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Civic engagement is possible even when you are being a good citizen by practicing recommended social distancing!  Kids Voting Durham is here to provide you activities and lessons to keep your civic knowledge, skills, and spirits sharp as your family is home from school, work, and other activities over the coming weeks.  And every lesson or activity is appropriate for all ages and can be done using materials you already have in your home.  Visit www.kidsvotingdurham.org/kvd-2020-activities often to see what new activities and lessons we have added!

Want to suggest and activity or share the results of an activity your family has done?  Email us at info@kidsvotingdurham.org or message @KidsVotingDurham on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram!

FEATURED ACtIVITY

“Democracy doesn’t pause”, and so Generation Citizen has created a set of civic activities  for families or educators during COVID-19.  You can lobby a legislator, evaluate your local government’s response to COVID-19, or engaged in the US Census plus other hands-on learning activities.  Or you can join in one of Generation Citizen’s online civic celebrations or gatherings like where you can submit a 15 second video telling others how you would amend the Contsitution!   https://generationcitizen.org/democracy-doesnt-pause/ 

PAST ACTIVITIES

Feeling like you need something to celebrate?  Explore the dozens of civic holidays that currently exist and then create your own to honor an event, personal or idea that you think deserves some special recognition!  Make sure you tell us about your holiday at info@kidsvotingdurham.org, and we’ll add it to our calendar!

 

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FRIDAY FUNDAY

Right now we all need to put a bit more fun than usual in our learning, and Mental Floss’s “19 Videos that Make Learning Fun” is a list of great history, civic and other learning videos that fits the bill!  (Parents, as always, check that content is age appropriate before sharing the videos with your kids, though most of these are fairly kid-friendly)

VIEW VIDEO LIST AT MENTAL FLOSS

Want more learning videos on civic topics?  Check out Kids Voting Durham’s youtube playlists!

ICivics:  More than just games

You may know ICivics as a place for great online games about US government, elections, media literacy, and more.  But what you may not know is that with a free registration you can access educator-developed supplemental materials for each game.  ICivics has even put together a guide for using their online platform while learning at home during COVID-19 at www.icivics.org/news/5-tipt-prepare-remote-classroom-due-coronavirus 

WHAT KIND OF CITIZEN ARE YOU?

Create your own “ideal citizen” and explore the role of the citizen in the community.  If you don’t have butcher paper, you can draw your citizen on regular notepaper as a group or have each person do their own.  This activity is a favorite at KVD events, and you can find a searchable database of other activities like this from our friends at Carolina K12 at k12database.unc.edu/activity

WISH TREE

Create a wish tree of dreams and hopes for the communities you are a part of and examine the important role people (like you!) of all ages and background play in making those wishes come true.

 

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Carolyn Kreuger

Carolyn has led Kids Voting Durham for over a decade. She loves Durham, working with youth, and local government.

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