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Cool Map Games on the Internet

October 31, 2012

Are you searching for a fun way to teach geography to your kid…and maybe brush up on it yourself?

Here are a few that I really like:

Rethinking Schools’ Map Game
This map game is easy to follow. Just drag a country’s name to its proper place. I admit I made quite a few mistakes- EEEK! If you are wrong, you get a squishy sounding buzz and if you are right…well, I haven’t heard that sound yet. Just kidding- you hear a “gong” sound.  You have to keep working to get the answers right.  There aren’t any hints or correct answers shown.  See the game here.

Sheppards Software Many Map Games
I like the variety of the games and levels they offer. You can start with tutorials and work you way up to Level 9 (Cartographer). The games are interactive and range from you having to locate a specific country to finding the correct body of water. The illustrations aren’t particularly sophisticated, but I do love the many options they have. You can choose from the extensive menu of games here.

Kids Geo Map Match, Capitals and Longitude and Latitude Games
I like these map games quite a bit.  You choose a continent and you are shown the name of a country and its shape. You need to drag the country to its correct location on the map. You can press “Clue” if you need some help, and the country will light up on the map. This is a great learning exercise for visual learners since it can be easier to learn and associate location by their shape and how they “fit” into the jigsaw puzzle of a continent. Try the Map Match Game here. There is a “capitals” game too that is essentially a multiple choice. The “clues” aren’t clues, just the answers.  The Match Maps are much better games than the capital ones. A fun game to do too is their Longitude and Latitude game. Try and locate Hannah by the coordinates she gives you. It’s cute and a bit like “Where’s Waldo” but without the good graphics. It’s perfect for someone who is working on their larger numbers.

US States Map Quiz
Our favorite US States map quiz is by Ilike2learn.com.  It’s especially fun on an iPad because it is touchscreen compatible.  It’s a nice, brightly colored map of the U.S. and the size of the map makes it easy for elementary aged students to identify shapes and locations. You can play it here.

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