Does anyone have recommendations for Bible memory verses for toddlers? I think there are simplified versions of verses which is helpful (eliminating difficult words for 2-year-olds to pronounce and such) but I’m wary about just googling since it’s likely that most will change the verses in big and bad ways. If anyone has a good resource for this kind of thing I’d really appreciate it! Thanks!
Desiring God has a lot. I also think some enterprising soul put the DG sets into quizlet which you can use to make your own sets on various platforms.
Got any links for these things?
The second link in the page below is the memory list used at Tenth Presbyterian. I believe it’s remained unchanged since the Boice era, and may possibly be older than that.
We just started with Psalm 1. It’s pretty funny, and really sweet, to hear their little voices trying to pronounce all the words!
It’s all of a piece with our decision to read “hard” books to them- they understand much more than we think!!
But I understand the appeal of shorter, simpler verses, and I like that ABC scheme; it seems like it’d be fun for everybody.
I did want to chime in, though, and encourage everyone to give the “tougher” verses a try. You might be surprised at what your children can do.
When my son was very little he had Psalm 1 memorized just from my wife and me reading it out loud after dinner every night. I think it’s still rattling around in his brain.
Recently I heard a three year old recite most of Psalm 1, get confused near the end, and launch seamlessly into the middle of Psalm 139, which his older brother had memorized for school.
Here is a link for set one.
Looks like I made them myself (it’s been years). I just use Quizlet to make cards but I use “Flashcards by NKO” for actual memory work (sorry SoSers… I tried Verses but liked my other app more).
Edit: here is a link that goes to my Quizlet sets if anyone’s interested.
We use this regularly as a family- https://scripturememory.com/memory-books-and-tools/memory-books/children-s-books/god-loves-us-elementary-book-1.html . My husband found it at a homeschool convention, but it looks like they have a lot of other resources, like an ABC type memory book. Our son had just turned 3 when we started using it with him, but our daughter is 2 and is starting to learn some of them.
I do agree that Desiring God has some good resources, too. I’ve been using the Fighter Verses app for myself and think it was well worth the few dollars I paid for it. It has the kid verses on there, too, and a picture cue to associate with the verse.
Thanks for the responses! I’ll look through the links and suggested materials.
Unsolicited advice: Don’t be afraid to have a 2 year-old memorize difficult words. The child will only be two for 12 months, but it’s likely that the version of the scripture memorized by the 2 year old will stick for a lifetime.
Small children are memorization machines. The things they learn when they are small will provide them with a lifetime library of knowledge no farther away than their brains.
So there is an app called Fighter Verses, and one of the plans is called Foundations and is oriented toward kids.