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General Conference Activities for Kids

"General conference is a semiannual gathering of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon). During general conference weekend, Church members and others who are interested gather worldwide in a series of two-hour sessions to receive inspiration and instruction from Church leaders." from: lds.org
Want to watch General Conference this weekend? (April 5th & 6th, 2014) Click HERE
I am very excited for Conference! No matter what is going on in my life, the Lord always answers my prayers and gives me guidance for my current needs through the words of His modern-day Prophets and Apostles. It is always inspiring and uplifting. I love it! 
It can be difficult for little ones to pay attention and sit still for so long, so here are some ideas we've done that have helped:


The first idea is a little activity I made up 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 bl…

How to Make LEGO Cupcakes!

For LM's Lego Birthday Party, I wanted to find those Lego-shaped candies to put on top of the cupcakes. BUT  I couldn't find them! So instead, I came up with an easy way to make my OWN Lego candies using Air-Heads! Here it is!
Supplies: Frosted cupcakesAirheads (mini or regular size)KnifeWash cloth
How to Make your own Lego Cupcakes!
1. Unwrap an Airhead and cut a the end of it off. Trim the edges so that it is a rectangle.      (Mine is about 1"x1 1/2")
2. Cut a few small pieces off the rest of the airhead--OR use some of the scraps you cut off when you trimmed your rectangle--and shape them into 4 small balls using your fingers. **TIP: Wet a washcloth and set it to the side.          Wet your fingers slightly on the cloth as you shape the small balls.          This will help when your fingers start getting sticky. :)





3. Place the 4 balls on the rectangle. There's your LEGO!


4. Place the LEGO on top of a frosted cupcake!


5. Repeat with all your cupcakes.


 Hope this helps anyon…

Lego Straw Race!

Here is another SUPER easy and fun game we did at LM's Lego Party!
The boys had a lot of fun with this one. Check it out!

Supplies: LegosStrawsCupsPlates
How to Play!
1. Give each child a plate with a handful of Legos on it, a straw, and a cup.



2. Have them each use their straw to try to transfer their Legos from the plate to the cup---by sucking up through the straw to hold the lego on the end of the straw!



3. Once they get them all in, they can either dump them back out onto the plate and try again, or give them another handful!
**Optional: If you want to make it a competition, you can see who gets done first, etc. OR, you could have them all racing against a timer. OR, like us, you can just let them have fun without any competition. And for these 6-7 year olds that was all they needed!
HAVE FUN!

Lego Spoon Race!

One of the games we played during LM's Lego Party was this Spoon Race Game. It was incredibly simple and easy. The boys LOVED it! This went perfectly with our other fun Lego Games: Homemade Lego Pinata Lego Race with Straws

(Legos are a perfect theme for any birthday party for kids. There are so many cute products out there! Like these Lego birthday candles for your cake. And these cute Lego forks & spoons to all that yummy cake!)
Lego Spoon Race Supplies: Legos2 Bowls or Buckets1 spoonTimer (optional)
How to PLAY! Put a few handful of legos into one of the bowls and line the kids up behind it.Place the other bowl across the room/yard.One at a time, have the boys get a spoonful of legos and quickly take it to the next bowl without spilling their spoonful. Then run back and give the spoon to the next in line. 
The boys had a lot of fun with this simple activity. Here are a couple variations you can add to it if you want:
Use a timer and see how long it takes for them to complete the ta…

How to Make a Lego Piñata

For LM's Lego Party, I decided to make a Lego Piñata! I'm all about simple, and this Piñata is about as simple as they come. It was a smashing success. :) Check it out!
Supplies: Cardboard box (I used an old diaper box)RopePiece of wood, or a stickLots of Candy!!Wrapping Paper in one single colorScotch tapePacking tape4 Styrofoam cupsCardstock or paper to match the wrapping paperScissorsGlue
How to Make a LEGO Piñata!
1.Put a small hole at the top of the box so your rope can go through. 
2. On the inside of the box, tie the end of the rope to a piece of wood or stick. This will help secure the rope so the Piñata won't fall off when you hang it up. :)
3. Fill the box with candy and tape it shut.
4. Wrap your box like a present with the wrapping paper.



5. When you get to the hole with the rope, cut the paper to go around it. Then use some packing tape to secure the hole so it won't rip. :)


6. Next, cut the tops off of 4 styrofoam cups. Glue these onto the front of your box:


7. Cut ou…

Lego Goodie Bags!

For my son's Lego Party, I made these SUPER SIMPLE, and cute Lego Goodie-Bags! Check it out!
Supplies: Colorful Paper Bags (Find at party stores, or in party sections. I got mine at Walmart in the party section.)Colored Paper to match the bags (I used cardstock. You can also use construction paper or scrapbook paper too).Circle-Puncher OR scissors (the circle-puncher can be found at craft stores in the scrapbooking section. I LOVE owning this and have found many uses for it. Definitely worth the money! But if you don't have one, you can also just cut circles out with scissors.)Glue
Make the Lego-Bags!
1. Count how many bags you will need. Times that number by 6. You will need to punch out or cut that many circles for your bags. If you have more than one color, then times the number of each color of bags by 6. :)



2.Using your handy Circle Punch, punch out the number of circles you need for each color.


3. Next, take one of your bags and fold the top of it over about where you think you…

Lego Party Invitations

LM recently had his 7th Birthday! To celebrate, we threw him a Lego Party! Over the next week I'll share some of our ideas, starting off with these super simple and fun homemade Lego Invitations!
Supplies: Cardstock (any colors you want your invitations to be)Envelopes Circle Punch or Scissors (You can find the circle punch at a craft store, in the scrapbooking section or check out the link above for a great deal on Amazon!)Craft Foam (any color)GluePrinted Invitation Message (for the inside) :)

How to Make Lego Invitations!
1. Choose what color(s) you want your invitations to be. Using your circle punch, punch out 6 circles per invitation.





2. Next, cut a piece of craft foam into small squares. You'll need 6 per invitation.


3.  Cut your cardstock into the right size so that when you fold it over it fits into the size envelopes that you have. :)

4. On the front of the invitation, put 6 evenly spaced blobs of glue:



5. Then put the small craft foam pieces onto the glue:



6. Next, put glue o…