Friday’s Find – Teach Your Kids US Geography with this Handy iPhone App

Don’t you just love it when you find ways to help your kids teach themselves?  My fifth grader is studying US geography and they’re focusing on the New England area.  Even I have a hard time telling the tiny New England states apart so I thought I’d look for a good app that could give her a hand.  Little did I know that the app I found would have all three of my school-age kids hooked for hours.

It’s called Stack the States and it’s the new favorite at our house.  Here’s the abbreviated description from the app store…

Stack the States makes learning about the 50 states fun! Watch the states actually come to life in this colorful and dynamic game!  As you learn state capitals, shapes, geographic locations and more, you can actually touch, move and drop the animated states anywhere on the screen. Carefully build a stack of states that reaches the checkered line to win each level.

You earn a random state for every successfully completed level. All of your states appear on your own personalized map of the United States. Try to collect all 50! As you earn more states, you begin to unlock the three free bonus games: Pile Up, Puzzler and Capital Drop. Four games in one!

My kids totally love this game.  We downloaded it for the iPad first and then again on my iPhone.  In my opinion it offers a perfect balance of learning, fun, and achievement.  Each kid has their own profile and map (the game offers up to six) which adds a fun element of sibling competition to the game.  I told them they could earn a half an ice cream sandwich for each ten states they earned on their map.  They’ve been working at it for a few days now and they’re all up in their 30′s or 40′s.

There’s a free version called Stack the States Lite that will give you a good preview but the $.99 full version is well worth the price.  C’mon less than $1 to get your kids to want to study the states?  How can you beat that?  Just thought I’d pass it on.

How about you?  What fabulous finds have you come across this week?  Feel free to link up in the comments area below.

*My handsome, tech-savvy husband is traveling for his job for two weeks at a time.  Unfortunately for us, that means my linky party will have to be put off until he’s in town long enough to fix it for me.  For those of you that are hoping to link up – I promise I’ll keep working on it!


  1. Thanks for sharing this app. I am always looking for good learning apps for the kids. I just downloaded it – looks like it will be a lot of fun for the kids. I wish I’d had this when my son was learning about the states last year.

  2. who said that techies today are meant for entertainment purposes, he/she is correct as today even education seems to be so entertaining!! thanks for the post, love it reading.

  3. Maria, this is great stuff! I am sure when we have kids, this website will be visited often. Great tips!

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