We have used a variety of materials while studying the different states. Each child has their own States work book that tells a little bit about each state and includes some fun activities for the kids to do. We have not really gone in alphabetical order as the book is designed because I have let the kids pick the states they wanted to study first. ( Caleb loves Texas and California for some reason lol)
We also have used puzzles and flashcards. The flashcards are filled with all kinds of fun facts and the kids love the flashcards so much that sometimes I see them playing with them on their own even when we aren't doing school :)
I also found the cutest game called The Scrambled States of America Game ( there is also book that you can buy separately that goes with it). The kids love to play this game and it can easily be adapted for all ages and skill levels.
We of course listened to the Fifty Nifty United States Song. It is very catchy and very easy for them to memorize. If you have never heard it before you can catch the you tube video here:
Lastly, as we have learned about the different states, if the kids can recall the location and the capital later when we are reviewing, we write the state name on our map that is in our school room. This has been a great way for them to review and a good visual for them to see how many states they have learned about.
What activities have you used to teach the states to your children?