I have tried using the activity sheets that can usually be found around April and October that basically have this same concept, however, they don't really hold my children's attention for long. They might listen to 1 talk or 2 and then they are done. That makes it difficult for the parents to be able to listen to much more either. Anyhow, I tried my idea this time and it worked AWESOME!!! They stayed in the living room with me the entire conference and were actually paying attention. For those who do not know what this is, it is 4 segments, 2 hours each, in which our highest leaders talk to all of the members of our church. It is held on one Saturday (2 sessions) and Sunday (2 sessions). We were only able to watch the Sunday sessions because of games and stuff, but that is still 4 hours of attention from a 9 and 6 year old!
So, all that I did was have the kids go shopping with me to pick out 7 treats. We got things like M&M's, Jelly beans, Smarties, Jolly Ranchers, Rolo's, Skittles, and Gummy Bears. The important thing was to get things they enjoy, or it kind of defeats the purpose. Once at home, we picked out 7 jars to put the candies in, and picked 7 words we thought the speakers would use frequently during the conference. I gave some suggestions, but the kids came up with most of them. I will list the ones we used and a few other suggestions to choose from that I actually did hear a lot this time.
What you do is have the kids pick out a candy from the jar whenever they hear that particular word. For the littler things like Skittles and Jelly Beans, I let them choose 2 or 3, but everything else, just 1. I would also suggest having the smaller candies for the words you think they will use the very most. They will get less of a sugar rush but to them, it will still feel like a lot because the get to choose 2 or 3! It worked out great. They got to a point they were tired of candy so they each went in the kitchen and got a sandwich bag and started putting the candy in there to save for later, but they didn't stop listening to the talks. I was really happy and really impressed with how well it worked! Hope it will work well for your family too!
Here is what ours looked like!