Do you know what’s in the Bible? {review}

This post contains affiliate links. I was provided with a digital download of What’s in the Bible? Vol. 10 in order to facilitate this review.Buck Denver Asks, What's in the Bible, Kids DVD

Do you know what’s in the Bible?
Is it true is it reliable?
Absolutely verifiable?
Let’s all take a look in the Bible.

Do you know what’s in the Bible?

My boys love this DVD (or digital download, as the case may be). Honestly, the first time I watched with them, I found it highly annoying. I’m not a huge fan of puppets, and the constant jumping back-and-forth between characters and sets drove me nuts. But the boys are being filled with truths about The Word while they watch, so I figured I’d give it another try. After a few viewings, I still find the intro with Michael (one of the puppets) to be completely irritating and irrelevant. That aside, however, both my husband and I are getting used to the rest of the puppets, as well as the fast pace.

And, let me tell you, it’s worth it.

This series was created by Phil Vischer (you know, of Veggie Tales fame), and is designed to teach kids the underlying story of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation – the story of God’s redemptive love. The series includes 13 DVDs and, if they’re all like the one I’ve watched, they’re jam-packed with Truth, shared in easy to understand, everyday language.

I really, really like that the content is broken down for kids, but not watered down. Right now my 2-year-old is picking up on phrases such as “Good News,” and relating them to Jesus. My 1-year-old loves bouncing around to the theme song (a snippet of which you can see in quotes at the top of this post – it really is catchy!). But it’s not a toddler show, or even just a kids’ show – it’s an everyone show.

I truly believe everyone, from adults on down, can learn something from watching these movies, just like we pick up different things when we re-read passages of the Bible. I’ve been a Christian for over 25 years (!), was raised in the church and, until Buck Denver and friends mentioned the entire Trinity being present in one place as Jesus was baptized, I had never heard that before. Obviously, I’ve read and heard the story of Jesus’ baptism many times in my life, but never presented as such a powerful moment encompassing the entirety of The Trinity. Wow!

We only own one of these DVDs (we actually do own a physical copy of this as well), and I had not considered purchasing more because of my first experience watching. But after giving them another chance, I can say with certainty that we’ll be adding more of this series to our home library – as long as I can skip over the parts with the Michael puppet! (And, I must admit, when my kids are a little older, I think they’ll get a kick out of his character. But they’re too little right now to understand his silliness, so fast forward is my friend.) It’s wonderful knowing knowing that my kids are being filled with God’s Word while they’re being entertained.


Buck Denver Asks, What's in the Bible, Kids DVD

There are more What’s in the Bible products at Family Christian Bookstore, and you can watch samples of many of the movies at the bottom of their product information pages.

This post contains affiliate links and is sponsored by Family Christian Bookstores. All opinions are definitely 100% my own. :)

National Geographic Little Kids – Preschool Nature Magazine

About a year ago I bought a subscription to National Geographic Little Kids. Callan loves getting mail (who doesn’t, right?), so I thought this would be a fun thing for him to get every couple of months. The first issue or two, he was still a little young for it, but now he is absolutely thrilled whenever his “mazagine” arrives. He normally fixates on one or two sections in each issue – this last time it was the spread with the dinosaur.

Because it’s written for such young children (the target age is 3-6), there doesn’t seem to be any evolutionary content. Even the pages about the T-Rex just included basic information. As a Christian who believes in a young Earth, this makes the magazine even more appealing.

Each issue also includes several games for little ones’ thinking skills -  I Spy, mazes, etc. Here’s a quick snapshot I took of one of the game pages. Toddlers can identify the photos and older kids can fill in the missing letters. Children of all ages can talk about the theme and try to identify other striped things.

National Geographic Little Kids magazine for preschoolers on sale - www.mcmamasays.com

We are really happy with this magazine (So far our only complaint is that it’s only published 6 times a year instead of every month) and even happier that Plum District currently has it on sale!

I paid $15 for Callan’s subscription last year, but it’s just $10 right now – plus there’s a coupon code (2NATGEO) that will save you an extra $2. I don’t know about you, but I think $1.33 per issue is pretty good (and I’m a penny pincher).

Subscribe to National Geographic Little Kids for only $8! (This is my 3 for Free link. If 3 people purchase through this link, I’ll have my purchase refunded.)

If you order through Plum District, be sure to share your own referral link with friends. If 3 people purchase through your link, you’ll be refunded!

I also just saw that they have National Geographic Kids on sale (scroll to the bottom). It’s $12, with a $2 coupon code (GeoKids2), to make it just $10. This magazine is published 10 times a year, so you’ll only be paying $1 per issue. I haven’t seen this magazine in person, but it looks great. I may have to subscribe for Christmas gifts for my nieces and nephews.

*This post contains my referral links, but I would have shared the info anyway, as we truly do love this magazine and are interested in the older one for other family members.

Brotherly Love

“My Walk Chardie Hand” is probably what I’ll title this for our scrapbook – it’s the phrase Callan uses when he wants to help Charlie walk. But, since both his sentence structure and pronunciation of Charlie’s name are getting better by the day, I don’t anticipate we’ll hear it many more times.

My sweet boys holding hands on our nature walk. - www.mcmamasays.com #toddlers

I wrestled with myself over whether or not to take the camera with me when we went “hiking,” and then very nearly left it in the car so I didn’t have to tote it down the trail and could just soak in the experience. But I’m so glad my photographer’s side won out this time. Watching Callan race back down the trail to get Charlie and help him along was such a sweet moment, and I am really thankful I have this photo to document it. I smile every time I see it.

 

Moms’ Night Out {giveaway}

Did you get the opportunity to see Moms’ Night Out when it was playing at the cinema? I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve been to the movies in the last 5 years, but I made sure I went to see that one. And it was so worth it! (You can view a few snippets from the movie here.)

“It will make you laugh; it will make you cry,” is an over-used line in movie critiques, but definitely true for Moms’ Night Out. I laughed, I cried, then I laughed some more and cried again. I went with my sister and a group of moms from our homeschool group – some with small children, some with teens, some with special needs kids, some with adopted children. Bloggers, activists, Catholics, Protestants, crunchy, mainstream – the details of our lives were varied. But each one of us was able to relate to the heart of the story.

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After the movie ended, we stood around in the lobby for a while, sharing stories about how we had spent the past weekend. It was Mother’s Day weekend, and nearly everyone in the group felt unworthy of being celebrated on that Sunday. But somehow, by the characters in Moms’ Night Out echoing the same feelings of failure and self-doubt that we all know, we felt less doubtful and less like failures, and realized that no, everyone else doesn’t have it all together either.

I highly recommend that every mama see Moms’ Night Out. It will speak to your heart, reassuring you that you are not alone, and that bad days don’t make you a bad mother. But it’s not just a movie for women – I think that there are a lot of insights for dads to glean from this movie as well. Plus, it’s a clean, family-friendly, funny movie that just makes for a good movie night, whether you’re a parent or not. I’m looking forward to watching it with my husband when it come out on Blu-Ray.

Pre-order Mom’s Night Out for just $15.99 (DVD) or $19.99 (Blu-Ray) and get a FREE CD!

Win a copy of Moms' Night Out book, novelization by Tricia Goyer - www.mcmamasays.comIf you can’t wait for the movie to come out on DVD (or Blu-Ray), you can read the book now! Tricia Goyer wrote a novelization of the movie and it’s already available. Check with your local library to see if it they have it, or purchase a copy for your home library. (Just think of the stories that would be swapped if you used this for your next book club read!) You can read a sample chapter here.

I’m also giving away a copy of the book right here. You can enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
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Thanks to B&H Publishing Group for providing a copy of this book for giveaway!

 

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Did you go see Moms’ Night Out? What did you think of it?

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Fingerpainting

Last week I decided it was time to let Charlie tackle fingerpainting. He was really excited about it beforehand, but didn’t really get into it once the paints were in front of him.

orange blue and yellow fingerpaint - www.mcmamasays.com

Yep, the one finger dip was about as adventurous as he got.

Charlie's first time fingerpainting - www.mcmamasays.com

Look! There’s a dot!

my timid fingerpainting toddler - www.mcmamasays.com

Callan, on the other hand, was thrilled. We haven’t had the fingerpaints out for a month or two.

toddler fingerpainting handprints - www.mcmamasays.com

And, of course, he couldn’t stop with just painting his paper.

fingerpaint 05

He thought he made a great canvas.

toddler fingerpainting himself - www.mcmamasays.com

Then it was time to start painting Charlie.

my toddlers fingerpainting each other - www.mcmamasays.com

My little masterpieces:

fingerpainted toddler - www.mcmamasays.com

he painted himself and his brother - www.mcmamasays.com

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I know my kids aren’t the only ones to paint themselves with paint, lipstick, markers, lotion, etc. Do you have any photos of your kids all “decorated”? Feel free to drop a link in the comments!

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