What Are Hands For? Board Book

A Lift-the-Flap Board Book

By Abbey Wedgeworth, illustrated by Emma Randall
from 23 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 behaviours 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 behaviour 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 behaviours need both to be corrected and to be connected to forgiveness, grace and growth.

Product details


Age range: 1 - 4
Contributors Abbey Wedgeworth, Emma Randall
ISBN 9781784988937
Format Board book
First published September 2023
Dimensions 165mm x 165mm x 2mm
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


“Very good”

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


“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!


“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.


“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!


“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.


“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.



Love love love this book for little readers and young minds. I’ve been looking for simple Christian books like this for my girls. I love that this books reminds us that God made our hands and what we should do with them, even when we are tempted. I love that this books brings Jesus into the story. Altogether, love and would definitely recommend.


“Simple Text. Simple Illustrations. Powerful Message!”

As a mom of two toddlers, this book could not come at a better time. My girls are both book lovers, and we are focused on training our kids to love God and love people. My youngest immediately loved the flaps which led to fun games and repetitive positive statements of the appropriate actions for our mouths. The simple text is clear and constructive. The perfect way to rehearse the truth of the gospel and the purpose of our bodies to glorify God.

It’s hard to find books that are rooted in truth. The focus is not only on OUR actions but CHRIST’S. I love that it points to Christ and how He used his hands to serve and save. Towards the end, it introduces kids to forgiveness and repentance. Oh, to teach our children the good news!!!


“Excellent Message”

Toddlers are going to love looking under all the flaps. The illustrations of children, parents and Jesus are well done and keep the child engaged.

The message is very clear. I love how Abbey Wedgeworth discusses the positive use of our hands, how Jesus used His hands to love us, how we can use our hands incorrectly, and how to use our hands to ask for forgiveness.

I highly recommend this book to any Christian family with toddlers, and it would also be great in any church nursery.


“Love these books!”

Highly recommend these sweet books. I appreciate the way the books show the right way to use hands and also demonstrate repentance and reliance on the Spirit.

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