Teaching Children About the Presidential Election

We are down the homestretch of the presidential election and now that my daughters are a bit older, they have more questions than ever! I love that they are taking an interest in this important event, so I have gathered some helpful resources for explaining and engaging them in this process. I love hearing their views and seeing them take their first stances on certain issues. It is the beginning of long and rewarding journey of talking about and processing the many issues that we face as a society—together as a family.

Happy voting!

Does Your Vote Count? by TEDEd

Electing a US President in Plain English
by CommonCraft

Electoral College: How We Elect Our President in the United States by Khan Academy


With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.



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  1. These are wonderful resources. I’ve decided to spend some time tomorrow with my kiddos doing election-related activities. I so want them to understand our political process and to grow up appreciating their right to vote.
    I made this pretend voting booth with them last night- it was so much fun. http://blogs.babble.com/kid-scoop/2012/11/04/how-to-make-a-pretend-voting-booth-just-in-time-for-election-day/

  2. Great list of resources, Mariah!  I’m anxious to watch the returns with my girls tomorrow, they are really excited about the election this year.  Glad you are all safe and sound.  -Sarah 

  3. Excellent resources here! Thank you for sharing. Although my kids are too young to understand (other than they know they go with me, and get a sticker, and it’s important!) my oldest was able to watch the first video and was interested. 
    I’m sharing this post on facebook. I know plenty of families who would appreciate this.
    Sarah M

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