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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

General Conference Ideas

In my church, we have a General Conference twice a year. It's coming up this weekend, so we'll be listening online and attending our church building for the different sessions over the weekend.

It's a great opportunity to hear our church leaders speak, but it's a bit tricky to keep young kids interested during it!

I did some searching online & found some great, free resources for keeping kids entertained/busy/interested during conference.


First, a General Conference Notebook right from the church website. It has pictures of each of church leaders and spots to write about what they spoke about. It also has questions to answer. (This is a bit advanced for my kids)

They also have some online Conference Games that your kids can play in preparation for conference.

Check out Sugar Doodle for a cute General Conference Packet that you can print. She's also got colouring pages and other activities for ages from Junior Primary up to Youth.

There's another General Conference Activity Packet from a blogger who calls her blog, Magnify or Simplify. There are a ton of great and different activities in this one!

If you've found other resources, please share them in the comments!

3 comments:

  1. In primary the pres. gave all the kids some sort of packet with games and things. I didn't look at it I just passed it out so I'm not much help :)

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  2. I liked http://www.alittletipsy.com/2010/03/lds-general-conference-easter.html

    Seems like on a blog somewhere I read about Conference Easter Baskets with a whole list of stuff they put in for their kids to enjoy conference -- but I can't find it! I'll keep looking 'cuz it was great.

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  3. OK, it was an email and maybe not so great - I don't know what half this stuff is! But here goes:

    We'll do Conference Baskets with the sugardoodle. net Conference packet in it as usual. I think this years packet is really nice and I really like the first pages of the youth packet asking the kids to think of one concern they have and concentrate on that during conference. Other things to put in the baskets:
    Crayons, Colored Pencils, and Markers
    Bare Fruit Apple Chips
    Sharkies
    Amazin Raisins (just cause they are fun)
    Veggie Booty
    Bubbles
    Sidewalk Chalk
    Playdough or some other modeling thing
    A little wooden birdhouse to color with markers
    A small puppet or stuffed animal
    A new nature journal or nature handbook
    New CD's, used to be Scripture Scouts, but this year I'm doing
    ldsscripturerock. com
    An original poem about each child
    Something pretty for their hair


    Easter Story Cookies
    To be made the evening before Easter.
    You need:
    1c. whole pecans
    1 tsp. vinegar
    3 egg whites
    pinch salt
    1c. sugar
    zipper baggie
    wooden spoon
    tape
    Bible
    Preheat oven to 300 F.
    Place pecans in zipper baggie, and let children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested the Roman soldiers beat him. Read John 19:1-3.
    Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1 tsp. vinegar into mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross, he was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30.
    Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life. Read John 10:10-11.
    Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand. Let them taste it, and brush the rest into the bowl. Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus' followers and the bitterness of our own sin. Read Luke 23:27.
    So far the ingredients are not very appetizing.
    Add 1 cup sugar. Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know and belong to Him. Read Ps. 34:8 and John 3:16.
    Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed.
    Explain that the color white represents the purity in God's eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus.
    Read Isa. 1:18 and John 3:1-3.
    Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid. Read Matt. 27:57-60.
    Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF. Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door. Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed. Read Matt. 7:65-66
    GO TO BED! Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus' followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed. Read John 16:20 and 22.
    On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! On the first Easter Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty.
    Read Matt. 28:1-9.

    RESURRECTION ROLLS
    Crescent rolls
    melted butter
    large marshmallows
    cinnamon
    sugar
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    Give each child (YW) a triangle of crescent rolls. The crescent roll represents the cloth that Jesus was wrapped in.
    Give each child a marshmallow; this represents Jesus.
    Have them dip the marshmallow in melted butter, which represents the oils of embalming. Then dip the buttered marshmallow in the cinnamon and sugar which represent the spices used to annoint the body.
    Then wrap the coated marshmallow tightly in the crescent roll (not like a typical crescent roll up, but bring the sides up and seal the marshmallow inside). This represents the wrapping of Jesus' body after death.
    Place in a 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. The oven represents the tomb.
    When the rolls have cooled slightly, the children can open their rolls (cloth) and discover that Jesus is no longer there; He is risen. (The marshmallow and the crescent roll are puffed up, but empty.)

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~Heather Lynne

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