Stack the States

Common Sense Media says

Surprisingly fun geography education game.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The main game in the app has simple gameplay, but will be most enjoyable for those who have at least some familiarity with states and their capitals. Some of the bonus games are more challenging, with tricky controls and less-than-helpful directions

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Parents Need to Know

Stack the States is a U.S. geography game that helps reinforce learning around state information. Kids can study the information first, using included state "flash cards," or they can dive in and learn by trial and error. Stack the States begins with just one activity unlocked, but four mini-games become available as kids progress. Most of the mini-games are timed and can feel frenzied; Puzzler and Capital Drop are both quite tricky, even on lower levels. More than one family member can enjoy playing by utilizing the six different profiles and varied avatar choices.

 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Social Studies

  • geography

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization
  • solving puzzles

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

The cute state images and fast-paced games -- as well as the ability to select the type of questions provided to each player -- make this app highly engaging. Kids can choose which state they want to represent their user account.

Learning Approach

Kids learn by studying the flashcards and by playing the five games, answering multiple choice questions, solving puzzles, and memorizing the names of U.S. states and capitals.

Support

Individual accounts can be created for six players (and a guest user). Up to eight different types of questions can be included for each user. A cute map acts as a results tracker.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Social Studies

  • geography

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization
  • solving puzzles

Kids can learn to identify states and state locations with Stack the States. They can also learn the state capitals, mottos, flags, abbreviations, and nicknames through a series of mini-games. Stack the States offers kids an engaging way to learn geography details in a fun experience they can't get with traditional flash cards.

This Learning Rating review was written by Christy Matte

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Stack the States asks trivia questions about a state, or asks kids to identify the shape of the state. When kids answer correctly they'll earn that state to add to their platform. The goal is to stack as many states on the platform as necessary to reach a goal line without the stack tipping over. When kids reach the goal, their reward is a state to add to their collection. As the collection grows, kids earn bonus games.

Is it any good?

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STACK THE STATES is engaging, while still retaining plenty of educational value. The main game isn't timed, so it's a great way for kids to learn more about the 50 states, even if they're new to this aspect of geography. Earning all of the states and unlocking the bonus games helps keep things interesting.

Unfortunately, with no way to control what types of questions are being asked, this may not be ideal for a child learning a specific aspect of state trivia (such as the capitals), as it will quiz on all of the areas at once. Still, for slightly older children and adults, Stack the States will help rebuild and retain all of those childhood geography lessons.

Families can talk about...

  • Help kids search for interesting facts or landmarks in each state to keep learning fun.

  • Plan imaginary visits to state capitals. Map out the trip and sights to see.

  • Encourage kids to dig deeper into the history of their own state, or states where relatives live.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
Price:$0.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:November 19, 2012
Category:Education
Size:32.70 MB
Publisher:Dan Russell-Pinson
Version:2.3
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later

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  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 9 years old December 10, 2011
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9
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Stack the cities [IDEAS]

I think sense they made stack the states and stack the countries they should make stack the cities! DO YOU AGREE?
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Kid, 6 years old October 20, 2011
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6
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Great game

It tells you facts about the 50 states. It is very educational and fun. It is a very good game. If you get it right you get to stack the state. They make weird faces when they fall.
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Parent Written byottosdad August 14, 2011
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6
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Fun way to learn

Great way for kids - even young readers - to learn basic facts about the 50 states. Just enough fun to make kids want to play, but still has great value. At the very least your kids will learn state capitals, shapes, and relative sizes of the states. The bonus games reinforce the information.
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