Super Tuesday went by in a flash, we’re in the thick of primary season, and many ballots have already been tabulated. That’s right: Election season is in full swing.
In honor of the patriotic year ahead, we’ve compiled a bunch of our favorite new toys to help teach your little ones about the (admittedly confusing) democratic system and what it all means before the final votes are tallied in November.
Monopoly House Divided (Hasbro)
Kids can dream, campaign, and vote their way into the White House with this new take on Monopoly. Each player (aka candidate) will travel around the board campaigning and earning votes for different states instead of buying properties.
Buy Now: Walmart
Election Night! (Semper Smart Games)
Teach kiddos about the complexities of the electoral college with this new board game. Players compete for the presidential win by attempting to win over states that have the most representation or more small states across the whole board. In this strategy game, kids will dust off their multiplication, addition, and U.S. geography skills in a bid to win by scoring the most points.
Buy Now: Amazon
Barbie Career of the Year Judge Doll (Mattel)
Order in the court! Last year’s “Career of the Year” Barbie shone a spotlight on the judicial branch. The fashion doll, available in a variety of skin tones and hair colors, wears a black robe with a white collar, on top of a floral dress. The doll also comes with a gavel and a block.
Then, when everything gets too stressful, grab the self-care-practicing wellness Barbie dolls and practice some much-needed mindfulness.
Buy Now: Walmart
Historical Figures 10-Inch Plush (Uncanny Brands)
Presidents and historical icons of the present and the past have been transformed into snuggly, 10-inch plush characters. There are soft versions of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, former President Barack Obama, and more. Kiddos can get to know important historical individuals with a soft, cuddly friend.
Buy Now: BleacherCreatures.com
Real Life Action Figures (Fctry.)
These highly detailed action figures depict presidential candidates, strong-willed Supreme Court justices, and political professionals for kids to collect. There are versions based on RBG, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Kamala Harris, and more. Plus, the toy company keeps rolling out more new characters all the time.
Buy Now: Shop.Fctry.com
Grace for President (Scholastic)
Who runs the world? Picture-book protagonist Grace Campbell is shocked to hear the U.S. has never had a female president. So, she decides to do something about that. Grace dips her toe into the world of politics by running in the school’s mock election. In Kelly DiPuccio’s book, Grace discovers that her opponent is running as the “best man for the job,” while she just wants to be the best person for it. The story provides an engaging entry into the electoral system, responsible campaigning practices, election conventions, the electoral college, and voting.
Buy Now: Scholastic.com
Party Animals (Wild Hair Creations)
Salute democracy with a touch of flair! The political mascots are here and ready to let their funky hair fly. A troll-like donkey doll and an elephant introduce kids to the two-party system. Then, for a more independent kid, there’s also an eagle option. Each figure comes dressed in a red-white-and-blue ensemble and sports some crazy troll hair in patriotic colors.
Buy Now: Amazon
Why Can’t We All Just Get Along? (Authentic Agility Games)
How would you change the world? Where do you stand on certain issues? In this party game, players will talk through different political and religious questions. Players will learn to discuss core and important values without defensiveness, judgment, or anger.
Buy Now: Amazon
Trump Cards (TDC Games)
It’s time to separate the truth from fake news. In this wacky party game, players will work to identify the fake news from real phrases that President Donald Trump has said. Kids will take turns reading out Trump Cards (in their best Trump voice), and everyone else must guess if the POTUS really did say that by choosing either an “Approved” or “Fake News” card.
Buy Now: TDCGames.com
2020 Battle for the White House Chess Set (Telebrands)
Checkmate! Bring the election into your own home with this Democrats versus Republicans chess set. Each 3-inch-tall chess piece represents a different political figure as a different pawn. President Trump is the red king, Vice President Mike Pence is the red queen, RBG is a blue bishop, and President Obama is a blue rook in the 32-piece set. How will your own election end?
Buy Now: Bed Bath & Beyond