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US States and Capitals Games

Updated on September 27, 2014
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States and Capitals Games for Kids

In 2006, shortly after Hurricane Katrina had hit, school children were surveyed to test their geography knowledge. According to www.msnbc.msn.com, 1/3 of respondents couldn't pinpoint Louisiana on a map and 48% were unable to locate Mississippi. I assume if you are reading this, it is because you do not want this to be true of your kids!

We moved to the USA 9 years ago and together with my 4 kids I learned the States, their capitals, their nicknames etc. There are 2 ways of learning these facts - the boring way (take the lists and learn by rote) or the fun way (Games!). My family prefers the 'fun' way and I am sure yours will too.

So scroll down this page and pick out some Melissa & Doug USA Map 51 pcs Floor Puzzle found on Amazon.

US States and Capitals Board Games

Our family loves playing board games - and these games are all fun as well as being educational. I also use board games in my Middle School Geography class. I divide the students up so that they are in small groups and each group gets a different game to play.

This is a much more engaging way to teach US Geography than to just talk about it and expect students to learn the information about States like that.

Scrambled States
Scrambled States

Based on the DVD - do watch that first! Most public libraries should have it.

 
Learning Resources Usa States And Capitals Bingo
Learning Resources Usa States And Capitals Bingo

This is great to use with a lot of kids - perfect for a classroom. Everyone can play and as the winner is determined by 'luck' not skill, it means even those whose geography is poor get a chance to win. But everyone will be learning as clues are given, which need to be decoded before a Bingo marker can be put on the correct square.

 
Name That State Game
Name That State Game

This game teaches which state is where on the map - and the whole family can enjoy playing it

 
Jax Sequence States and Capitals
Jax Sequence States and Capitals

All the fun of the original Sequence - but kids learn their capitals at the same time.

 

Fun Fact:

The world's first drive-in movie theater was built in New Jersey in 1933.

States and Capitals Card Games

The beauty about card games is that you can take them anywhere. They are ideal to take to the park, to a friend's house or even on vacation. We always take 2 or 3 of our favorites along with us when we travel.

Gamewright Scrambled States 2 Card Game
Gamewright Scrambled States 2 Card Game

This is a lot of fun to play. You have to have keen eyes and keep your wits about you. Kids do better than me every time!

 

Borderline USA Card Game

The Borderline card games have been a favorite in my geography classes. And they are a great way to teach the relative positions of the states!

Other US Geography Games

Brainbox All Around the USA
Brainbox All Around the USA

This is a great game which can easily be adapted to play with a large group of people. Each player gets a card which they have 30 seconds to look at. The card will have a visual depiction of one of the states. Then they have to give the card to another player and they have to answer a question on what they have just seen. There are 8 questions for each card, and the roll of the dice determines which question must be answered.

 
Empire Builder
Empire Builder

My kids love this game. They get wrapped up for hours building railroads across the USA. Combines business skills and geography.

 
10 Days In The USA Board Game
10 Days In The USA Board Game

We play this one in my Geography class too as each game only lasts about 30 minutes. Plan a trip across the US using the cards you have.

 

The Animaniacs sing the States and their Capitals

Enjoy this fun video that teaches the American states and their capital cities.

US States and Capitals CD Rom games

Where in the USA is Carmen Sandiego? (JC)
Where in the USA is Carmen Sandiego? (JC)

Put on your detective cap and follow the clues all round the USA to find Carmen's band of henchmen - and ultimately Carmen herself! For ages 9-12

 
I Love the USA!
I Love the USA!

A great game from Dorling Kindersley - kids follow clues to collect postcards and stickers around the USA. For ages 6-9

 

How well do you think you know your States and Capitals?

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US States Jigsaw Puzzles for younger kids

US States Jigsaw Puzzles for older kids

Jigsaw puzzles are a great way for friends and family to get together and learn and play at the same time.

White Mountain Puzzles United States of America - 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
White Mountain Puzzles United States of America - 1000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle

We love White Mountain puzzles. They are beautiful and colorful and fun to make. And we all learn while we play!

 

Do you have any other favorite US States and Capitals games? Please share!

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      dfifty 3 years ago

      this was too easy and took me less than a minute and i got 100%

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      Webizen 6 years ago

      Great informative lens.

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      Joan4 6 years ago

      This is great! I used to take that Sporkle test every day. Those tests are so much fun! and I still missed the capital of Texas on your quiz!

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      Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Nothing like making learning fun ~ I learned a few capitals through your quiz. I'm a Canuck, your neighbour up north. :)

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      Meryl van der Merwe 6 years ago from USA

      @kerbev: Thanks! I will add that to my lens.

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      kab 6 years ago from Upstate, NY

      This song did wonders for my trivia gameplay: 50 States in Rhyme

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I like the song with the states and their capitals, I think kids could really use that to learn their geography. Thanks for sharing.

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      DecoratingEvents 7 years ago

      I had fun with this! We moved a lot growing up and my parents always used state capitals as a game while traveling. *Blessed

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      sheriangell 7 years ago

      Oh this is a good lens, I love geography and have tried to pass that along to my kids. I've managed to snag two out of the three! Right now my two youngest 10 & 11 and I are coloring in each state on a map when we see that state's license plate on a vehicle. I think we are up to 36 or so. It's cheap entertainment when we are out and about.

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      JanieceTobey 7 years ago

      We have the 10 days in the USA game, and enjoy it! We play a lot of educational games, as it's a lconsiderably more fun to practice one's vocabulary, spelling, foreign language, etc, with a game than with worksheets or flash cards! This was a great idea for a lens!

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      Tony Payne 7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Very nice educational lens. Lensrolled to my USA States lens.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I love all the Carmen Sandiego games - really helped me remember geography for all around the world!