Board Games About the Presidential Election


Gameschooling Presidential Elections

Gameschooling Presidential Elections

It’s become painfully obvious as late, that a lot of Americans don’t understand a lot about the U.S. Presidential Elections. Topics such as gerrymandering, the campaign process, lobbying, and the electoral college are rarely brought up until it’s campaign season. These board games aim to end the miseducation surrounding US politics. Without being a boring lecture or a meme.

I’ve provided a big list of games for gameschooling presidential elections, it’s right below.  

As a little bonus, I added a section at the bottom for those amongst us who enjoy digital gaming. 

Gameschooling Presidential Elections

Board Games About the Presidential Election

Mapmaker: The Gerrymander Game

I backed Mapmaker on Kickstarter and wow am I happy about it! Mapmaker is easy-to-learn and can be used with kids adults and one of the best things about this game is that you can play one-player if you want!

Recommended age: 8+
Players: 1-4
Time: 30-45 minutes
Topics: history, politics, civics, government, motor skills, thinking, strategy

Campaign For President

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to hit the campaign trail? Campaign For President will take you through it, from dealing with your campaign manager to winning the electoral college vote.

Recommended age: 8+
Players: 3-6
Time: 30 miutes
Topics: politics, running for office, civics, government, fast thinking, strategy

Election Night is a cool choice of game. It teaches about the election from a math-based perspective! Varying levels and a doubled-sided board accommodate players of different math skills.

Recommended age: 8+
Players: 2 or teams
Time: 30-50 minutes
Topics: politics, government, civics, addition, multiplication

I promise, Deplorables really is a bipartisan game. In this game you’ll need to do everything from navigating protests to bribing elected officials. This game was created after the 2016 presidential election.

Recommended age: 13+
Players: 3-10
Time: 60-90 minutes
Topics: civics, government, campaign strategy, political process

“You may not know how the Electoral College works, but you’ll enjoy the excitement of playing for the most powerful job in the world.” I think that says enough about The Presidential, a 4.5 star-rated game.

Recommended age: 11+
Players: 2-6
Time: 45 minutes
Topics: Electoral college, presidential election, government, civics, strategy, geography
Bonus: Game comes with a password to access a supplementary app

Navigating “Fake News” and foreign collusion is tough, especially when you’re running for president. Regardless of party affiliation, you and your opponent rush to win 270 electoral votes by scheming, planning, and winning over influential people. Electoral College Cobat is funny and educational!

Recommended age: 7+
Players: 2
Time: 10-20 minutes
Topics: Electoral College, math

ZooCracy brings the art of defining your platform and negotiating to make it popular. This family game promises that it is an amusing, family-appropriate introduction to politics.

Recommended age: 12+
Players: 2-6
Time: 1-2 hours
Topics: good sportsmanship, 

Race to the White House is all about swing states and has a Pokémon/MTG feel to it. Pick your candidates (real ones!), your platform, and your strategy to get into office while dodging the candidate’s special powers. Based on the 2016 election. Oh, watch out for that heckler penalty.

Recommended age: 12+
Players: 2
Time: 60-90
Topics: Strategy, electoral college, campaign process, geography

Election, though simply titled, is a board game that introduces the election process to a younger audience. Collect enough electoral votes and you becomes the President of the United States. Not literally.

Recommended Age: 9+
Players: 2-4
Time: 30-45 minutes
Topics:  electoral college, politics, geography, strategy

Propaganda reigns supreme when it comes to running for office. Learn how to spot it in the media and speeches. Along the way you’re also learning about American history.

Recommended age: 13+
Players: 2-7
Time: 1-2 hours
Topics: life skills, propaganda, politics, vocabulary, history

And of course, online and video games

Sometimes video games fit the bill, so here is a list of online video games your kiddo can play for free, and you guessed it, they’re about the election process too.

Win the White House from iCivics is a guided game that involves a lot of thinking skill practice. *Free*

270 (on Steam) is another run your campaign game. Choose your candidate & campaign!

The Political Process (on Steam)

Political Machine 2020

I hope you found the perfect game in the post! Do you know of games to add to this list? Comment below or join the Gameschooling Group to let us know!

*psst! Use code 10forfriends for a 10% discount on any printable or virtual workshop listed below, and in the entire shop!

Meg Grooms, Gameschooling at HomeschoolGameschool.com

Meg Grooms (she/her) is a decades-long secular homeschooler, mother of many, writer, Florida ex-pat, and all-around swell gal. Meg & her partner have raised their kids all over the USA, finally settling on Southern California. For now, anyhow.

Meg blogs about Gameschooling, Educational Gaming, and the Gaming Community at Homeschool Gameschool. Meg is available for speaking engagements, workshops, and gameschooling classes. If you’re interested in scheduling a workshop, review, ad space, or just saying hi –> Click here. Happy Gameschooling!

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