A few weeks ago on Facebook, I saw an ad for something called, “JellyTelly” and “What’s in the Bible with Phil Vischer”, who is the guy behind VeggieTales. As an frequent VeggieTales viewer, I was intrigued.
What I discovered there is amazing! So amazing, I could not just share it on Facebook, I had to write a whole blog post about it because as a Christian mom, my kids needed this, and your kids do too.
What is JellyTelly?
JellyTelly is a lot like Netflix but it is only for Christian children’s shows. It has a slew of them, including VeggieTales, the Jesus Storybook Bible, and my new favorite, “What’s in the Bible?”
All the shows have different ways of being categorized: time, age, topic, and themes. Some shows are only a few minutes, with some going over 20 minutes.
JellyTelly’s content is produced for 2-8 year olds but I have been learning about God and the Bible too!
“What’s in the Bible?” is geared for early elementary aged children, so the Biblical concepts are basic. However, as an adult, I feel like I get myself wrapped up in the complexities of the Bible and I forget the simplicity of the gospel. “What’s in the Bible?” breaks the gospel down to its bare bones without taking away its impact.
Not only have my husband and I been impressed with this show, my 2.5 year old has! Yes, it has introduced topics like death and sin in concrete ways he can begin to understand but he will learn about those topics soon anyway.
I’d prefer him to learn about them in the context of the Bible to illustrate God’s plan versus having a pet die first or talking about why Elsa and Ana don’t have a mommy or daddy anymore.
Why Your Young Kids Need it
We have been watching “What’s in the Bible?” for a couple of weeks now and yesterday, my toddler woke up very sad. I asked, “What’s the matter, buddy?” His response, “Mommy, Jesus died.”
Whoa, my 2.5 understands that Jesus died? AND it makes him sad? That is a big deal.
So, I put on the episode about Jesus being the Son of God and why He died. When Jesus went in the tomb, I paused the show so we could talk about it. We were sad together for a little bit.
I pressed play and we watched the portion about the resurrection and we talked about how Jesus didn’t stay dead! He understood that his own bad choices went on Jesus when He died so that he could become part of the kingdom of God.
So cool, right?
All of this is piggybacking on another awesome thing that happened early this week. My son was experiencing major meltdowns (go figure, he is two), but these were different. I don’t have the words to describe how, you’ll just have to believe me when I say they were not a “normal meltdown”.
I could tell that he was not himself and that he was undone by this violent emotion, so we commanded this emotion to go in Jesus name (because as believers, we have authority over those things like this). He then says, “That guy isn’t in my heart anymore. I just me. Jesus in my heart.”
My little guy just told me something spiritually profound: he is saved at 2.5 years old. Wow.
Why am I telling you this? I’m not bragging about my kids (who just happen to be amazing), but to show you what happens when a child understands the gospel. While we have tried doing our best explaining what Jesus did for him, nothing has made an impact like “What’s in the Bible?”.
I’d say win/win for this week!
My 2.5 year old is saved because of this show, and your little ones can experience the same thing. For us, it all start with watching JellyTelly and “What’s in the Bible?”
I strongly encourage you to check it out. It is only $5 a month (a cheap price for my son’s ticket into the Kingdom), and there are also games. They have an app for iPhones and iPads users but unfortunately, it sucks. Sorry, JellyTelly, I have to be honest. There is good news though, the android app is amazing!
Check out JellyTelly today!