What are some ways to keep my young children still during General Conference? How can I listen to General Conference if I have a toddler and a preschooler?
Below are some activities that are meant to keep your toddler or preschool aged child busy and quiet during General Conference. If you would like to see more General Conference activities, go to the Toddler General Conference Activities page or the Preschool General Conference Activities page. Or, if you want, check out more information about LDS General Conference. Enjoy the activities!
Toddler General Conference Activities – Pipe Cleaners in a tall container
I have seen so many variations of this activity from so many different sources I don’t know who to credit. Just go to Pinterest and search “pipe cleaners Pringles can” and consider all of those links as people I am crediting, okay? This activity is really simple. Just get a tall container with a lid that your toddler can remove. Pringles cans work well, but so do a lot of containers. I used a great value container of bread crumbs because that is what we had.
Now, use a hole punch to punch holes in the lid all the way around. I wanted my holes a little bigger because I tried this activity with Smiley Man once and he didn’t quite have the coordination that the little holes took. To make bigger holes, I just hole punched three times in almost the same spot so that the holes were a little bigger. Now, put the lid on the container and give it to your toddler along with the pipe cleaners. The idea is to push the pipe cleaners through the holes.
I think a Pringles can is tall enough that a pipe cleaner will fit upright in the container. My container was not quite tall enough, but I wanted my pipe cleaners a little sturdier anyway. To fix both of these problems, I folded the pipe cleaner in half and twisted it all up. Now the pipe cleaners are sturdier and they fit upright in my container. You can also add hole reinforcers to the hole punched holes and color them to match your pipe cleaners. This turns the activity into a color matching game as well. Smiley Man is not ready for this variation, but if your toddler is older he or she might be.
Preschool General Conference Activities – Word Hunt worksheets
Little Bear has been doing some great sight word search worksheets that I found from confessionsofahomeschooler.com. I figured I could make some of my own word hunt worksheets that were a little bit more related to General Conference. Don’t be discouraged by the big words. Little Bear is only 4 and as far as I know cannot actually read any of these words. He is getting really good at recognizing words though, even if he can’t read them, so I’m confident he will be able to do this activity without much help.
At the top of each of the General Conference word hunt worksheets, there is a word. Little Bear will look at that word at the top and then try to find all the rest of that word on the rest of the worksheet. There are two worksheets per page so be sure to cut the worksheets apart before giving them to your preschooler. You can have your toddler use a crayon, a marker, or a do-a-dot marker to mark the words. If you want, you could even have them mark the word with a Cheerio, M&M, or with a dried bean. Be creative! :)