Teaching Your Toddler About Jesus

Teaching your toddler about Jesus doesn't have to be hard. Here are several easy ideas that you can incorporate into your daily routine.

  I wrote about a post called, “Teaching My Toddler About Jesus,” when Walker was about one year old. Since then I’ve noticed an increased interest in that post so I’ve decided to do an update now that Walker is almost three (how is this possible?!?) 


  I’ve learned in my short three years experience as a mother, that I have to be intentional in training, teaching and disciplining my children. None of these things happen naturally and it takes extra thought and effort on my part to incorporate them into my day. 


  Just like I have to be intentional about my relationship with Jesus, I also have to be intentional about teaching Walker & Kennedy about Jesus and I don’t think it’s ever too early too start! My biggest task as a parent is to disciple my children as followers of Christ and I thought I would share with you all the simple little things I do to help them in their walk with the Lord.


Pray before meals & bedtime

This might seem trivial, but it’s a great (& easy) way to show your child how to talk to God and give thanks. Walker loves to say his own prayers at bedtime now which is really adorable. We start the prayer by saying “Thank you Jesus for…” and Walker fills in the blanks. Then we usually do a closing line such as “…and please let Walker sleep well and be a good boy tomorrow. Amen”


Play Uplifting Music

I play instrumental hymns and praise music throughout the week. It relaxes us all. My favorite stations on Pandora are Amazing Grace (Instrumental Hymns), Watermark and The Praise Baby Collection. I’ve also heard great things about Seeds Family Worship which is a company that puts scripture to music in a kid friendly way. Plus I’ve been listening to Abiding Radio lately which streams uplifting instrumental music for free and they even have a kids station!


Read Christian Based Board Books

We have several bible story board books and a toddler bible that Walker loves to read. We’ve also started reading a short devotional every night from a book called, Big Thoughts for Little People by Kenneth N. Taylor. I love this book because it goes through each letter of the alphabet and describes a character quality such as Kindness or Patience and it gives a bible verse to go along with it. It’s an older book that I found secondhand, but you could probably find it online if your interested. 


Sing Hymns and Children’s Songs

I normally find myself singing praise songs as I’m doing my morning chores and Walker loves to hear anyone sing! What toddler doesn’t shake their little booty when they hear music? We also try to sing “Jesus Loves Me” before bed each night.  


Read Scripture Aloud as a Family 

Okay I admit, we don’t do this very often, but it would be a great thing to build into our days!


Watch Christian Based DVDS 

  I love the Praise Baby DVDs! They are mostly slow and calming which I love and I often find myself singing along. I plan on purchasing more soon. Veggie tales is also a great option for teaching bible stories and character qualities. 


Be Intentional about Holidays

  Christmas and Easter are great times to teach little ones about Christ. It’s easy to get caught up in the food and celebration of the holiday, but take some time to intentionally teach your child about the true meaning of those special times.


Recite Memory verses

  Our church sends home a coloring & activity page every week that goes along with the lesson that they learned in class. On it they have a monthly memory verse with sign language that Walker LOVES to do! See if your church has any resources for toddler scripture memorization or pick a short verse and repeat it over and over encouraging your child to do the same. 


Set a Good Example

 It will be hard to pass Christian values and beliefs onto your child if your not living them out yourself. “Your actions speak so loud that I can’t hear what you say.” Act the way your want your child to act and they will respond more positively to your teaching. 


Love them & give them Grace

  I think it’s so important as parents to love our children unconditionally and to give them daily grace! After all, this is what Christ does for us!


  I don’t do all of these perfectly each day, but I do try to at least do some of them consistently. It is so important to guide our little babies hearts towards the Lord and I pray that I am doing that well at this stage in our lives. 


What do you do to teach your young children about Jesus?


Similar Posts


  1. Hello! I found your blog via the Modest Mom linkup! I have a 3 1/2 y/o and 1 y/o boy, and have found your suggestions to be so true and so vitally important! It's so important to make an effort to teach our little ones every day in simple ways.
  2. It is so very important to plant the Bible verses in our children. As they get older and go through tough times hopefully they will remember all of the verses and praying that we did with them. Thank you for reminding me how important this is each day.
  3. Awesome!! We have a lot of the same views. Love this! So true. I left you another comment on your other post as well. Saw your post on the link up party. :) Cindy
  4. Love these ideas! Our church has published a manual entitled "Behold Your Little Ones" with short gospel lessons for children age 18 months to 3 years. Topics include obedience, prayer, gratitude, and, of course, Jesus Christ! https://www.lds.org/manual/behold-your-little-ones-nursery-manual?lang=eng

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.