In preparation for this year's General Conference I've been putting together some activity bags for my daughters. They are pretty young still but they can do activities and listen while we try to listen too. My inspiration is not original. I saw the idea of activity bags on Sugardoodle and just tweaked some of the activities to meet the needs/ages of my daughters.
Here's what I have gathered and prepared so far:
Who's the Speaker?
At the beginning of each talk, my daughters pick the picture of the speaker and place him at the pulpit. As they listen, they pick from a bunch of pictures that represent the theme of the talk and place them near the speaker. Inspired by THIS blog.
Family Stick Puppets
I made copies from the nursery manual "Behold Your Little Ones" (Lesson 11 "I Love My Family")
Decorate tithing, savings and spending money jars made from empty frosting jars
Printed from LDS Handouts. Include some yummy treats or candy as Bingo markers.
Children can draw the gospel words from the list or draw pictures that represent the speaker's message.
Include a fun pencil.
These pages are available to print from LDS.org
Dry Erase The Friend magazine activity pages
We made this notebook from past issues of The Friend magazine and included dry erase pens and an old sock as an eraser. This notebook is always in our church bag.
Mold the message
Mold the gospel words from the list or mold pictures that represent the speaker's message.
This page came from an actual Color-by-Number activity book that I had purchased. You can print a page of the baptism of Jesus and another of two missionaries from LDS.org. Click HERE to print. They are found on pages 2 & 3.
I Am a Child of God origami crown
Follow the folding instructions to create a paper crown. Glue sequins to the crown for jewels.
Remember that you are a daughter or son of a King. (Also goes with the Primary theme for this year.)
Build a temple
Build a temple using wooden blocks. You can either build your own or replicate existing temples using the pictures as your blueprints.
This is what I have so far. I plan on putting together a few more activities and will post those as soon as I have them ready.
Also, if you have any other ideas, please feel free to leave a comment. I'm always looking for new activities for this and future conferences.