My favorite Idea that ties Easter and Conference together for the little ones.
General Conference Easter Eggs
Conference Easter Egg Hunt
Supplies: 15 plastic easter eggs, 15 small prizes or treats ( I would make 1 set for each of your children – so if you have 2 kids use 30 eggs, etc)
1. Print mini pictures (or cut up an old Ensign) of the 12 apostles and first presidency.
2. Tape pics to plastic eggs.
3. Fill eggs with prizes or treats.
4. Hide eggs. Make sure you hide them in the area that you will be watching conference…. you don’t want to kids to leave the room. That sort of defeats the purpose :). Or you can be lazy like me and instead of hiding the eggs just toss them all in a basket.
5. When an apostle or member of the first presidency speaks, have your little one search for the egg with his picture. Great way to learn the names of our church leaders
Extension: Write simple summaries of each of the talks. Place each of the summaries inside the conference plastic egg with the church leader’s picture. During family home evening, have each of your children pick an egg. Read and discuss the summary. If possible set goals as a family to apply those teachings.
You could also place puzzle pieces in the eggs like below.
Toddler activity ideas
My goal with my toddlers is just to get them used to the idea of General Conference and to see it as a happy and enjoyable time. We only ask our very youngest kids to join us when the 15 prophets and apostles are speaking. If someone else is speaking, they are allowed to go play: in the backyard, their room, the playroom etc. This provides for lots of built in breaks.
The activities I give them to do while the prophets and apostles are focused on church / religion stuff, but they are not all specific to conference. Their purpose is simply to keep the kids occupied, happy and quiet without much help from Mommy and Daddy. We don’t use each activity for each session, but instead give them new activities each time to keep things interesting. Here are a few ideas I’ve used:
Printable Conference Coloring Pages Four pages here specific to conference. From LDS.org
· General LDS Coloring Pages. 100+ options here. From LDS.org
· Temple Sewing Card. Print, punch holes, tape one end of a long ribbon and allow kids to “sew”. From Little Tipsy (find detailed tutorial there
· Do-a Dot Apostle pages. or general do-a-dot pages. Kids color dots on apostle pages next to their pictures or dots next to a religious item (church, temple etc). We use these do-a-dot markers. Or use stickers or cheerios or whatever. From Moms have questions too.
· Apostle envelope matching game. My 3 yr old LOVES this game. Click over to Moms Have Questions Too for detailed instructions.
Preschool Age activity ideas
Once my kids start preschool, my goals for them with general conference change a bit. I want them to participate and think (at least a little) about what is being taught.
The activities we give them begin to focus a little more on conference and / or what is being taught. My preschool age kids still like many of the activities listed in the toddler activity section, but here are some additional ideas:
· Bingo They are words and pictures, so even kids who can’t read can play this. Mark a square when you hear that topic being discussed. My kids can earn an extra snack when they complete one. From LDS.org
· Conference Hidden Pictures. Two pictures here. Kind of like Where’s Waldo. From LDS.org
· General Conference I Spy Game. This is a fun game for all little ones and helps them pay closer attention.
· Apostle Cut and Paste Pages. These are fun for preschool age kids. Click over to Moms Have Questions Too for detailed instructions (the cut and paste activity starts halfway down the page)
· Word Hunt Worksheets. Even if kids can’t read they can match words. My 5 yr old loves this activity b/c she feels like she is “reading” From Moms Have Questions Too.
· Draw the Speaker. A blank face. Kids add glasses, ties, hair etc. From Kiki and Company.
· Kids look at two pictures from General Conference and try to find the difference. Plus a word search (may be better for slightly older kids). From Over the Big Moon
Activity ideas for kids who read
Once kids can read, step it up just a bit more. Some of the activities you could give them have the purpose of really making them think about conference.
We try to give them a good mixture of activities. All focus on conference / church somehow. Some make them think, while others are just fun. Here are some ideas we’ve used:
· Bingo – My kids can earn an extra snack when they complete one (blackout). Mark a square when you hear that topic being discussed. There are seven different cards here. From LDS.org
· These are simple note cards where kids can take just 1-2 notes from each of the prophets / apostles talks. From Over the Big Moon.
· These aren’t specific to conference, but use lots of topics that will be discussed during conference. From Over the Big Moon.
· Conference Packet. This is super fun and colorful. It requires kids to be able to read and write, but is very simple and keeps their focus on conference. From Somewhat Simple.
· General Conference Packets. This fun (and small) packet prints 4 activities to a page. Get’s kids thinking, but in a fun way. From Fluffy Bunny Feet Designs
Older kid activity ideas
Once our kids turn eight and are baptized we will ask that they join us for all four sessions of general conference. We will still give them activities, but all the activities will be given with the goal of getting them to think about conference and the principles that are being taught.
Here are some additional ideas you can use:
· Conference Notebook. This notebook gives space for notes from each of the prophets and apostles talks. From LDS.org
Conference Activity Book Keep Primary children of all ages entertained and engaged during General Conference! This Activity Book PDF* has an assortment of activities for a range of age groups, including gospel-themed coloring pages, mazes, and word puzzles. It is divided into 4 sections for each session of General Conference, and includes 12 fill-in-the-name “Speaker” pages for each of the 12 Apostles.
Teenager activity ideas
I don’t have teenagers yet, but I do remember being one! I would hope that my teenagers will focus on how conference can help / change them personally.
I would love some ideas from all of you in the comments. Here are a few ideas I’ve found that I think I would like to use:
· General Conference Notes. There is a page for each prophet / apostle, fun facts about each one, place for notes, and a place to write down personal promptings and inspiration. Also includes a few pages for other speakers. From The Red Headed Hostess.
· Tabbed Notebook. This is super simple, but would work well for many different conferences. From Courtney Aitken.
Adult activity ideas
I don’t know if these are really “activities,” in the way we’ve used the word above, but here are a few ideas (in addition to the “teenager” one above that would also work well for adults), we’ve used to help prepare for and stay focused during conference as well apply what we’ve learned later:
· General Conference Notes. I love this page and highly recommend you read her reasons for each section. Not to “cutesy” for guys either! Includes a spot for goals which I really like. From Visiting Teaching. net
· His & Hers Conference journals. These are not free, but are very simple and straight forward. From My Computer is my Canvas.