Want to know how to learn the 50 states with your kids? Help your children learn the states with these two great US states puzzles and these other playful parent tips!
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When I was a kid, learning the 50 states felt like short-term memorization for a test. Today, we have the opportunity to let our children’s curiosity lead the way to long-term knowledge.
Learning the 50 states can easily go beyond name recognition with a unique combination of engaging tools.
5 Tips To Help Kids Learn The States
Below are 5 great resources for helping your little one enjoy learning the 50 states:
1. Get these great US states puzzles
Our girls have been playing with their US states puzzles since their toddler years. We love this USA Map Wooden Puzzle. I recommend finding a puzzle where the pieces are shaped like the states. The jigsaw puzzles available are fun, but visually seeing and feeling the shape of the state is helpful for young children.
Learning alternative: Have your child put the state pieces together without using the puzzle board.
2. Learn the states with song
Education.com puts it, “Songs tickle our memories in various ways.” You can find a wide variety of educational music, yet this is my all-time favorite US States song. Find the full cartoon on iTunes (Episode 20).
3. Learn the 50 states with games
Looking for an app to help your children learn the 50 states? Your kids will *love* the Stack the States app!
Our girls are continually battling it out to see who can get the highest score. This game is the perfect digital complement to a wooden puzzle.
4. Go beyond just memorizing the US states, learn about them too
Ask your local librarian for suggestions! We enjoy the Discover America State By State | Alphabet Series. The illustrations are lovely and the content is informative, but not overly complex. Providing additional information will help your child not only learn the states, but will help peak curiosity and a passion to travel.
5. Make learning the states a part of every day with this travel-friendly wood puzzle.
We are constantly on the lookout for out-of-state license plates. We keep this License Plate Travel Game right in our car. Having this everyday reminder keeps the girls actively interested in playing with the state puzzle, GeoSpy, and reading books. We are currently about halfway through spotting all the plates. The girls have decided to celebrate finishing the puzzle, we will travel to the last state flipped over. Anyone seen a Hawaiian plate recently?
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