Teaching students about the importance of voting in a democracy is very important. Now more than ever kids are curious about politics. So, how can you teach students without getting too political? If you teach about elections and the voting process instead of using real political candidates, young students will still develop an understanding of how elections work, the responsibility of voting and how their feelings tie into the process. Election and voting activities for kids can be simple.
Here are some things your can do to teach about voting:
- Share books like Grace for President by Kelly Dipucchio or Vote for ME! by Ben Clanton.
- Talk about commercials, signs or local leader positions.
- Write opinion papers about voting or elections.
- Discuss how feelings help make decisions.
- Hold a class pet election.
- Students can take polls about favorite snacks or sports.
- Make a voting booth or box. Have ballots for students to pick their end of the day activity.
- Create a class campaign for a class mascot with posters, stickers and commercials.
- MOST IMPORTANTLY, lead by example. Let them see your “I VOTED” sticker or tell them how you take time out of your day to vote.
Ideas for PARENTS to do with children to help them learn about voting:
- Take your child to vote and discuss why you are voting for a particular candidate.
- Write a letter to an elected official as a family.
- Talk about how peaceful protesting is patriotic. Loving a country means speaking up when we disagree with actions.
- Share your beliefs with your child.
- Discuss how people all have different ideas and how to respect each other.
- Read a book about voting, democracy or citizenship.
- Point out signs about elections and discuss how they help us learn about candidates.
- Let the family vote about what is for dinner.
- Vote on a family vacation.
- Use math to explain how we count results.
Virtual Teaching about Voting
Google Slides and Forms make it easy for students to learn about the voting process. You can create a poll using Google Forms to send to your students virtually. Share the results with the class over a live virtual meeting.
Election and Voting Activities for Kids
Check out the K-3 Google Slides for teaching kids about the voting process.
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