Looking for a character-building resource for your tweens? Here’s one of my favorites for encouraging, inspiring, and entertaining those tween-age kids!
What resources do you recommend for raising tweens? You know, those kids who are no longer “little” but not quite teenagers yet either.
I’m asked this question often.
Probably because I have a bunch of kids (8 is technically considered a “bunch,” right?), and so we’ve done this tween-thing a time or two.
But also because it’s such an important age – those “in-between” years are so critical – and what can we do for them?
I get it.
Which is why I’m sharing with you a couple of my favorite resources for encouraging, inspiring, and, yes, even entertaining those wonderful tween-age kids.
Ready? Da-ta-ta-da!! (I’m guessing I just embarrassed our older teenagers).
Our older children listened to these engaging stories for hours. And I mean, hours.
And so those kids grew up, and then the younger set began enjoying them every bit as much as their older siblings.
Our tweens liked these stories because they’re fun, fascinating, and entertaining. They would literally beg us to listen to these stories.
Jonathan Park is a creative audio adventure that uniquely blends entertainment, education, and faith-building into fun, fictional stories.
The creators of Jonathan Park also produce The Adventum (now available on the Jonathan Park website) – a relatively new series of epic adaptations of the greatest stories of the Bible. The powerful acting, music, and sound effects all draw you into each biblical scene as if you were there!
The Adventum producers have one central goal – to ignite a hunger to read God’s Word!
Our kids would listen to Jonathan Park while they were building Lego creations. They’d listen while outside pulling weeds (yes, I’m serious). And we’d listen to them while driving or on road trips (because they’re stories that even I, the parent, enjoyed hearing).
6 Reasons This Mom is a Fan of these Audio Adventure Series
I love how these intelligent and thought-provoking stories encourage the faith in our tweens.
2. Highly educational
I know. You thought I said something about these being “entertaining,” and so they are. But they’re also surprisingly informational. Let’s just say that my 11-year-old knows more about fossils and dinosaurs than I probably do – and all kinds of other fascinating scientific facts (thanks to Jonathan Park). And The Adventum sparks their imagination and a curiosity to read the Bible.
3. Far better than screen time
As a mom, I’m concerned that our kids will spend too much time in front of either a computer or a movie screen – and so I appreciate having this great listening option. One of those win-wins for parent and child.
4. Promote Biblical family values
I appreciate having our family values upheld and promoted in such an exciting and creative way.
5. Wholesome, uplifting and respectful
Not easy to find in this day and age. I can actually feel good about what our kids are listening to – rather than worrying about what “message” is coming through.
6. Encourages godly thinking in an ungodly world
As parents, we try to teach and model for our kids how to do what’s right. Both The Adventum and Jonathan Park audio adventures encourage our kids to do that as well – to make good decisions, even if it’s not “popular” or “easy.”
What Do My Tweens Say?
“I love listening to these series! It’s interesting, exciting, and I like listening to them over and over again. I especially like how they give us Christian answers to tough questions and how they inspire me to do the right thing.” ~ Dauntless, age 11
Really, what more could a parent ask for?
What are Audio Adventures?
Audio adventures are fast-paced stories with memorable characters, powerful music, and great sound effects, all coming together to build a vivid adventure that stays with you.
Are they like audio books?
No, not exactly. The Adventum and Jonathan Park Audio Adventures are all-original stories created with actors, composers, engineers, and writers, just like a movie – so they’re more like “movies for your ears.” And while The Adventum is not an audio Bible, it is a believable blend of creative, fictional stories that are all based on the written accounts of God’s Word.
Who are they for?
- The stories are for tweens – or kids ages 7- 13 (but terrific for the whole family)
- Suitable for boys and girls (our sons especially enjoy Jonathan Park)
For Jonathan Park:
- New listeners with younger kids (5-12), we recommend starting with Series #1: The Adventure Begins.
- For new listeners with older kids (10+) we recommend starting with Series #10: The Dreamer’s Tomb
For The Adventum:
These are great for the entire family, but because of the intensity of some of the Bible stories, we recommend that parents exercise discernment with younger kids that might be sensitive to these dramatic adaptations.
How about pricing?
As a mom to 8 children, I have to make the most of our family budget. So while I wouldn’t put this series in the “inexpensive” category, I feel that they’re more than worth the expense. Here’s why:
- Our kids listened to them over and over again (more than they would re-read a book)
- It’s less expensive than going to the theater (by a long shot!)
- About the same price as buying a popular show or video (and far more edifying!)
Ready to bless your tweens with these highly entertaining, faith-building audio adventures?
*IMPORTANT: You must use the coupon code 20sale.
**(The Adventum Volumes are already marked down to $20, so no coupon code is necessary.)
Happy adventures to you all!
* I was thrilled when the people at Wise King Media approached me about sharing their Adventure Series with you. So while this is a sponsored post, please know that the content and opinions expressed here are entirely my own. (See my full disclosure here)
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