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9 Ways to Turn Election Day into a (Political) Party with Kids

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[text_output]Tuesday, June 7, is a big presidential primary election in several states. Kids learn to vote from their parents, so if you can, take them with you to vote.

Here are some ways to make Election Day a fun family day!

All day long…

[icon_list style=”font-size:16px;”][icon_list_item type=”thumbs-o-up”]Game on: Play a game where you use “I vote for” language whenever you make a decision on Election Day. “I vote for nachos,” “I vote we read Harry Potter,” or “I vote we go to the park today.” Keep a tally and celebrate the winner at the end of the day.[/icon_list_item]

[icon_list_item type=”pencil-square-o”]The art of politics: Draw a sample ballot together. The ballot could include the names of actual presidential candidates. Or, the “candidates” could be a list of your child’s favorite stuffed animals or the names of people in your family.[/icon_list_item]

[icon_list_item type=”check-square-o”]Kids vote: Hold an election in your family, where parents and kids can vote! What’s the coolest animal in the jungle? What should our family theme song be? Would you rather never need to sleep or be able to run forever?[/icon_list_item]

[icon_list_item type=”music”]Get your groove on: Get into an election state of mind with Wavin’ Flag by K’Naan. Or go old school and brush up on that whole electoral college thing for November with Schoolhouse Rock.
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[icon_list_item type=”comments”]It’s debatable: Get your older kids together with friends and hold a pretend presidential debate where you ask the “candidates” questions about their views. What issues are most important to the kids?[/icon_list_item]

[icon_list_item type=”home”]Family outing: Even though kids can’t vote, they can volunteer for the campaign of your choice. Most campaigns need volunteers on election day to knock on doors, hold signs, or give rides–all things you can do together as a family.[/icon_list_item][/icon_list]

At the polls with your kid…

[icon_list style=”font-size:16px;”][icon_list_item type=”play-circle”]Pushing your buttons: Even if kids can’t vote, they’ll love getting to submit your ballot for you.[/icon_list_item]

[icon_list_item type=”camera”]Sticker shock: Put the “I voted” sticker on a funny part of your body (forehead, nose, etc.) and take a family vote selfie outside of your polling place. Then text back to us (reply to any Q4KIDZ text) and we’ll share our favs with our Q4KIDZ families.[/icon_list_item]

[icon_list_item type=”cutlery”]Snack time: Get a treat after you vote and make Election Day a special day. When you take your kids to the polls with you, you’re shaping their future voting habits. And that’s something to celebrate.[/icon_list_item]
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Ailen is the Managing Editor at ParentsTogether. She lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband and two spirited boys.