (IL-1). IL-1 is one of several endogenous pyrogens – they’re part of a system that signal your body to raise your temperature.”

“Your hypothalamus acts as your internal thermostat, and once the IL-1 along with other endogenous pyrogens and proteins reach your hypothalamus, it starts to readjust your temperature.”

UCHM:  Go hypothalamus!

“Your body’s heat-generating mechanisms include:

* Shivering
* The hormone TRH
* Vasoconstriction
* Piloerection (when your body hairs stand on end). This suppresses sweating (which is a cooling mechanism).”

“It would be far more helpful to think of a fever as a healing response rather than a symptom of disease. And, raising your body’s temperature to between 102 to 103 degrees F is actually the ideal range of a fever because this is the temperature range in which microbes will be killed.”

UCHM:  I know it’s hard, but us Mama’s need to remember the above paragraph next time we have a sick little one.  Fever is often a healing response and 102 to 103 is actually ideal!

“In addition to directly killing the microbes through heat, fever has a number of other benefits, including:

* Creating more antibodies — cells trained to specifically attack the exact type of invader that your body is presently suffering from — produced more specific to that bug than any pharmaceutical.
* Producing more white blood cells to fight off the invading microbes.”

“Contrary to popular belief, the best course of action is usually little or no action when it comes to fever.”

“Rather than working against it; trying to lower your temperature, you should work with it and allow it to run its course. The only time you need to worry or seek medical attention is if it rises very high, very fast. This could be a sign of an infection too serious for your body to handle.”

“Fever is also best supported with plenty of good-old-fashioned rest.”

“When is Medical Attention Warranted for a Fever?

* Infants less than 1-month-old — Seek care right away for fever greater than 100.4 degrees F in this age group. While waiting for care, breastfeed as often as the baby desires as your breast milk will also create antibodies against pathogens in your baby’s mouth.
* Infants from 1-month to 3-months-old, with a temperature greater than 100.4 degrees F, if they appear ill. Again, breastfeed on demand while waiting for care.
* Children between 3 months and 36 months, with a temperature above 102.2 degrees F, if they appear ill.
* All age groups — temperature over 104.5 degrees F.”

UCHM:  One MORE reason to breastfeed!  And older babies can REALLY benefit from breastfeeding too, especially during sicknesses.  What an awesome boost for their little immune systems!

“More than 300 different viruses can cause colds, so each time you have a cold it is caused by a distinct virus. It’s important to realize that there are currently NO drugs available that can kill these cold-producing viruses.”

“There are, however, a number of ways to ensure you won’t end up with a cold. One of the most important is to make sure you optimize your vitamin D levels year-round.”

UCHM:  “You are my sunshine, my only sunshine, You make me happy, when skies are gray…”

“(In addition, there’s compelling evidence that seasonal influenza is little more than a symptom of vitamin D deficiency!)”

“You need to be aware that antibiotics have no effect on viruses, and are therefore useless when you have a cold, even if it’s severe. Not only that, but whenever you use an antibiotic, you’re increasing your susceptibility to developing infections with resistance to that antibiotic — and you can become the carrier of this resistant bug, and spread it to others.”

“The only types of infections that respond to antibiotics are bacterial infections, including sinus, ear and lung infections (bronchitis and pneumonia).”

“Again, remember that any time your health suffers a set-back, whether it’s temporary or chronic, it is your body’s way of communicating to your conscious awareness that something has become unbalanced.”

UCHM:  Listen to your body and give it what it needs!

“Correcting this unbalance, more often than not, involves making some form of lifestyle intervention or change, as opposed to taking drugs, which will only push your body into an even more unbalanced state.”

UCHM:  It can sometimes be hard, but try and find the CAUSE, and not just mask the symptom that your body is giving you.

UCHM:  My little list of some things that are sure to help your health…

 

-Water!  Drink plenty, drink often, drink pure!

 

-Vitamin D- Get outside and get some sun!

 

-Garlic- Chop a clove up finely and swallow with water- RAW!


Snack Time, Nibble Time

Okay, this is one of the cutest ideas!  Pick 8-12 bite-size snacks and arrange them in an empty ice cube tray and present the tray to your toddler as a special treat!  They will just eat it up (in more ways than one)!  The nice thing about this is that you can sneak in a couple healthy things your toddler wouldn’t normally eat with other little bits that you know they like.  My little guy thinks this is so much fun!

Here’s some ideas to get you started…

Little Apple Slivers/ Orange Slices
Grapes
Popcorn
Cashews
Pickle Slices (healthy pickles of course!)
Raisins
Little Sliver of a Date (we like medjol dates)
Peas
A Thin Carrot Stick
Sunflower Seeds
A Berry or Two (blackberry, raspberry, blueberry, sliced strawberry)
An Olive (black or green or other kind)
A Pretzel
A Few Garbanzo Beans (a nice snacky bean!)
Sliver of Banana

It’s so fun they’ll probably ask for a refill!