Let’s see who’s old like me. Who remembers reading Highlights magazines in your doctor’s office waiting room when you were a kid? If you do, you know how much more enjoyable they made the wait. If you don’t, you just don’t know what you were missing.
Now there’s a product from Highlights that’s going to appeal to you not for its nostalgic value, but for its educational value: Which Way USA, a geography-based puzzle book club.
What is Which Way USA?
If you’re studying U.S. geography this year or you just want a fun, low-key, interest-led way for your kids to discover the United States on their own, you’ll want to check out Which Way USA. It couples an online site filled with games and activities with two monthly puzzle books that kids receive in the mail, creating a just-right blend of digital and physical activities for kids ages 6-12.
Use that age-range as a general guideline, though, because Megan and I had a little tussle over the puzzle books. We compromised, deciding that she gets the California book and I get the Texas one.
You think I’m kidding, but, y’all, they have word find puzzles. I’m slightly addicted to word find puzzles and have been known to work entire placemat puzzles at restaurants under the guise of “helping” my kids find the hidden words. (Don’t judge me. My mom used to “help” me make lines in my ice cream cones by licking them for me.)
There are also crosswords, find the object pages, and find the differences pictures. I am a fan of all those, too.
What do you get with a Which Way USA Membership?
The introductory kit comes with:
- Two 32-page state books and a state map for each
- Which Way USA game guide
- State license plate key tags that unlock games at WhichWayUSA.com
- A keychain lanyard
You can also add a giant, full-color US wall map with sticker set (pictured) to your first order for $2.99. Megan and I liked the fact that the map features pictures of things each state is known for.
Each month, Which Way USA club members will receive two new maps, two puzzle books, and key tags to unlock online games. Visit the Which Way USA page to try out sample online games. The link and code are near the bottom of the page on the right.
Our Which Way USA review
Maybe we’re just map people because Megan and I also really had fun with the state maps. They’re huge, kid-friendly, full color maps that feature fast facts about:
- State history
- Major cites
- State symbols
- Famous people
- State landmarks
- State trivia
- Cities, rives, mountains, and interstates
Should a homeschool mom admit making a comment about not realizing that a certain California city is as far south as it it? Probably not.
When I was originally approached about doing a Which Way USA review, I was hesitant because my kids are over the target age range. I agreed to do the review, however, because of Highlights’ long-standing reputation for quality and the fact that I know lots of you have kids who might enjoy it.
I’m so glad I did the review! I didn’t expect to have so much fun with it. And you’re never too old to learn – especially when colorful maps and word find games are involved!
Which Way USA would make an entertaining, educational addition to your homeschool or a gift for a relative. This is one of those things I would have loved for someone to give as a gift for my kids when they were younger because, not only does it have educational value, but it gives them something to look forward to each month.