Monday, March 31, 2014

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 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, they get a train car that has that picture on it and put it up on our wall using sticky-tack. 

We've done this for the past 2 Conferences, and it has worked very well in getting them to hear what is being said. They certainly don't sit perfectly still and listen to every word, but often while they are playing quietly (and NOT so quietly) they will hear a word that sounds familiar and they get so excited to put a train on the wall! 
I figure that's a step in the right direction. :)

They are constantly adding to the train during each session of Conference, and it gets so long that it even starts winding it's way on the wall up our stairs! My boys absolutely LOVE trains--so a constantly expanding train is perfect 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 when the boys hear another topic they recognize and want 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:
littlefamilyfun@gmail.com
I have them both in black & white and in color, so I'll send both. Included are 5-6 pictures of each of the 9 topics (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 all speak during General Conference. 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 look to see which one it is and then do the quiet activity in that bag while they listen.

Here are the activities I 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

*Note: I made these activity bags for Conference a couple years ago.  And I have to be honest and say that they didn't work so well for us. :( The boys did love having a variety of activities and loved when they got to get a new activity out, so that part was fun. BUT It was actually really distracting. I was so focused on what bags were coming up next, trying to get my 2 boys to share the activities, getting them cleaned up and put away and the new bag out with each new speaker, etc. etc. etc. I felt like I heard LESS of Conference than ever.
So, the next time Conference rolled around, I just used the Conference Train activity and not the bags. Instead, the boys just played with whatever toys they wanted to while we all watched. Much less hassle and distraction for all of us.
HOWEVER, I'm sure there are infinite ways to tweak this idea so that it works for your own family. So if you want to try it, have at it! :)


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


Enjoy conference!



Friday, March 28, 2014

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 cupcakes
  • Airheads (mini or regular size)
  • Knife
  • Wash 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 anyone else looking for an easy cupcake idea for a Lego-lovin' Birthday!

HAVE FUN!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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:
  • Legos
  • Straws
  • Cups
  • Plates

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!

Monday, March 24, 2014

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!

Supplies:
  • Legos
  • 2 Bowls or Buckets
  • 1 spoon
  • Timer (optional)

How to PLAY!
  1. Put a few handful of legos into one of the bowls and line the kids up behind it.
  2. Place the other bowl across the room/yard.
  3. 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 task as a team
  • Set the timer for 3-5 minutes and see how many legos they can get in the bowl before the timer runs out.



Have Fun!!

Friday, March 21, 2014

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)
  • Rope
  • Piece of wood, or a stick
  • Lots of Candy!!
  • Wrapping Paper in one single color
  • Scotch tape
  • Packing tape
  • 4 Styrofoam cups
  • Cardstock or paper to match the wrapping paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue

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 out 4 circles that are slightly bigger than the cups. Glue these onto the cups:





There you have it!
Your very own awesome Piñata!


 This was a big hit at LM's party!
I'm pretty sure a giant lego filled with goodies is every boys' dream. :)

HAVE FUN!!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

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'll fold it when all the goodies are inside. Then unfold it.

4. From your folded line to the bottom of the bag, put glue in 6 spots where you will glue your circles on, like so:



5. Put circles on the glue:


6. Now do the same thing with all your bags to make them look like Legos!



7. Place your goodies inside and fold the top over. All done! You're ready to party!


HAVE FUN!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

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)
  • Craft Foam (any color)
  • Glue
  • Printed 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 on all 6 of your circles:



7. And place them on top of the craft foam pieces:



8. On the inside, glue the printout with all the details of your awesome party!



All done!!



Have Fun!