Included in the USA Activity Bundle Pack are THREE PDF ebooks. We used all three over the course of the last few weeks and they were used by all three of my children (10, 13, and 15). I don't think any of them minded adding them in to their school week (we school year round and take breaks for vacations or long weekends or on VBS or camp weeks.) My favorite was the USA State Bird Art Cards, but my son loved this one as much as I did. We also received USA 50 State Mazes AND USA State-by-State Activity Notebook. All 3 are just $15.00 and since they are ebooks they are downloaded instantaneously. And you as a homeschool parent have a licence to print them for all the children in your household.
First let's talk about the USA 50 State Mazes. Each maze is built within the outline of one of the 50 states. The PDF has the states in alphabetic order, but you could use them in any way you wanted - alphabetically, as you come to them in your American history or in books you are reading, from the dates they became states, the possibilities are endless. I printed a few out for my middle daughter and mailed them to her since she was on vacation in SC at the beginning of this review. Here is one of hers.
When she returned she wanted a few more so I printed the ones she wanted to work on.
|We are HUGE Alabama football fans so this was a fav for all 3 kiddos.|
For my son I also printed just a few from the beginning. He actually has done over half of the states and every day he asks for some more. He really loves mazes. They are great for dexterity, hand eye coordination, logic building, and fine motor control so I think these would be great for any age really. I think younger than 8 to 10 some of the mazes might feel too difficult for the child. I always suggest going through the maze first with your finger, then again, and THEN use a pencil or colored pencil. If you have trouble you can try to start at the end and work backwards too.
|My son in the middle of working on it - see told you they are fans of AL!|
The state flower and the state bird are also on the page as well as some space for your child to write down some facts about the state. I told my kiddos to find something that was interesting to them. That encouraged them to do a little more reading on each state. These would also be fun to do at half-size on long car rides and to work on them once you find a matching license plate or as you drive through each state.
At the end of this ebook there are 2 games - USA Bingo with 8 cards AND USA Roll Across America - a dice game that helps children really learn their states by their shape (no names included on the game board).
|USA Bingo game|
|Roll Across America game|
The USA Bingo would be another fun game to play in the car on long trips, which I have planned to play tomorrow as we travel to GA so my son can have his vacation in SC. They have it so you can call out states or capitals and when you get 5 in a row you win, but doing it in the car we can just look for cars license plates and once you reach 5 in a row you win. If you laminate them they can be used with dry erase markers and be used again and again!
The last PDF ebook in the USA Activity Bundle Pack is the USA State Bird Art Cards and as I mentioned it was my favorite. My son also really liked these as he has had a new interest in birding. Over the last few months we've been on a few birding expeditions and he's been very attentative to birds coming to our feeders in the front yard. For these art cards I had each of my children pick the birds that they wanted to color and learn about. This pack only has 27 cards, but that is because a lot of states use the same bird as their state bird.
|This pelican reminded him of a bird he saw in SC.|
|Writing down some interesting facts.|
|He added some details to his card like a sky and a tree.|
|Audrie blending colors|
|Book suggestion to go with the state birds.|