We love General Conference weekend at our house. And not because we don’t have to get ready to go to church. (Although that is part of it!)
What is General Conference?
If you are unfamiliar with General Conference, it’s when the living prophet (like Moses or Noah, but alive now!) and the apostles (just like Peter, James, and John) speak the world messages from God.
General Conference is a gathering of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), held biannually every April and October at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. During each conference, members of the church gather in a series of two-hour sessions to listen to sermons from church leaders. It consists of four general sessions, plus an addition session for adults.
You can listen to and watch prior General Conference sessions here.
Even though it is held in Salt Lake City, General Conference is considered an international event for the church. The sessions are broadcast worldwide in over 90 languages, primarily through local and international media outlets, and over the Internet.
However, we’ve learned that having younger children means we don’t get to sit and listen as much as we’d like to. So to help with that, we’ve come up with a huge list of general conference activity ideas for kids and preschoolers to help make the weekend more meaning for them and for us!
Feel free to use all (or none) of these 30 General Conference actvity ideas for kids. And if you plan on using any, please share them with your friends and family!
Activity Ideas for Before General Conference
One important part of General Conference is the preparation leading up to the weekend. And our kids participate in that as well! We want them to understand the importance of listening to the prophet’s words.
Here are some ideas you can do to help get your kids ready for General Conference in advance.
Free 30 day study plan for kids and adults of the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through Joseph Smith in the creation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
This was oroginally developed to help follow the General Conference direction from the prophet Russell M. Nelson to immerse ourselves in the Restoration before the 2020 April General Conference. But it can be used to prepare for ANY general conference!
One thing that kids love to do is recognize the prophet and apostles by name as they come on the screen to give their talks.
So memorize the names and faces of the prophet and apostles. The best way to do this is to play the game Memory! Print out the pictures of the 15 prophets and apostles, then cut them out.
Next, write their names on papers that are the same size. Turn them over and play Memory – match the name to their picture!
Tip: if you don’t have them memorized yourself (like us), then print out the pictures twice so you can have a cheat sheet to see if you’ve flipped over an matching pair.
Print the template with the faces of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the 12 Apostles. (You can download it at the end of this article.) Hang it on the wall or place it on a table top. You will need some sort of marker like little smile stickers or something similar. Tell your family that you are going to listen to the prophet’s voices and try to figure out who is talking.
Use the internet to play sound bites from previous conference sessions. I have the LDS Tools App or the Mormon Channel App that work great for playing conference talks. You could also go to lds.org and click the General Conference link in the “Quick Links” section.
In advance of General Conference, print out the names and/or pictures of the prophets and apostles. Glue them onto paper bags or put them in sandwich baggies. Fill each bag with treats. When it’s that person’s turn to speak, the kids will get to have their treat bag!
Help your kids get an idea of what will be talked about at General Conference with this fun General Conference game!
We’re putting this in the “before General Conference” category because you will need to order it in advance from Amazon. This is the only Conference idea that costs any money, but it was too cute to not include!
This journal was created by A Family of Readers.
Activity Ideas for During General Conference
This is the real reason y’all came to this blog post, isn’t it?
One thing that works best for our kids is to take all of the general conference activity ideas and put them into a 3 ring binder for the weekend, with tab dividers for each session. Otherwise some of them will go through quickly and try to finish all of them before the first session speaker even begins!
If you don’t want to do a binder, then you can just staple the pages together as packets. Afterwards, we let the kids choose a piece of construction paper as the front cover and decorate it however they want (as shown in the picture above).
You may also want to put together these free printable quiet books for littles to read throughout conference.
General Conference can always be a challenge with little ones. Here’s a fun snack idea that will keep kids involved during talks. Then during a hymn, they can eat it!
These General Conference I Spy sheets are a blast! You may need to make a few changes to names since apostles and prophets will change over the years.
Let kids use binoculars or magnifying classes during talks, and they can put check marks next to each item! (You may need to update the names of the prophet and apostles.)
From the creator: How does it work? I bought 5 buckets, labeled them with different words I wanted them to be listening for, and filled them each with candy. When they hear one of those words, they can come and take a piece of candy! For younger kiddos that aren’t reading yet, I added pictures so they could participate just as easily.
It’s a General Conference bingo activity for kids! Comes with seven different sheets.
Listen carefully to general conference, and when a speaker talks about one of the topics below, cover that square with a marker (such as a bean, button, or piece of candy). See if you can cover five squares in a row. Then see if you can cover all of the squares.
First, choose who is X and who is O. Then, whenever you hear one of the words in the list below, take turns writing your letter (X or O) in one of the circles on the bottom row.
After that, each time you hear another word, take turns adding another of your letter to the stacks. See who can build four in a row first. (Diagonal works too!)
For children who are a little older, this printable notebook has the pictures of each prophet and apostle with lines for note-taking next to it.
It’s a great General Conference activity idea to keep kids engaged.
As you listen to or watch conference, circle or cover the words or pictures you hear. This is a great General Conference activity idea to help kids listen.
Fill in the temple building blocks with numbers from the list below. During conference, when you
see or hear something from your list, place a marker (like a bean or candy) on that block. When
you’ve filled in all the blocks, your temple is done!
Print these coloring pages out, one for each session. You could even print out different coloring pages and still use the same color-by-topic idea. Color each picture with the following colors each time you hear the topic:
- blue=Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ
- yellow=Holy Ghost
- green=Joseph Smith
- black=Missionary Work
- orange=Word of Wisdom
Play this alphabet game during conference. Next to each word, make a mark for every speaker who talks about the topic during each session.
Write a short definition or draw a picture of what the word means. For any words you don’t know, ask a family member to help you.
At the end of general conference, look at your list and tell your family what you have learned about each word.
These General Conference choo-choo trains are a great way to keep kids involved during General Conference! They get to put a train on the wall for each topic they hear.
You can add to this idea by getting creative with the train – if they hear the word again, they can add flowers, leaves, trees, etc. to their decor.
These General Conference activity packets are a bit outdated, but many of the pages are still a lot of fun to do even with new general authorities.
Just go through each PDF and print the pages you think your kids will enjoy.
For general conference, here’s a fun way to keep track of different words you might hear. Put a penny or bean on a square each time you hear that word in a talk.
Whenever you reach five times on a word, you could switch out the pile with a five-cent coin or different-colored bean. Write in other words you might hear in conference.
From the creator: I filled up 6 large Easter eggs with random legos. Each person will pick 2 eggs and crack them open. During the talk they listen for a topic, story or something. After choosing what they want to create based on the speaker’s words, they use the legos they have in their eggs and begin to build.
Set up a little “shop” on the counter in the kitchen. The shop has treats and small items from the dollar store, like notepads, crayons, candy etc.
Here’s how this blogger does it:
Before conference starts, I give each of my kids $2 in Conference Cash. If they sit quietly during the speakers, they can earn more. If they are rowdy, fighting or not paying attention, they lose their conference cash. At the end of each talk, we pause conference and I ask them each questions about who spoke and what topic they spoke on. They can earn more Conference Cash if they are able to answer my questions. Before we start the TV again, they get a trip to the “store” where they can purchase whatever they have money for.
Your family will be completing different activities/tasks throughout conference to earn points. Some examples could include: Listening to sessions of Conference(points awarded for each session), Taking Notes, Doing Conference Worksheets, or anything else you can think of! The points that they earn will go towards toppings for their ‘General Conference Sundae’.
Here is another fun idea to try with your kids called “Punch the Point.” Print the image below, cut into three strips and give one strip and a hole punch or a pencil to poke holes into the paper to each child. Every time they hear the word spoken during the speaker’s talk, have them punch a whole in one of the four holes. Enjoy!
General Conference Activity Idea Ping Pong Points
Grab some ping pong balls and 5 small paper cups. Put a number on the inside of the cups numbering 1-5. As the kids hear the words listed on the Ping Pong Card have them toss or bounce the ball into one of the cups. They can then record their score using tally marks. For example, if they made it into number 5 they get 5 tally marks and so on.
This is more for older children or adults, but these beautiful Articles of Faith coloring pages are a great General Conference activity idea for kids!
If your kids need something to do during conference, these LDS word searches for kids are a great way for them to sit quietly and listen while their hands stay busy.
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