My husband and I bought our son the Read and Share Toddler Bible as a New Year’s present since both of us were picking out new devotionals for the new year and thought this would be a fun way to read the Bible together with him each day. At first it was a little hard to hold his attention, so we let him watch the DVD that was included hoping that him seeing the same pictures on the TV screen as in the book would get him more interested. He soon got interested in reading the book, but it didn’t take long for him to gravitate toward one story in particular…
Now, I know that many moms have told me that the differences between boys and girls are just innate: boys are more active and physical while girls are usually more social and verbal; boys like trains and girls like dolls, etc. So I guess I was thinking like a girl when I expected my son to love the story of Noah’s ark or the story of Jesus being born in a manger… you know, the stories with the pictures of all the cute animals. But, no… these are the pictures he can’t get enough of:
The most violent pictures in the entire Toddler Bible! (There are no pictures of the crucifixion.) But it doesn’t stop there… he also likes to re-enact the story of “La-lie-ah” (i.e. Goliath). He likes to get the broom handle to use as a spear and wants to wear his “La-lie-ah” boots. We talk about how the other soldiers were “cared” of Goliath, but that David wasn’t scared.
His obsession with the story has been helpful in him learning to count! He likes to count out the 1-2-3-4-5 rocks that David picked up. Then his love for spinning things comes into play as he pretends to whirl his arm around like a slingshot. He then loves to have a partner play the role of Goliath and fall “dowwwwwwwwwwn” while he claps in glee.
So I don’t know if this is exactly proof that boys are naturally drawn to action, adventure, and victory… but I guess it is proof that we named our son appropriately… his middle name is David. :)