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Helping Kids Understand the Election


Kids with vote signAs voting day gets closer, children may be wondering what all of the election chaos and ongoing debates are about. Kids are naturally curious—especially if their parents are preoccupied with the election—and might want to know what the President does and how the voting process works. Let these helpful ideas and resources guide your election discussion, and find answers to questions that won’t overwhelm your child.


The Democracy Project

PBS KIDS: The Democracy Project Meet the candidates, create your own campaign poster and learn everything an informed citizen should know about this year’s presidential election. Submit your final products—one of your ideas might be voted #1!

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Election Craft

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The election season is here, and it's time to convey to your kids how important it is to vote! Get your little ones excited with these cute and patriotic voting flags.

Your Child's First Civics Class

Your Child's First Civics Class

Build the foundation for a lifetime of civic participation and awareness for your child. Try these easy ways to engage and interest your child in government and civics.

Election Q&A

A vote now button.

When your child starts peppering you with questions about the election, you'll need to answer her in a way that she'll understand. Here's how.

Presidential Trivia

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What president was caught speeding in his horse-drawn carriage? Find the answer and other interesting facts about past presidents.

The Choice 2012

The Choice 2012

Learn about the events that made Barack Obama and Mitt Romney who they are and the decisions that built the foundation of their platforms. When it’s time to choose our president, make sure you’re informed. This documentary will help!

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