One of the things we challenge our children to do through travel is to learn as much as they can about places we visit. Often engaging them with cool facts or interesting tidbits prior to our trip helps get them excited for our adventures. We love spending time reading about places- both the history and the current culture. (Read more about some books I love, here.)
We also do little research projects about different places. Rather than making this feel too homework like and not fun enough- I often challenge the kids to come up with the coolest facts or the strangest facts they can find. We love learning together! And it amazes me that I am constantly learning just as much as the kids (if not more!)
Since we’re working on visiting all 50 States AND we’re studying the founding of our country in this season’s history unit- I thought it would be fun to share some of the cool facts we’ve learned. Here are 5 fun ones:
- Size: The US is the 3rd largest country in the world in both land and population. Interestingly enough, the 2 countries ahead of the US on both lists are not also one in the same. The two countries bigger in land mass than the US are Russia (1) and Canada (2). And, the two countries more populated than the US in 2017 are China (1) and India (2).
- Language: Although English is wildly recognized as the official language of the United States, technically it is not. The US is one of only 8 countries in the world without an official country language. However, in the last 50 years about 20 states passed laws making English their official state language.
- Presidents: Virginia boasts the most presidents born in their state (8); however, Ohio also claims 8 presidents originated from their state. On the flip side, 29 states have never produced a president.
- Alaska: It might have been the second to last state added to the US, but it’s a pretty awesome state with tons of cool facts of its own! For example, Alaska has more coastline than all other 49 states put together! It’s the largest state, but only 20% of it is accessible by road. Additionally, it’s home to 17 of the 20 tallest mountains in the country.
- Christmas: There are 182 places in the United States with Christmas in the name. Some are towns, some lakes and even an Island!
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