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Can you think of a state that starts with a vowel? How about one that doesn't border on an ocean? Okay, those are easy – how about a state that has a person's name hidden in the name of its capital? Or one with at least four syllables? (Hint: Magic Beans has locations in two of them!)*
The Scrambled States of America card game from Gamewright makes learning US geography fun, with visual teasers, language riddles, geography challenges, and more! You won't need any prior knowledge of the states to play, although it helps, and you'll be surprised by how quickly your kids will pick up the names of states and their capitals, plus their nicknames, shapes, and locations on the map.
To play Gamewright's Scrambled States of America, hand out five face-up state cards to each player, and then turn over a clue. The first person to find a card on the table matching the clue gets to add that state to their discard pile. When all the states are used up, the player with the most discarded states wins!
Since Scrambled States of America requires reading to play, it's suggested for ages 8 and up, but if you've got a young reader, they'll have just as much fun playing as their big siblings. And along with geography, this game enhances language and vocabulary development and visual discrimination, so there's plenty of education to go along with the competition!
Gamewright's Scrambled States of America is based on the popular book by Laurie Keller, and comes with 50 scramble cards, 50 state cards, 4 US maps, and instructions; it's suggested for 2-4 players, ages 8 and up.
* That's right, we've got stores in Massachusetts and Connecticut!
Educational, Entertaining, Fun
I bought this for my 8-year-old daughter as a gift, and she loves it! She has learned a lot from playing it. She frequently reaches for it first when we're looking to play a family game, or when she has play dates. She loves the map of the states so much, she hung it in her bedroom!
Disclosure: I'm the co-owner of Magic Beans. I also have 3 kids who play with the toys we sell, and my reviews are always honest and unbiased. But chances are, if I don't like something, we don't sell it here.