I get so excited hearing about expat kids really getting into learning their U.S. history. It was one of my favorite subjects growing up, and I think there are so many more resources available today to help kids learn in a fun way.
Of course, one prominent subject in U.S. history is geography. We touch on it in American History Course B, which is available to students in K-2nd grade, but if students aren’t regularly practicing their geography skills they can literally get lost during other U.S. history lessons.
With 50 states, it’s easy to forget where each one is located, let alone facts about the state or each state’s capital. Think about it. Could you point out New Hampshire on a map?
Because U.S. geography is so important, I wanted to round up a bunch of apps, activities, and toys that would make it fun for your student to learn. Here are 10 (almost all of which you can find on Amazon) that’ll make learning geography less of a lesson, and more of a game.
2. Learn & Climb Electronic Kids Map of the United States
Your child can explore the country with the Learn & Climb Electronic Kids Map. It’s designed with bright illustrations that make learning geography interactive and fun. When children press on a state, the map’s push-to-talk system shares one of more than 500 interesting facts. This toy gives them the opportunity to learn about all 50 U.S. states, capital cities, climates, fun facts, and quizzes.
3. Map of The United States Geography Puzzle
This U.S. geography puzzle can help your child learn the nation’s 50 states by name, capital city, shape, location, and even nickname. The puzzle includes 70 double-sided pieces that are shaped like each state and have each one’s nickname printed on the back. With fun illustrations, this puzzle is an engaging and unique way to start learn U.S. geography!
5. GeoCards USA
If your child learns well with flashcards, then get them GeoCards USA. The set comes with 50 jumbo-sized cards and instructions for five different card games. Each card has the state on one side and the capital on the other; they also include information on the state’s population and land area.
6. U.S. Geography by Mindsnacks
Fair warning: your kids might find this geography app a little addictive. It seems to cover just about every geography fact you could want to know about the United States, including landforms, state capitals, mottos, famous citizens, and state histories. With eight games, the app is perfect for geography learners of any level. Students will gain a full understanding of the country—geographically and beyond—as well as their place in it.
8. States and Capitals Flash Cards with Workbooks and Worksheets
This learning set will prepare your child for every U.S. geography quiz they’ll ever face. It comes with two sets of 50 flash cards; one set includes the 50 states and capitals, the other has more advanced facts. On top of that, your child can complete workbook exercises, maps, and quizzes to test their knowledge.
9. Educational Trivia Card Game - Professor Noggin's Card Games
The Professor Noggins card series encourages kids to learn interesting facts about their favorite subjects—like U.S. geography! The game cards combine trivia, true or false statements, and multiple-choice questions. Players collect cards by answering questions; the one with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner. (The series also includes History of the United States and Presidents of the United States card games.)
Let me know in the comments below if you have any tools you’ve found helpful for teaching geography!
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