Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Biblical History and Biblical truth are truly child’s play for One2Believe, a Christian toy company offering contemporary designed toys with the goal of providing “fun ways of teaching children about the greatest people who ever lived.” Biblical characters come to life in the
 form of action heroes, dolls and sets. Founder and CEO Dave Socha created One2Believe from a desire to provide support for parents “in their battle for their children's hearts and minds.” In addition to helping parents, the company supports Samaritan’s Purse, Hero Antigua, Focus on the Family, Family Life and other Southern California ministries.

This unique toy company sent me a wonderful Nativity set to "test" out for a review. I was thrilled when I first saw the box and easily removed the figures. I have always wanted a Nativity my children could play with without constant supervision. Most of the Nativity sets in our home are off limits to small children due to their fragile nature. My 4 year old son and 7 year old daughter were anxious to play soon after the toy arrived to our home. Even though it was the middle of October they acted as if Christmas were only days away as they carefully set the scene to welcome baby Jesus to the world.

The hard plastic set designed for small hands is perfect for ages 3 and older. It consists of 17 pieces including Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, 2 shepherds, 2 angels, a donkey, ram, ewe, 3 kings, a camel, the stable, a palm tree and a barrel of hay. It contains every necessary character to reenact the story of the birth of Christ. The retail price at the One2Believe online store is $24.99. I can think of no better way to welcome the beginning of the Christmas season each year than by taking this Nativity out of its box and letting the kids play.

Last Friday at our homeschool co-op, I taught a class of pre-school children about Christmas traditions in the country of France. As we discussed the importance of Nativity sets in the French culture, the children played with the One2Believe Nativity. I listened to them as they interacted with each other taking on the roles of Mary, Joseph, the angels and baby Jesus. The story of Christ’s birth was alive and well in our classroom because of this wonderful toy. I gave them all the option of leaving the toy and doing a small craft and all of the boys said, “No, we want to play!” Do children like these Biblically designed toys? Yes, yes, yes!

One2Believe offers five main categories of toys to date. These include the Messenger of Faith dolls/action figures, Tales of Glory figurine sets, Spirit Warriors action figures, P31 (Proverbs 31) 18” dolls, and a “Jesus Loves Me” stuffed bear.

The Messenger of Faith figures priced at $19.99 all include a doll who speaks scripture and a small storybook for the child to read. They are appropriate for children aged 3 and older. Jesus, Mary (mother of Christ), Esther, David, Moses, Noah, Peter and Paul come to life for children through these dolls. A 24” x 24” playmat is available for $5.99 to accompany the dolls on their adventures as they live out the well known Biblical accounts of their lives and ministries.

The Tales of Glory sets are priced at a reasonable $7.99 and include small figures and a mini story book. They are sized for a small child’s hand making them perfect for the pre-school set aged 3 and older. Ten different Tales of Glory sets are available covering Biblical history of both the Old and New Testaments.

Two different Spirit Warrior action figures are currently available priced at $24.99 each. Samson and Goliath, large, man-sized dolls towering at 13”come with removable clothing and weapons plus a colorful mini storybook. They are listed as appropriate for ages 3 and up.

The delightful Proverbs 31 dolls are designed to be an alternative to other 18” dolls currently available in the secular market. Girls may choose from Leah, Elisabeth or Abigail. The dolls arrive with a Bible lesson based on Proverbs 31, a cookie recipe and cookie cutters, an activity list and a contemporary clothing outfit. They are priced at $39.99 each and although listed as appropriate for ages 3 and up I would recommend them for ages 6 and up.

The Jesus Loves Me Bear sings and dances to the traditional song, “Jesus Loves Me”. Priced at $15.00 he is a cuddly friend for all ages.

As you begin your Christmas shopping don’t forget to visit One2Believe. Their vision and quality toys help the Bible come alive in your house through the eyes of a child

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