Even small children can begin to understand the basic concept of voting as a method for making a group decision. Who wants pizza for dinner? Who wants mac ‘n cheese? The resources below can help you begin talking with your child about the upcoming election.
If I Ran for President is a great introductory look at what it means to run for office as well as a first look at the election process. The concepts are explained in the simple terms appropriate for children. For a funnier look at politics try out Duck for President. When Duck becomes dissatisfied by the conditions in the barn working for Farmer Brown he decides it would be better to be the bird in charge! Clever cartoon illustrations show some of the iconic events associated with elections like parades, speeches on a stage, town meetings, campaign posters and a motorcade. Your child will also find out that being the boss is not as easy as it looks!
Websites, Activities & Printables:
- kids.gov infographic poster: How to Become President of the United States
- PBS: The Race is On! – includes FAQ to answer questions like, what do donkeys and elephants have to do with it?
- Brain POP: Presidential Election
- PBS Kids: The Democracy Project
- Ben’s Guide Election of the President
- ZOOM: Elections 101
- The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis: Election Artifacts
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