Big election years give us the amazing opportunity to introduce our little ones to the ideas of democracy and how important voting is. If you are looking for ways to talk about it, fun books to read together, games to play, and adorable shirts you’ve come to the right place!
How to Talk About Voting
Some of us talk about politics all the time around the house, with friends, and with neighbors. In this case, your child might already be naturally bringing up the topic of voting and asking questions.
Others of us keep our opinions more private and may have a little trickier time bringing up the topic with our little ones. First of all, keep in mind that talking about voting doesn’t have to start with confusing conversations that involve politics. You can simply talk about the act of voting in itself, with examples like which show to watch or what everyone wants for dinner.
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Whichever boat you are in, the resources below make it easy to introduce your child to democracy and voting!
Books About Democracy for Kids
This amazing ABC book not only teaches your little one their letters, but focuses on concepts like social justice and civil rights!
This toddler book is adorable and has a little slide and vote feature which lets your toddler test out their decision making skills.
This book is about finding common ground with others and having empathy and compassion for them. It is a great way to start talking with your little one about how you make decisions based on your care for all people.
Freedom, laws, equality, and free speech are all topics this book hits on in a kid-friendly way. It uses every day example to show how important these things are to us.
Teaching our little ones about kindness and community building is a great foundation for raising good citizens. Kindness Makes Us Strong will help you do just that!
Learning Games and Videos
- Let’s Vote Bingo
- PBS Voting Video
- Sesame Street and Steve Carrell- Vote
- Daniel Tiger Voting and Election Day
Take Them Along with You to Vote
Taking your little one along with you to vote can actually be pretty fun! It will show them how important voting really is to you and give you both a special memory to look back on. We do recommend bringing snacks and some entertainment along just in case there is a wait. Your little one will love getting a sticker at the end, too!
Mailing in your ballot? That’s okay! Just show your child how you fill it out and have them drop it off at the mailbox with you.
Future Voter Gear
Every future voter deserves a cute outfit to wear to the polls! Below you will find some of our favorites.
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There you have it! I hope this guide helps you to make this election season extra special with your little one. Now all that’s left to do is… vote!
How do you incorporate the ideas of democracy and voting into your home?