In continuing with our Geography 🌎 Theory 📖 Curriculum Lesson on 🗺 Mapping (read a post here), today, we are putting theory into practice by assembling some of our favorite interactive map puzzles.
We are also using miniature replicas of U.S. monuments (buy here) to add a 3-D to our puzzle.
This USA Wooden Sound Map Peg Puzzle (buy here) is a light-activated puzzle, which says the name of the capitol when the puzzle piece shaped as a particular state is placed in the puzzle board correctly. Besides helping develop fine-motor and pincer grip via the use of the peg, this sound puzzle helps a child learn about the 50 American states and their capitols. The puzzle has 40 pieces, and I did not expect Adrian to be able to complete it at 41 months, but interactive sound really kept him engaged, and he tenaciously kept going until he had finished the entire puzzle. The light on his face when he exclaimed: "Mommy, I did it; I did it!" and the sense of accomplishment and confidence it gives to a child is immeasurable, and is worth all the effort.
Adrian also has been enjoying interactive TAG pen (buy here), and today, for the first time, he independently assembled Interactive United States Map Puzzle (buy here). This two-sided jumbo map puzzle teaches U.S. geography, map skills and famous U.S. landmarks through numerous interactive games and over 300 audio responses.
This puzzle works with a TAG pen, which is sold separately (buy here), but it is worth the investment since the pen works with any LeapFrog Reading system.
Visit landmarks, meet children from around the country, explore state capitals, find fun facts and play 10+ games on a jumbo 2-sided U.S. map puzzle. Age 4-8 years Features Climb volcanos, fly planes, navigate lakes and learn about animals from coast to coast—with 300+ audio responses. Hear kids from across the country tell you about how they live, play and eat on the Great Plains, in Alaska and around the United States! Locate cities, measure distances, compare regions and find the 50 states and their capitals. Touch the compass rose to go on a musical journey across the United States and listen to regional songs. About the Series The Learn through Reading Series supports reading development by providing children with knowledge-building opportunities in areas of personal interest. Learning Difference Interactive maps are a great way for young children to explore the world and build basic map skills. Fun facts and engaging games inspire children to make real world connections with the settings of their favorite stories.
For your convenience, I added these two puzzles as well as the geography materials we are loving to my 💖aStore 🛍 here under a single subcategory "Geography🌎Materials & 📚Books."
For more on U.S. monuments and landmarks, see a post here "Presidents' Day – How we celebrate (U.S. Landmarks🗽 and Monuments🏛)"