Four years ago, I created Montessori-inspired, multi-part U.S. presidential election cards and a lap book to go with it. I’ve had several inquiries about whether or not I would be updating my material for the 2020 election. The free printable cards on this page are nearly identical to my original set, with a couple minor changes. The presidential nominee cards also on this page have been completely redone. My updated lap book featuring the 2020 candidates can be found here.
I love Montessori-style cards. This might be surprising as I don’t seem like the type that would want my kids using flashcards. I like my kids to spend most of their days playing, getting dirty, creating things, and experiencing life to its fullest. What I love about these Montessori-inspired cards is that they are an efficient, hands-on way to learn.
After reviewing the information in the cards together, kids can test their own knowledge. The can match the picture to the full information cards or simply the word or name to its associated picture and/or definition. The control cards contain all the information in one place, so kids can check their answers to see if they matched correctly. One Montessori school that uses my cards told me they put the control cards on a loose leaf ring.
While I have a number of sets of Montessori-inspired cards, this 2020 U.S. presidential election card set features the following 20 words and 4 candidates:
- vice president
- political party
- republican party
- democratic party
- libertarian party
- green party
- swing state
- electoral college
- popular vote
- executive branch
- Donald Trump
- Joe Biden
- Jo Jorgensen
- Howie Hawkins
Another thing I love about Montessori-inspired multi-part cards is that they can be used for a number of games. The cards which contain on the information can be used as clue cards. You can use any board game (like Candyland or Chutes & Ladders) and some dice to race to the finish by just drawing a clue card for each turn and only rolling if you can correctly name the word associated with the clue card. If you don’t have a game board, you are welcome to print out my free generic game board.
Another way to play games with these cards is to do a memory style matching game. Simply choose two types of cards like picture and full information or word and clue. Then lay them out in a grid and take turns trying to make matches. I recommend not starting out with the full set of 24 cards. Start with a smaller subset and then work your way up.
Personally, I recommend laminating the cards for durability, but if you only plan to use them for a couple days, you could leave them as just paper. Printing on cardstock is also an option.
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Recommended Age Range: Kindergarten, Elementary, Middle School
Time Required: ~30 minutes
Cost: Free printable, less than $3 to laminate
- Paper for printing 2020 U.S. Presidential Election Cards and corresponding control cards. (Note that the last page of each document does not need to be printed as it just contains legal information regarding image sources.)
- Paper for printing bonus Presidential Candidates 2020 cards (again, no need to print the last page)
- 18 thermal laminating pouches
Supplies & Tools:
- Paper trimmer or scissors
- Print the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election Cards, the corresponding control cards, and the 2020 Presidential Candidates bonus cards
- Laminate them using thermal laminating pouches (instead, you could also print on card stock, use contact paper to laminate, or not laminate them at all).
- Cut them out.
See my Montessori-inpired cards page for further details on how to use these cards.
Enjoy turning this upcoming 2020 presidential election into a hands-on learning experience for your children!
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