By Meagan Raker
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Happy Election Day, Little New-Yorkers! The first Tuesday in November is Election Day in the United States, a day when people 18 years and older vote for leaders and actions. This week, we are reading Grace for President, written by Kelly DiPucchio and illustrated by LeUyen Pham, and making our very own Voting Buttons!
When elementary-schooler Grace learns that the United States has never had a female president, she decides to hit the campaign trail and run for president in her school’s election. To encourage them to vote, Grace makes buttons and badges for her classmates to wear. Follow along below to create buttons of your own, and don’t forget to join us live at 3:30 pm every Tuesday via Zoom and Friday in-person at the Museum for our Little New-Yorkers Hello Song, silly games and dances, a craft, and, of course, our read aloud!
- Download and print the Voting Buttons template: Grace for President Button Template
- Something to color with: markers, crayons, pencils, pastels, or a cool combo!
- Tape or glue
* A note on supplies: If you don’t have exactly the supplies listed, improvise! These projects are designed to be versatile, so feel free to use whatever materials and tools you have at home. And if your final product looks different than what you see here, that’s wonderful!
STEP 1: Do the Math, Future Voter!
These buttons are missing one thing: the year that you’ll be able to vote! In the United States, people can vote when they turn 18 years old. Work together with a grownup to find out when you will turn 18. Start by subtracting your age from 18, and then adding your answer to the number 2021 (that’s what year we are in right now!). Then you can put that number in the blank rectangle on the second voting button! Something like this:
STEP 2: Color Your Buttons and Ribbons
Use your coloring materials to make those voting buttons pop! Will your stars and stripes be red white and blue? Or something new?! What colors would make you excited to vote? Try adding a design to the ribbons!
STEP 3: Cut the Pieces Out
Careful cutting time! Use your scissors to cut along the thick black lines to create your buttons and ribbons. Make sure you only cut the outside edges! When you are finished, you will have six pieces: two buttons and four ribbons.
STEP 4: Attach Your Ribbons to Your Buttons
To give those buttons some extra pizzazz, use your tape or glue to attach your ribbons to the back of your buttons. Maybe each button will have two ribbons? Maybe one button will have four and the other will have none! It’s totally up to you!
STEP 5: Wear Your Buttons!
Now it’s time to show your Election Day spirit! Using tape, or anything else you have at home – a safety pin, velcro dot stickers, string to make a button necklace – stick your button to your shirt! You could even give one of your buttons to a friend or family member. When you vote, you can make a difference in the world, just like Grace and her classmates!
Thanks for following along! We hope to see you, and your creations, at Little New-Yorkers soon!