Geography for Geniuses: Make a Game of Learning About the States [Free Printable]

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Geography printableI rolled through childhood in the car begging my mom to play my Whitney Houston cassette on repeat, battling my brother for the front seat, and generally laughing like crazy with my amazing family. Meanwhile, my husband was in New Mexico spending quality time with his parents and siblings, using precious car and home time to, wait for it, learn.

Geography printableThe man can name the capital of every state. I will not lie, it’s an attractive quality in a husband. So while I am not willing to completely abandon my heritage of belly laughs and pop music, I am out to make learning every day, outside of school, the norm. And if I happen to learn the capital of every state along with my kids, it’s an added bonus of brilliance.

This week we created this fact sheet featuring the name of each state in the US, along with the state capital, state flower, and state bird. Click on the image below for a printable full-size version. Clare is especially excited and suggested that we keep our sheet in the car to practice every day. Of course she is brainstorming how this can become a contest because that’s what we competitive oldest children do. For now, one person is in charge of the chart and quizzes the rest of us.

Read on for the free printable and more geography fun for the car…

To Print: Right click (PC) control-click (Mac) the image below and save to your desktop.

Geography printable

For the youngsters, print out coloring sheets for the states, which show the capital, bird, flower, and flag. Now they can practice their state trivia along with the older kids.

road trip printableI love to have these handy for longer rides like a trip to the zoo or the museums, because while we love our gadgets for epic multi-day roadtrips, we don’t allow them for day trips or jaunts around town. There’s too much to experience right outside of the window…

Geography printableAnd to learn, right there in the passenger seats of our family car.

This content was created in partnership with Ford to help make creativity a part of every drive.



Nancy Saccoccio

We always had Ford Station wagons when I was growing up. Awesome sitting in the back facing the cars behind us.


I always wanted a car with the rear facing back seat! It seemed like a secret club.

SK Bell

I really love this idea! We travel often and felt really guilty about just how many times our 17-month-old watched Veggie Tales on the last road trip… I love the idea of things like this as he gets older.


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