There are few things better than snuggling up on the couch to have a family movie night but even sitting down to watch a TV show together requires some planning. Not only is it hard to find a movie or TV show everyone agrees on, but as Christians, it’s also difficult to find clean shows and movies that everyone in the family will love. If you’re looking for Christian baby movies and TV shows that everyone will enjoy, you’ve come to the right place.
Philippians 4:8 says “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (NIV) If you’re wondering why it’s so important that we’re selective with what we show our kids and what we watch ourselves, there are so many verses in the Bible where we are instructed to keep our minds and hearts pure.
What we watch and choose to fill our minds with influences us more than we realize, and since our little ones are not old enough to fully understand what’s at stake, it’s our job as parents to guard their hearts and minds. To help you get started, we’ve included some great Christian baby movies and TV shows your little ones will love, as well as some that may not be specifically Christian, but they’re clean and bound to be enjoyed by everyone in your family.
Best Family Movies
Everyone’s on the couch and you’ve got the popcorn ready but you haven’t picked a movie out yet. It’s difficult to find movies everyone in the family will agree on and even more difficult to find movies that are clean, encouraging, and appropriate for young children. This list of family friendly movies gives you some options for your next family movie night so you don’t have to worry about finding something on your own.
Here are five great movies your family will enjoy:
The Prince of Egypt
The Prince of Egypt is a classic and is loved by many, even those who aren’t Christian. This movie was released in 1998, and is an adaptation of the book of Exodus. In the movie, we follow the story of Moses from his position of Prince of Egypt, to him leading the people of Israel out of Egypt. The Prince of Egypt has a great cast with roles played by Sandra Bullock, Jeff Goldbloom, Steve Martin, and Martin Short to name a few.
The Star was released in 2017 and is an animated Christian comedy based on the nativity story. The story follows a donkey named Bo who wants more out of life and ends up breaking out of the village mill. Bo and the friends he meets along the way end up being a part of the nativity story. The Star is a heart-warming tale about the first Christmas that will not only be enjoyed by your little ones, it will also teach them about the birth of Jesus.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
It would be hard to mention the best movies for little ones without mentioning a classic like Winnie the Pooh. Although this movie came out in 1977, it’s still loved by children everywhere and is tame enough for children of all ages. Filled with memorable songs such as “Heffalumps and Woozles” and all of your kid’s favorite characters, this classic is a great movie night film everyone will enjoy. Winnie the Pooh was first created by English author A.A. Milne in 1924 and the characters were adopted by Disney in 1961. Although not a Christian movie, there are so many timeless lessons that children can learn from the characters in the Hundred Acre Woods.
Joseph King of Dreams
After The Prince of Egypt was such a hit, in the year 2000, Joseph King of Dreams was released as a companion and prequel to The Prince of Egypt. Much like the first movie, Joseph King of Dreams is an animated film that is an adaptation of a story in the Bible. This film follows the story of Joseph and how his story led to the story of Moses.
Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie
The VeggieTales series is always a favorite of little ones in Sunday school, and this full length musical comedy from 2002 may even remind you of your own days watching VeggieTales. This computer animated film tells the story of Jonah from the Bible after Bob the Tomato and the Veggie children get in an accident on their way to a concert. At the end of the story, the veggie children learn that the moral of the story is God calls us to show compassion and mercy to all of his children, no matter what they’ve done.
Best family tv shows
Nowadays, even finding tv shows for your kids to enjoy can seem like a hassle, and it’s hard to know what’s best for them to watch. With so many strange, scary, and inappropriate content in the world, it’s important for us to let our little ones watch shows that are uplifting, encouraging, and ones that teach our kids what it means to be kind and compassionate.
Here are five great tv shows that the whole family will love:
When you talk about Christian media, the VeggieTales series is often the first thing that comes to mind for many people. Between the tv series, films, books, games, and albums, it’s clear that kids everywhere love VeggieTales, but it doesn’t have to be saved for Vacation Bible School. Bob the Tomato and Larry the cucumber host this series and they have retell Bible stories in a way that is both entertaining and engaging for children.. Your little ones will learn so many lessons from watching this series, and it’s appropriate for kids of all ages.
3-2-1 Penguins is another animated show that teaches kids about the Bible and was created by Big Idea Entertainment, the same production company that created VeggieTales. Premiering in the early 2000s, 3-2-1 Penguins tells the story of twins Jason and Michelle as they are taking on a galactic adventure with four penguins. Throughout the series, the twins face all kinds of moral dilemmas, and even the youngest viewers learn a valuable lesson at the end of each episode. There were 26 total episodes of 3-2-1 Penguins before it went off the air, but the entire series can be streamed online for your little ones.
What’s in the Bible
Another great series by VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer, the goal of What’s in the Bible is to bring the entire Bible into the lives of children and explain it to them in a way they can understand. Instead of simply telling them bits of pieces of what the Bible says, Phil Vischer created this series so that kids of all ages could have a foundational knowledge and understanding of what the Bible means and why they believe in what God’s word says.
A production by Lightning Bug Flix, Bugtime Adventures is a series that was created to teach little ones the stories of the Bible. In this animated children’s show, a cast of bugs living in the Middle East during Old Testament times. In each episode, the characters face a moral dilemma that goes along with a Biblical story. Bugtime Adventures first came out in 2006 and can be streamed through Prime Video.
Owlegories is an animated series for little ones that uses a group of owls to teach about faith and following God. Using Psalm 19:1-4 as a foundation, the goal of this series is to teach kids about God by exploring his creation and seeing him as a true artist. Owlegories was created by the Boto family, and the idea originally started as an interactive storybook app. As lovers of nature and the great outdoors, the Boto family wanted to create something that could show their love of nature as well as their love of Jesus.
Phil Vischer the creator of VeggieTales once said “Kids aren’t opposed to learning, they’re opposed to boring.” The purpose of VeggieTales and all of the other shows he created was to teach kids valuable lessons about the Bible in a way that keeps them engaged and interested. Even though the main purpose of television is to entertain, it can also be a way for us to learn, grow, and discover ourselves and the world around us.
Not every movie or tv show we watch has to be Christian, but we know what we choose to consume does affect us and it affects our children as well. Proverbs 4:23 says “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (NIV) Part of guarding your heart and the heart of your children is being selective about what you watch and what you listen to. If you’re looking for Christian baby movies and tv shows to show your kids, we hope this list has helped you pick out a few.
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