Here’s a quick, easy and fun little craftivity you can do during an election
year. It’s also generic enough that you could plug it in for Presidents Day
or when you study a bit of government
Younger kiddos can simply make the “dangler” with several “topper” options
to choose from. Check out the PREVIEW
to see the variety of ways to put them together.
I knew this was a “winner” when my 4-year-old grandson saw my samples and exclaimed, “Cool. Can I make one?”
He just turned 4 but is very adept with scissors, so I guess if he enjoyed it, perhaps your preschoolers
could also make a dangler.
However, I designed this for kindergarten & 1st grade
as an art activity, and as a writing prompt
for older students 2nd-5th
Older kiddos can opt for the square “topper” with the star on it, then choose one of the following writing prompts to jot down on the back of it:
* If I could vote I’d be voting for
____________ because . . .
* It’s important to vote because …
* I can’t wait ’til I can vote because …
If you want to mix some non-fiction
reading and research
into this activity, have students find out the interesting history
of the donkey & elephant
that are used as symbols
to represent the Democratic & Republican parties.
They can write their findings
on the back of the topper.
Another option is to have students write the pros and cons of each nominee
on the back of their respective animal.
It’s hard to believe in today’s world that not everyone was allowed to vote in the past.
Another interesting writing prompt would be for students to find out when and how Afro Americans
won the right to vote.
Some of my students had no clue that this was denied to these individuals for many years.
Completed projects look wonderful “dangling” from the ceiling, or used as a border on the top of a hallway wall.
I’m Diane from Teach With Me, hoping your students enjoy a bit of hands-on social studies.
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