Spiritual Development for Little Ones by R. Scott Wiley

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At a young age, your child cannot distinguish between reality and fantasy. To him everything is real and true. As he gets older, he begins to understand more about real versus pretend.

Encourage him to think about the difference. When he tells you a story, ask: “Is this a pretend story or a story about something that really happened?”

Gather a stack of books and videos. Help your child create two stacks–those that tell pretend stories and those that tell things that really happened. Include a Bible. Stress that stories in the Bible are true and really happened.

Thriving Family magazine suggests the following questions for some follow-up dinnertime or bedtime conversation with your child:


  • How can you tell the difference between an imaginary story and a true story? 
  • What’s your favorite movie? Is it true? (Even if a story is based on a true incident, talk about how movie writers change things to make a better story.) Where do movie writers get their ideas?
  • What is your favorite Bible story? Is it true?
  • Who wrote the Bible? Where did these writers get their ideas? (Explain that men wrote what the Holy Spirit told them to write.)
  • What is the difference between a good story from a book and an event in the Bible?
  • Is it possible to know for certain that God’s Word is true? How?


Repeating short phrases from Scripture will acclimate your child to Bible memorization and implant the truth in her heart! Here are some simple ones for preschoolers. 


  • Love one another. 1 John 4:7
  • God loves us. Psalm 117:2
  • Help one another. Galatians 5:13
  • Jesus loves you. John 15:12

Scott Wiley is a curriculum editor, kindergarten Sunday School teacher, and student of many subjects. He blogs at Brick by Brick

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