If you’re like me, you get the most out of LDS General Conference when you listen to the talks AFTERWARDS. With kids, listening to conference is just hard. But never fear, I’ve come up with a bunch of ideas that will hopefully help your kids stay entertained and you might even get to hear a talk or two.
For those of your who are unfamiliar with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as members, we have the opportunity to watch a series of two-hour live broadcasts every April and October from the comfort our own homes. However, anyone who is interested is invited to participate. We listen to leaders of our church provide guidance and teachings. These ideas will help both you and your kids get something out of these amazing talks from our leaders. Check it out!
- Lego Party: Dump a huge bucket of Legos on a blanket and everyone build Legos together while you listen.
- Puzzle Party: Put together a variety of puzzles for young and old on the kitchen table and piece them together while you listen.
- Ultimate Fort Challenge: Gather all the blankets and pillows in the house and build forts in front of the TV.
- Sandbox Party: Grab a bluetooth speaker and project conference loud and clear while your kids play in the sandbox.
- Conference Chain: Make a bunch of strips of paper and have your kids each write down the name of each speaker and start making a chain. Combine everyone’s chains at the end to see how long it is.
- Conference Cash: This brilliant mom gives her kids fake money to cash in for treats if they are good.
- Polymer clay: This oven-baked clay can keep my kids quiet and entertained for hours. Then they have a souvenir to remember conference by. Here’s some ideas of what to make with polymer clay.
- Conference Heart Attack: Give your give their own sticky heart notepad and have them write down their favorite quote from each talk then have them place their hearts all around the house or on a neighbor’s door.
- Cup stacking: Your kids can stack these cups and they don’t seem to get tired of it.
- Special journal and pen: Wrap a nice journal and pen and give them to each of your kids. They’ll be more excited to take notes and draw during conference.
- General Conference Bags: Place an activity in a paper bag for each conference speaker. When that speaker steps up to the podium to speak, you kids can do the activity in that bag.
- Drive and a picnic: We like to go on a long drive and listen to conference on the radio and then stop for a picnic halfway through.
- Invite friends or family: This can go one or two ways, but sometimes, my kids listen to conference better when their cousins or friends are listening with them.
- Camping Conference Weekend: Find a camping spot with good reception and listen in the great outdoors. Sometimes it’s easier for everyone to listen when we don’t have all the distractions of home.
- Apostles Matching Game: Your kids will get familiar with the 12 apostles as they play this game as they listen.
- Conference printables: There are tons of printables online that you can give your kids to color on during conference.
- Listening Stations: Set up tables around your house that have different activities such as hand puppet making and kinetic sand. Rotate to a different station each session.
- Conference Bingo: This game is a classic but never fails to entertain during crunch time.
- Bake together: Make some cinnamon rolls or sugar cookies together and then deliver them to people in between sessions.
- Attend in person: Although COVID has delayed this option, it’s an amazing experience to see these church leaders in person or if available, dress up and listen at your local church building.
I hope all of these ideas got you excited to listen to LDS General Conference and hopefully they will help your kids settle down and listen as well. Let me know which idea worked best for you in the comments below.
Related link: 8-activities-in-1 General Conference Printable