Make Your Own Campaign Poster

What You Need:

  • Poster
  • Colored pencils
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Pen
  • Glue
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Picture of your child

What You Do:

  1. Encourage your child to imagine that they are running for president of their school. How would the candidate get classmates to vote for them?
  2. Help your child think of a slogan. It can be as simple as "Vote for Sally!" or something cute like "Brian's got it right!" Remind your child that a slogan should be something short and memorable. Have them imagine a sea of cheering supporters chanting their slogan.
  3. Brainstorm "campaign topics" with your child. Explain 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 your child is having trouble coming up with a topic, let them take a look at some of the school-related ideas listed at the end of these instructions.)
  4. Have your child write out a brief blurb for each of the chosen topics. For example, if your child wants more pizza options in the school cafeteria, the 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.
  5. Let the candidate write their name, slogan, and campaign topics on the poster board.
  6. Help them glue her blurbs underneath their corresponding topic titles, and have them decorate the poster with colored pencils and markers. Encourage your child to use the red, white, and blue colors to give the poster some patriotic flair.
  7. Congratulate your future voter! Once finished, your child will have officially made their first campaign poster.

This doesn't have to be a project for just an imaginary campaign. If your child wants to be a student officer at school, help them use these steps to get your child elected! Your learner can hang the completed campaign posters in the hallway of their 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

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