General Conference Treat Buckets

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UPDATE:  We've been doing General Conference Treat Buckets for three years now, and it's singlehandedly the best way I've helped my kids to listen during conference.  They look forward to it every single time, and always are sure to remind me ahead of time to buy the candy.  


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. A couple of years ago, I created our General Conference Treat Buckets, and they have been a HUGE hit in our family.  My girls are 5 now, and they count down until it's time to watch, lol. In the first version, I only included the words on the front, but I've since made a pictures version, adding pictures that correlate with the text.  This makes it easier for my littlest ones to participate, and have a visual reminder of what's being spoken about.

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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! Love it.

 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.

I found 12 inch wooden dowels in 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.

This would also work for a classroom setting, and other applications in the home too!

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Kierste is a blogger who shares her love of all things DIY. She is the mother of six, and focuses on simple ideas and projects to make a house a home! When she's not chasing around two sets of twins, a teenager, and a baby, she's working on a project, training for her next race, reading one of her favorite books, or baking something with chocolate in it.
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  1. Love this idea!!!! :) Where did you get your buckets?

    • Thank you so much! I got the pails a long time ago, so I can’t remember, but you can get very similar ones at The Home Depot in the paint section–they are some of my favorites. Joann Fabrics also has some cute ones–just look up a 40% off coupon on your phone, or take one with you! xoxo

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