Map of The USA Jigsaw Puzzle

Turn your map of the USA into a fun jigsaw puzzle and flagging game to play. This is a great activity for the whole family to play together. Here's a large size printable map of the USA in a few parts to make your puzzle, with a tutorial, plus a template for cute flags to make for extra fun. This makes a great geography activity and a family game for the 4th of July. Can you Unite the States?!

The flags include questions like ‘Mom was born here’, ‘Dad was born here’ etc … so you can combine family history with geography in this fun activity!

How to make &
play the USA jigsaw puzzle

1
Print the map template, cut and glue to the cardboard pieces.

2
Cut along the outline with a craft knife. Cut into as many pieces as you like. You can leave the big pieces as they are for an easy game or divide them into smaller pieces (individual states) for a more complicated jigsaw.

3
Make your flags with fun questions! Use the questions in the template and why not add your own questions. Wrap the strips around cocktail sticks.

4
Trim the sharp ends of the sticks. Also to prepare for the game, puncture small holes on the cardboard jigsaw pieces where the answers will be to make it easy for children to stick the flags on.

Add more questions, for example:
– Mom went to school here
– Grandpa was born here
– We went here last summer
etc, etc…

5
Let’s play! Firstly, finish the jigsaw puzzle! When you’ve finished your jigsaw, hand out the question flags and stick them in the right place on the map. Have fun!

Tip
You can mount the map on the wall for more geography activities and tape the flags flat on the map. Mark where everybody – relatives, friends- live on the map with the flags and frame it as wall art!

If you’d like to add a small American flag to this map, you can find them in our 4th of July printables.

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29 Responses to Map of The USA Jigsaw Puzzle

  1. This is really just brilliant! I absolutley love this! Such a great idea and a wonderful way to recyle!

  2. Awesome! We’re moving cross-country soon, I think this will help my 3-year-old understand what’s going on. :]

  3. I know this is asking a lot, but do you think you could do one of the world? Continents and large countries to make it less complex. Xx Emelia

  4. I am wanting to blow up this jigsaw map for a person craft project. My local copy place will not enlarge the map without a consent letter. Can you please help me.

    • while waiting on consent letter, you could print on a transparency put on an overhead projector and make it what ever size you wanted…

  5. This is Exactly what I am looking for! My little ones will LOVE it! THANKS A LOT! I will certainly share your website with my colleagues and friends!

  6. I wish there was a CANADA map as well. I would love to put this together for my girls. Very cool.

  7. That is awesome! I wish I would have seen this last year when my daughter was learning her state capitals. I could have put the names of the cities on the flags. Super great idea!

  8. I found you when I was looking for United States maps! I thought this project is awesome! I partially homeschool my triplets and we are studying the USA! I could not download it! Is it still available? I got no pdf document! Only a white page! It will really be very helpful for us right now! Can you help me? Any tips? Is it possible send me by e-mail? Congratulations for your work! I am following you in the Facebook and Twitter! Thanks!

  9. I love this, but it kills me that my home state is shaped wrong (WV). I’m sure the top panhandle was left off to make it easier to cut out, but I would hate to teach my toddler the wrong shape of her own state. :/

  10. Just wondering if there’s a plan to do other countries in the near future if possible, please?

  11. If only the northern panhandle of WV wasn’t missing! I just can’t bring myself to use this because of it 🙁