As soon as my girls were old enough to start memorizing things, I set to work hiding God’s Word in their hearts. But I had one big question: Where do I start? Lots of searching for the best Bible verses to teach your toddler has led me to this top 5 list.
For lots of great resources and ideas on HOW to teach them to memorize any scripture, check out this post.
Top 5 Bible Verses to Teach Your Toddler
I do not want to just give you the verses and then leave you hanging about how get those words to stick in your little one’s heads. As I hope you already read in “How to Teach a Toddler to Memorize Scripture,” you should use as many different sensory approaches as you can to help them.
In the verses below, I have linked the key words to the Signing Savvy site with a video description of how to do the American Sign Language sign for each word. They are very easy to learn to do and make practicing the verses fun. Here’s a quick tip for using this site for any word: do not bother using the search feature within the site itself (it will tell you it is only available to full members and registered guests) but instead just type in your Google search “*word you want to look up* signing savvy ” (without the quotes or asterisks). Your search will turn up the direct link to the video you want.
Also, all of these verses have a song associated with them that we like to use, so I’ve linked to the album it is from and noted the track number.
- Be Obedient
Ephesians 6:1 “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.” NIV
Hide ‘em In Your Heart, track #6
- Be Caring
Luke 6:31 “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” NIV
Hide ‘em In Your Heart, track #2 (Note: this track is actually Matthew 7:12 which is still the “Golden Rule” just expounded a bit. I’ve just chosen the more simple version in Luke, for toddlers.)
- Love God
Deuteronomy 6:5 “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” ESV
Sing the Bible with Slugs and Bugs, track #4
- Trust God
Psalm 56:3 “When I am afraid, I will trust in you.” NIV
Hide ‘em In Your Heart, track #5
- Be Brave
Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” NKJV
Hide ‘em In Your Heart, track #15
If you are wondering how I chose which translation to teach these verses in, the answer is pretty simple. I either chose whatever I had learned them in, whatever the songs we were listening to used, or whatever was the most clear and easy for toddlers.
FREE Printable of our Top 5 Bible Verses to Teach Your Toddler
One more resource that I created to help you teach your toddlers are some printable flashcards. These are totally free for you to download and use with your family. Print them on card-stock, cut them out, laminate if you like, and put them on a binder ring for easy use. If you place them with your toddler’s toys, they’ll be sure to help remind YOU its time to work on their memory verses. They’ll have so much fun flipping through them with you!
Remember, hiding scripture in their hearts is only helpful if you are also teaching your little ones how to apply that scripture to their lives.
- If your toddler is showing those clear signs of the defiant “terrible twos,” exhort them with Ephesians 6:1.
- If your toddler is headed to a play-date with friends, prepare them with Luke 6:31.
- If your toddler is asking you questions about their relationship with God, instruct them with Deuteronomy 6:5.
- If your toddler wakes up at night with bad dreams, comfort them with Psalm 56:3.
- If your toddler battles separation anxiety as they are dropped off for nursery care, remind them of Philippians 4:13.
Most of all, dear parents, remember, you are doing eternally significant work when you teach your children the Word of the Lord. It matters, a lot. I’m praying for you and walking alongside you as we share God’s grace and truth with the next generation.
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