It’s that time again. Election information is everywhere you turn. Although kids may not fully understand the political scene, this is a great opportunity to embrace the events in our country and use them as a learning platform. Lessons in politics and government are a great place to start.
But to help kids grasp the election, how it works and what it means to all of us, try engaging them in some school or classroom elections. You can come up with imaginary (or real) positions, such as class president, playground mayor, library council, lunchroom representative, and free-time secretarty. Use your imagination. Give each position some specific roles and walk the kids through the campaigning and election process.
Use these tips & ideas to get started planning your election:
- Incorporate real-life events such as debates – show examples, then hold your own classroom debate
- Decorate your classroom for your elections. Patriotic Event Packs have everything you’ll need to turn your classroom into “Election Headquarters
- Election hand-outs are fun way to teach kids about different methods of influence. Patriotic Pencils, mini flags, cheek cheers, buttermints, or Patriotic Fun Packs are perfect for this.
- Talk about political propaganda, show real-life examples then help the kids come up with ideas for each position.
- Recognize your elected officials with Patriotic Pins, trophies,or ribbons
- Incorporate dramatic play with costumes for the class officials. Patriotic ideas include Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Betsy Ross or Uncle Sam .