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Carol Bainbridge

It's Election Day!

By November 6, 2012

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This is a great day to talk to your children about the American political system. Many kids weren't old enough to understand what was going on four years ago when we last voted for a president. But they won't be too young this time to get started on a civics lesson.

What can your child do to focus on the election - aside from learning about our system? To get a sense of all the presidents we've had, kids can download some printable coloring pages, one for each president up to George W. Bush and then one for our current president, President Obama. There are other coloring pages as well with an election day theme: ballot box, Democrat Mascot, Republican Mascot, Vote Button, and more.  These can be colored online. 

One fun coloring activity involves a map of the United States. Kids can can color the states blue or red as the returns come in. This year, though, they might have to finish coloring the map on Wednesday morning since the race looks close! This coloring has the added benefit of helping kids learn the states and where they are located in the country.

Kids can also complete some election day worksheets - the fun kind, like word searches and word jumbles. Or maybe your child would like to be more creative and write a poem about elections  or perhaps even a short essay on "If I were president..."

Just to keep the evening festive and patriotic, fix some "Patriotic Popcorn," made with white popcorn, and red and blue candies!
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