We enjoy these cards. Going past the usual learning the states and capitals these cards provide added information. The cards are color coded by region, when the state entered the Union, the state flags and postal abbreviations and a thumb nail of the state with its neighboring states. These cards also include: State bird, State Flower, Nickname, Industries, Agriculture, Attractions and other interesting facts.
For us recognizing a state by its shape - is well, pretty darn easy to start with. Hint: the trick on learning the capitals is to say the city and the state at the same time. (if just starting out, I would suggest to just start with the state and state bird)
We incorporated these cards in our study of history, business and believe it or not chemistry! Yeah Chemistry! We printed out a map of the U.S. (on 9 sheets of paper) and placed each card down on the appropriate state as they entered the Union. Try it! It is surprising! Than we created a map for all the industries and another map for agriculture. After every industry, agriculture is listed we than explore how chemistry was / is involved. Surprising stuff!
These cards are a tremendous tool in creating our states binder (that is always added to throughout the year(s) , i.e. state motto's etc.). We are always learning something new about a state or its people. It is great for developing math problems and using graphs.
We are sure we will find other uses for these cards. And YES! These cards are Made in the U.S.A. , from St. Paul, MN
These are great flash cards. My son loves geography and learning about all types of different places. These cards are loaded with state specific informations that he is just gobbling up. The bright colors are also attractive which lures in the visual type learner.
These flash cards are great they have alot of information on them about each state. I am pareing them with eat your way around the usa, so we have a flashcard and a meal from each state once a week. Very fun wayto learn geography for little ones.