Memorizing simple Bible verses can be especially helpful for toddlers as they learn about right and wrong, love and compassion, and other important topics. Today I’m sharing some simple scriptures for toddlers to memorize that can help them grow in their faith. I hope you find these helpful!
Be sure to download my free printable Memory Verse Chart for Kids at the bottom of the post!
The Bible is a foundation of our faith and a source of guidance for our lives. Scriptures are a powerful way to teach our children about the gospel. They can provide guidance and comfort in difficult times, and help our children develop a testimony of Christ. Teaching scriptures to toddlers can be simple and fun!
How to Teach Memory Verses to Toddlers
It is never too early to start teaching your child Bible verses. Toddlers are capable of memorizing short phrases, and the earlier they start learning Scripture, the more likely they are to retain it as they grow older.
While it may seem daunting to teach young children such abstract concepts, there are a few simple tips you can follow to make the process easier.
#1 First, choose a memory verse that is short and easy to understand.
#2 Next, make sure to explain the meaning of the verse in simple terms that your child can relate to. And having said that, begin teaching your toddler verses that you are able to explain to them in a simple to understand way.
#3 Finally, try to incorporate the verse into your daily routine, such as saying it before meals or during bedtime prayers.
What is the Best Bible Version to Use?
In my house, we use a few versions: NKJV, ESV, and the CSB because they are easy to read and understand. However, you can use any version of the Bible that you feel comfortable with.
Make Learning Bible Verses Fun for Toddlers
One of the best ways to help your toddler learn and remember Bible verses is to teach them in a fun and interactive way. Below are some tips on how to make memory verse time enjoyable for both you and your toddler:
#1 Choose a short, simple verse that is easy for toddlers to understand. The simpler the better!
#2 Repeat the verse several times throughout the day, in different settings and with different activities. For example, you could say the verse while getting ready for bed, during breakfast, while playing outside, etc.
#3 Use props or gestures to help your toddler remember the words. For example, if you’re teaching the verse “God is love,” you could hold up a heart while saying “God is love.”
#4 Encourage them to say the verse with you. Praise them when they do it successfully!
#5 Reward them for their efforts. When they finally memorize the entire memory verse or a set of verses, give them a special treat as a reward for their hard work! You can use my free printable Memory Verses Reward Chart below.
By following these simple steps, you can give your child a foundation of biblical knowledge that will last a lifetime. And with a little creativity and patience, teaching memory verses to toddlers can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience for both you and your child.
37 Simple Scriptures for Toddlers to Memorize
Remember that, for very young children, the easier the verse the better. You can even shorten Bible verses to make them easier – or just memorize parts of a verse. As your child ages, choose verses that are longer and more complex. I hope these simple scriptures for toddlers are helpful.
Sweet mama, I encourage you to take some time each day to teach your little ones one of these verses. It’s never too early to start instilling God’s Word in their hearts! Here are 37 Scriptures for toddlers to memorize:
#1 “But Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me.’” Matthew 19:14. This verse is a good reminder for toddlers (and adults!) that Jesus loves them and wants them to come to Him.
#2 “We love because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19. Help toddlers understand the concept of God’s love for us, and how we should show love to others with this verse.
#3 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1. This is a great verse for toddlers to learn about God’s power and His role as Creator.
#4 “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.” Psalm 23:1. This is a beautiful Psalm that teaches toddlers about God’s care for His people.
#5 “I can do all this through Christ who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13. This verse is one of my favorites and one I’ve quoted to my kids their entire lives. It’s a great reminder for toddlers (and adults!) that we can do all things through Christ.
#6 “If you love me, keep my commands.” John 14:15. This simple verse is short and sweet and to the point. It teaches toddlers about obedience and how to show their love for God.
#7 “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:31. This is a great verse for teaching toddlers about the Golden Rule. This is so important for children to learn at a young age!
#8 “I have hidden your word in my heart.” Psalm 119:11. This is a great verse for teaching toddlers about the importance of hiding God’s Word in our hearts and memorizing Scripture.
#9 “Rejoice always.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16. This verse teaches toddlers about the joy that comes from following Christ.
#10 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16. This Bible verse is longer, so for really young toddlers, I would just work on memorizing the first part: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son.”
#11 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:37. This is a great verse for teaching toddlers about the importance of loving God with all our heart, soul, and mind.
#12 “Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10. This is a great verse for teaching toddlers about God’s power and His role as our creator. You can talk about reverence and respect as well as sitting in God’s presence.
#13 “And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” Genesis 1:3. This is another great verse for teaching toddlers about God’s power and His role as our creator.
#14 “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” – Romans 10:11. This is a great verse for teaching toddlers about salvation and how to have eternal life.
#15 “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” – Corinthians 5:7. This is a great verse for teaching toddlers about faith and how we need to trust in God.
#16 “Three times a day, Daniel got down on his knees and prayed, just as he had done before.” Daniel 6:10. Prayer is so important and children can learn to talk to God from an early age so they build a relationship with Him.
#17 “The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts.” Psalm 28:71. This is a great verse for teaching toddlers about God’s protection and care. They need to know how much God loves and cares for them.
#18 “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.” Psalm 150:6. This is a great verse for teaching toddlers about praising God. Praising God is something that we should do every day!
#19 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105. This is a great verse for teaching toddlers about the importance of God’s Word and about how God guides and directs our steps.
#20 “Your word is truth.” John 17:17. This is a great scripture for toddlers to teach them about the importance of God’s Word and how it is truth.
#21 “Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17. This is a great scripture for teaching toddlers about the importance of prayer. We should be praying all the time, not just when we have our daily devotions or when we’re in church.
#22 “For freedom Christ has set us free.” Galatians 5:1. This is a great verse for teaching toddlers about freedom in Christ. We are no longer slaves to sin when we put our trust in Jesus! You can share about how Jesus helps us to be kind and loving.
#23 “Children, obey your parents in the Lord.” Ephesians 6:1. Children need to learn to obey their parents, and this Bible verse teaches toddlers about obedience. It’s so important for children to learn to obey their parents and other authority figures.
#24 “He is not here, for he has risen. Matthew 28:6. This is a great verse for teaching toddlers about the resurrection. Jesus died on the cross for our sins, and He rose again three days later!
#25 “Be kind and compassionate to one another. Ephesians 4:32. I love this scripture for teaching toddlers how to be kind and compassionate to others. We should always be looking for ways to serve others and show them God’s love.
#26 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Proverbs 3:5. This is a great verse for teaching toddlers about trust. We need to trust God with all our heart, and we need to have faith that He will always be there for us.
#27 “Be strong and courageous.” Joshua 1:9. This is a great verse for teaching toddlers about being strong and courageous. We don’t have to be afraid to stand up for what we believe in or to tell others about Jesus.
#28 “The fruit of the Spirit is But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” Galatians 22:22-23. This is a great verse for teaching toddlers about the fruits of the Spirit. When we allow the Holy Spirit to work in our lives, we will see His fruits – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control!
#29 “The Lord bless you and keep you.” Numbers 6:24. This is a great verse for teaching toddlers about God’s blessings. We can know that God will always bless us and keep us safe.
#30 “I am the good shepherd.” John 10:11. This is a great verse for teaching toddlers about Jesus as the Good Shepherd. He loves us and cares for us, and He will always be there for us.
#31 “Rejoice in the Lord always.” Philippians 4:4. This is a great verse for teaching toddlers about rejoicing in the Lord. We can always be happy and have joy, because we know that Jesus loves us and He is in control.
#32 “You are the light of the world.” Matthew 5:14. This is a great verse for teaching toddlers about being witnesses for Christ. We can tell others about Jesus and show them His love.
#33 “I am with you always.” Matthew 28:20. This is a great verse for teaching toddlers about God’s presence. We can know that God is always with us, and we never have to be afraid.
#34 “My salvation comes from him. Psalm 62:1. This is a great verse for teaching toddlers about salvation. We need to put our trust in Jesus Christ and know that He is the only way to salvation.
#35 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8. This is a great verse for teaching toddlers about the constancy of God. We can know that Jesus will never change and He will always be there for us.
#36 “Jesus said, give them something to eat.” Mark 6:37. This is a wonderful verse for teaching toddlers about Jesus’ compassion. He cared about the physical needs of the people, and He also cares about our needs today.
#37 “Jesus wept.” John 11:35. This is a great verse for teaching toddlers about Jesus’ humanity. He was fully God and fully man, and He understands our sorrow and our pain.
Scripture memory is a great way to help our kids learn about God and His Word! It’s also a great opportunity to teach them how to hide God’s Word in their hearts (Psalm 119:11).
As parents, we can choose scriptures that will help our kids learn about who God is, what He has done for us, and how much He loves us. These scriptures can be a great foundation for our kids as they grow in their faith.
As you can see above, there are many great scriptures for toddlers to memorize. Just choose one or two that you think would be most beneficial for your child, and start working on them today. With a little patience and persistence, your child will be well on their way to hiding God’s Word in their heart!
Do you have a favorite scripture that you like to use with your toddlers? I’d love to hear it! Leave a comment below and share it with us.
Free Printable Scripture Memory Chart for Toddlers
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