My kids love stories, and they especially love hearing me tell stories that involve them.
From the time each boy was young, they most loved hearing the story of their time in the womb. I told them of how their little bodies grew, and how I could feel them moving. They have always been so excited to hear how I could feel them fluttering, and how later I could see their little hands and feet press against my skin. I would put my large hand against their tiny hand pressed against the inside of my belly and talk to them, knowing that at birth they would know my voice and recognize it from their time in the womb.
I’m convinced that children need to hear about their lives in the womb, whether they learn from biological parents or from adoptive parents. Christians truly understand what it’s like to be adopted, as we have been made a part of the family of God.
Let’s talk about 3 reasons why teaching kids about life in the womb is important.
Teach your 5-11 year old kids about life in the womb with science and Scripture!
Reasons to Teach Kids About Life in the Womb
1. Explaining life in the womb to kids has a theological purpose.
Babies–inside the womb and out–are imago Dei, created in the image of God.
We see this first in Genesis 1:26a (ESV): “Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” (See also Genesis 5:1-3 and Genesis 9:6.) In his Systematic Theology, Wayne Grudem explains that the Hebrew words for “image” and “likeness” denote a representation. We are not exactly like God, but we are like Him and represent Him in some way. (Systematic Theology, pp. 442-443)
Human life is important and Scripture speaks of human life in the womb a number of times. As God has created life in the womb, our children should be taught that little lives are imago Dei –in the image of God.
They are precious and valuable to God.
Not one of these little lives occurs without being ordained by God. Children can take great comfort in understanding that the second birth–their salvation–will conform them to be the image of the Son of God, Jesus. Romans 8:29 (ESV) tells us: “For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.” What a wonderful truth!
2. Teaching about life inside the womb has a scientific purpose.
Our children learn all about different animals’ cycle of life in science class. It’s important for our children to know that carrots don’t magically appear in the grocery store. Rather, they grow from small seeds planted in the ground. We teach kids that chickens lay eggs, those eggs hatch, and chicks scratch their way out. In fact, sometimes we even set up incubators so children can experience this themselves, looking through the shell with lights, and watching the baby chicks grow and hatch.
Likewise, it’s important for children to understand the process of human development. Humans are humans from conception, when the egg and sperm–the cell from the mom and the cell from the dad–combine. God has provided each cell with a blueprint, and when those blueprints combine, an intricate blueprint for a new human being appears.
Children can see God’s providential design in the formation of babies in the womb. By week 4 (just 2 weeks after conception), babies are smaller than a grain of rice, yet the heart is beating. By week 12, babies in the womb have all of their organs, they are breathing amniotic fluid, their little cartilage skeletal system is hardening into bone, and they wave their fingers and toes and squint at bright lights.
We teach children about the cycle of life in animals and in plants, let’s teach them about the development of humans in the womb as well.
3. Understanding life in the womb has a relational purpose.
Teaching children about life in the womb helps them bond to their parents, as they come to understand how they were loved and valued even before they were seen. This is true with adopted children as well. Though their parents were unable for some reason to raise them, adopted children’s mothers loved them enough to care for them and allow them time to grow into children who could live outside the womb. Their new mom and dad loved them so much they took care of them regardless of where the child grew.
Telling children the story of how they came to be, how they developed, and how they were loved by both parents and God helps them understand their value and purpose. The birth story helps children understand the second birth–the story of salvation, as we are adopted as heirs of God, born of His Spirit.
“According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…” 1 Peter 1:3b (ESV)
A Resource to Help Teach Kids About Life in the Womb
Wonderfully Made: God’s Story of Life from Conception to Birth
Your kids will love learning about life inside the womb with Wonderfully Made: God’s Story of Life from Conception to Birth, published by Christian Focus 4 Kids.
Wonderfully Made is a science- and Scripture-filled picture book for kids ages 5-11. The book is told from the perspective of a mother telling her child about his or her development in the womb week-by-week. In fact, Wonderfully Made is written to help parents meet the theological, scientific, and relational purposes of teaching kids about life in the womb.
You can also learn more about Wonderfully Made over at the book page.
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They’re a great companion to the book Wonderfully Made, and the perfect way to teach your kids about life in the womb!
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My pleasure, Marti! ~ Danika
This would be reat for my kids
Dawn mault says
I am excited about teaching this to my 9 year old and 7 year old because we have several questions come up about how they were born. I’ve told them each there birth story but not how they were created.
I can’t wait to get started thank you
Very happy homeschool mom
I have been passionate about the sanctity of life for years, and love this book for sharing that passion with my children. Thank you for working to create this resource, I am sure many families will be blessed, and it will help them articulate why they value each human life.
Becky Winters says
i’ve ordered the book! i can’t wait till it gets here! with all the pro-abortion people out there that my kids run into, i can’t wait to teach them that all human life has value, born or not. 🙂
Becky, Thank you for ordering Wonderfully Made! It would be such a gift to me if you would take the time to review it where you purchased it. I pray it blesses your family! ~ Danika
We adopted our child. It’s a challenge for us every time “growing up in mom’s belly” is mentioned in the conversation. The lifebook helps us at the young age, and we’re praying that God’s love & wisdom to help us once the maturity of the topic get serious.
L Sell says
This would be awesome! I (like everyone else I imagine) want to teach my boys EVERYTHING they could or need to or would want to possibly learn. Everything about the human body is important as well as how it’s made and develops. What a neat teaching tool!
The only way to turn this society around is to teach our children the sanctity of human life. This will give them a better understanding!
Naomi Filos says
In a culture that doesn’t give much value to people, and many have no understanding of being lovingly created, it is so very important to learn these things at the earliest of ages. Thanks for making this book!
Rebekah M says
I have talked to my children about the santicty of life but not in this kind of detail. This would be a great addition to human reproduction fir my children
Latrice Ingram says
I would love to have a copy of this book and the models! What a great way to teach our children about the sanctity of life! I am already a subscriber so looking forward to more fun stuff!
This would be a wonderful tool to teach kids the subject, the value of life, etc. We need this for all!! Thanks for opportunity to use with the kiddos in my house!
Stephanie C. says
What a joy & blessing to see life in the womb being taught to children! Would LOVE to see this in the public schools instead of (or even in addition to) the sex ed that is mostly centered around selfishness.
This would be great to add to our homeschool educational curriculum. Thanks for the opportunity.
jennifer mathesz says
I would love to teach about conception from a Godly view and with a book that’s age appropriate for my son. Thank you
Our book just came in the mail! My girls LOVE it. What a wonderful resource! I am so so thankful for your heart on this topic.
I HAVE BOTH ADOPTED AND BIO CHILDREN (AND BIO AND ADOPTED GRANDCHILDREN) THIS IS A GREAT RESOURCE FOR ALL OF THEM! I LOOK FORWARD TO SHARING THEM WITH MY LITTLE ONES AT HOME AND THE GRANDS!
We have six beautiful precious children, and I want them all to understand what a gift they truly are, every life is a gift. I want them to be able to explain with certain knowledge how life is formed and developed in the womb. Thank you for the opportunity!
Kelly H. says
I’m so excited to be teaching my kids about how life forms in the womb because it’s important for them to know when life begins and just how precious life truly is!
Frannie Kight says
I was just talking to my son about life in utero and abortion. We discussed how life is important and fragile. People take it for granted in this world. We are trying to get pregnant currently and this would be fantastic to help him follow along.
Tara McClenahan says
Such a wonderful hands-on concept to go along with your book! Thank you so much!
This would be a great way to show our children how a baby is a person, even before they are born.
James Robert says
I have 5 kids and my daughters are always asking questions about pregnancy and babies in the womb, etc. This would be awesome for them!
Laurie Race says
My youngest children have been praying for another baby, plus we have 2 grandbabies that they ask questions about…how were they born?, etc. This would be helpful.
What a wonderful book!
Charley F. says
This is fantastic – I can’t wait for the book!
I’m so excited about this book as I am pregnant with our 10th child!!
Congratulations, Hope! How exciting! ~ Danika
Jen E says
I would like to teach my kids about Life in the Womb because I think it just give them more proof of our Lord and how creative, loving and incredible He is.
Great point, Jen! ~ Danika
Jen5253 Range says
What a great book, and I LOVE the models of the sweet little babies! I know it would be so eye-opening and meaningful for my kids to see this and also be able to show these to their friends!
This sounds like a wonderful resource and material to teach our children with. Thanks
Awesome. Making a fetus concrete helps to objectify the horrors of abortion!
This looks like a wonderful resource for teaching our children the truth. And the models will really help them to understand in an amazing way.
What an informative giveaway. Thank you for this contest.
Jenn Cutlip says
What an awesome resource!!
Judith Martinez says
I love sharing God’s amazing handiwork with my children. Since human beings are his greatest creation I know we would enjoy sharing this resource.
This would be a fantastic resource to add to our human body study this year. We are expecting our first grandchild this summer and I think it would really help my son understand the miracle of life. I will defiantly purchase the book.
Congratulations, Tanya! Thanks for buying the book. 🙂 ~ Danika
I am thrilled to see this as I have started teaching my 10 year old son about conception and life in the womb. His big sister is pregnant and that seems to be the perfect opportunity to kick off a learning experience based on what is happening in our family.
How fun! Congratulations on your new grandbaby, Amanda! ~ Danika
I can’t wait to get our copy of your book!
Melanie, YAY! ~ Danika
Bri Holt says
I’d love to expose my children to the knowledge of life from its very beginning.
The models sound great. I am sure they will do a lot to help the kids really understand about their creation and design.
September West says
I love the week-by-week developmental details. Fascinating and miraculous!
Melissa S. says
I’m excited to teach my 10 year old and 2 year old about how God makes and forms babies and give them a godly perspective and love for Him
Lori Case says
I have been looking for something like this. I’m so excited!
Wonderful resources and so needed to help teach our children where they come from and Whose they are! Love it!
This is very timely as we just found out yesterday that I’m pregnant again with our 5th child ?.
Congratulations, Lynn! ~ Danika
Jessica Medina says
I would love to win this for my children. I think it is so important to teach them the importance of life and this would be a great hands-on lesson.
What a awesome giveaway! Thanks for sharing about this resource I have never heard of it before. I will be checking it out!
Linda Finn says
Thank you Danika for sharing this, lately I’ve been seeing a great need for this
It’s my great pleasure, Linda. ~ Danika
Sarah Pickering says
This is great as my daughter had a medical visual dictionary last year given to her and she was asking these questions, I gave her a scientific explanation now she can have a biblical one.
Stephanie O says
Thank you for sharing these wonderful resources. I had not heard of until now. I would like to share with my kids.
Jason S says
This is awesome! Great idea.
Teri Carlson says
My boys are very interested in the stages of life and I think these models are fantastic for them to have a hands on example of just how little they once were! We have used examples of baby sizes with foods before, but I believe it’s important for them to visualize the baby as a living, tiny human right from the start. These models will be great for that!
lina coambes says
Such a great resource. It is important that we teach our children that babies have worth before birth.
Rebecca C says
Thanks for the chance to win.
Cheryl Baranski says
What a wonderful giveaway. Would love to win this to use with my kids.
Thanks for the giveaway. What a beautiful way to explain life to children
As a midwife-in-training, this is an AMAZING resource to have both for new mothers and siblings of babies “on the way”.
crystal mccord says
My girls are getting older and I would love to be able to explain to them…in a more Biblical and beautiful way.
My boys (4-10) are each developmentally getting to the point where they have a lot of interest in babies. We saw similar models at the fair recently and they were drawn to them.
Shelly moore says
As a mother and a midwife I think it is so important to teach our children of the miracle in the womb. How can I stand against abortion if people are still being told it’s a blob of tissue
This is a wonderful thing for you to do. I wish every doctor in the country would have something like this in his office. Then there would be less abortion and less lied about the different forms of “birth control” which is really abortion.
Planned Parenthood should be required to have these in all their offices in plain sight.
I’m looking forward to reviewing this book and sharing it with my son. As a first generation Christian, I struggle on finding good resources that explain life in a biblical manner. It’s so different than the perspective I had when I was growing up.
This would be amazing!
What a great resource for teaching our children about this important topic..thanks!
What a beautiful resource!! Life is so precious!
We have loved the different books you’ve posted. My children and have participated in the 40 Days for Life events and this is a welcome addition to our collection so the little ones especially will have a firmer grasp on in utero development. Thanks
great giveaway to go along with the book,,,thanks for the opportunity to win
Donna Hutson says
This is a wonderful giveaway! Thank you so much! Sure hope I win!
Melinda Roberts says
This looks awesome.
K Joy says
What an awesome set! The book sounds wonderful
Chariss Rice says
I would love this to help illustrate even further how awesomely creative God is in the creation of each one of us! This is a very cool tool!