United States Capitals with Games
Any time that you are
required to learn and memorize 50 different things it can be intimidating.
Learning the 50 United States capitals can be easier than you
might think. There are several different games that you or your
children can do to learn the state capitals.
yourself with the state capitals it is a good idea to review a
list and map of them. By reading the list of capitals over and
over they will be easier to memorize. If you still find difficulty
after reading the list then try focusing on one section, such
as all of the states in the first 10 letters of the alphabet,
or all of the states in the Pacific Northwest. By learning the
capitals in sections you might be able to pick them up quicker.
No matter the number
of capitals that you try to memorize at a time you can make a
story up for each state to help you remember. This can be something
as simple as "when I was in Arkansas I saw a little rock."
You can also consider making up something to remember by rhyming
the capital in the story, such as "it was noise in Idaho."
Some more fun ones might include, "when I saw saint Paul
I gave him a mini-soda" and "you tall standing in the
salt lake." This can be a game all on its own, thinking of
fun and clever things that relate states to their capitals.
Another game that you
can play to memorize the capitals of the United States, is to
make flash cards. Quiz yourself or someone over and over again.
Eventually the information on the cards will start to be remembered.
If you have enough note cards (50 cut in half) you can make matching
cards with the name of the state and its capital. This way you
can play memory while studying the capitals of the states. You
could also put the shape of the state if you wanted and be studying
that as well during the memory game.
States Capitals List
Arkansas: Little Rock
Iowa: Des Moines
Louisiana: Baton Rouge
Minnesota: St. Paul
Missouri: Jefferson City
Nevada: Carson City
New Hampshire: Concord
New Jersey: Trenton
New Mexico: Santa Fe
New York: Albany
North Carolina: Raleigh
North Dakota: Bismarck
Oklahoma: Oklahoma City
Rhode Island: Providence
South Carolina: Columbia
South Dakota: Pierre
Utah: Salt Lake City
West Virginia: Charleston