Updated November 2022
Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated primarily in the United States and Canada as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year. It is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States and on the second Monday of October in Canada. This year (2022), Thanksgiving Day falls on the 24th of November. (Explanation adapted from Wikipedia)
The following children’s stories, activities and videos are ideal for Thanksgiving. They can be used at home or in a classroom or Sunday School setting and will help children not only enjoy themselves but also remember the true meaning of the season.
Stories, Books and Presentations
Bible Stories and Coloring Pages on Thankfulness
Updated July 2022!
Tiny Bible Treasures
Bible stories from the Life of Jesus for little children. Click here to watch these entertaining videos.
Animated Little Bible Heroes
Short Bible stories from the Old Testament and New Testament. Ideal for little children. Click here to watch the 16 videos in this series.
Treasure Attic Bible Specials
Treasure Attic is a series of videos for children from 4 to 9 years of age. Each episode uses songs, stories and an entertaining narrative to teach kids moral values such as honesty, compassion, obedience and teamwork. The show also includes two Bible episodes. Fantastic Journey features stories from the Old Testament while Forever Friend retells stories from Jesus' life on earth.
Bible for Beginners
The Bible for Beginners series is ideal for children up to six years old. It teaches stories from the Old and New Testament in a fun, easy to understand way. Each show is half an hour and includes a theme song. Featured Bible stories include The Story of Creation, Noah and the Ark, Moses,
Daniel, Jonah, The Nativity, Miracles of Jesus, The Prodigal Son and The Story of Easter. Click here to watch the videos in this series.
Animated Stories from the Bible
"Animated Stories from the Bible" is a video series produced by Nest Family Entertainment. These cartoons provide a dramatic retelling of both Old and New Testament Bible stories and were created to be a non-sectarian, informative and educational tool to help parents, caregivers, and educators instill positive spiritual values and character traits to those in their care. You can watch many of these cartoons here.
Cherub Wings is a popular Christian video series for children up to 10 years of age. The main characters, Cherub and Chubs, are young angels who teach children how to pray, praise God, read God’s Word and follow what it says. This series also teaches moral values such as obedience, forgiveness, generosity and kindness. Each episode is about half an hour long and has songs, stories and plenty of entertaining dialogue. Click here to watch these videos.
The Story Keepers tells the story of a Christian leader and his family's adventures living in Ancient Rome whose mission is to keep Jesus's stories alive during the 1st century. Each episode is half-hour long and includes stories from Jesus' life as well as many of the parables. The shows are ideal for kids ages 4 to 10. Click here to view the videos.
The Witness Trilogy
A series of animated videos depicting the lives of Jesus and the early Apostles, as told by John the Beloved. Each video is about 90 minutes long. Click here to watch the videos in this series.
A man named Pilgrim discovers a book, and the more he reads it, the more he is convicted of sin and judgment and a burden begins to develop on his back. Obsessed with discovering the truth and escaping his town, the City of Destruction, Pilgrim ventures outside the forbidden borders and begins his journey to find a Celestial City ruled by a good and noble King, meeting friends and foes along the way. This classic story, originally written by John Bunyan, is brought to life in this new animated video that is sure to catch the attention of children and adults alike. Click here to watch.
Unlike other animated Bible videos, these videos only use the Bible itself as text. Additions to the series are being posted periodically, with the end goal of covering the entire Bible. Click here to watch these videos.
Torchlighters is a video series for children ages 8 – 13 years. It features the stories of Christian heroes and martyrs who lived their faith even when it was difficult. These stories are done in anime style and are sure to not only captivate children’s attention but also help them to understand what believing in Jesus and living for Him is all about. Click here to watch these episodes online.
King of Glory
With plain yet profound text alongside bright and bold paintings, KING of GLORY tells the story of the Creator-Owner of the universe and His plan to rescue His rebellious subjects from the kingdom of darkness. For a worldwide audience of all ages. The video, which is nearly 4 hours long, can be divided into 15 episodes for easy viewing. It is ideal for preteens but can be showed to younger children with a teacher's or parent's explanation. Click here to view or download the video.
The Bible Project
These short, animated videos are ideal for preteens and teens who want to learn more about Books of the Bible, Bible terminology, Bible characters and Biblical themes. Videos tend to be anywhere from 4 - 6 minutes in length and include engaging yet clear dialogue that helps young people understand the Bible and its teachings. Click here to view the videos on The Bible Project's official YouTube channel.
Updated May 2022!
Click on the links below to watch entertaining, wholesome children's videos at no cost!
Kiddie Viddie videos feature children and teenagers performing original songs that teach practical and character-building lessons in a fun, fast-moving way that kids around the world relate to and enjoy. These videos have received widespread acclaim from parents and educators alike, and are ideal for babies, toddlers and preschoolers:
Treasure Attic is an educational entertainment series for children ages 2 and up. Each 30-minute episode of this children’s video series features its personable host Uncle Jim, his lovable sheepdog Peepers, and the energetic word-defining Bunny Bigword. Together they convey meaningful and lively lessons through songs and fun adventures. Focus skills include health habits, safety awareness, problem solving, social skills, manners, consideration, getting along with others, and care for the environment:
Character-building stories for children featuring fun dinosaur friends. Featured values include courtesy, healthy habits, obedience, honesty, resolving conflicts, forgiveness and thinking about others.
Animated Hero Classics
Animated Hero Classics is an educational Animated television series of programs co-produced by Nest Family Entertainment and Warner Bros. The series, geared toward elementary school aged children, teaches important lessons such as teamwork, unselfishness, and perseverance.
Adventures from the Book of Virtues
Adventures from the Book of Virtues is an animated made for TV series. It features two children, Zach and Annie, who learn an array of life lessons from Plato the Bison, Aurora the Hawk, Aristotle the Prairie Dog and Socrates the Bobcat. Drawing inspiration from the Bible, fairy tales, mythology and folk stories from various cultures, this show is sure to appeal to children from all walks of life. Each episode is about half an hour in length and the shows can be viewed in any order. The full series can be found here.
If you're a parent, you need to take a long, hard look at what's out there and decide if that's how you want your children to turn out, because what they watch and listen to and imitate today, they will become tomorrow. - D.B. Berg
Earth Day (April 22) is a great opportunity to teach children about appreciating the marvels of Creation and taking care of the beautiful Earth we have been given. Here are some free stories, presentations, videos, coloring pages and activity sheets that can be used at home, school or other group gatherings to help children better understand and appreciate the importance of caring for nature.
Presentations & Devotional Articles
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Updated April 2022!
This post includes a comprehensive list of stories, videos, coloring pages and activities for children. All stories, coloring pages and activity sheets can be freely downloaded, printed and used at no cost for group events or at home. Happy Easter!
If you are looking for children's devotional articles and presentations about Easter or topics related to Easter, you can find a large list of free resources here.
Children's Stories, Devotionals, Comics, and Articles:
Children's Easter Videos:
Easter Coloring and Activity Pages:
Note: Be sure to check out this comprehensive list of resources for Lent to find even more children's stories, devotionals, coloring pages and arts and crafts that can be used for the Easter season!
God's idea of prayer is not a ritual, but loving and lively communication between the best of friends.
God wants to have a personal relationship with each of us, and He wants it to be the deepest, most meaningful, most fulfilling and rewarding, most natural part of our lives. He wants to make our lives even better. He wants to add a wonderful new dimension to all that we do—the dimension of His loving presence.
1 – 4 years
5 - 7 years
8 - 11 years
Updated February 2022!
Valentine's Day is an annual holiday celebrated around the world on February 14. It began as a feast honoring Saint Valentine but is now celebrated as a holiday dedicated to love and friendship. (Adapted from Wikipedia)
Following are some great stories, videos and arts and crafts activities for children for this special day.
Stories, Comics and Devotionals:
For children ages 1-4
For children ages 5-7
For children ages 8 to 11
Videos and Songs:
Jesus is the One who has given us limitless love and who loves it when we help Him communicate that love to others, both today and always. All the love that we feel for others is possible because of His love.
Ages 5 - 7
8 - 11 Years
Coloring Pages / Activities
The feast of the Epiphany occurs on the evening of January 6, the twelfth day after Christmas. Its name means “appearance” or “manifestation,” and it celebrates the day when Jesus was revealed as the Son of God to the wise men, or magi. When the magi adored the infant Jesus and presented Him with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh, it was taken as a sign, because they were Gentiles, that Jesus was sent as the Savior of all men everywhere, not only the Jews.
Following is a list of children’s stories, videos, coloring pages and activities for this special day.
Epiphany Stories and Articles:
Coloring Pages and Arts and Crafts Activities
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Updated December 2021
The Christmas season is always a special time for families – a time of love, warmth, togetherness, giving, caring – and lots and lots of fun!
Following are some links to good Christmas stories and videos for children of all ages. In fact, you may even enjoy having your whole family read (or watch) some of these heartwarming and character building stories together, celebrating the beauties and joys of this special season that only comes once a year. Merry Christmas!
Stories, Comics and Books:
1 – 4 year olds:
5 – 7 year olds:
8 – 11 year olds:
Note: These are short songs, video clips and cartoons. Click here for a listing of full length Christmas movies and cartoons for the whole family!
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