Elections are not very kid friendly. Or even explanation friendly.
Let’s face it. Elections are confusing. Sometimes they can even be scary for kids – you never know what kids overhear.
Elections are abstract for kids, making them very difficult to grasp. I helped my kids understand some basic election concepts this year using our simple Election I Spy printable.
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Several Ways to Play I Spy Games :
First, download and print the Election I Spy game.
Simply sit down and play with them.
Try playing along with your kids, especially with a topic as confusing as elections (electoral college, anyone?).
Simple is key. Keep it on their level. There’s a whole lot about elections that little kids just don’t need to know.
Look at the bottom of the page, and talk through it. Go over what’s pictured and what they represent. On this game, we talked about mailing in ballots, balloons used in conventions, and major political parties being represented by animals.
We then take turns choosing an item to count, and finding them all on the page.
As we go through the objects, we talk naturally about the election – what they’ve heard, how they think it works, what adults physically do when they are.
Give the kids a stack of something fun to use to mark objects – try star stickers, pom poms (red, white, and blue!). They can work on finding all of one picture and then count up the objections.
For instance, use pompoms to find and cover all donkeys. After they’ve found the 5 donkeys, pick up and count the pompoms.
Then they can give writing the number down a try.
Laminate the Games
Play again and again! We’ve laminated the games and used them in the car, at the dr, or even put them a folder to use again next year.
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