It is Election Day and the kids are home from school, thrilled with the idea of spending the day in pajamas while playing with their toys. Why is this so exciting to them on a weekday, but on a weekend it is the last thing they want to do?
I have vivid childhood memories of going to the polls with my grandmother – waiting in line to enter the polling booth an cast our (her) vote. Strangely, my town does paper ballots, so my kids will not experience the polling booths, but can still witness us exercising our right to vote.
If you are looking for some things to do this Election Day with the kids, try these voting themed activities.
Read an Election Day Book
Recently, Random House sent me a copy of Lillian’s Right to Vote by Jonah Winter and Shane Evans to preview. I knew immediately that I wanted to share this book with you for Election Day. As a former teacher, I loved this book and wished it had been published years earlier so I could have shared it with my second-grade class. This book follows a 100-year old woman, Lillian, on her figurative walk up a steep hill to vote. As she walks, she sees the past flash before her. A true celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, this beautifully written and illustrated book is a true window into the history of past discriminatory voting practices in the US.
Make a USA-Themed Craft
Have some red, white, and blue washi tape or paper laying around? Cut some strips and make a cute flag craft.
Play a President-Themed Game
There are tons of really great printable president games and I wanted to share a few of my favorites with you. My oldest son is obsessed with the presidents, and his goal in life is to know all of the presidents and something important about each of them. He will go crazy when I show him these great printable games to build his knowledge:
Stage a Play Election, and Let the Family Cast Their Votes
Help your kids run their own election! Find a problem they want solved and then have their stuffed animal, figurines, etc. come up with different solutions to solve the problem. Their positions can be staged verbally or in writing for all to hear and see. Let each family member “secretly” choose whose position they think is the best. Help your child tally up the votes to see who won the household election! This activity has social studies, language arts, and math all rolled into one!
Disclosure: Random House provided a review copy of Lillian’s Right to Vote for review purposes. All opinions expressed within are my own and have not been influenced in any way.