Since we started participating in a 50 states postcard swap (graciously hosted by Aimee at Adventures & Pursuits), the girls have been fully absorbed in exploring U.S. maps, looking at photos and videos on state tourism websites, and trying to learn each state’s special state symbols. The whole family is having a blast learning state trivia and I am amazed at how much information the girls are retaining. I love following their lead and providing the resources that help them explore this current interest!
Speaking of resources, the biggest hit around here has been The Scrambled States of America card game, based on an equally-awesome book by Laurie Keller. My girls love, love, love this game!
The game comes with two decks of cards – 50 state cards and 50 “scramble” cards. The scramble cards might ask you to find a state with 10 or more letters in its name or to find a state that touches Canada or Mexico. The game also comes with four U.S. maps to reference during the game.
The game is intended to be played as a race, but we play following the suggested young player modification – instead of racing to be the first to match a state to the challenge, everyone with a match can put a state in their home piles. When we first started playing, we played in grown-up/kid teams (mainly to help my five-year-old with reading the cards), but now the girls pretty much have the cards memorized!
After the girls fell in love with this card game, we had to get our own copies of The Scrambled States of America and The Scrambled States of America Talent Show books. These books are so well-done, and funny, too! In fact, I have a hard time keeping track of these books because the girls have them squirreled away in beds and reading places constantly. That’s always the sign of a good book! :)
- For more Scrambled States fun, you can check out Laurie Keller’s website. She has great printables and project ideas to pair with The Scrambled States of America books.
- Almost Unschoolers also shared an amazing cookie project as a follow-up to The Scrambled States of America – they made a cookie in the shape of each state and created their own cookie map. So cool!
I’ll be sharing some more of our United States geography resources soon!