Scrambled States


  • United States map (designer used laminated cardstock version)
  • Adhesive-back magnets, 50
  • Chalkboard or magnetic board
  • Optional: Wiggle eyes, 100


  • Markers or colored pencils
  • Craft glue
  • Scissors


  • 1. Cut apart states.
  • 2. Create book “characters” by using markers and colored pencils to draw and color facial features on each state.
  • 3. Glue wiggle eyes on each state or use marker to draw eyes.
  • 4. Remove backing from magnets. Press magnet on back of each state.
  • 5. Position states on chalkboard or magnetic board. Each day, move two states into different places. Have students determine what states are out of position to learn geography.

by Charlene Kochensparger

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