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What child doesn’t love playing a game? Take advantage of this natural love and play some geography games. They are a great way to sneak in extra practice and have fun at the same time! Here are our favorite geography games.
Geography Games For Your Homeschool
Puzzles are a good way to learn and reinforce where states and countries are located. As you place each piece of the puzzle, you look at the surrounding states or countries. Geo Puzzles are study puzzles with larger pieces that are good for learning locations and are easier to place. There are six different puzzles: World, USA and Canada, Africa and Middle East, Latin America, Europe, and Asia.
After you read The Scrambled States of America (and you definitely want to read this silly story to help your child learn the states!), you will want to play the Scrambled States geography game. Because it is a card game, it is good to take on the go to co-op, PE class, or any time your children will be waiting. This is a good game that the whole family can play together. Even non-readers can play!
10 Days in the USA is a fun way to reinforce learning the states. Using plane, car, and state cards you plan your 10-day vacation across the USA. This is a fun game to play when you have only 20-30 minutes. You can’t help but learn where the states are as you plan your trip.
Ticket to Ride is a favorite geography game of our whole family! We also have Ticket to Ride Europe and want to add the other games in this series to our collection. A particularly good time to introduce this game is after reading Around the World in 80 Days since the illustrations are reminiscent of that time and the story behind the game is based on the book. The goal is to travel by train to the most cities. There’s also a bonus for the longest route.
Geography is more than learning locations on a map and geographical landforms. It is also learning about the people and cultures around the world. Passport to Culture is a fun geography game to learn about people and cultures. As you move around the board, you answer questions about people and places, food and drink, world treasures, greetings and gestures, or customs and traditions. We all learn something when we play this game.
Learning Wrap-ups States & Capitals is a perfect way to memorize the state capitals as well as postal abbreviations for each state. We enjoy taking these in the car along with the math wrap-ups. It is a perfect activity for travel, waiting at a sibling’s sports practice or a doctor’s visit, or when he needs to do something independent while waiting for you to help with school lessons.
Add a geography twist to bingo with GeoBingo (USA and world versions). Each GeoBingo board game includes cards that show the capitals, land areas, population, and geographic locations of US states or countries around the world. This is a good geography game to learn about states or countries and begin to memorize their shapes.
While Battleship may not seem like a geography game at first glance, it is an excellent way to learn and improve coordinate grid skills. It’s a bonus that you can also work on critical thinking and strategy skills.
We use electronics and online games sparingly, but the Stack the States app is an excellent geography game for on the go. You earn states to place on your map as you learn state capitals, shapes, geographic locations, flags, and more. Carefully build a stack of states that reaches the checkered line to win each level. Available on iOS, Android, or Kindle.
The Seterra app (available on iOS and Android) is another online game we enjoy. You can learn capitals, locations, abbreviations, and flags for states and countries around the world. This one is not quite as fun as Stack the States but is great for review.