General Conference Ideas for Kids

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Sep 28, 2011

This weekend is General Conference. (Don’t know what that is? Skip to the end of this post for an explanation.)

As part of the R family tradition, we usually have a handful of siblings over. Recently, I have started making an activity book for us “grown-ups” to do while watching conference.

As for keeping the children entertained and educated, I put together something a little different this time. It’s so easy that I thought I would pass it along to you. We did it for Family Home Evening on Monday night and practiced using it. Very easy.

A couple nights ago for scripture study time, Mr. R explained to the boys about General Conference. Because they have tremendous Sunday School teachers, they already knew all the answers. (We were delighted!) We talked about how our church leaders will talk about the gospel and we picked three words to concentrate on and listen for as a family. Those words were:

  • Prophet
  • Temple
  • Obey (Something we are working on at The R House.)

 

What you will need:

  • 3 small bins, jars or tub. Mine are $1 from Ikea.
  • 3 straws (I like having all 3 be different colors.)
  • Visual and text representations of the words you chose for the family to concentrate on printed on card stock.
  • Paper cutter
  • Tape
  • Candy
  • Ribbon (optional)

 

Cut out the words you are choosing to concentrate on and attach them to the straws using the tape.

Attach straw signs to the bins using the tape.

Fill the bins with candy that your kids have picked out. (The bulk section at your grocery store is a great place for this!) And if you need to, add a little ribbon as flare. Place the bins by the TV so that you remember what you are listening for. (This also keeps them out of reach from your lounging on the couch so that that “grown ups” aren’t tempted to cheat!)

Here’s how it works:

You leave these three bins out during General Conference and every time someone hears one of these words, everyone in the family gets a treat.

Helpful hint: Leave the bins out before conference for your kids to get used to the words and build anticipation for your activity and General Conference. However, do not leave them full of candy pre-conference as you may have to refill them if you have a little one double-fisting the Starburst like I do.

 

What is General Conference?

In our church we believe in continuing revelation–meaning we know that God has not stopped talking to his children.

There is a living prophet on the earth today. Did you know? His name is Thomas Monson. Twice a year, we LDS people gather with our families and listen to the prophet’s guidance and counsel. Some gather at the Conference Center in Salt Lake. Some in churches in their area. Some watch it online. Some are lucky enough to watch it at home on TV like us. It never disappoints.

 

Interested in watching? get all the details here. (Available in like 70 languages!)

Curious as to what a prophet of God would say to women today? Go here to find out.

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16 Comments

  1. Oh wow! I love the idea, the thought, and of course the double fisting. To precious.

    Your last part about see what they have to say to women.. I loved it. My favorite part:

    “Sisters, wherever you are, whatever the circumstances may be, you are not forgotten. No matter how dark your days may seem, no matter how insignificant you may feel, no matter how overshadowed you think you may be, your Heavenly Father has not forgotten you. In fact, He loves you, with an infinite love.”

    Beautiful. I am not LDS as you know, but the LDS religion has always intrigued me. Beautiful post.

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  2. awesome idea! Think I may need to go get some supplies today!

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  3. Darling. I did this last Conference, however mine consisted of red plastic cups and a sharpie. I think i’ll fancy it up this time! It was wonderful – and quite tender to realize how much these little ones “hear”. Enjoy your weekend!

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  4. Such great ideas! I can’t wait for General Conference! :)

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  5. What a CUTE and FUN idea!!

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  6. Thanks for the awesome idea! I am totally doing it!

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  7. This is excellent! Even if I can’t make it all fancy, just the bowls of candy are a great idea with words on masking tape on the outside. Thanks for the idea!

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  8. great Idea :) My kids are 8 & 11, anyone have ideas for getting them to not only ‘listen’ but also retain some of the info? there was a conference bingo game in the friend several years ago when my kids were too small to get it, and I’ve been trying to find it ever since. I’ve checked the church sites and several others and can’t find anything about it. Before my 1st marriage ended we spent a few years mostly inactive and the last 3-4 trying to reverse the effects. I’d like to try to help my son (11) be more interested in what’s being said (@sacrement too), not just ‘present’ and staring at the floor….. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated :)

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  9. I just came onto your blog, and am excited to look through it. You seem amazing, and amazing people have amazing ideas.
    I was wondering if I could share your idea (post your post) on our Relief Society Blog. If you could email me and let me know ASAP (parkfamily@live.com) I would greatly appreciate it. I think our sisters would really love the idea.
    Thanks Brandi

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  10. Thank you for inspiring me to plan a party like the super bowl…so we can get excited for Conference!

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  11. Love this idea for all ages!!!! Thank you!

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  12. You are so creative- I’m totally doing this!!!

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  13. What a great idea! We used it but my children wanted to choose their own words so they picked ‘love’ ‘service’ and ‘Heavenly Father’. They were gutted when we listened to President Monson announcing the new Temples. They were counting how many sweets they would have eaten if we’d used your words (about 20!). Also my printer wouldn’t print so we had to do things the old fashioned way and write on cards that we stuck to a 3 part snack holder. Anyway-they loved it and listened really well. We’re going to use it again as we watch the talks we missed in FHE. Thank you x

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  14. Oooh – I am getting our conference activities ready, and I really like this one! Thanks for sharing!

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