Time needed: 30–45 minutes
Do you know what the word “government” means? It’s a big word for something important! When a group of people live together—in a town, city, state, or country—they follow rules. These rules, and the people who make the rules, are called the government.
In this activity, you will start to learn about the president and create a model or drawing of the house that the president and his family live in!
The government of the United States is divided into three parts. They are called the three branches of government—like parts of a tree! One branch is the office of the president. Anyone over the age of 18 can vote for president of the United States every four years.
There are three big rules about who is allowed to be president of the United States. The president must:
The president can be a man or a woman. It doesn’t matter where in the United States they live, what they look like, or anything else. Have you ever thought that you’d like to be president one day? Or do you know someone who you think might make a great president?
Every president moves into the White House. It is a special house in the capital of the United States, Washington, D.C. They live and work there until a new president is elected.
Have an adult help you find pictures of the White House. Talk about things that make it unique, including color, shape, and the beautiful columns.
Then, with your family or Girl Scout friends, draw or paint your own picture of it or build it out of modeling clay.
Think about what you just did:
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Girl Scout Activity Zone activities have been adapted from existing Girl Scout programming.