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Freebie: A Printable Kids Voting Kit for Mock Elections

USA’ers – as of October 27th, the UPS can no longer guarantee timely ballot delivery- check I Will Vote to find the closest location for secure ballot drop-off or a polling place to vote in person!

It’s unseasonably cold in the Twin Cities today. The VERY chilly breeze blew in a thick fog, the dog is back to curling up under the blanket on my bed, and I’ve just stuffed the fireplace with logs for tonight. Leaves are beginning to turn, kids are back in school(-ish) and somewhere beyond the pea-soup clouds, election day looms in the not-at-all-distant future.

With all the constant (stressful) news and pressures of this season, it seemed important to rediscover & reclaim some of the fun of the voting process.

Our free printable voting kit is the perfect way to introduce your kids to the election process! | via barley & birch
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And so I came up with this election kit. It’s designed just for kids, perfect for classrooms, but also fun for anyone who likes to hold a vote on such heated issues as, “shaved or grated parmesan cheese..?”. Yes, you can put anything up to a vote with this set – which movie to see, what to have for dinner, what to name the new puppy, what to name the new baby.

From the ballots to the box, the election day decor, even buttons & pins (flair for the people!) our kit has everything your little campaign organizers need to run their own election. And while they’re prepping their own setup, YOU can drop in with some serious election knowledge. Start a discussion, talk about how voting happens here, why it’s part of our civic duty, and what that even means.

Use our free printable (and customizable!) kids ballots to help little ones learn about voting and elections | via barley & birch
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There are tons of opportunities for coloring, decorating, and adding general pizzaz to our printable election supplies, so kids can rock the vote in their own style.

Our specially-designed ballots are set up as PDF forms, making them incredibly easy to customize and fill in a minute (but can also just be printed and filled out by hand). For a bright set of ballots and stickers that go easy on the printer ink, print the black and white versions on colored papers or cardstocks.

For your own kids voting kit you’ll need:

Note: We prefer to shop locally or use what we have at home, but this list contains a few Amazon affiliate links for reference. As Amazon Associates we make a small commission on qualifying purchases.*

BASIC SUPPLIES:

  • Cardstock (you can use plain white or other fun colors!) or watercolor paper
  • Our Free Printable Kids Election Kit
  • Scissors
  • Crayons, markers, watercolors or other coloring supplies

OPTIONAL SUPPLIES:

A preview of our printable kids voting kit | via barley & birch
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Looking for some ways to turn our voting kit into a solid (and engaging!) electoral process lesson? Try adding in a few of the activities below.

More ideas for kids voting and election activities…

  • Make your own voting booth or ballot box! Grab some inspo here from 7 Days of Play
  • Dig into the facts with an amazing free kid’s guide to the electoral college from Read Like a Rockstar over at Get Your Teach On (click here to visit the website – the free download is in a banner right at the top!)
  • Nothing brings home a lesson on elections like some righteous right-to-vote jams – and we’ve got a playlist for that!
  • Celebrate a successful electoral process with some vote-themed lovin’ from the oven. For festive cupcakes that don’t require any fancy decorating skills or much extra time, use these adorable free printable election day toppers from Oh Happy Day.
Our free printable election kit has everything you need to help your kids organize their own election and VOTE! | via barley & birch
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I hope all of these activities help your family find and celebrate the joy in voting. Although it comes with an extra big sense of importance and duty this year, the ability to create change by voicing our opinions is pr-retty, pretty awesome.

We’d love to hear about your own elections! Be sure to take pics and tag us with @barleyandbirch or #barleyandbirch on social media so we can see how YOU get your vote on!

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*A note about Amazon affiliate links: We strive to use simple, earth-friendly supplies that can be purchased locally whenever we can, but sometimes we find the best universally available options, a rare eco-friendly find, or a niche product only available on Amazon. When included in our supply list, these products are affiliate links, and if you click-through to make a purchase, we receive a small commission that helps us re-order these supplies!

Kids can stage their own voting day with our free printable voting day decorations and DIY ballot box accessories | via barley & birch
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About Amanda Eldridge

With a passion for cultivating imagination, Amanda aims to help families discover their creative potential and be inspired to make the world a better place through art, play, adventure, activism, conservancy, and community. When not playing with ideas, designs and projects for barley & birch, Amanda enjoys working as a modern art curator and managing her own small design business.

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