Monday, April 6, 2009

Kids and General Conference

With 5 little kids, general conference hasn't really been something I've looked forward to the past few years. Don't get me wrong...I really enjoy general conference...it's trying to get through it withe kids part that was a struggle. This year, we decided to try something new. Here, the first session begins at 6am, so I don't wake the kids up for it. I woke up and got to enjoy the first hour in peace, and then the kids came out around 7 and just kind of sat around and watched the second hour. They didn't make much of a fuss because they were still groggy.

In between sessions we watched home movies. That was a blast! I think that is definetly a tradition keeper!

I don't know where I read it...maybe an ensign or LDS site...but someone wrote an idea about how they buy a bunch of different little candies, put them in bowls, and assign each bowl a different word. Then when the speaker says that word, the kids get to take one candy out of the bowl. We decided to give it a try but with the kids making their own trailmix.

Here's what we bought: goldfish, pretzels, peanuts, rasins, m&m's, white cheeseits, graham cracker fish, kimi balls, and craisins


Then we put them in little bowls with labels: savior/Jesus, Commandments/covenants, Holy Ghost/Spirit, love, family, scriptures/Book of Mormon, faith, bless/blessings.


We also had priesthood and temple on a piece of paper and these words were freebies...they could pick what ever they wanted.

The kids had to call the word out, so we knew that they weren't just grabbing what ever, and that way the other kids would pick up on a word they may have missed. In the beginning, I was really involved and told them the words I heard, but then they got lazy and waited for me to say the word. So, I moved away from them and all I would say is "oops, you just missed a word" but not tell them which word. This really forced them to pay attention.

Of course, it took some adjusting. We had Savior/Jesus Christ by the pretzels, but then their bags were getting full of pretzels, so we switched it with the raisins...much better!

Surprisingly, love and family weren't used very often. I think I'll subsitute one for pray/prayer...and maybe prophet.

So...what I really want to know is, how do YOU survive conference with kids???

13 comments:

ME said...

omg molly that's such a good idea! when my kids get older, i shall remember that. for now, it's my big kid (bo) i'm trying to get to pay attention...maybe i should start the game with him...lol.

Rach said...

What an awesome idea!! You are an amazing MOM!! what a great day. We enjoyed Conference too...lots of crayons, treats and snacks. love it.

iMaLLheaRt said...

that is such a cool idea!

Ash said...

That is such a great idea. I'll be doing that with my kids in a couple years. : )
Reef is still to young for me to try to get him to listen...he watched a movie in the other room.

Jamie J Stansfield said...

great idea mol! I think kerrilyn does something similar too. Libby discovered painting and coloring this year so we sent her off to do that but i bet next conference we could start something like that! and i love the home movies idea!

heide ohana said...

that is an awesome idea! they gotta listen to get the snack!!!

Audrey said...

that's a great idea. I tried to have Hailey color the ties of the speakers but that didn't last. Conference just didn't work out for our family this year.

Jace said...

i love it! genius! we've learned that if they have something in their hands they can sit still a little longer. my boys just like to sketch but the girls are into crafts so they knit or make little friendship bracelets. i keeps their bodies busy but allows their minds to be quiet and actually soak up some of the conference :) we're so doing your thing next year though! the kids are gonna love it!

Smiths said...

Too great! You're inspiring. I'll have to try harder to get the kids to sit still and take in conference (and maybe it will help me too).

Congrat's on the baby girl! You look fabulous and I can't believe you did the Aloha run. You go girl!

Abby Hanson said...

We did something really similar. I had read the same thing in the April Ensign, but I realized the night before Conference that I hadn't bought anything extra for it! So I made cookies instead. And then I used a bingo chart from one of those general conference packets (I think I emailed one to you last conference along with the other set I had made...if not, it's at theideadoor.com). Every time they got a bingo, I let them have a cookie. Autumn & Heidi made it through 1 1/2 hours of the first session that way. They sat on their own blanket and were SO quiet. I also printed out the ideadoor packet so they could draw or color if they wanted to.

The other sessions were kind of a jumble of listening some/playing outside/playing in their room.

I love Jace's idea of keeping their bodies busy with crafts or drawing. I think if I could teach my girls to knit or crochet or make friendship bracelets before the next conference, that would REALLY help them! And then they could do that WHILE they listen for words and have a little treat when they either get a bingo or hear the word (depending on if I do cookies or bowls of snacks...).

Stephanie J. Robertson said...

molly- these are such great ideas!!!!

I'm Natalie. said...

Oh! That is an AWESOME idea!

Stephanie J. Robertson said...

molly- that is so cute and sweet! oh man eli was the cutest baby ever and now he is a grown up sweet little boy! i am glad that they were at the show. your kids are so awesome.