Games and Activities for Learning American Geography

by Jimmie

Learn about the fifty states of the United States with these fun and educational games and hands-on activities.

Learning about America doesn't necessitate boring map worksheets and memorization drills. A lot of geography can be absorbed in enjoyable ways such as puzzles, games, and other activities.

Every American Child Should Know the Geography of the USA

Learn Through Fun Activities and Games

For example, children who like to color will enjoy this wall poster which is a map of America. On the map are special landmarks, monuments, and geographical features that can be colored in. The kit includes an activity book with facts about the states plus some markers for coloring.

United States Coloring Map
United States Coloring Map

Destination USA

American Geography Board Game

Destination USA is a board game that takes players on a trip around America, collecting state chips and destination cards to win. This game is suitable for ages 8 and up. 

Playing games makes learning fun. The same kinds of geography facts learned in a (boring) homework format become delightful when presented in the form of a game. A does of healthy competition against a parent, grandparent, or sibling suddenly makes learning enjoyable.

DestiNation USA
DestiNation USA

Top Picks for Geography Games

Scrambled States
$14.99  $9.99
10 Days In The Usa Game
Only $89.95
Puzzle Place 100-Piece USA Map Puzzle
Only $14.99

Games and Puzzles for Learning American Geography

Scrambled States

Scrambled States is a favorite game of ours. My daughter learned a lot of facts through playing this game over and over:  capitol cities, state outlines, general American geography. The clever format and quirky design makes learning geography humorous. For example, the states are drawn with eyes and noses. Some of them have hats or eyeglasses. The game incorporates these silly elements along with the more academic facts of geography --which states border each other or state nicknames.

10 Days in the USA

10 Days in the USA is the American version of the 10 Days series of games. The idea is to plan a trip that takes you across the nation in ten steps, indicated by cards. Arrange your cards in a logical progression geographically and by using appropriate transportation. The map is the game board and has to be referenced repeatedly during play.

Floor Puzzle

This 100 piece puzzle is unique in that the pieces are state shaped. So not only do you have the visual spatial fun of a jigsaw puzzle but you also can learn the outlines of the states and how the states fit together to make the nation. The physical act of handling the shapes, sorting them by region, fitting them together, and rearranging them is a wonderful hands-on way to become familiar with the structure of the fifty American states.

By dividing up the state pieces into groups, you could create quick map drills or sorting games.

Make Your Own Geography Games

Geography Games
Geography Games

Creative Geography Lessons

Make impromptu games by printing out some state outline pages (see links below). Lay the pages on the floor, and have children jump to the states that answer the questions you ask:

  • capitols
  • nicknames
  • border states
  • geographical features

More Geography Ideas and Lessons

Living Geography for Homeschool
Suggestions for teaching geography from a Charlotte Mason perspective.

Sheppard Software Online Games
Play these free online games to learn the locations of the states or memorize the states and their capitols.

Using Map Drills for Learning Geography
A simple way to foster memorization of maps and geography through short, daily drills.

Printable USA Maps
Lots of formats -- outlines, counties, labeled and unlabeled. Print and learn.

Crayola Coloring Pages for the 50 States
These attractive printables have state outlines plus facts about each state.

More Games and Fun

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Updated: 02/24/2012, Jimmie
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Map Quiz Game on 01/26/2012

Seterra is a fun online geography game:

Marianne Wartoft on 01/26/2012

Try Seterra Online, an online HTML5 world geography game. Seterra works with Windows, Mac plus mobile devices such as iPhone, iPad and Android: <a href=""></a>

Sheri_Oz on 01/23/2012

what fun this looks!

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