In Geography Drive USA your children will test their geography knowledge of all fifty states, with a few history questions thrown in. The app increases knowledge of rivers, oceans, time zones, major cities, landmarks, major geographic regions and more.
Kids travel the highways while answering questions to unlock airports and gas stations which are essential to staying in the game. Bonus games allow them to visit the state fair to take the capital and state shape challenge and earn trophies and headlines. The app thoughtfully keeps track of 3 players/teams. This helps to avoid any “it’s my turn” demands between siblings (and parents!).
The game-play format makes learning easy and fun. I wish I had technology like this when I was in grade school. I have bad memories drilling state capitals.
Activity: Photographic Treasure Hunt
We did this activity with our little ones over Thanksgiving. We had the two 7 and 8-year-olds prepare maps of the area around our home for their younger siblings. The group of kids then used either an iPhone or iPad to photograph details they observed. They then marked their individual maps with their observations. Older cousins helped the younger ones.
I was surprised at how nurturing and supportive these same children were who had been fighting just moments before. Activity time was about 20 minutes. We then met back together to at the red ‘X” to compare findings.