Puzzles are a valuable learning tool. Not only do they encourage problem solving and spacial awareness, they are fun and engaging which helps students stay at a task for longer periods of time. However, not every puzzle is created equal. You need a good quality puzzle that is fun, educational, and made well. Geo-Puzzles are all three.

I'm focusing on Geography this week in my 31+ Days of Hands-On Learning Stations series, and today is all about learning with puzzles and games.

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Geo Puzzles 51mrb-m7zbl

I love the Geo-Puzzles from GEOtoys. They have thick, sturdy pieces, and each piece is shaped like the individual state or country. They come in many varieties:

If you're looking for a greater world puzzle challenge, the Global Puzzle is a really cool one. The only challenge with this one is that there are a lot of ocean pieces, so it can take more time putting the ocean together than the actual countries within the continents. I do like that the countries are individually cut on this one as well. I own it, but it only comes out when we really have time to do a puzzle.

Geography Games

I always love playing games that reinforce what we're learning.  Here are some of my favorite geography games:

What are some of your kid's favorite Geography games?

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Check out more hands-on learning stations inspiration in my 31+ Days of Hands-On Learning series! Try these other geography inspired stations:

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