Thursday, September 29, 2011

General Conference Train & Activity Bags

 This weekend is an exciting time. We get to listen to our Prophet and Apostles speak to us as we watch General Conference!
What is General Conference? Click HERE.
Want to watch General Conference? It will be broadcast live HERE

I've prepared a few things to help the boys be  reverent and attentive while we watch. 

This first idea is called the 
General Conference Train!

First, I cut out rectangles from some different scrapbook papers. Then I cut out a bunch of small circles out of black paper for the wheels. I printed several pictures of each of 9 topics often discussed in General Conference and glued the wheels and pictures onto the rectangles. And those are the trains!

 When the boys hear one mentioned, the will get a train car that has that picture on it and put it up on our wall using sticky-tack.  My boys absolutely LOVE trains--so a constantly expanding train should be pretty fun for them. You could also do leaves on a tree, fish in the sea, stars in the sky, petals on a flower, or whatever your children are interested in. :)

The 9 topics are:
1. Jesus Christ
2. Joseph Smith
3. Temples
4. Baptism
5. Prayer
6. Prophets - Thomas S. Monson
7. Family 
8. Scriptures - Bible, Book of Mormon
9. Missionary Work
I've also created several blank trains for if LM hears another topic he recognizes and wants to add to the train.

If you'd like a copy of these pictures, I'm happy to forward them at no cost. Just email me:

I have them both in black & white and in color, and I'll send both. Included would be 5-6 copies of the 8 topic pictures (note: for the topic: Family, I just used a picture of our family. I'll take that one out so you can add a picture of your own family.)  AND all 15 pictures of the Prophet & Apostles, (for the activity bags described below.....) 

This next idea is based on one I found on Sugar Doodle
General Conference Activity Bags!

The Prophet, his 2 Counselors, and the 12 Apostles will all speak to us this weekend. So, I printed their pictures and put each with one of 15 different activity bags (I used Pencil Pouches). When that Apostle speaks, the boys can look to see which one it is and then do the quiet activity in that bag while they listen.

Here are the activities I've put in the bags:

1. Lacing Beads
2. Doodle Pros
3. File Folder Games
4. Crayons
5. Stickers
6. Plastic Shapes (to use like this)
7. Shape Fish (from this)
8. Valentines - to put into shoe boxes with slots
9. Magic Paper & Markers
10. Card Game & Flash Cards
11. Self Picture Memory (from this)
12. Foam Shape Stickers 
13. Water Color Paints
14. Felt Numbers - to match with flashcard numbers
15. Felt Pictures - to match with felt words

And again, if you'd like a copy of the pictures, I'm happy to pass them along!

Enjoy conference!


Rob and Marseille said...

what good ideas!

Travis and Roberta Stout said...

I totally love the pencil pouch idea, did it work with your kids? I would think that it would be perfect. Wow, I will definitely try that next conference with Alida- genius!

Ambrosia said...

This is a great way to mix things up and keep things interesting. I was looking for a change to our normal activities and this is perfect! Thanks Linda!

Rebecca & Jeff said...

Both of these ideas are AWESOME! Thank you so much for sharing them with us! I can't wait to use them this weekend!

Greg and Diana said...

LOVE this idea!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

Jessica said...

What a wonderful idea! Thanks so much for sharing!

Kirstylee said...

Thank you SOOO much for this idea! I have to say it saved me for General Conference in April. I used this idea and created a bunch of toddler and preschool Conference ideas that are posted on my blog. I'm sure this is going to be the best General Conference yet!

Camara said...

I know you posted this last year, but if it's not too much trouble could you please send the picture file to me for the train and activity bags. My boys love trains too and will love this. Thank you for posting this. What a fun idea to keep them reverent during conference.

Matt said...

I would also love the files for the train if you still are willing to email them! Thanks for sharing your talents! This is a cute idea!