We have been working on U.S. geography over here at Let’s Learn With Style. Although I love it, I have to admit I am no Alexander von Humboldt. I am more of a “take me where the wind leads me” kind of girl. Since my daughter has a wild spirit and an amazing sense of adventure I really need to nail this subject down. I want her to always know where she is going and to be able to find her way back to me too! I love the idea of learning through play, so I thought this would be the perfect way to begin our journey on U.S. geography. Here are some of the things we have been using and loving!
The first is Scrambled States. This is a fun board game that focuses on teaching the U.S. states. It does a great job of teaching the states, capitals, locations and more. We really love this game. She will actually ask to play it over other games and even play it when she has friends over. The Scrambled States Book is also great for brushing up on the great fifty states.
Stack the States is a wonderful app for brushing up on your states. It teaches things such as capitals, landmarks, flags and more. It is also filled with adorable googly eyed states that have tons of expression. It has a game section and a learn section. The learn section provides all of the information that you will need to play the game in a flash card form. The game mode asks you a series of questions. Each time you get a question you get to drop a state in a Tetris fashion. Sounds easy enough, right? Not necessarily. If you don’t place them just right they may roll away or all tumble down. If you stack them carefully and answer your questions correctly you will earn a new state. My seven year old is wild about this game. It is great for road trips. She loves reading us the questions and letting us join in. She does have to remind us to take turns and not talk over each other, oops! This game costs $2.99 and is worth every penny. There is also a lite mode if you would like to try it first. There is also a Stack the Countries app that is worth checking out. Stack the States is available for Android, iOS and Windows. I have provided an affiliate link to the Android version.
We have also enjoyed learning about our great states with books. Some of our favorites have been Austin, Lost in America; A Geography Adventure by Jef Czekaj, The Little Man In the Map: With Clues To Remember All 50 States by E. Andrew Martonyi (Author) & Ed Olson (Illustrator) and The Scrambled States of America by Laurie Keller. These are all very engaging and do a great job of teaching. The Scrambled States of America had my daughter giggling more than once and gave her a great sense of where the states are located. Austin, Lost in America; A Geography Adventure had her repeating facts for weeks and asking for a puppy, eeeeek! The Little Man In the Map: With Clues To Remember All 50 States uses clues and shapes to help kids remember the states. It is very cute. We used a map of the 50 states along with this story to help it come alive. My daughter really enjoyed this story.
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If you have a little one that learns well through rhyme or song these songs on YouTube are so much fun. I cannot stop singing the first one. It is so much fun!
We also enjoyed watching U.S. Geography for Children: The United States. This video does a great job of taking kids on a trip from one coast to another and giving them a beautiful picture of the United States. If you have a learner that is tuned into technology this is a great way to help them learn. We popped some popcorn and treated it like a movie day.
I like to incorporate crossword puzzles into our educational units. Here is a download link to my “Our Fifty States” crossword puzzle: