Friday, March 30, 2012

General Conference Quiet bags

I have seen all sorts of ideas around the internet and on Pinterest gearing up for General Conference.  My boys are already excited because we get to watch it on the "big screen" (we recently got a projector and it is their favorite way to watch shows.)  I decided, among other things, to make some Quiet Bags for the boys.  I put a small picture (cut out from a previous conference Ensign) of each member of the First Presidency/12 apostles and then attached it to a different bag or treat.  Whenever that man speaks then they get to open that bag. 

I tried to make these bags something they can do on their own so that my husband and I can enjoy the speakers.  I still have a few more bags to come up with but here is what I have so far:

Collage bag: I gathered old copies of the Ensign and Friend, construction paper, scissors, glue stick.  The boys can create a collage out of the pictures they find in the magazines.

Easter Books: 'Tis the season!  Plus, the boys haven't looked at these in a year so they will be new and exciting again.

Decorate a "guy": Popsicle stick people (found at Hobby Lobby) and markers.  I used these last year and they were a big hit.  The pack came with girls and boys.  My boys were not happy about having  a "girl"... so we colored them to look like the dress was super hero cape instead.  Problem solved.

Puzzles and lacing cards:  I ordered a picture of the First Presidency and one of the Apostles and cut them into a puzzle.  Lacing cards are from last year.

Snacks!: We don't often get a lot of snack-y type food so it's always a special treat!

Notepads and new twistable crayons: My boys love to draw... hopefully these new crayons should keep them interested for a while!

Lego game:  This is a little game I came up with.  My boys love love love legos.  I made little cards with different scripture stories or church things (temple, tithing, etc).  They can either work together to build what is on the card or they can build it individually and the others have to guess what it is.

Conference Packet worksheets:  These are all over blogs and Pinterest!  Sugardoodle always has a ton!

Fishing:  I have a paper clip attached to little pictures of each of the First presidency and apostles.  The boys can go fishing for them with our magnetic fishing pole.  I'm sure they'll come up with some rules of their own.

In addition to the quiet bags we're going to try something new--an idea I found on The Redheaded Hostess.  Each boy will get a stack of post-its.  When they hear something from one of the speakers they can draw or write what they heard and then stick the post-it on that man's picture.  Hopefully it gets them to listen a little bit!

Do you have any secrets to making General Conference more enjoyable for your family?  Please share!


  1. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies (please, notice the new url for my blog), under the Page 9 post on Apr. 27, 2012. Thanks again.

  2. Such fun ideas! Thank you SO much for sharing!

  3. Love these ideas! I found you via Pinterest. Is there any chance you could put a picture of your lego game? I would like to do something like that as well.

    1. Brooke, Sorry that I'm just now replying. I had a baby this past Fall and am just getting back into the swing of things. I'm sorry that I don't have a picture of the lego game! I did that idea when my boys were all small and only my oldest could read. I just went online and found clipart for the different things they could build. I know this is too late for last conference but maybe you can use it in April!