Great Christian Kid Shows For At Home and On-The-Go

Recently, I got a three month subscription to Club JellyTelly, which I had never heard of, but has now become my new favorite site for children's Christian shows. JellyTelly was developed by VeggieTales and What’s In the Bible? creator, Phil Vischer. How did I never hear of this until now?


While some of our favorite shows are here like Pahappahooey Island, What's in the Bible?, and Jesus Storybook Bible, there are also a ton of shows we've never heard of that are becoming new favorites like GiGi Gods Little Princess and The Pond. In addition to kids shows, JellyTelly also offers games, printable coloring pages, and crafts. Such a deal for only $5.00 a month!

Watch On-The-Go

Jelly Telly has a free app that enables you to watch any shows from your mobile device on-the-go. For me, I've found the videos to load very slow on my iPad when using the app. However, as an experiment, I tried logging on to JellyTelly.com on my iPad and when I did the videos loaded super fast. Hopefully they'll make the videos in the app load as fast as they do online. Until then, I'm happy to log on the website in exchange for fast loading videos. And if you don't have 3G on your mobile device, more stores are offering free wi-fi which is can come in handy when you still have a few more items on your grocery list to get and the kiddos are getting restless. And just think, if someone at the store asks your child "What are you watching?" how surprised they will be to hear "Gigi God's Little Princess!" And perhaps if your child is watching something while you shop, maybe some truth on the show will be in earshot of another shopper passing by and they will be blessed. (Eph. 4:29) We never know how God will work a truth someone hears.


The Meaning Behind JellyTelly

From the site, "We get our name – JellyTelly – from jellyfish, to remind us of our need to stay in the current of God’s will and let Him carry us where He wants us to be. In the same way, jellyfish, without the ability to choose their own courses (they can’t move themselves!), must trust the ocean currents to carry them where they need to be. We are flowing in the current of God’s rescue plan and kingdom! And you know what else? A group of jellyfish is called a bloom! We believe families are blooms – growing together and moving in God’s current, wherever He may lead"

The Bloom

I'm already very impressed with all the shows, games, coloring pages, and crafts we get for just $5 a month. I was surprised to find out with your membership, each week you also receive a downloadable activity pack, called The Bloom,  to do together as a family.This year's theme is the life & teachings of Jesus  In 52 weeks, we’ll go through all 4 Gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke & John – to learn about the life of Christ, and apply His teachings to our lives. 

Pointing Our Kids to Jesus

While I appreciate shows like Doc McStuffins, a sweet show with good takeaways for kids so they don't fear going to the doctor and they practice good health habits, if I had to choose between Doc McStuffins

 and a show on JellyTelly that points my daughter to the Lord, I'd much rather have her spend her half hour with a show that points her to Jesus than a show that doesn't.  Phil Vischer shares:
"When I started developing the ideas that would become VeggieTales way back in 1990, the new technology sweeping through America’s living rooms was the VHS deck. Times have changed since then. Kids aren’t walking around with VHS cassettes under their arms anymore. They are walking around with iPods and Xbox. They’re online. They’ve got Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel streaming 24 hours a day into their bedrooms. Our kids are consuming more media than ever before, on average more than 5 hours a day – including more than three hours a day of just television!
 
Churches are doing wonderful work with kids – innovative work – but a church will get about an hour with a child on a Sunday morning and then before it sees that child again, that kid on average has watched more than 22 hours of Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel. Is it any wonder that our kids are growing up knowing more about iCarly than about the apostle Paul? That they’re more emotionally engaged in the outcome of American Idol than the gospel of Jesus Christ or the work of the Church around the world? We need to do something about this – half of kids growing up in church in America are walking away from church when they graduate from high school.

We can do something about this by using the same technology that kids are adapting to as they consume media in new ways. Club JellyTelly is a way to bring the Bible and the Christian faith to life for kids on a daily basis, to show them the work of the church around the world and the role they can play in it, to teach them their faith and what it looks like to live it. Every day we can talk to kids – we can take just a half an hour away from what they are consuming from the Disney Channel and Nickelodeon. We think we can make a huge difference in the life of a child."
 I'm very thankful for the ways the Lord has used Phil Vischer to point children to Jesus through VeggieTales, What's in the Bible, and now JellyTelly. In a day where our kids are bombarded with media that pulls their attention away from Jesus, its refreshing to see resources like JellyTelly that point them back.

Questions for you: What is your favorite Christian kids show? What are your favorite resources for pointing your children to Jesus?



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10 comments:

  1. I have yet to see JellyTelly but my kids love What't in the Bible and Veggies Tales so I will have to check it out.

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    1. Kimberly, I'm sure your kids will enjoy it! God bless you richly!

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  2. Brooke, this sounds great. I'm always scanning YouTube for Christian kiddy videos for my little girl.

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    1. Jelli B. I did the same thing for my girl before I discovered JellyTelly. :) I like that in addition to great shows on their website there are also games, printable coloring pages, and activities. I love anything that points my girl to a deeper knowledge of the Lord. It's nice to have so much of that in one place for kids. God bless you abundantly!

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  3. I've been surprised by the quality of some of the children's shows on Cornerstone Television, which is part of our basic cable. Here's my article about my son's favorite Christian programs when he was 5. Some of them aren't on Cornerstone anymore but are available on DVD or online.

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    1. Thanks, Becca for sharing! I will definitely check these out! God bless you tremendously!

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  4. Thanks for linking to Sunday Stillness. May your post be read by the mom, grandma or dad, grandpa that would like to see his children more exposed to the Gospel than just on Sundays.
    Blessings
    Janis www.janiscox.com

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    1. Amen, Janis! So thankful for websites like these that point kids to Jesus and fill their minds with truth rather than mindless entertainment. God bless you incredibly!

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  5. Wow, JellyTelly sounds great! We love What's in the Bible? in our house, I'm sure we would enjoy the other shows. Thanks for linking up to Anything Goes!

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    1. Yes, I'm so glad I found this site! I think you'd enjoy the other shows too, Angela. God bless you greatly!

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Thank you for taking the time to share. May God bless you richly!