We love puzzles and while putting together some large pieces on the floor to form a map of the United States (Melissa & Doug has one we like very much) I thought of some other things we could do.
First, I looked up an alphabetical list of the 50 states I printed to keep visible. Then, I created a table format in MS Word to have cut out cards for each state. They can be categorized by each letter in the alphabet they represent. For the letters that don’t have any states associated with them, we’ll play a game of make believe. Naturally, they exist in an alternate universe and we get to name them! What did your kids come up with?
We’ll learn new things about the state we live in, as well as, those where any of our friends and family reside. (You can find fun facts for each state on the wonderful website aptly titled A to Z Kids Stuff.) We’ll also talk about places we’d like to visit (Hollywood, California to be exact) or mom & dad’s retirement plans for the Florida Keys.
The younger ones can lay out or hand us the alphabet cards (we happen to have a sturdy jumbo set) while the older ones associate them with each state. Team work! Hope you like this activity idea.
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Kids keep me busy with things like this but so does the kitchen and food happens here.