U.S. Geography, FREE printables, Maps and Games: Books for Kids GIVEAWAY

March 5, 2015

U.S. Geography for Kids with FREE printables, Maps and Games from waddleeahchaa.com

Week at a Glance:

  • Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: The Scrambled States of America by Laurie Keller
  • Scrambled States of America Game
  • A Child’s Introduction to the World: The United States of America
  • Race Across the States Game
  • FREE Geography printables

The Scrambled States of America: Book GIVEAWAY

Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: The Scrambled States of America by Laurie Keller

Why we love this book:

My kids are hooked on this book that teaches them about the 50 States! Crazy but true, in love with a book that teaches them about the 50 States! This book is silly and quirky and written for children! It is packed with information and can be read again and again. It can be used as an early introduction to U.S. Geography but older children who know a bit more about U.S. Geography will actually get a few more of the jokes and references to the individual States. This is a fun read aloud for both young children and older ones alike. You can follow-up with Laurie Keller’s sequel book The Scrambled States of America Talent Show.

Game Scrambled States of America

The Scrambled States of America Game

Your kiddos will also love The Scrambled States of America Game. This little game puts a fun twist on learning U.S. Geography. I’ve highlighted it many times because it is a favorite game in our family and it makes an excellent gift.

The United States: Geography for Kids from waddleeahchaa.com

The States & Capitals

We are making our way around the world beginning with an overview of The Seven Continents and The United States. A Child’s Introduction to the World by Heather Alexander acts as our weekly syllabus and we use books, resources, activities and games to enhance our learning.

Last week, I outlined the beginning of our U.S. Geography Study:

  • Making a United States of America Book
  • States: State Capital, State Bird, State Flower
  • FREE printable map
  • FREE printable resources

United States Geography for Kids

Race Across the States Game

The United States: Geography for Kids from waddleeahchaa.com

 Race Across the States Game

Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational has put together some great resources for learning about the United States. We adapted her game idea of racing across the states and the kids loved it.

We broke down and learned the States in sections: Eastern United States, Central (or Midwestern) United States and Western United States. In fact, we began with the South Eastern United States. Breaking the States into smaller sections made it much easier to digest. As we learned about each State we colored our maps and corresponding State cards. This set the stage for our Race Across the States Game.

Supplies:

U.S. Geography for Kids with FREE printables, Maps and Games from waddleeahchaa.com

How to Play:

  • Each student has his or her own blank United States Map.
  • Each student has his or her own State cards.
  • Each student draws a State card and colors in the corresponding State on the his or her map.
  • Be sure each student draws a State card at the same time so one doesn’t race ahead of the others!

U.S. Geography for Kids with FREE printables, Maps and Games from waddleeahchaa.com

Object of the Game:

  • Be the first player to color a clear path from one coast to the other.
  • In the game above, we were racing across the Eastern United States.

U.S. Geography for Kids with FREE printables, Maps and Games from waddleeahchaa.com

MacGyver, age 10

States and Capitals

  • For an age appropriate adaption, MacGyver tried to name the Capital City for each State he drew.
  • He used his States and Capitals practice sheets to check himself as we played each round.

U.S. Geography for Kids with FREE printables, Maps and Games from waddleeahchaa.com

The kiddos truly enjoy this easy little Race Across the States game. First, we played the Eastern States, then the Central States and last the Western States. Now we race across the entire country!

This simple game makes a fun after school game or a good game for long summer days. After learning about the states a bit, you can add a fun fact part of the game. Each time a player draws a State they share a fun fact, Scrambled States Style. Race Across the States and Enjoy!

Follow Jeannine’s board Geography for Kids on Pinterest.

The Scrambled States of America: Book GIVEAWAY

 We’re GIVING AWAY one copy of The United States of America by Laurie Keller

To enter this contest, use the Rafflecopter to answer the following question. After you leave a comment, you can move ahead with more entries. Answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

What is a fun fact about the State in which you live?  (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules: No entries after 11:59 pm Central Time, Sunday, March 15, 2015

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Monday, March 16, 2015.

Check back to claim your prize. It might be you!

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