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States and Capitals Matching Game

Kids will have fun learning all 50 US States and the state capitals with this free printable states and capitals matching game. This hands-on, United States of America educational game is a great way to play and learn the states for kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students.

Kids will have fun learning all 50 US States and the state capitals with this free printable states and capitals matching game. This hands-on, United States of America educational game is a great way to play and learn the states for kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students.

States and Capitals Matching Game

Do you children know all 50 states? This engaging and fun states and capitals matching game is a great way to help children learn the shape of each of the states, where in the US each state is located, and what each state capital is. This states and capitals matching game printable is a great resource for teaching geography to kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, grade 5, and grade 6 students. It is both low prep and easy to play!
Whether you are a parent, teacher, or homeschooler – this handy United States game will make learning states and capitals fun. Use it as summer learning, extra practice, at a center in your classroom, learning US Geography with your whole family, or a supplement to your Classical Conversations Cycle 3 curriculum.

States and Capitals Matching Game Printable

Start by scrolling to the bottom of the post, under the terms of use, and click on the text link that says >> _____ <<. The pdf file will open in a new window for you to save the freebie and print the template. Print the print in color on cardstock for not only durability, but ease of handling.

This low prep us states and capitals flashcards printable can be used two different ways:
  • State Matching Game by printing all pages from 2-19. Page 20 is an optional front of the State Capitals Game you can print all the other sides of the pages you printed with page 20.
  • State Flashcards by printing pages 2-19 front and pack. One side will be in color and the flip side will be in black and white.
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State Capitals Game

Learning state capitals using a game makes it fun and engaging. Plus, the more engaged children are the more they retain the material and want to repeat practicing the new information too!
To play this game you will need to print all the color and black and white state cards on cardstock. To make the game look extra polished, print the optional cover on the back of each printed page.  Using scissors, carefully cut the game pieces apart, their are 6 cards per pages and 100 cards total – color and black and white piece for each of the 50 states.
State Capitals Game
To play the state capitals game, shuffle all the tiles and place them face down in a grid like shown above. The point of the game is to match the colored state shape tile with the correct black and white state name and capital tile. On your turn you flip over two tiles (just like a traditional memory game). Have your child name the state or state and capital out loud for practice. If they are a match they get to keep the tiles, if not they turn them back over and it is the next players turn.
If you make a match, you not only get to keep the tiles, but you get go again. Continue taking turns flipping tiles over, repeating the state and capital names, and gathering matches until all the tiles have been claimed. The person with the most matches at the end wins!
HINT:  If your students are just starting to learn the us states, I suggest starting with only some of the states and increasing the difficulty by adding in more states as your child becomes more proficient at identifying the states and their capitals.
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States and Capitals Flashcards

To use the free printable as states and capitals flashcards simply print pages 2-19 front and back. You will have a colorful pages (as shown above) with the unidentified state and it’s location in a US map. The following page (which you will print on the back side) is a black and white page that labels both the state name and the correctly located state capital.

Notice the columns are flipped, that is so it prints on the correct back when you tell your printer to print on both sides and mark scale to fit.

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States and Capitals Flashcards Printable

Kids can use the simple printable states and capitals flash cards to practice individually or with a friend to work on fluency naming each state and its capital. You can also drill the facts like you would with math facts by showing them the colorful side and seeing how fast they can name the state and for older elementary age students, the state capital too.
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