My little guy has been struggling to learn his US geography lately, namely his states, capitals and state abbreviations. I tried worksheets, file folder games, apps, websites – you name it, I tried it. Then it occurred to me….Why not teach it to him using bricks? Of course! Why didn’t I think of this before?!
So, I dug out
a few some a bunch of 2×4 bricks from our brick bin. I made up some labels on the computer, printed them out and stuck them to the sides of the bricks.
To start, I chose to use three 2×4 bricks of the same color for each state. There will be some overlap in colors because 2×4 bricks do not come in 50 different colors, but this help out a beginner who is just learning. The stickers can easily be peeled off, reprinted and re-applied to varying colored bricks for a more advanced learner.
There’s a couple of ways I put them together. I’m sure your builders can think of a lot more!
Here’s how to make your own set:
Dig up 150 of your best 2×4 bricks. Ok, any 2×4 bricks will do. You may even want to use the not-so-best ones. The stickers will cover up the scratches.
Print out the labels here – Statescapabbrevlabels. I designed these labels to fit on Avery 5160 labels. Four stickers fit on each label. Cut out labels and apply one label to each brick.
This is really flexible. For a beginning learner, you can make all the bricks for one state the same color. For a more advanced learner, you can mix up the colors of the bricks. The stickers make it really easy to change things up and to add bricks to the set. In an upcoming post, I will be expanding the stickers to include largest city of each state, the year each state entered the union and which place each entered (1st, 36th, etc.) so stay tuned.