The Scrambled States of America: Christmas Toy GIVEAWAY

November 14, 2011

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Christmas Toy Review GIVEAWAY of the Week:

The Scrambled States of America Package Including Game and Books!

Why we love this Christmas gift:

Oh my gosh, MacGyver is in love with this game. I never thought such a simple game could be so much fun and teach children so many basic facts about the 50 states. Are you afraid to give boring learning toys as Christmas gifts?  No longer be afraid; this game is FABULOUS and FUN! The children on your Christmas list will never even know they’re learning so much about the 50 states. Even better, you’ll actually enjoy playing this game with them.

The Scrambled States of America GIVEAWAY Includes: The Scrambled States of America Game, The Scrambled States of America Book, The Scrambled States of America Talent Show Book and United States Color Book

You don’t need to read The Scrambled States of America before playing the game; however, I guarantee your children will get a big kick out of this book. It is silly and quirky and written for children!

For more information on all of the GIVEAWAY BOOKS: History and Geography for Children

The Scrambled States of America Game


The player who collects the most State Cards wins.


Give each player a U.S. map for reference. Yes, your children will really use this map while playing. I told you this game was fabulous!

Place the blue deck (State cards) and the red deck (Scramble cards) in the center of the playing area.

Deal five State Cards to each player. Place your cards face up in a row in front of you.  Give all of the players time to get to know their cards and locate their states on the map.

State Cards include the Name of the State, Picture of the State, The Nickname for the State and The Capital for the State.

How to Play

The dealer turns over the top card of the red Scramble Deck, places it face-up and reads it aloud.

There are two kinds of red Scramble Cards.

Find-It Cards have various challenges on them relating to the states.

The first player to slap and say the name of a matching state wins the round.


  • Find a state that touches Canada or Mexico.
  • Find a state that has 10 or more letters in its name.
  • Find a state whose capital begins with A or B.
  • Find a state that ends in A.
  • Find a Capital that has a person’s first name hidden in it.

You might be thinking, “Most of these are nonsense questions!” You’re right. That’s why the kiddos love it. It’s FUN. But each of these nonsense challenges has them reading through all five of their State cards. Before you know it, they’ll know all kinds of facts about the 50 states.

Go the Distance! Cards challenge players to find a state closest to the selected state.

  • Players locate the selected state on their maps.
  • Then they scan their five State Cards and find a state that is closest to the selected state.
  • Whichever player is closest to the selected state wins both State Cards.

Winning the Game

  • When the State Deck is depleted, all players count their State Cards. Whoever has the most State Cards wins.
  • Or, set a winning number of cards before you begin the game, “Whoever wins 5 State Cards first wins the game!”


  • Don’t be! Once you read the rules and start the game it all flows easily!


  • Since MacGyver, age 8, is a beginning reader and just getting to know the 50 states, I take my time reading through my cards giving him a chance to scan his cards.
  • If I yell out the match quickly every time, he won’t ever get an opportunity to get to know the 50 states.

Life with Jeannine

We’re GIVING AWAY one The Scrambled States of America game and book package!

To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

Let’s play a little Scrambled States of America. What state is located to the West of the state where you live. Confused? I think that made sense. (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

One entry per person, please.

No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Monday, November 21, 2011

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Tuesday, November 22, 2011. Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!

For more Christmas Gift recommendations from our Educational Toys Reviews

  • Scroll down and you’ll find many great Christmas ideas that put a fun twist on learning.


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{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

Michelle November 21, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Utah! We live in one of the boring square states, as my kids say. LOL
I have a map-obsessed son who would be ecstatic to get this for Christmas!!

shelley guthrie November 21, 2011 at 10:08 pm

Hi, I am in the great state of TEXAS so I would say, New Mexico ;)
Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Octavia Jones November 23, 2011 at 2:48 pm

The state just west of us is Indiana. :)

Tonilee Lott February 22, 2013 at 10:47 am

Is this still going on? I would love to win one for my 6 year old daughter :-)

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