Experts say that many young people don’t vote because they never learned how. With elections coming up, now is a great time to teach your kids about the importance of voting, why every vote matters and how to participate in our democracy. Introducing voting from an early age to your children helps ensure that they will develop good civic engagement and voting habits as soon as they are old enough to cast a ballot. From hosting “Voting Parties” for kids to voting crafts and activities to taking your kids with you to your polling location — find fun ways to teach your children why voting matters.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Here are 5 ways to teach your kids about voting this election season!
- Use this Kids Voting Activity Kit from MomsRising’s #MomsVote campaign for ideas such as hosting a “Voting Party” or other suggested activities, crafts and ideas to introduce kids to voting.
- Check out PBS Kids for fun activities to introduce your kids to voting basics, like creating campaign posters, collecting president trading cards and learning about our president.
- Bring “Democracy Class” to your school to teach kids about the history and importance of voting.
- Be your kids’ best role model. Show them how you register to vote, how to make a plan to vote, how to educate yourself about the candidates and ballot measures and how to cast your ballot by doing it with them at your side. Take them with you to the polls or to voter registration events. Talk to them about your commitment to voting and how their vote will one day make a difference like yours.
- Can’t vote? Ask a friend or relative to take your kids to the polls with them instead.