Depending on the age of your children, there may only be 2 or 3 more presidential elections until they are standing in line to vote themselves. Seize the opportunity and start talking with your kids about voting, the electoral process and the U.S. government. Here are a few ideas to enhance the election experience as a family.
Take learning about the election a step further by reading books about democracy, the branches of government, and past presidents. Many local libraries and book stores can help you find election books appropriate for your child’s reading level. Check out Scholastic books for a few examples.
Visit a local museum
Check out the local museums in your area for exhibits featuring voting and democracy in the U.S. Currently, the City of Raleigh museum has an interactive exhibit exploring democracy and how the government works at a local level.
Explore digital materials related to the election
Vote as a family
If possible, take your kids WITH you to vote. Make it a tradition! Oftentimes the best way to learn about something is through experience.
Also, take time to watch the election results together on your local cable news station. National news networks will also be streaming live on election day.
Have some voting fun
Get the kids involved by voting for their favorite dinner, restaurant, or movie. Narrow the results down to two choices and have children give a ‘campaign speech’ about why you should vote for their choice. Have the whole family submit their vote by secret ballot.