Developed by: Dan Russell-Pinson
Stack the States makes learning about the 50 states fun! Watch the states actually come to life in this colorful and dynamic game! As children learn state capitals, shapes, geographic locations, flags and more, they can actually touch, move and drop the animated states anywhere on the screen. They can also carefully build a stack of states that reaches the checkered line to win each level. Children will earn a random state for every successfully completed level. All of their states appear on their own personalized map of the United States. As they earn more states, they will begin to unlock the four free bonus games: Map It, Pile Up, Puzzler and Capital Drop. Four games in one!
Prepare to use this app by using the following activities:
Show what you know! Have your child list as many states as they know or provide them with a blank map of the United States and start with asking them to identify their home state. Next, ask them to identify as many states as possible. If they cannot list or identify many states reassure them that it is okay and that this fun app is going to help them learn more about the 50 states!
Talk about it! Discuss any states you have traveled to and what your favorite memories from those trips are. Ask your child if there are any states he/she is particularly interested in learning more about or visiting and why.
Help your child get the most out of an app experience by trying the following activities:
Get down to business! Start with the flash cards, found under “Learn”. Go through as many states as they seem interested in learning about. It is a good idea to keep it to ten or less flash cards so it continues to be fun and not overwhelming for your child. If your child tends to and enjoys taking notes to retain new information, encourage them to create their own flash cards that include the name of the state and at least one fact, (i.e. The capital, a famous landmark, etc.) or a hint that will help them to remember at least one fact about the state. The notes can be fun and silly (i.e. I can remember that Rhode Island is the Ocean State because islands are found in oceans).
Play! Play the game. The game involves answering a question correctly about each state. It is okay if your child does not go through all the flash cards prior to playing the game. Your child may have some prior knowledge on the states that will help them to answer the questions, or they will learn new facts as they go.
Wouldn’t it be fun? Have a discussion about which states you all would love to visit and why. Talk about what your ideal vacation to that state would entail.
Remember when? Share any connections that come up along the way, i.e. “We’ve been there before, remember when we…” or “Grandmom and Grandpop have been there, remember they brought you back that t-shirt”?
Extend your child’s learning by using any of the following activities:
Draw and Design! Ask your child choose the state they found most interesting and have them design a travel brochure that includes fun facts about the state and colorful illustrations. Encourage your child to share the brochure with family members, friends, and so on.
Sing and Dance! Have your child create a song, chant, rap or poem that will help them remember the 50 states. Encourage them to include at least one fact about each state and include dance moves if they so choose!
Show what you know! Ask your child to list all the states they know now. Show them how much they have learned by comparing their old list with their new one. Or, have your child go back to the blank map they began filling in prior to using the app. Encourage them to fill in the new states they learned, correct any mistakes and help them to correctly label the states.