Maybe your child is learning about the names of the states this year, or perhaps just figuring out where everything is on the map for U.S. Geography. A map and a handful of quarters is all you need for this activity. Credit goes to my 7 and 9-year-olds for coming up with this fun game.
My 9-year-old was counting out some change and began to list all the state quarters that he had. State quarters? This was news to his 7-year-old sister. She grabbed her piggy bank and started examining all her quarters, too.
Before long, they were both on the living room floor, having gathered all the quarters in the house that they could find and sorting through them, pulling out duplicates.
I grabbed our wall map of the U.S. and had them locate the states and place the quarters in the correct location. If my younger child wasn’t sure and was having trouble, I gave her a hint, like “Northwest” or “South of North Dakota” so we got some directional practice in, too.
We didn’t have all the quarters but now they are motivated to keep collecting.
Never mind our randomly circled states on the map. That’s from another project. We taped our quarters down when we were done so we could hang the map back up on the wall. We will keep adding to it as we get new state quarters.
At one point, I grabbed my camera and started taking pictures. My son said, “This just became a blog post, didn’t it?” That made me laugh. They know me so well.
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