What Are Hands For? Board Book

A Lift-the-Flap Board Book

By Abbey Wedgeworth, illustrated by Emma Randall
from 27 reviews

Practical, fun tool for parents raising toddlers. Encourages obedience motivated by God’s love and grace.

Part of the Training Young Hearts series.

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Fun lift-the-flap board book that motivates small children to use their hands in a Christ-like way.

This helpful and engaging training tool will help parents to teach their kids that God didn’t make their hands for behaviors like snatching, pushing, or hitting but for positive actions like waving, clapping, praying, high-fiving, helping, and serving. 

Not only will children be encouraged to follow Jesus’ example, but they’ll also be reassured that he loves us no matter what we do. He can forgive us when we fail, and help us to change.

This book is part of a new series called Training Young Hearts that addresses the attitudes of the heart that underpin behavior and explains how the gospel of grace enables us to change.

Parents, teachers, and other loved ones can refer back to these resources when specific behaviors need both to be corrected and to be connected to forgiveness, grace and growth.

Product details


Age range: 1+
Contributors Abbey Wedgeworth, Emma Randall
ISBN 9781784988937
Format Board book
First published September 2023
Dimensions 6.5" x 6.5" x 0.8"
Weight 11.64 oz
Case quantity 50
Language English
Pages 9
Publisher The Good Book Company

Laura Wifler

Cofounder, Risen Motherhood

I am incredibly excited about these new books from Abbey Wedgeworth. Engaging, helpful, and full of truth, these books are sure to become a favorite in your home!

Melissa B Kruger

Women’s Ministry Coordinator, Uptown Church; author, The Envy of Eve

One of the most important ways we can train young children is to teach them what is right as well as teach them what is wrong. In the Training Young Hearts series Abbey Wedgeworth faithfully shows children how to live while also telling them the good news of God’s grace. These board books are such an engaging (and fun!) way to teach big truths to young hearts.

Hunter Beless

Founder and Host, Journeywomen podcast

The Training Young Hearts board books will help parents encourage positive behavior through one of the most effective methods of learning—play! These engaging books will not only instruct kids but parents too, by equipping both with training refrains based in biblical truths. Abbey has provided us with an incredible tool to help us clearly and intentionally communicate with our kiddos in a way that points to them to Jesus. 

Customer reviews

Feb 13, 2024

“Love this range”

Beautiful and engaging book, with big flaps. Not only it talks about what hands are but also what they aren’t for like snatching. Seamlessly integrated with Bible verses and compared to Jesus and God. Written in a way that even the smallest readers will understand and learn from. I honestly couldn’t remember this book enough.

Jan 19, 2024

“Gets to the heart and gives hope”

We have the hands and mouth books. They are on repeat in our house and we constantly are referring back to them. Toddlers love to flip open flaps on every page and the concepts are presented in a memorable way.

Jan 15, 2024

“Empowers me to disciple my kid!”

I’m a FTM and these books have given me the language to disciple my daughter while drawing boundaries around what’s good and allowed with our actions! I’m so grateful for this resource. Anytime she hits someone we talk about how that’s not what God made our hands for and go through the most of what God DID make our hands for! I’m so thankful for this book!!

Jan 12, 2024

“Perfect for Toddlers”

Not just for toddlers,.. kids and parents too! Not only is the book interactive and fun, it’s a great teaching tool for parents! Great gospel connection

Nov 13, 2023

“Very good”

Love this book very engaging. Bought as gift and for our Preschool. The kids love it

Oct 18, 2023

“Teaching Littles to Be Like Jesus!”

Earlier this summer, Abbey Wedgeworth released the first two titles in the series Training Young Hearts. Both books are “Lift the flap” board books written with ages 0-4 in mind.

Both books focus on a different body part, sharing biblical truths about them and how we can honor God through our actions. But most of all, Wedgeworth incorporates gospel truths that remind little ones of the grace and hope we have in Jesus!

Oct 15, 2023

“Brilliant Board Book”

My 1 year old is loving reading this board book, clapping and waving along, and I love that I can teach Biblical truths and good character traits early on. Brilliant buy and I'm excited to get more in the series.

Oct 2, 2023

“Just wonderful”

A simple, yet profound, book. Mama can learn how to disciple children about the mouth and children can enjoy the book, the lifting flaps, and the Gospel message. Definitely one to have for all!

Sep 29, 2023

“Amazing books for teaching little ones!”

These books are an amazing tool for teaching young children what our hands and mouths are for! I love that they teach the good purposes that God made our hands and mouths for, how we should and shouldn't use them and how Jesus used his hands and mouth to serve and obey God the Father! The books have flaps throughout which keep little hands busy and little hearts engaged with the story. My 4 year old and 1 year old have both asked for these books on repeat since we received them. At the end of the books we read about how God helps us say no to sin and forgives us when we do the wrong thing. One of the fun things about toddlers is that they want to read the same books over and over so these truths will really become written on their hearts. I have also found myself using them as training refrains when one of the kids has an issue with using their hands or mouths with kindness and when I ask "what are your hands for?" they know exactly what I'm talking about.

Sep 28, 2023

“The Hands and Feet of Christ”

How can you teach your kids to be kind with their hands? What Are Hands For? is a lift-the-flap board book that will teach your kids to use their hands in a Christ-like way.

Written by Abbey Wedgeworth, this book presents the much needed lesson that there is a right and a wrong way to use our hands. We teach our kids to share and not to steal, and this book reinforces it.

The Hands and Feet of Christ

The illustrations by Emma Randall are bright and kid-friendly, and work especially well with the lift-the-flap format. The book shows that Jesus spreads his hands for us on the cross — a captivating way to share the gospel with your children.

I enjoyed reading this book to my children, and I am glad I got to tell them about God. My son chooses this book to look at on his own during quiet time. I pray that my kids will one day be the hands and feet of Christ.

I received a media copy of What Are Hands For? Board Book and this is my honest review.

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