Stack the States , in my opinion, is the best app for helping children learn United States geography. Developed by Dan Russell-Pinson, creator of award winning apps including Stack the Countries, Monster Physics, and Off The Rails, Stack the States turns states into cute cartoon-like characters with large popping eyes and uses a fun physics based game to encourage children to get to know them and their locations on the map. It also teaches plenty of information about each state including capitals, state flags, abbreviations, and more.
The game is simple, fun, and challenging at the same time. Four states are displayed on top of the screen and a question is asked. Choose which state answers the question. If you choose incorrectly, the correct choice is displayed on the screen and the next question is asked. If you choose correctly, you get to stack the state on the play board. To stack a state on the play board, simply click on the “drop” button on the bottom of the screen. You can rotate it and move it to the left or right before dropping it onto the play board.
The size of the state is relative to its size on the map, thus Rhode Island will be a tiny piece and Texas will be a large piece. You must carefully stack the states so they will pass the checkered line on the play board. Be careful, depending on how and where you place them, some states may fall off the board.
If you successfully stack the states so that they pass the checkered line and have answered at least 60% of the questions correctly, you earn a state. The state will be placed on its location on a blank US map. Collect states to complete the map and unlock bonus games. Ten states will unlock “Map It”, twenty states will unlock “Pile Up”, thirty states will unlock “Puzzler”, and forty states will unlock “Capital Drop.”
For children who are just learning about the states or need to brush up on their knowledge, Dan Russell-Pinson has included a set of flash cards loaded with tons of information. Each card features a state and some facts about it such as its capital, its flag, its abbreviation, its nickname, the states it borders, the countries that border it (if any), its landmarks, its well-known cities, and its shape. Stack the States has an option to create player accounts so that it can be played by more than one child, making it ideal for both home and classroom use. You can customize the game for each player by choosing which type of questions to include in the game. Just click on the question mark icon on the bottom left of the screen to select/deselect the questions you want.
There are no website, social media, or email links included in this app. There is a link for adults to rate the app and look at other apps in the App Store, but you can disable this feature in the settings page. The settings also allow you to turn the music and sound on or off, as well as delete player accounts.
I can’t say enough about what an outstanding game Stack the States is. Children learn a lot about the states while playing a very entertaining game. It is best suited for children 3rd grade and up. Adults would also easily enjoy this as a brain exercise game. I could see adding more information to learn such as state motto, state birds, state flower, etc., but I love this app just as it is. I highly recommend it!
Stack the States®by Freecloud Design, Inc.
Category: Education, Games, Family
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 126.25 MB