Learn the names and locations of the U.S. states and capitals easily with this fun and economical printable jigsaw puzzle map of the U.S. Kids learn by fitting the states together. This is a great hands-on activity to help them see and understand the sizes and locations of the states and how they fit together and make up this country.
Download includes a picture of the complete map to use as a guide. The finished puzzle measures about 18" x 11", not including Alaska and Hawaii. Each state is labeled with the state name and capital. The smallest eight states are combined together into two puzzle pieces and are numbered; these state names and capitals are printed on a list for reference.
Suggested grade levels for this puzzle are Grades 2 through 5, though many older and younger kids will enjoy it too.
For long-lasting fun, I suggest laminating the cut-out pieces. Laminating also will keep the pieces flat. If you are not planning to laminate them, then I suggest printing them on a heavier-than-average paper in order to minimize curling of the edges.