In the spirit of exploration, we’ve put together a short list of ideas for parents and children to continue investigating the United States, no matter if you’re in the heart of New York City or on the back trails of Yosemite National Park!
Play a simple sound game! Which states begin with the sound “m”? Can you name an animal that begins with the sound “p”?
Every time you come across a state quarter, take a closer look. Can you identify the state and the image? Why do you think that particular image was selected for that state? Can you think of any other landmarks for that state?
A road atlas is a great resource to explore distances between places! For example, from South Dakota, which state is closer, Nebraska or Oklahoma? How could we get there?
Your local library will have an abundance of resources about your state, ranging from topographic maps to guides about the local wildlife.Can you ask your librarian for a book about your state or region?
The United States contains amazing geographical landmarks! Investigate major landmarks such as the Grand Canyon, the Appalachian Mountains, or the Great Lakes. Where are they located? How far away is the landmark from you?
Are you a seasoned traveler? If so, brainstorm all the places you’ve been in the United States! If you’re an aspiring globetrotter, create a list of the places you’d like to see.
Can you name the states that border on the Pacific Ocean? Which states are near the Gulf of Mexico? Are any states entirely surrounded by water?
Every state is unique and special in some way. Put together a list of places that make your state awesome, and try to visit each and every one! Mount Rushmore? Check!
The United States has all types of weather. Can you think of states that have a lot of snow in wintertime? What about states that are more tropical? Which states do you think have all four seasons?
Have you ever wondered why the states are all different shapes? Do a research project about your state’s shape. How did it get that way? Has it every changed? Next, can you find any other states that have the same shape as your state?