The Process of Voting
Have your children ever had to make a decision about something that was hard to agree on? Maybe you were deciding which book to read or a snack to eat. How did you finally make the decision?
Voting is usually a fair way to make decisions. Voting usually involves a slip of paper that is put into a ballot box (major elections use machines in the precinct, but we must keep things simple for young children).
To make a ballot box, recycle a shoebox and decorate it with stars, stripes, elephants (Republicans) and donkeys (Democrats). You might need to explain how the animals represent the two political parties. Cut a slit in the box lid and your ballot box is ready. Fill out your slip of paper and insert it into the box.
Another fun way to vote is the “yes or no" interlocking link column. Write “yes" and “no" on an index card. Tape this to the wall. Give your students strips of construction paper. Explain that one link represents one vote. Let your children link their own “vote" under the YES or NO sign.
Gather the group and present the voting question. Then have your group attach their links to the appropriate sign by making a circle with the strip of paper and taping it together linking to the circle above it. No matter how you vote (ballot box or link), the votes must be counted and the decision announced.