PBS KIDS recently launched You Choose 2016, a kid-friendly website for ages 6-8 providing kids with relevant, non-partisan democracy-related information through interactive exploration and video. This site aims to teach kids about the Presidential election process in an entertaining and fun way, reminding them that even though they are unable to vote, their voice still matters.
You Choose 2016 allows kids to:
1. “Meet the candidates” and learn fun & important facts about them
2. Collect trading cards of past presidents and their spouses
3. Create a campaign poster digitally, using a new online coloring tool
4. Watch videos featuring favorite PBS KIDS characters and new role models discussing democracy/election/government related topics
Now, younger siblings can become involved in the conversation. Older children from middle and high school (and grownups too) can turn to PBS LearningMedia’s new interactive Electoral Decoder, a scrubbable timeline of Presidential elections – since the first in 1789, where kids (and adults) can run different scenarios to see what states a candidate must win to achieve to the key number of 270 electoral votes.
And it is free and accessible to all.
These recent additions to the larger PBS ELECTION CENTRAL initiative, now involves entire families and kids of all ages to be involved in the Presidential elections, now less than 50 days away!
Teachers can use #YouChoose2016 to share student work, too.