Your child may not be old enough to vote, but she's certainly old enough to make a difference! Let her find her place among the politicians, the flyers, the debates and the countless television ads with a slogan and poster of her very own. If she were running for president, what would she stand for?
What You Do:
- Encourage your child to imagine that she is running for president of her school. How would she get her classmates to vote for her?
- Help her think of a slogan. It can be as simple as "Vote Sally!" or something cute like "Brian's got it right!" Remind her that a slogan should be something short and memorable. Have her imagine a sea of cheering supporters chanting her slogan.
- Brainstorm "campaign topics" with your child. Explain to her that in a presidential campaign, each candidate has a platform, or list of ideals and political beliefs, that help people decide if they want to vote for him or not. What will your child's platform be about? (If she's having trouble coming up with a topic, let her take a look at some of the school-related ideas listed at the end of these instructions.)
- Have her write out a brief blurb for each of her chosen topics. For example, if your child wants more pizza options in the school cafeteria, her blurb should state what this pizza options should be (pepperoni or vegetarian, perhaps?) and why such a change would be beneficial to the whole school.
- Let her write her name, slogan and campaign topics on the poster board.
- Help her glue her blurbs underneath their corresponding topic titles.
- Have her decorate her poster with colored pencils and markers. Encourage her to make use of red, white and blue colors to give the poster some patriotic flair.
- Congratulate your future voter! She's officially made her first campaign poster.
This doesn't have to be a project for just an imaginary campaign. If your child wants to be student officer at her school, help her use these steps to get her elected! She can hang her completed campaign posters in the hallway of her school.
Possible Campaign Topics:
- New cafeteria food
- Fewer students in a class
- Longer recess
- Shorter school hours
- Longer school hours
- Student safety
- Internet safety
- Stop bullying
- Less homework