Surprise, surprise...I make my kids sit through all four sessions of General Conference.
(You weren't surprised, were you?)
I realize that this is asking a lot of toddlers, so to be fair, I do try to come up with like a million ways to keep my 1, 2, and 4-year-olds happy, interested, and occupied during the eight hours of TV viewing. This year, I was just realizing that the kids will have already received a ton of candy from the E.B., so I don't have the promise of candy on my side. I was picturing using this to my advantage...like every time someone says "faith" we all eat a chocolate, but that reminded me too much of a drinking game...so, I moved away from that. :)
And my kids are still a little young for Bingo...but I saw this idea for a General Conference Wall and I tweaked it to make it our own.
Here's how it works: Choose some pictures from the Gospel Art Kit to hang on your General Conference Wall. I chose topics that are fairly likely to be mentioned, such as temples, Jesus, and Book of Mormon, and stories that my children are very familiar with and would recognize if mentioned, such as Samuel the Lamanite and Joseph Smith's First Vision.
I printed off a current set of Apostle cards and laminated them. Now, the children will be encouraged to listen to the speakers and a) recognize who is speaking, and b) listen for the speaker to mention any of the topics on our Wall. If they mention something on our Conference Wall, then the children can tape the Apostle's picture on the appropriate Gospel Art Picture.
As a reward, each Gospel Art Picture has a "prize" attached to it. The prizes consist of coloring pages, quiet games, stickers, General Conference busy work, and other special treats.
It's going to be 80 degrees all weekend here...so I'm sure we'll do our fair share of running around in the yard during "musical breaks" and going out for ice cream in between sessions.
We'll also be blessed to watch Conference again with my parents who are coming to visit.
Enjoy General Conference everyone!
What a blessing it is to listen to a Prophet of the Lord give us direction for our day.
This is truly something to rejoice about!