I've pulled together a variety of ideas for how you can explore this year's United States Geography for this year! It's definitely one of my favorite and more fun topics!
The ideas below, include hands on ways to learn such as; cookbooks, picture books, flashcards, puzzles, board games, electronic games, US coin collecting, brain teasers, scavenger hunts, mazes, drawing, coloring and some whacky, little known trivia! Many of these items we already have and utilize at home and some are on my own wish list for this coming year! Oh - and if you have a fun US resource your family enjoys that you want to share, put it in the comments section for everyone to see.
These books are geared towards foundation age kids - there are enough pictures and easy to understand information that will keep younger kids attention, while packed with lots of educational information for the older crew to be engaged as well! I've included one that everyone can have fun doing together- cooking!
|The United States Cookbook: |
Fabulous Foods and
Fascinating Facts From All 50 States
Fifty States (Smart About History)
|The Scrambled States of America|
|Our 50 States|
|A is for America|
|The United States ABCs: A Book About the People and |
Places of the United States (Country ABCs)
|Edupress State Capitals In A Flash Card Set|
|Carson-Dellosa Publishing U.S States and Capitals|
Not technically a flash card -but more of a trivia card game -but great fun! We love Professor Noggins games! You can't go wrong with them. They're easy to play for all ages!
|Educational Trivia Card Game - Professor Noggin's Geography of the United States|
|United States Of America Floor|
|Ryan's Room (U.S.A. Map Puzzle)|
You can't really go wrong with a Bingo game - can you?
This could be a good game for geography review!
|GeoBingo USA - Educational Geography Board Game|
This is a good game for those 4-7yrs. In this game they will find the shape, find the picture and find the name for all 50 states.
|Great States Junior|
basic knowledge of U.S. geography. Players
learn the names, capitals, nicknames, shapes
and positions of the states through a myriad of
visual teasers, language riddles and geography
challenges. After playing, you'll see that there's
|Ticket To Ride|
Ticket to Ride's objective is to see the most
cities in North America - in just 7 days. Ticket
to Ride is a cross-country train adventure game.
|Jax Sequence States and Capitals|
Test your knowledge of the states and their capitals in this fun version of the Sequence game. Each card has the name of a capital with it's location shown on the state. Players match the state's shape and color on the card to the same states shape and color on the board, then place your chip on that space. Five chips in a row wins!
If your child is motivated by sound and touch - then these games are really great. This is a predominate way my visually impaired son learns and he loves games that talk and teach him facts and information. Here are two of his favorites...
|Interactive Around the United States|
These are well loved electronic games at my house! My son has memorized all the answers to every question on these game!
SOME OUT OF THE ORDINARY FUN
|Color Yourself Smart: Geograph|
Color yourself smart is a fun way to learn about the United States for this year and it has some review from Year 2 about the Seven Continents!
|MindWare Color Chart: USA|
Color, learn state facts, brainteasers and go on picture hunts to learn more about the United States!
|State Quarter Map - |
Us State Quarter Collection
A fun activity for this year: collect quarters for each state!
Great book for learning to draw and learning some United States facts while you do copy work! Recommended by many CC families.
|United States Maze Craze (Dover |
Children's Activity Books)
If your kids like mazes like mine does, then this is a great book for fun with mazes and the United States!
|The Slightly Odd United States of America|
Planning for Year 3? Then you will want to get a Year 3 Teaching Plan....