Elections for Kids: How to Make a Kids Voting Booth
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Want to set up presidential primary elections for kids? Here’s how to set up a kids voting booth with a downloadable packet with everything you need for the 2016 U.S. primary elections (it’s free). This activity is for elementary and middle school students. Hold a voting day on or around the same day as your state’s primary election.
The packet includes:
- Voting ballots with the 2016 U.S. candidates, Democrat and Republican
- Tally sheets for all the candidates
- “I Voted” stickers
- Voting poll worker name tags
I’ll keep updating the ballots as the race continues and some candidates drop out. You can download it below.
We set up our voting booths using a decorated dollar store trifold board.
Kid poll workers take turns directing kid voters to the poll, hand out ballots, give out “I Voted” stickers and tallying up the votes.
The poll worker name tags and “I Voted” stickers can be printed on sticker sheets or on card stock and attached to child’s clothing with tape. Poll worker name tags can also be laminated. Use a dry erase marker to write names and use these over and over again.
The candidates photos on the ballots are creative commons licensed from wikipedia.org.
Download Now: Presidential Primary Ballots and Election Printables
Recommended Resource: Election 2016: A Guide for Young People, is a 28-page ebook, written by Peter Orvetti, a Washington, D.C. dad to two homeschooled kids and a self-described “recovering political junkie”. Peter explains the entire election process from start to finish in an easy to understand way for kids. It’s free and can be downloaded at his wife’s blog (also an awesome resource for children’s literature and homeschooling), I Capture the Rowhouse.