Election Day Family Voting Activity
How can you help your kids to celebrate Election Day? There might be a lot of political topics that are, well—off-topic for your child. Instead of turning on the TV, have your own at-home election. This is the perfect way to help the family come together and work out any issues of challenges around the house. Are you tired of the kids refusing to make their beds? Is your fourth grader not so thrilled about the fact that her younger sister never has to help clear the table after dinner? Try this Election Day activity to keep the peace, institute change and show your kiddos the brighter side of politics.
Create a Platform
Each family member must come up with his or her platform for family presidency. Everyone needs to list the issues/problems and create real solutions. Keep in mind, the kids can’t just make up dreamy scenarios such as, “No more salads for dinner, instead we’ll have ice cream.” Each issue and solution must be realistic. Older kids can write out their platform, while younger ones can draw pictures.
On election night everyone gives a speech. It can be creative as the kids want, and can include music, pictures, costumes or theatrics (aren’t politics theatrical anyway?).
Hold a Vote
Decorate an old shoe box using red, white and blue paper, paints, markers or glitter. Give everyone a slip of paper and a pen. Write out the votes, put them in the box and tally them up. The winner gets to be the family president—at least for the day! Even though the presidency won’t continue for four years, the family has gotten the chance to discuss important issues and learn about Election Day.