Everything I can find to instill Christian values in my grandchildren is great! They are bombarded with savagrey and negative outlooks from all around them. It is nice to find something gentle and fun. Very well done!
Teaching our children character builders is a huge deal to my husband and I.
These are the foundation of their faith, and who they become.
I love being able to find good, Godly videos, that help my little ones learn these important lessons. They are fun tools so they can relate to what they are learning.
Recently, I was able to review a wonderful new DVD: Paws & Tales, God Cares for You. A spin off of Chuck Swindoll's radio program, Paws & Tales Biblical Wisdom for Kids, I am truly delighted in the awesome portrayal of Christian character. This first video in the series focuses on Psalm 23:1, and Proverbs 10:25...showing children God's love for them.
The 2 short animations on this DVD are captivating for little ones. The characters are vivid, and the stories are easy for children to relate to, as well as understand the meaning behind.
Episode 1, 'The Good Sheppard', focuses on sacrificial love, both from yourself for others, and from the ultimate Sheppard, Jesus.
Episode 2, 'A Good Foundation', teaches children that, just like building a clubhouse on something solid and strong, you need a firm foundation in life to stand on for the future.
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All of my children have really enjoyed this video. The laughs and giggles, while they proudly tell me what they learned, is enough to make me truly appreciative of this series!
The fun bonus features that can be accessed via computer (including music videos, activity sheets, and games) is a nice little extra with the DVD also. And joining the "Clubhouse" here is lots of fun as well!
Overall, Paws & Tales is a great resource to help instill wonderful traits in the hearts and minds of your littles!
This was overall a cute video. There were two separate cartoons and a song after each one of them. The first thing I noticed is how simple the cartoons are. I think most of us are used to the "fancier" cartoons of today. These reminded me of when I was younger.
The first one we watched was about sheep. I found this one a little weird, especially since it's suppose to be for kids. At one point the shepherd is trying to teach the kids how to take care of the sheep, and it starts choking. The shepherd grabs the sheep's upper and lower jaw and the camera goes to the kid's faces while the shepherd sticks his hand down the sheep's throat to make him throw up. The camera then goes back to the sheep and he's fine, but there's a pile of throw up in front of him. This may be totally normal for sheep. I assume it is, but I would have liked to have seen the point of the scene brought about in a different way. I still recommend the video, but again, I thought that part was really weird!
I thought the second one was extremely cute! The point came across very clearly and even as an adult I snickered several times through it.
The most important thing, though, is that my son seemed to love it. It kept his attention, and while he's still too young to be getting a whole lot out of them right now, I really think that he will when he comprehends a bit more. He can't talk yet, so I'm totally judging his opinion of the video from his reactions. ;) He seemed to really like all the sheep noises!
At the end of the cartoons, there's a karaoke-like song. I've mentioned before that I prefer my songs without music, and these do have music with them. I know that won't matter to most, but I wanted to throw it out there for anyone who might want to know.
We do recommend these cartoons. It has a good message and it's not too flashy! And I think, depending on the age, it's funny and entertaining.
*I received this DVD from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
I showed this video to a small group of children in my church ages 4- 8 and they all enjoyed both adventure stories. At various times during the two episodes they would laugh. Paws and Tales captured their attention during the entire length of the DVD. They all have watched some of the other Paws and Tales and they would love to view upcoming releases. Two children told me that they learned, "We are His sheep." One boy liked the character CJ and the other two liked the Old Shepherd and Papa Chuck. My suggestion to Simply Shop and Save readers is that if you find both animated episodes too long for your audience then just show one story and save the other episode for another time.
For myself, this was the first time I have actually seen a Paws and Tales story so I was quite excited. I liked that the Biblical truth of God's caring and how he relates to humans was interwoven during the two stories. It's amazing that the Creator is always with us, loves us and He knows every little thing about us! God cares and can be our strong foundation! From children to adults we need this meaningful message. Also, children can learn the concept of putting others first.
Here are other positive things about the DVD. Paws and Tales is offered in English and Spanish and there is the option of subtitles! How relevant to have these options for the hearing impaired or for the Spanish population. Between the two stories and after A Good Foundation, upbeat music is played relating to the themes. It was fun dancing to the music! Other features include activity sheets, and games when you put the disc in your computer.
Overall Paws and Tales: God Cares For You is a great DVD and I heartily recommend the DVD for families, grand-parents, church libraries and others! Know that the author, Chuck Swindoll is one of the highest ranked Christian orators of our time and has been able to reach out and communicate with every walk of life. As it says; he now wants to reach the next generation. Even if you just want values for your children, this is a great way to present them.
Whether it is Marsha, Gooz, Ned, or CJ, your children and grandchildren will pick out a favorite character and fall in love with the general concept of Paws & Tales! In the DVD, God Cares For You, there are two episodes that will bring smiles to the entire family. In addition, there are games and music videos making this DVD even more valuable to your family.
Inspired by the ministry of Chuck Swindoll, founder of Insight for Living, Paws & Tales is "committed to communicating biblical truth and applying it to real life." The beautiful part of this ministry is that the "kids will be captivated by the adventure, caught up in the laughter, and carried away in the fun_and the whole time they'll be on their way to understanding solid Bible theology."
I watched these videos with my three grandchildren, and let me tell you, they were fascinated. The animation is top notch, as is the writing. There is no "in your face" theology, however, very subtly, the concept of Christ's love is revealed with each passing scene. Perhaps the greatest endorsement is hearing them ask, "Is that all?"
You can watch the first part of one of these videos on the Paws & Tales YouTube channel by clicking http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zp5D4nSoajA.
Lots more information is available at www.pawsandtales.com or at www.tyndale.com.
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I am so excited to be hosting this giveaway and feel that the product will speak for itself.
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