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Easy Activity To Teach Your Child About Election Day

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
  • Blanket
  • 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.

Posted November 5, 2012

by MichelleH

5 Comments

5 Responses

  1. this is a really great idea. we talked with our children about the election and they went with me when i voted

  2. What a fun idea. I think it is never too early to teach kids about civic responsibility :)

  3. Carissa Smith says:

    Very nice idea! I will definitely do this in the future!

  4. Gale Lewallen says:

    I love this idea. when I was younger I went to the polls with my mom and they gave me a child’s ballot to fill out.

  5. Laura Miller says:

    This is super cute! I did this with my little ones and my son had a mock election at school.

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