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General Conference Ideas

general conference - president monson

I was going to write this awesome post about great ideas for you to keep your kids actively engaged during General Conference next weekend. Then, as I was doing a little web searching I found that this lady has already done a bang up job of it. So, I recommend going to her for ideas. She really has compiled a great list activities, games, treats, crafts – you name it. So really – go to her website, it is incredible! But not before you finish reading my post. 🙂

General Conference is kind of like the Superbowl for Mormons. We plan watching parties (reverent ones) and cook the best tv watching snacks and treats! My husband and I are kind of in a unique spot, we only have one child and so far she has napped through General Conference so we haven’t missed a beat. But, she is almost two now and I have the feeling it is going to be a different viewing experience from now on. Here are a few ideas I’ve heard other families do to give you at least some chance of hearing a talk or two.

– Prepare, prepare, prepare. Go to the website listed and really gather as many activities and coloring pages as you think you’ll need for your kids. And then, if those don’t work – bribe them with candy and ice cream.

– Help your kids understand what General Conference is and why it is important. Start talking about it a few weeks in advance and plan a family home evening about it so they are familiar with it and what the expectations are.

– Switch off who gets to “pay attention”. If you get the morning session, you get to stay in your room  and watch the entire session while your spouse gets to tackle the children. Then you switch for the next session.

– Be super active before and after the sessions so they will be more likely to sit still during the session.

– Make it special by including a tradition of what you have for breakfast, lunch and dinner each time it is General Conference – that way it is something they look forward to. One mom let’s their kids pick out their favorite treat cereal (that the kids don’t normally get) and they get to enjoy it on General Conference weekend. Another always fixes a big breakfast of pancakes, bacon, eggs and orange juice and they let their kids stay in their pajamas to watch the first session. Plan something fun during the Priesthood session that the kids will look forward to.

– Make the environment comfy. Read them the story of King Benjamin in Mosiah and allow your kids to do as they did in Mosiah 2:6, “And they pitched their tents round about the temple, every man having his tent thereof towards the temple, that thereby they might remain in their tents and hear the words which King Benjamin should speak unto them.”  Blow up an air mattress or let your kids build a fort to watch it in. Get out lots of blankets and pillows and make sure everyone has a comfy spot that they will be more likely to stay in for a few minutes.

– Saturday happens. You might have to go to your childs sporting event or work on something around the house/yard. Turn on the radio! Do what you can to clear your schedule, but there may be circumstances you can’t control – so do your best! 🙂

General Conference is something I look forward to for a full six months (as soon as the last one is over). It is my absolute favorite. Prepare and plan ahead a little so you can enjoy watching it with your family next weekend!

Easter Egg Hunt Ideas

Growing up the youngest of nine children, my mom had to get creative with the Easter egg hunt each year. Somehow she had to engage the teenagers and delight the young children all at the same time. Then, as we all grew older she held hunts for all the grandchildren, but there are so many of them (more than 45) that it got to the point that we would hide a bunch and then scatter the candy and prizes all over the lawn and like the start of a race – let the children loose into the yard to gather treats.

easter basket

Here are 8 really fun Easter egg hunt ideas to mix things up:

–  To help avoid the “gimmies” have your children fill a basket for another child in the family. That way, as they go around looking for treats and prizes, they’ll have the other child in mind instead of rushing to gather everything for themselves.

– Hand them their first clue and send them off on a scavenger hunt with a prize/treat at each stop for each child and a clue to find the next location.

– If you’ve got teenagers, allow them to hide the items for each other. My mom did this, but underestimated the incredible hiding spots teenagers could find and we were still discovering hidden treats months after Easter. So, if you go with this, perhaps have them keep a record of what they hide where. 🙂 I also think it would be really fun to hide each item and take a picture of where it is hidden and then text it to your teen one at a time. That way they get a picture text and have to find the item before getting another text. 

– Designate a certain color of plastic egg for each child, that way you (and they) know everything is distributed equally.

– Rotten Eggs & Reward Eggs: hide a few eggs that have slips of paper with something like, “You have to scratch Mom’s back for 5 minutes before you can eat another piece of candy” or “You must empty the kitchen trash before you have another piece of candy”. I also love the idea of including reward eggs. These are great for replacing some of the candy (since there seems to be an overload at each holiday). I’ve even got a free printable that you can just cut up and include in the eggs. That way each child can find something fun they get as a reward. 

– Instead of filling the plastic eggs with candy, fill them with Monopoly money or slips of paper with a dollar amount. Then open a “store” or have a family auction for treats and prizes.

– Fill each egg with a slip of paper with a number on it, then have each treat or prize have a corresponding number. Once they’ve gathered their eggs, they can trade their papers for prizes!

– Hide some of the eggs with coin money in them and then have one golden egg that is hidden with $5.00 inside it.

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