Resources are powerful tools to encourage our children to grow deeper in their faith and mature in their character. I have found this to be true with my own children, and I hope that you find this to be true as well! Here is a list of resources that I hope you will find helpful. I pray that these will be great tools to bring God’s Word and truths into your home as you create an environment of knowing, loving, and following the Lord with your children.
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The following reviews are based solely on my opinion from having watched the movies with my kids over the years.
Best for ages: 2-10
One of the most popular Christian movie collections for kids continues on with newer movies that are parodies of famous stories such as Star Trek, Cinderella, and Lord of the Rings. Each story focuses on teaching Christ-like character. For example, the Lord of the Beans teaches kids to use their gifts to bless others and display a selfless heart, and The Princess and the Popstar teaches kids to be content with God’s unique plan for their life.
Best for ages 3-7
This animated show is about a caterpillar and his friends staring Max Lucado and teaches kids truths from God’s word as well as godly virtues. You can purchase the DVD’s on Amazon, and you can find Hermie and Friends on Youtube, Minno Kids, and Right Now Media.
Best for ages: 4-7
This series for preschool and young elementary aged girls is about a girl named Gigi who knows God loves her so much and created her to be a princess. Gigi prays to God every night for wisdom and provisions for her life’s problems, and she thanks God at the end of each movie for working everything out. She gives kids a great model of what it looks like to have a relationship with God and trust in Him to help you through all of life’s trials.
Best for ages 4-9
My kids love Bible man’s new animated videos and the messages teach kids about the real spiritual battle around us in an age-appropriate way. My kids have been encouraged to do what’s right and have memorized the scriptures that are presented in these movies. You can find Bible Man DVD’s at Christian books stores and Amazon.
Best for ages: 5-10
This free movie app presented by Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) take kids on a journey through the Bible teaching lessons to the characters that go back in time and also provides interactive video games relating to Bible stories on it’s app as well!
Best for ages 7-12
This incredible series shares stories of a real-life heroes from Christian history. Kids will learn how God used everyday people who trusted in God to make an impact on the world and will be inspired to live for God as well! Torchlighters can be found on Minno Kids and Right Now Media or as DVD’s from Amazon.
Best for ages 7-12
This fabulous movie based off of John Bunyan’s world renowned book was very impressive. Even adults and many teenagers would enjoy it! The allegory of the Christian walk will foster great topics of discussion and allow children to become more aware of subtle temptations such as pride and selfishness that often go unnoticed in the heart. I believe this movie will inspire families to live a surrendered life for Jesus and stay the course when things get tough. There are evil characters that could scare young children easily, so I would advise watching first to make sure it is a good fit for your children to watch.
Best for ages 9 +
I have heard so many great things about this publicly funded Jesus series and am looking forward to watching all the episodes with our family. The characters and scenes are very true to Biblical life, and the scenes are captivating in a way that will help you understand what it must have been like to be back in the time of Jesus. The characters’ back stories are developed more to show what it would have been like to live during that time and each character’s need for a savior. This movie series will foster great discussions with the family about Jesus and His heart for people. I would encourage you to watch the first couple of episodes first to make sure it is appropriate for your children. The first episode may be a bit too intense/scary for some children as it addresses Mary Magdalene’s past and possession by demons. You can find The Chosen on Netflix, Youtube, and through The Chosen app. Series two is coming out soon!
Christian Movie Apps/Sites
Minno Kids: (previously called JellyTelly): This movie app has most of the Christian movies I have reviewed. The movie selections are great for kids preschool through elementary age. The kids can watch it on a tablet or smart TV, and you pay for a monthly subscription.
Amazon Prime Video: Several of the Christian movies I have mentioned can be found on Amazon Prime if you search for them! Some of them are offered with the Dove Channel subscription through Amazon Prime as well.
Owlegories: This movie app series teaches kids about God through allegories from nature and uses adorable owl characters kids love. You can find Owlegories DVD’s on Amazon or as an app for your tablet or smart TV.
SuperBook: This free app presented by Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) has videos that take kids on a journey through the Bible and also provides interactive video games relating to Bible stories!
Dove Channel: This movie app includes both Christian and Dove approved “wholesome” family movies for the whole family. A subscription can be purchased with Amazon Prime to bring you movies through their site as well.
Christian Cinema: This website allows you to rent movies digitally without a monthly subscription. They have selections for a variety of ages, including teens.
Pure Flix: This is a great option if you have older elementary kids through adults, so parents will find great Christian movies, which is a bonus!
Right Now Media: This app is typically purchased by churches or Christian schools and allows its members access to movies for kids and adults as well as Bible studies and teaching. Check with your church to find out if you have access to Right Now Media for your family to enjoy!