General Conference Treat Buckets

Each April and October, our family listens to General Conference, which is an opportunity to hear from our church’s leaders.  We look forward to it, but it can be difficult with little ones to keep them as excited about sitting still for that long. I love finding really great General Conference Ideas that work, and this is our favorite. We’ve been doing them for many years, and absolutely love it! Years ago, I created our General Conference Treat Buckets, and they have been a HUGE hit in our family ever since.

General Conference Treat Buckets | Conference ideas for Kids

General Conference Treat Buckets

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.

General Conference Treat Buckets | Conference Ideas for Kids


To make the pictures version for younger children, I searched for pictures online that went with the words, then saved them to my computer. I changed them to b&w (this is totally optional), and printed them out on regular copy paper.  I matted them on two coordinating colors of cardstock, and distressed all the edges using Distress Ink.

The 12 inch wooden dowels are from the cake decorating section at Walmart for  $2. Perfect!

I used white duct tape to secure the pictures to the back of the dowel, tied a ribbon at the top, and placed them in the buckets.

It has definitely become a family {favorite}, and has really enhanced the experience for all of us.

We’ve been doing this for ten years now, and my kids still look forward to it as much as they did the first year.  I just love how quick and easy it is to do, and then how well my kids pay attention throughout.  I do like to rotate words from year to year, and even made a second set to switch it up from one session to the next.
Happy Conference!
General Conference Treat Buckets | Conference ideas for Kids

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