My kids are on tablets and devices more than I would like. But it’s the way of our world now. So, as my parents taught me, I want to give my kids SUPER COOL alternatives to the junk that’s out there. Here are some of my family’s favorite digital products and subscriptions. These are screen-times you can feel good about!
This is basically Netflix for kids’ shows. But not just any kids’ shows—these shows are carefully curated shows with Bible-based values and Christ-centered messages. I’ve written before about some of our favorite shows on Minno (formerly JellyTelly). My kids still love to watch it and I love that I don’t have to wonder or worry about what they’re viewing!
Perfect for preschool and elementary kids.
This is our most used digital product! With a monthly subscription of $9.99 you get access to over 300 Adventures in Odyssey audio dramas, a subscription to Clubhouse Magazine and fun extras throughout the year like videos, special audio books and more. Our whole family loves Odyssey so much–it’s an amazing and fun way to keep God-centered conversations in your home and give your kids great fictional heroes of the faith!
Between now and the end of the year, you can buy a year-long membership and receive a free AIO Bible!
Perfect for kids 8-12.
Amazon Music Unlimited
OK, this one isn’t just for your kids. And to be fair, it takes a little bit of some control on your end because there aren’t a lot of parental controls. To make it work for us, we make playlists and then my kids can play whichever of those playlists they want.
And like Spotify and the rest, every song you ever wanted to hear is ready for you. All of Seeds Family Worship, Yancy, Britt Nicole, Jamie Grace, TobyMac are on my kids’ playlists. We also have a playlist we use during school–including classical selections and Kagan’s Publishing’s Brain Boosters. We love it!
I know, audiobooks are nothing new. I love to order them from the library all the time. Recently, I discovered our library app where I can download them to my phone or computer! However, finding them online for a good price isn’t too hard!
First of all, there is always a deal for Audible Membership, usually a 30 day free trial. (Right now, the deal is $6.95/month for the first 3 months!)
Secondly, you do not need a subscription to Audible to listen to their audiobooks. Simply download the app to enjoy several free books, original audios and then, look for free and cheap audiobooks to download!
Just as ebooks go on sale, audiobooks will do the same. Especially if you’ve already bought the book, they will sometimes deeply discount the audiobook for you. Last year, I bought an audio book for $7.49 (regularly $19.99) because I’d already bought the ebook FOR $1.99!! Score!
PLUS. Audible has Daily Deals…daily.
Annd, don’t forget, ChristianAudio has monthly free audiobooks. (They are rarely kid-friendly, but I keep hoping!)
Make a fun little gift certificate, wrap it up with a pair of headphones and you’ve got hours of entertainment and a happy kiddo!