If you want to teach your child basic Geography then you will want easy ways to learn states and capitals. I just realized my soon to be 9 year old hasn’t been taught all the names of the states of the USA or their locations! He saw some printables from his older siblings that we had printed but did not use which peaked his interest.
You can use free resources or paid resources that are printables or hands-on activities to learn more about each state. I will be sharing with you a variety of ways to learn states and capitals that you can use right away!
Hands-on Ways to Learn States and Capitals
- Request postcards from each state via Facebook homeschool group or by emailing each states tourism board.
- Build the USA using a large floor puzzle.
- Make cookies into some of your favorite shapes or buy a state or country cookie cutter and cut your sandwich into a shape.
- Use playdoh or clay to recreate states or famous places or people from the state you live.
- Discover famous landmarks by using the USA Super Toob to place the items on a large USA Map.
- Place State Quarters on a map. We have done this activity with the now teen siblings back when they were in Elementary school and the new quarters were just coming out! You can see all about it here- USA State Quarters and USA map .
- Google the state anthem and state symbols after printing off the free state printables from Crayola.com. Have your child color the items on the page.
Read Books FROM Each State
You may be able to find a bunch of fact based books on your library shelves but what about stories that represent each state? Our Journey Westward shares how she used books as they traveled Around the U.S.A. a Literature based Geography and History study. There’s even a 50 States Notebooking Pages download to go along with this study.
States, Capitals, and Symbols Printables
There’s so much more than learning states and capital for those with inquisitive students. You can study state animals, state birds, state trees and state flowers. If your child is interested in graphic design then learning more about each state flag might be a fun thing to study.
USA States and Capitals Color Worksheets from 1+1+1=1
This set of worksheets is Big Red’s favorite so far as daily pages on his clipboard. He likes looking at a map to locate each state and coloring it in.
States and Capitals flashcards from This Bit of Life
50 States and Capitals Worksheets (bookmarks,flash cards, word search) from Slap Dash Mom
States and Capitals Matching Game for Readers and Pre-Readers from Uplifting Mayhem is one I would like to print and laminate to use.
Across the USA: Geography Curriculum for all 50 States from In All You Do