General Conference Treat Buckets

Our church has the opportunity to hear from our church leaders twice a year, which is called General Conference. It’s always a fun weekend, with lots of food, family, and friends. Having little ones can be a challenge though, since they aren’t quite as excited about sitting down to listen.
My good friend shared this fun idea with me, and when I introduced it to my kids, it was a hit. A {HUGE} hit. So much so, they have been talking about it since October.

General Conference Treat Buckets

*I found the tin buckets in the dollar section at Target–perfect!

*We decided the words we wanted the kids to listen for during Conference–prophet, temple, faith, scriptures, and family–then I added one word to the front of each bucket in vinyl (font = Wish I Was Taller) . You could also use stickers, rub-ons, or print the words on cardstock then mat them on scrapbook paper and attach them with double stick tape. I tied ribbon around the handle for a fun accent. For really little ones, you could add a picture in addition to or instead of the words.

*I filled each bucket with the kids’ favorite candy…

*During conference, I line the buckets up along the hearth, and then anytime they hear one of the words on the bucket, they can come and take a piece of candy. I also give them a cup with their name on it to put their candy in, although not much makes it into the cup, lol.

This is such an easy idea, and I promise, your kids will never get tired of it!

This idea isn’t just for General Conference…it could also be used in any kind of classroom setting–from home, to school, to church!




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  1. This is such a cute idea. It would only cause MAJOR chaos at my house. lol. I give each kid several little containers with small snacks in them. (grapes, strawberries, popcorn, candies, juice box, etc) they are each labeled Apostle, Seventy, or lady speaker. Then when each get up to speak they get a small treat. If 2 or 3 apostles speak in one session they only get the one treat. I made them each a conference bucket that these treats, crayons, & packets all go in. It is a big hit at my house. I hope by next conference to have my reusable baggies made with the labels embroidered on them. Either that or have pictures of a certain apostle, seventy or auxiliary presidency member on them. I love checking out blogs like yours, you always have great inspiration!!!

  2. I totally loved this idea and used a cheaper version of it at home. I live in Hawaii and every thing is more expensive. :) So I used small bowls. Kids don't care and they totally loved it. Thanks for sharing this great idea.

    I posted about it on my blog. Check it out if you wish.

  3. I wish I had found your blog about 2 weeks ago! Just LOVE this idea! I have 6 kids, so this would be brilliant to help encourage them to listen! Thanks for posting!

  4. Kierste:

    I am a pastor with my husband, and one huge thing I concentrate on is children. As you know, God considers them very precious; and so do I. We do not have children as of yet because of fertility issues, but I will say I am so happy to have found this blog; and I am so happy that you are encouraging your kids in Christ! I have never commented on a blog before, and you caught my eye so much that I believe I am going to become an avid follower of your postings. Thank you for your wonderful spirit, gifts, and for loving the Lord! God Bless You & Your Family, Pastors Jon & Marla McGowan (

  5. I just linked your post at my blog. I made some labels for my buckets that I'm sharing. Thanks for the great idea.

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  8. What a cool idea, I wish I had this as a kid. Watching Conference was painful for me, it felt like forever. At the time, the only thing I had going for me was I got to go to church in my pajamas (because it was at home :P) Thanks for the idea!

    1. It is hard to sit still during conference when you’re a kid–I remember those years too! It really does make it so fun for the kids, and they definitely listen for those key words!! And I’m with you–I still think church in my pajamas is pretty awesome! :) xoxo

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