With the upcoming presidential election, it’s a great time for kids to learn more about the election process, political parties, and democracy. You may even be surprised at how interested kids are in this year’s presidential election. Help kids learn more about our political processes during this election year with some fun election themed activities that will entertain and educate them.
1. Reading Election Themed Children’s Books
For younger children, reading election themed children’s books offers a great way to introduce them to the political process. It will help introduce important election vocabulary in a way that is easy for them to understand. Not only can you read books together that are election themed, other books about our country, how it was founded, and the political process can be helpful as well.
2. Fun Election Printables
Introducing fun election printables can also help kids learn more about the presidential election in an exciting way. Coloring sheets are great printables for younger children. Word searches and other activity worksheets that help kids learn more about politics and elections are excellent for older kids.
3. Create Election Process Timelines
Creating a timeline of the election process offers a great way for kids to better understand how the electoral process works. Teachers can start by having students name some of the steps in the process, and then kids can put the steps in order. Go over all the steps in the process and have kids create their own timeline or hand out a printed version. Students can highlight steps in the process that have already taken place and then discuss upcoming events in the timeline.
4. Watch Presidential Debates
The presidential debates are an important part of the election process, so consider watching them during class together. Evaluate each candidate’s platform and how he or she answered questions. Explain to students why these debates are such an important part of the political process before people vote for our next president.
5. Hold a Class Election
Take everything learned about the election to the next level by holding a class election. Pick candidates, have campaign managers, and go through the process as a class. This can include having presidential debates, party conventions, and more. Wrap it all up with a final election where kids can experience having a chance to “vote.” They’ll have a great time while learning more about how the electoral process works.
With these exciting activities, you can teach students of all ages about the presidential election and its importance in our country. With the right educational supplies and resources, you can turn the election into a time for teaching that will enrich the lives of your students.