A post was recently circulating on Facebook that said, basically—and I’m summarizing here—that President Trump really is making America great again. After all, community involvement and participation is the highest I’ve ever seen, citizens are educated and vocal about our government, and nonprofits are receiving record support. What’s more, it’s not only grown-ups standing up for justice. Family activism seems to be growing, too.
My girls are definitely accompanying me on my journey becoming a more active and outspoken citizen. So it felt natural to make protest signs with my kids.
Peeper and Kiwi are no strangers to arts and crafts, so they were happy to lend their artistic talents to our protest signs.
We’ve gone to a number of demonstrations together, and our family activism doesn’t show any signs of slowing. We’re going to marches and candlelight vigils, yes, but we’re also going to potlucks with families who recently arrived as refugees and postcard making parties to thank our members of congress.
I’m still finding it tough to explain difficult concepts in a kid-friendly way. I don’t know how much is getting through. But to make protest signs with kids, you have to distill a big idea into a small space—and just a few words (or no words at all). So really, kids making protest signs totally makes sense.
If you’re ready to get into family activism, too, here are a few tips to make protest signs with kids. (When you’re done, you may want to read my post on going to a march with kids—after all, you’ll want to show off those signs!)
Tips to make protest signs with kids
Ask them what they want to say. You might be surprised by the sophistication of their understanding. Truth from the mouths of babes indeed.
Treat it like any other craft. Break out the markers, finger paints or glitter glue—whatever your kids are into. They can put a unique stamp on your signs.
Handmade messages. Even babies can contribute when you write a message on their behalf. Then “sign” the message with a painted hand print.
Connect a sign to their interests. Peeper loves princesses, so I incorporated that into a sign she wore on her backpack (“Princesses against fascism”). She even wore a crown to the march. Our fellow protesters loved it too!
Plan a protest play date. What’s better than kids learning that your voice matters, even if they still can’t conjugate verbs correctly? Doing it with friends! So invite a few pals over and let the kids get their family activism on together.
Go minimal. When in doubt, do something simple. A heart on a white background speaks volumes—and the less involved your sign is, the more likely your kids’ short attention spans will last making it.
Have you ever made protest signs with kids or taken the whole family to a demonstration? I’d love to hear about your experiences!