Updated November 2019
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 (2019), Thanksgiving Day falls on the 28th 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 October 2019!
Families that share that common connection with God, whom the Bible calls love itself (1 John 4:8), are closer, more loving, more unified, and have far fewer serious problems among themselves than families that don’t. Why?—Because they have the most important things in common, besides a clear standard of right and wrong—the spiritual guidance and support they need to make the right decisions and stick to them.
Click on the links for free illustrated and simplified Bible stories for children:
NEW! Bible Story Flashcards
All flashcards can be downloaded for free (in .pdf format):
NEW! Bible Story Flannelgraphs
These free Bible flannelgraphs cover stories from the life of Jesus, including the First Christmas, the healing of Jairus’ daughter, healing of the ten lepers, the parable of the lost sheep, the story of Zacchaeus and the story of the first Easter. All flannelgraphs can be downloaded in color or black and white.
Bible Story Presentations
The following two sections contain Bible stories in PowerPoint presentation format; just right click an image and then select “save file as” or “save as” to download any Bible story onto your computer.
Basic Old Testament Stories – Simple, colorful and nicely illustrated Old Testament stories for children. The stories found here include Creation, Noah and the Ark, Joseph, Moses, David and Goliath and Jonah.
Basic New Testament Stories – New Testament stories found at this link include Jesus Calls 12 Disciples, The Good Samaritan, Jesus feeds 5,000, Jesus calms a storm, Jesus Heals a Blind Beggar, Lazarus lives again, The 10 Lepers, The Lost Sheep and The Prodigal Son.
Bible Stories: Obedience – This bilingual book (English and Spanish) features four well known Bible stories about obedience. Can be read online and downloaded (in .pdf format)
NEW! Paul Becomes a Christian – The story of the life of Paul the Apostle for little children, with text in English and Spanish. Can be read online or downloaded (in .pdf format) from Scribd.
NEW! Jesus Returns – The story of Jesus’ second coming for little children, with text in English and Spanish. Can be read online or downloaded (in .pdf format) from Scribd.
Bible Story Books
Some of these Bible story books can only be read online while others can be downloaded in .pdf, .epub or .mobi format.
Tiny Bible Treasures: Tiny Bible Treasures is a series of New Testament Bible stories illustrated by French artist Didier Martin. The stories have large illustrations and a minimal amount of text, making them ideal for very small children. These can either be read online or downloaded in .pdf format from the site itself or from Scribd. Following are links to the stories available in this series so far:
My First Baby Bible – Unique children’s bible created using photo illustrations of babies and young children. Includes six short, attention-grabbing stories in both English and Spanish that young kids are sure to enjoy; these are Creation, Noah, Moses, David, Daniel and the Birth of Jesus. Created by Gold Quill; available to read online and download.
You n’ Me Baby Bible – This is a preview of the full book and includes eight different Old Testament stories (Creation, Noah, Abraham and Isaac, Joseph, Moses, Ruth and Hannah). Created by Scandinavia Publishing. (can be read online but not downloaded)
Great Adventures of the Bible – This is a preview of the full book and includes six basic New Testament stories for children. (Christmas, Jesus as a child, Feeding the 5,000, Jesus and the children, Resurrection of Jesus). Created by Aurora Productions. Available to read online and download.
Stories of the Bible – Basic Bible stories from the Old and New Testaments for children, courtesy of Scandinavia Publishing (can be read online but not downloaded)
Parables of the Bible – Parables of Jesus for toddlers. Includes the Parable of the Lost Sheep, The Prodigal Son, House on the Rock and the Lost Coin. Courtesy of Scandinavia Publishing; can be read online but not downloaded.
Angel Stories in the Bible – Stories of Angels from the Old Testament and New Testament. Text is short and to the point and the attractive illustrations are sure to catch the attention of any toddler or preschooler. Produced by Scandinavia Publishing; can be read online but not downloaded.
Ready – Set – Find!: Short Bible story books for children with simple text. These books give the children an opportunity to participate in the event by finding key people and things in the illustration. Available from Scandinavia Publishing (can read online but not download). Following are the books in this series:
YesKids! Bible Stories - These colorfully illustrated Bible Stories holistically teach Christian and moral values such as kindness, obedience, generosity and trust in God. Each story is accompanied by a prayer to help children connect with God. The YesKids! Story and Prayer Bible includes Bible stories from both the Old and New Testament while the books listed below feature stories on particular topics. These books are created by Christian Media Publishing and can be read online but not downloaded.
The Life of Jesus for Children – Contains two dozen stories from the life of Jesus, starting with His birth and ending with His return. It is ideal for older preschoolers but can be read to younger children. You can also download this ebook for kids for free in epub or mobi format.
The Story of Jesus for Preschoolers – Bilingual book (English and Spanish) about the life of Jesus. Unlike many other Bible books, this booklet focuses on the reason why Jesus came to earth instead of recounting specific miracles and parables in depth. It is ideal for toddlers and very young children and can be downloaded as well as read online. You can also download this ebook for kids for free in epub or mobi format.
Bible Passages and Prayers
NEW! Feed My Lambs - Feed My Lambs is a program that introduces young children to the Scriptures. It doubles as a complete memorization course. The set includes six booklets, each with 15 verses on topics such as Faith, God’s promises, God’s love, prayer, salvation and Christian living. These books, along with a guide for teachers and parents, can be read online or downloaded.
The Lord’s Prayer – A simple yet engaging presentation of the Lord’s Prayer, with text in English and Spanish. Can be read online or downloaded in pdf format. This book is also available for free in epub or mobi format.
The Beatitudes – The Beatitudes for children. This presentation has colorful, attention grabbing pictures with simple text that young kids can easily understand. Can be read online or downloaded in .pdf format. This book is also available for free in epub or mobi format.
The Blessing - "The Lord bless you and keep you...". Text is in English and Spanish and the booklet can be read online or downloaded.
Psalm 23 - The well-known "The Lord is my Shepherd" psalm. The book has colorful illustrations, text in English and Spanish and can be downloaded.
Psalm 100 - A psalm of praise to the Lord. The book has colorful illustrations, text in English and Spanish and can be downloaded.
Psalm 148 - A Creation Praise for children. The colorful illustrations and easy to remember text will make it easy for kids to learn this psalm of gratitude to God. The book is in English and Spanish and can be read online or downloaded
Dial Into Heaven - The Dial into Heaven series is a fun and exciting way of introducing toddlers to the prayers and promises of the Bible (The following story books can be read online but not downloaded)
Updated September 2019!
Parenting is more than comforting children when they fall down, or making sure they get proper nutrition, and brush their teeth, and so on. Parents are responsible for their children’s spiritual training as well.
You can constantly point a child towards the Lord, even from the time he or she is born, by talking to them about Jesus. You can pass a knowledge of the Bible on to them by daily using Bible story books and other devotional materials appropriate for their age.
Following are some links to free online devotionals for toddlers, preschoolers and young children. These short, illustrated books, booklets and presentations will grab your little one’s attention and make him want to learn more about Jesus.
Free Devotional Books:
Big Thoughts for Little Minds – This series of five books brings key Bible passages to life in a relatable way for young children. The books include simple text, colorful illustrations and points for discussion to help little kids better understand Biblical principles. Click the following links to read or download the books for free:
Jesus and Me – A series of books with messages from Jesus for children on themes such as: waking up, bedtime, kindness, healthy habits, learning new things, guardian angels, and protection. Click the following links to read or download portions of these books for free:
NEW! Seasonal Devotional Books – The following daily devotional books have been created for specific seasons:
Free Devotional Series:
NEW! In the Garden – An ongoing series of comics featuring a gardener and the children he works with. Children reading the booklets will learn valuable lessons about God’s love and care, kindness and consideration, obedience and the importance of spending time with Jesus each day. Coloring pages accompany the stories for added fun.
NEW! Pray a Way – Colorful posters (with accompanying black and white pages to color) featuring rhyming prayers for just about every activity. A bible verse is included for each prayer. Topics covered include schooltime, mealtime, bedtime, holidays, grandparents and even pets.
Bright Pebbles – Bright Pebbles is a collection of Christian and character-building books written for children ages four on up. Each devotional is built on a Bible verse, and explains to a child in simple terms what the principles of that verse mean and how it applies to daily living. The Bright Pebbles series is created by My Wonder Studio and there are currently over 85 of these devotionals posted online in pdf format for easy downloading. Additionally, a compilation of several books from this series can be downloaded for free in epub and mobi format.
My Little Talks with Jesus – An ongoing series of short, devotional articles where Jesus talks with little children about day to day issues such as happiness, trying new things, forgiveness, going to sleep at night and more. This series is created by My Wonder Studio and all articles are in .pdf format for easy downloading. NEW! Download the ebook for free in epub or Kindle format.
One Kind Deed at a Time – A series of ten devotional articles on the topic of kindness, consideration and forgiveness. Each devotional includes a Bible verse and practical ideas to put the article into action. This series is created by My Wonder Studio and all articles are in .pdf format for easy downloading.
Other Free Devotionals for Little Kids
Devotionals from the Freekidstories Website - Freekidstories offers a range of free children’s devotional resources for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, including presentations of songs, illustrated simplified Bible verses and short devotional articles.
My Wonder Studio - The My Wonder Studio website is dedicated to creating free children’s stories, devotionals and activities that can be read online or downloaded at no charge. You can find materials for children ages 0-5 years here or check out stories and devotionals listed by category.
Nurture, Inspire, Teach: Nurture, Inspire, Teach is a website dedicated to providing great online resources for children, teenagers and parents. Following are links to the site’s children’s devotionals for little ones.
You can also find numerous free Bible stories online that your little ones are sure to enjoy. Some of these are available as PowerPoints while others are in .pdf and/or ebook format.
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Updated July 2019!
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. Click here to watch these cartoons.
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 the following episodes (Click play on the video you would like to watch instead of opening in a new tab)
You can also watch individual stories and songs found on these entertaining children’s videos here.
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.
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 nine of 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 June 2019!
A short list of Father’s Day stories, videos songs and activities for children that will help kids fully appreciate Dad and all that he is and does.
Activities and Coloring Pages
Updated May 2019!
Mother’s Day is a special time when children can express their appreciation to mom for all that she is and does. Following are some free online resources for parents, teachers and anyone else who is looking for Mother’s Day stories and activities for kids of all ages! Enjoy!
Mother's Day Stories
Dear Mom - A bilingual English and Spanish book for children that is ideal for Mother's Day
Honor your Parents – A short PowerPoint on the topic of loving and respecting mom (and dad) not just on Mother’s Day but throughout the year. Includes activity ideas at the end.
God's Splendid Mothers – Stories about famous mothers in the Bible for children.
What is a Mother? – Entertaining story for Little kids about what a mother does and why she is special. Includes cute photos of animal mothers with babies.
Mother's Day (ppt) - This PowerPoint is ideal for older children and explains how Mother’s Day originated and what the true meaning behind the day is meant to be.
Appreciate Your Parents - Lesson plan from My Wonder Studio that includes reading, discussion ideas and fun activities.
NEW! Mother's Day Coloring Pages for older children.
NEW! Mother's Day photo vase craft - a cool DIY Mother's day activity for older kids.
Pray a Way Poster and Coloring Page: Grandparents - Poster and coloring page with short prayer for grandma.
Mother's Day Cutouts - Two pages of colorful cut-outs that are ideal for Mother's Day cards and other activities.
Bible Mothers Coloring Pages - Six coloring pages featuring well known Bible mothers from the Old and New Testaments. Each page includes a brief overview of the mother depicted.
“Active Appreciation Activities” – Entertaining activities from My Wonder Studio that can be easily adapted to show special appreciation to mom on Mother’s Day.
Mother’s Day Cards – printable Mother’s Day card templates, available in black and white and color.
Mother’s Day Crafts, Activities, and Worksheets – An assortment of Mother’s Day arts and crafts activities for kids of all ages, courtesy of Enchanted Learning
Mother’s Day Treats – Breakfast in bed and special treat ideas and recipes that many older kids could do with just a little bit of help and supervision from a parent, grandparent or babysitter. Even younger kids will enjoy helping make at least one of these treats for Mom, although they may need a bit of extra help and assistance.
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Updated April 2019!
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.
He is Risen – the story of the first Easter for children ages 1-4. You can also download for free in epub or mobi format.
Jesus Returns – The story of the second coming of Jesus, for children ages 2 – 7.
The Ant and the Caterpillar - for children ages 3 - 7 years old
The First Easter – for children ages 5 – 7 years old.
The Last Supper - The story of the last meal Jesus shared with His disciples. For children from 5 - 7 years old.
Bible MiniWorld: The Easter Story - A comic of the story of the First Easter, for children ages 5 - 7.
Why Easter? - A short book for children ages 6 - 8 to help them understand why Jesus came to earth to save us. Also available for free in epub and mobi format.
The Three Trees - for children ages 6 - 12 years old.
“I Saw, I Touched, I Believed” - The story of the Resurrection of Jesus, as told by the Apostle Thomas. For children ages 7 on up.
The Soldier's Story - The story of Easter as told by one of the soldiers involved in the Crucifixion. For children ages 9 on up.
What Happened on That Day? – for children ages 8 – 12 years old.
Fascinating Facts about Easter – for children ages 8 – 12 years old.
"A Son at the Length" - for children ages 9 - 12 years old.
A Spot along the Way Home - for children ages 9 - 12 years old
The Empty Cage - an Easter allegory for children ages 8 - 12 years old
The Eyewitness - Dramatized Easter story based on Matthew 26-27 and John 18. For children ages 8 - 12.
Easter - Yesterday, Today and Forever - A fascinating children’s book with allegories and stories that reveal the real meaning of Easter. For children ages 8 - 12. To download this book for free in epub or mobi format, click here.
Another Layer of Easter - Discover the connection between the first Easter and the Day of Pentecost. For children ages 8 - 12.
A Russian Captain Finds Jesus – Comic featuring the true story of a Russian captain who hears about Jesus and the resurrection for the very first time. For children ages 8 - 12.
Is the Resurrection of Jesus Christ True? – Comic showing historical evidence that Jesus lived, was crucified and rose from the dead. For children ages 8 - 12.
NEW! The King of Glory - 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. Ideal for children ages 8-9 years on up. This book is also captivating for preteens and teens.
Children's Easter Videos:
He is Risen (Animated Bible Classics) – for children ages 5-11. This video tells the story of the crucifixion, resurrection and Jesus' ascension into Heaven.
Worthy is the Lamb (Animated Bible Classics) – for children ages 6-11. This video tells the story of events leading up to Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion and features prophecies showing that these events were foretold by Old Testament prophets.
Bible for Beginners Easter video – ideal for children ages 1-5 years. Starts with Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem and ends with the ascension.
He's Alive – short animated video of the Easter story; ideal for toddlers and preschoolers.
Cherub Wings: The Easter Story - for children ages 1 - 5 years. This short video clip of the story of Easter from Cherub Wings. This video not only tells the story of Jesus' death and resurrection but also explains God's plan of salvation for mankind.
Storykeepers: The Magic of Easter - For children ages 6 on up. The story of Easter is related in parts by a Christian family in Rome who is struggling to flee from Nero's soldiers.
The Global Gospel: Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus – for children ages 6 on up. Features the stories of Jesus death, resurrection, appearances to the disciples and return to Heaven.
NEW! The King of Glory - This video uses thought-provoking narrative, a mix of 3D motion-graphics, simple animation, and live video to explain the story of redemption. It begins with creation and ends with Jesus' return to earth as King of kings and Lord of lords.
Easter Coloring and Activity Pages:
Easter story coloring book and flannelgraph – for children from 1 – 5 years old
The Last Supper coloring pages - for children ages 1 - 11 years old. Includes a short story of the Last Supper and an explanation of communion.
Easter Verse Coloring Pages – Coloring pages with verses about Jesus’ death and resurrection. Ideal to help children memorize key Bible verses. Can be used with children ages 4 – 11.
Pray a Way: Easter - Two colorful prayer posters for Easter. Ideal for children ages 3 – 6.
Pray a Way Easter Coloring Pages - Coloring pages with Easter prayers, to accompany the posters listed above.
Assorted Easter coloring pages and activity sheets – for children ages 1-11 years old
Activity sheets – for children ages 5 – 8 years old
NEW! Why Easter Coloring Book - for children ages 5 on up. Can accompany the "Why Easter" booklet listed above or be used on its own.
3D Life of Jesus Pictures - for children ages 5 - 9 years old. Includes Jesus praying in the garden, the crucifixion and Jesus returning to Heaven.
A Meal with Jesus 3D Pictures - This set includes the Last Supper, the meal on the way to Emmaus and Jesus' meal with His disciples on the beach.
He is Risen 3D image – A creative project that can be printed and assembled in color or black/white.
Bible Paper Toys: The Easter Story – A fun project for older children ages 10 on up (younger children can help assemble the model with adult help and will likely enjoy playing with it as well).
Make an Easter Resurrection Garden – A fun Easter activity for kids of all ages. Can be easily adapted depending on the materials you have available at home.
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!
Updated February 2019!
Following is a comprehensive list of stories, devotionals, coloring pages and activities for Lent for children and teens of all ages. All material is non-denominational and can be easily used by Catholics and Protestants alike. The material is divided by age and category (stories/devotionals). Lent-related subjects covered by this material include prayer, salvation, forgiveness, generosity and Christian living.
Be sure to also check the list of free resources for Easter for even more stories, illustrated kids’ devotions, videos and fun activities.
Lent Daily Devotional Books
Unless otherwise noted, the following devotionals deal with topics related to God’s love for humankind, Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and having a close relationship with Jesus today. Some, such as John 3 and John 1:1-14, are Bible chapters with colorful illustrations that bring the text to life and make it easy to understand.
Preteens and Teens
Arts and Crafts Activities
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Updated February 2019!
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.
For children ages 1-4
For children ages 5-7
For children ages 8 to 11