Once Upon A Time – Bible for Kids | Review

Hello lovelies! A few weeks ago Zonderkidz sent me a free copy of the NIrV Once Upon a Time Holy Bible to review.

NIrV Once Upon A Time Holy Bible, Hardcover - first Bible for Disney lovers | Review of free copy - Running With Spears #girlsbible #easter #illustratedbible

NIrV Once Upon A Time Holy Bible, Hardcover - first Bible for Disney lovers | Review of free copy - Running With Spears #girlsbible #easter #illustratedbible This lovely children’s Bible is a full text Bible featuring beautifully illustrated inserts with Bible stories including the story of Ruth, Esther, and of course Jesus’ birth and resurrection. This gorgeous hardcover edition features glittery details on the cover illustration that makes it super appealing to my three and seven year old girls!

I wasn’t familiar with the New International Reader’s Version, and it’s not really my favorite ever, but it’s definitely more kid-friendly than many versions, so that’s a plus. The illustrated stories are fairly short and to the point, which is good for a kid with a short attention span, but not necessarily always very deep or specifically engaging for kids. The highlight of them is really the lovely illustrations that my girls love to look at on their own.

The sort of catch phrase for the Bible is “The Bible is not a fairy tale. Every great story happened once upon a time.”  It’s a neat way to engage kids who love princess stories, Disney movies, etc. with learning true stories from the Bible. 🙂

I love giving books in Easter baskets, and this is a sweet one to give little girls. If you’re interested in more Easter book ideas, check out my reviews of Ready, Set, Find Easter and The Berenstain Bears Easter Fun Sticker And Activity Book. And keep watching for another Easter book review soon.

NIrV Once Upon A Time Holy Bible, Hardcover - first Bible for Disney lovers | Review of free copy - Running With Spears #girlsbible #easter #illustratedbible

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Mom Hack Monday — Easter Egg Hunts

Hey friends!

I wanted to share a quick hack for family Easter Egg hunts with multiple kids! Once our second sweetie got old enough to hunt eggs, we wanted to find a way to make sure each kiddo grabbed the same number of eggs from the get-go rather than having to redistribute afterward. We tried putting each girl’s initial on the eggs, but the problem there was that you have to pick up the egg and look at it, and if it’s not yours, put it back, which isn’t really much fun.

Genius! Color-code your Easter eggs - details at Running With Spears! #easter #egghunt #momhacks #parenthacks

Then we got smart and chose one color for each girl! Now, not only is it simple for each girl to know which eggs she can grab, but it’s easy for us to also hide each color egg in varying degrees of difficulty based on who’s going to be looking for it!

Do you have any Easter related hacks? I’d love to hear them! 😀

P.S. – You can check out my past Mom Hack Monday posts here

Easter Sticker and Activity Book

A few weeks ago, Zonderkidz sent me a free copy of The Berenstain Bears Easter Fun Sticker And Activity Book to review.

Easter Fun Sticker and Activity Book | Review of free copy, by Running With Spears #easter #berenstainbears #easterbasket #activitybook

This adorable activity book by Jan & Mike Berenstain includes coloring pages, mazes, crosswords, secret messages and more, plus over fifty reusable stickers. It includes lots of lovely, full color illustrations and repeatedly points to the real reason we celebrate Easter. 

Easter Fun Sticker and Activity Book | Review of free copy, by Running With Spears #easter #berenstainbears #easterbasket #activitybookMy three year old immediately claimed the book as hers and has LOVED coloring it and using the stickers. It definitely has plenty of fun for ages three and up, but I actually think my seven year old would get the most out of it. Many of the activities seem to be geared for about kindergarten level, as long as an adult is around to read the instructions, but there are also a handful of activities that are for an older child who is a fluent reader, or for you to do with  your younger kiddo.

The Berenstain Bears Easter Fun Sticker And Activity Book is a perfect little book to stick in your kid’s Easter basket with a pack of washable markers before you get together with your family for a big Easter lunch so she can sit and color while Great Aunt Sally regales you all with an hour long tale of the charming personalities of each of her fifty cats. 😉

If you’d like ideas for other books that would be great Easter gifts, be sure to check out my review of Ready, Set, Find Easter  and keep an eye out for reviews I’ll be posting soon of more lovely Easter books from Zonderkidz that are great for older kids.

Easter Fun Sticker and Activity Book | Review of free copy, by Running With Spears #easter #berenstainbears #easterbasket #activitybook

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An Easter book for your littlest sweeties!

A few weeks ago Zonderkidz sent me a free copy of Ready, Set, Find Easter to review, and it’s sooo adorable! 

Ready, Set, Find Easter - a search and find book for two to four year olds, perfect for Easter Baskets! | Running With Spears #freecopy #review #easter #booksfortots

Ready, Set, Find Easter - a search and find book for two to four year olds, perfect for Easter Baskets! | Running With Spears #freecopy #review #easter #booksfortotsThis fun little board book, intended for ages two and up, has “hidden images” to find on each page. Because it’s for itty-bitties, the images are actually very easy to find. My three year old, Smiles, LOVES pointing excitedly at all the objects she’s supposed to find on the pages. It’s nice and bright and durable for my one year old to look at, too.

This book is primarily a book for littles to enjoy looking at as opposed to a storybook, but it does have a Bible verse on each page related to the scene. There are five pages, starting with Palm Sunday and of course ending with the Resurrection. The artwork on each page is colorful and engaging.

I love putting books in my sweeties’ Easter baskets, and this is a perfect choice for two to four year olds. 🙂

As I write this, Smiles has been sitting on the couch happily looking at Ready, Set, Find Easter for half an hour. While I really love to read to my girls, honestly sometimes a book that can occupy Smiles without me  for awhile is just the best thing ever.

I’ll be sharing some other lovely Easter books from Zonderkidz soon, so be watching for that. I’d love to hear your favorite Easter books, too! 

Ready, Set, Find Easter - a search and find book for two to four year olds, perfect for Easter Baskets! | Running With Spears #freecopy #review #easter #booksfortots

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