Are you looking for Bible verses to memorize with your toddler? Or maybe you’re wondering where and how to start? This guide will give you everything you need to get started!
I wish I could go back and freeze time.
My two-year-old was jumping on the couch to the beat of a nursery rhyme, happily singing to herself even though the words were hardly intelligible half the time.
But it was a light bulb moment for me.
You see, I had been wondering when exactly to start memorizing Bible verses with my toddler, and since we’re a bilingual family, my children are late speakers. I had assumed that my child had to be able to talk before I started Scripture memory work with her.
But I was wrong.
That evening, as she was happily entertaining herself with some Mother Goose rhyme, I realized that if my daughter was capable of remembering simple rhymes, she could certainly remember God’s Word.
And so we got to work.
Below you’ll find the verses we started with, beginning with our very first verse and working our way through verses we’re still working on.
21 Bible Verses to Memorize with Your Toddler
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1
The Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Exodus 33:11
Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Psalm 150:6
Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved. Acts 16:31
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
We love because God first loved us. 1 John 4:19
Three times a day, Daniel got down on his knees and prayed, just as he had done before. Daniel 6:10
He leads the humble in doing right, teaching them his way. Psalm 25:9
Your word is truth. John 17:17
For freedom Christ has set us free. Galatians 5:1
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men. Luke 2:14
For You are my hope; O Lord, my trust from my youth. Psalm 71:5
Pray without ceasing. 1 Thess 5:17
You also, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord is coming soon. James 5:8
Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future. Proverbs 19:20
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Ephesians 6:1
Whoever has two coats share with him who has none, and whoever has food do likewise. Luke 3:11
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. Matthew 5:7
Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Matthew 3:2
You’ll notice that these aren’t necessary the typical verses memorized in Sunday School. That’s because I wanted to start my daughter off with verses that speak of the relationship God desires to have with us, and I also handpicked verses that corresponded to the lessons she was learning at children’s church.
So, for example, the week she learned about Moses, we memorized a verse about Moses’ relationship with God (Exodus 33:11), and when she learned about Daniel, we memorized how Daniel talked with God (Daniel 6:10). I also took advantage of holidays and celebrations (like Christmas and birthdays) to work in verses that tie into those seasons.
That was two years ago, and we’re still adding verses to our memory bank. Truthfully, memorizing Scripture is one of the best time investments I’ve made in my oldest daughter, and now that my second just turned two, I’m looking forward to introducing her to the wonders of God’s Word through Scripture memorization as well. 🙂 Here are 25 other ways to introduce your kids to the wonder of God’s love.
Additional Resources for Bible Verses to Memorize with Your Toddler
Freedom Kids’ Bible Verses Videos
Both my daughters absolutely LOVE watching these videos of children reciting Scripture, and I love that they’re memorizing verses while they’re watching. The videos are posted around themes that kids find interesting (Bible verses about animals, about nature, about body parts, etc) and the verses are broken up by songs that are catchy and well-written, so you won’t mind listening to them over and over again.
And here’s a little side-benefit: I’ve realized that I’ve memorized verses too just by overhearing the video while doing other chores around the house. There’s something amusing about turning to a passage in your Bible just to have your brain trigger a children’s voice reciting the words in your head. 🙂
Find all the videos on YouTube or Vimeo for free, or watch them here.
Bible Verses Coloring Pages for Preschoolers
If you’re looking for a hands-on way to reinforce the Bible verses you’re working to memorize with your child, here’s another collection of verses with corresponding coloring pages.
Bible Memory Cards from A-Z
A few years ago I got this collection of Bible memory cards from A-Z through an Ultimate Homemaking Bundle sale, and it’s been another fun way to memorize verses together as my now-preschooler is working on her alphabet.
Just print the verses on cardstock, laminate, hole-punch, and put them on a key ring for an easy way to take verses on the go.
I believe this is a paid resource, but it looks like you can get a few free downloads of various letters of the alphabet, so you can try it before you buy it.
Bible Journaling with Kids
Okay, so this isn’t a resource as much as an encouraging video I made recently with my two kiddos showing another method of meditating on God’s Word that’s a win for both kids and mama: Bible Journaling.
If you’re discouraged by the lack of Quiet Time in your life, perhaps it’s time to lean into the craziness of life with kids and invite them into your time in God’s Word. After all, our kids are more likely to copy what they see us do, and what better to instill in them a love of God’s Word than opening the Bible and delighting in His Word together?
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