General Conference Activities- Conference Cash

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I am always looking for fun ways to keep my kid’s attention while watching General Conference. I’ve been using the free printable General Conference Activity Packet for the past couple years, and my kids still really love it. But last year I added another idea to my General Conference Activities repertoire- I call it “Conference Cash” and here is how it works!

I set up a little “shop” on the table in the family room. The shop has treats and small items from the dollar store, like notepads, crayons, candy etc.

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Before conference starts, I give each of my kids $2 in Conference Cash. If they sit quietly during the speakers, they can earn more. If they are rowdy, fighting or not paying attention, they lose their conference cash. At the end of each talk, we pause conference and I ask them each questions about who spoke and what topic they spoke on. They can earn more Conference Cash if they are able to answer my questions. Before we start the TV again, they get a trip to the “store” where they can purchase whatever they have money for.

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My kids absolutely LOVED this idea, and I’ve actually never seen them pay such close attention and be so quiet while conference was on- it was fabulous!

Here is a free download of theĀ  Conference Cash I made- feel free to use it if you’d like! :) It is black and white, so you’ll just need to print it on the color paper of your choice.

Enjoy!

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  1. FANTASTIC! And thank you soooooooo much for making the printable B&W. Anxious to try it this year! Do you let your kids play with their ‘stuff’ from the store as long as they are listening? Just curious! I grew up watching Conference @ the Stake Center so I still struggle keeping it ‘reverent’ at home! ;)

  2. Ooooh, I love this, Steph! Thanks!

  3. Thanks for the printable! I think we might have to try it this year. I like that the reward doesn’t interrupt conference (like the pennies or candies for hearing certain words).

  4. Stephanie, you’re genius!

  5. This is such a cute idea! I wanted to let you know, though, that when I viewed the site on my phone, a very s3xual ad came up. I’m not sure if you have any influence on your ads, but if you do, be sure to get that one outta here!

    Great blog. Keep it up!

    -Roo

  6. Lisa Thompson says:

    Stephanie,
    Thanks for sharing this post! It’s such a fun idea. I have everything ready to try this out and am so looking forward to enjoying Conference this year :)

  7. THANK YOU for sharing your talents!!! This is for sure going to become a tradition in our home. THANK YOU for sharing!!!!!

  8. What a fabulous idea! I love this balance of encouraging them to pay attention as well as some fun. Thanks!

  9. i LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE This idea!!
    How did you break the bills for the items that were .25? Did you have enough .25 items for them to buy 1.00 worth?

    • Stephanie says:

      Thanks Heather! And I had a lot of stuff worth different amounts less than a dollar, so they just chose a bunch of items that equaled a dollar. Not only a spiritual activity, it was also a math lesson- ha ha ha! :) Thanks for stopping by!

  10. how do you “pause” conference? Does that mean you’re not watching it live?

    • Stephanie says:

      Well we start it live right when conference starts, but we use our DVR to pause it after each speaker, so we usually finish 10-15 minutes after it actually ends.

  11. WONDERFUL idea!!! Thanks for sharing. Target’s Dollar Spot would be a great place for goodies too!!
    -Tahnee @ laneandalley.blogspot.com

  12. Honestly….I LOVE this idea! Can I tell you a secret? My kids don’t watch conference…..*gasp*. I know. We usually start it as a family thing, but after 5 minutes it is easier to send them downstairs and watch it without them. I think they might actually watch if I try something like this. You can totally customize the “store” to your kids favorite things. Not only is this a great idea for conference, but you could use a similar type of reward system for lots of other things….chores, homework, behavior. Thanks for sharing this idea!

    • Stephanie says:

      I love your honesty Haley! :) I don’t know of any kid who sits and watches conference from start to finish- heck, it’s hard enough getting them to sit through Sacrament meeting! But this idea has been the biggest help and they actually pay more attention than ever before! Now I just need to think of something to keep my husband awake……….

  13. I love this! How old are your kids? My oldest is 8 so I know it is defiantly do-able for her but the youngest are 4 and 5. I will be printing coloring pages for them, but don’t know how long they will be able sit for. Any tips for the little ones would be great. This will be the first conference our oldest will be really be involved also. Thanks!

    • Stephanie says:

      My kids are 11, 7,6,2 and 4 months. We’ve been doing this for a couple years with my 3 oldest, so it even worked with a 3 or 4 year old, though the questions I asked were obviously a lot easier than the ones I asked my older son. And they still wanted to get up and play as they got bored, but this incentive helped better than any other game or method I’ve tried!

  14. I love this idea! And my kids are really excited for it. But I was wondering what you do with all the leftover stuff that doesn’t get bought up by your kids. Do you just save it for next conference?

  15. THANK YOU for this template of Conference Cash. We LOVE Conference Cash! My kids look forward to earning Conference Cash and cashing it in for treats and privileges like video game time or getting out of chores! It’s a great way to get my kids to watch conference!

  16. Stephanie! I loved this SOOO much! Seriously, I’m so grateful you posted this. The past few years, I had a variety of candies out for the kids to grab when each word was spoken, but we are trying to reduce candy in our home. I saw this, bought a ton of stuff at Target yesterday for our store, and it was SO worth it! My kids (13, 11, and 9) were encouraged to take notes and they’d get a “cash” per comment to me. I said it had to be meaningful, and we just talked for nearly a full hour on all of the insights they heard, and we expounded on various topics. I’m SOOO excited, and I felt the spirit even more powerfully as we discussed the points they just heard. Thank you for sharing, it blessed our family and I can’t wait to discuss with them the next few sessions!!

  17. p.s my 4 year old got cash for coloring her temple picture, and for being reverent so we could all better pay attention.

  18. p.s.s. I got water guns, silly puddy, and other random items that I knew they’d love.

    • Stephanie says:

      You’re so sweet Kristen! Thanks for your comments- I am so glad this idea has worked so well for you and your family! xoxo

  19. Wow, this was so amazing! My kids ages 12, 9, 6, 4, 1.5 have never watched, been interested in and even groan when they see Conference come on. We also had the spirit so strong in our house and it was peaceful. Most of them listened quite intently and for the four year old I would ask what color was their tie or something like that. They all knew who was speaking, their hair color, tie color, topics, etc… It was truly amazing. I tried to get useful things, markers, crafts that came in multiples – which they worked on while listening, loom bands. I kind of feel like I overspent, but the outcome was so worth it. I had items up to $30 but gave out about $5-$6 to each child for questions after each talk, for singing, etc. You just have to experiment and make it your own. Kids loved it and said, this was so much fun, can we do this next time?

    I am now using this idea to get them to practice for softball/baseball. Baseball bucks!

  20. I’m not technosaavy so could you tell me where the actual link is to print out the dollars on here? Thanks.

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