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Kids Maps

A U.S. map puzzle complete with fun facts
Rated 3.5/5 based on 6 customer reviews
$2.99/1.99 In stock
Jamie Pearson. and work as an Freelance writer, a mother of two, and the publisher of two popular-ish websites: Best Kids Apps and Travel Savvy Mom. at BestKidsApps.
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Kids Maps for the iPad was created by a father for his 3-year-old daughter after he read in a parenting magazine that American kids have terrible geography skills.

This is obviously bad.

(Here I feel bound to defend American kids: 50 states is a lot of states.  Also, rote memorization of maps is sort of pointless.  Who really cares where Kyrgyzstan is when you have no data points for it?  Not that Kyrgyzstan is in the United States, because it isn’t.  Even I know that.)

But I digress.  This is a nice little app.

Why we like it:

Putting together map puzzles is a simple, timeless pleasure.  You don’t really need a lot of frills, and this app doesn’t have them.  See the state.  Drag the state to its correct place.  Drop the state.  Repeat 49 times.  This is a pleasant activity for kids aged 4-8 or so.

Another plus: this app is sometimes unintentionally funny.  Such as when it says, “North Dakota.  North Dakota is where lots of geese live.”  It just cracks me up that that’s the soundbite for North Dakota.  People in North Dakota probably don’t find it nearly as funny.

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We tested version 1.1, which is compatible with the iPad. Requires IOS 4.1 or later.  Developer Media Mechanic LLC. Read our disclosure policy.

6 thoughts on “Kids Maps

  1. Lucy says:

    Your kids need to know more than the. American adults who come to Europe do. It’s funny for us but seriously the understanding of world geography is important for everyone. States are important, we teach regions too but it’s a world much bigger than Americans tend to think it is.

  2. Shannon says:

    I agree with Lucy. Having worked with many exchange students who came to the U.S. and having traveled fairly extensively abroad, non-Americans are astonished at how little the average American knows about the rest of the world, or even the US itself.

    Some funny examples:

    When I was getting ready for my exchange semester in Chile, I was asked more than once “what part of Mexico is that?” Um, the really really southern part. ?!?!

    My students from Cairo were asked if they rode camels to school. (“Only on special occasions.” LOL)

    One student from Brazil who lived with us had a girl in her study hall who couldn’t believe that here in Chicagoland, we are near such a big lake. (The girl has lived in this area her -whole- life. Had no clue about Lake Michigan.) The same Brazilian student had a math teacher who, without even talking to her, announced to the whole class that he would find a Spanish-speaking math tutor for her. “I don’t need a math tutor – it’s my best subject. And by the way, I speak Portuguese.”

    My students from all over the world (even Germany) were asked if they have _____________ (roads, computers, TVs, HOUSES).

    One student from Germany was told by his American girlfriend that the German flag was NOT three solid-colored stripes, but rather red with a white circle and a “black thingy” in the middle. Seriously?

    I don’t think rote memorization of the world is great – but I highly recommend teaching about the world by including cool data points. (Like watching Amazing Race! Or hosting exchange students. Or – *gasp!* – traveling. :D ) iPad games are great – and let’s include hanging a couple of maps on the walls. Take it a step further and send postcards via – you’ll receive a whole bunch of “data points” in return that you can hang on the wall maps. :D

    Can you tell I’m a little passionate about geography and culture? :D

  3. Philip says:

    This app is OK – but I find Stack the States and Stack the countries to be far better and much more engaging.

  4. Lucy says:

    O shannon, if only the only people to teach in schools were those with a passion like yours – ther could be world peace through understanding! I love that teaching is like planting a tree that’ll blossom long after we’ re gone.

  5. Kate says:

    I so agree, there is way more to the world than the USA – there’s a southern hemisphere for a start. Geography is more maps anyhow

  6. Kelley says:

    As someone who lives in South Dakota, I can tell you the sound bite for North Dakota is hillarious! :)

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