Election Day can be a confusing day for children, but with this fun, easy activity you can teach your child a little about our Presidential elections and why it is such a privilege for us to be able to vote.
What you need:
- Poster Board
- Non-toxic markers
- Favorite toy
- Paper for Ballots
- Big spoon
- Tupperware or a box for the secret ballot box. You can decorate the box to make it more fun and festive.
- Optional – Balloons, tissue paper or newspaper cut up in squares (scissors for adult use only) for the party.
What To Do:
- Have two people in your house choose a favorite toy to run for house mascot (parents can obviously pick from their child’s toy if there is one child or a child can invite friends or extended family to participate)
- The two people should think why that toy should be the mascot. (i.e. a stuffed dog because dog’s are loyal, an owl because owls are wise, etc.)
- Each person should make a poster for their “candidate” that they can hang in the house.
- Before dinner each person should present why their mascot is the best mascot for the family. Use the big spoon as your microphone to state your platform.
- After dinner, hang up the blanket between two chairs or in a doorway to create a voting booth.
- Give each person a voting ballot with the two toys’ names on it.
- Have each family member take a turn going to the booth, circling which toy should be mascot and putting it in the ballot box.
- After the voting is done, have a designated adult count the ballots and give the results.
- Have a balloon/tissue paper drop for the winner.
- Enjoy a fun dessert together to celebrate. Be sure to use this as a moment to teach the one who didn’t win, that he still had a good candidate with good reasons why he ran for mascot.