Fun with the Census

May 4, 2011

Guest blogger Ingrid Reyes-Arias has some Census tips for kids of all ages.

As a child, I remember using interactive learning programs on the Internet, like “The Oregon Trail.” Nowadays information is even more readily available, allowing us to spend more time learning and less time researching. For me, the best way to learn is still interactively.  That’s why it delights me to see the many online initiatives taken by Federal Government agencies to teach valuable skills to children. These agencies have created fun and interactive teaching materials targeted to kids that can still be used by adults like me – or you!  It’s a great way to have some fun and learn about our complicated and fascinating world.

For example, the U.S. Census Bureau has created Census for Kids, an interactive Web site for children.  The introductory portion of this site focuses on explaining the various U.S. censuses.  It shows the different types of items the Bureau counts when collecting census data, such as children, adults, pets, and houses.  In addition, Census for Kids has an interactive United States map with data on population, geography, and business for each state – all of which can be useful when completing a project for school or learning fun facts to become a more informed citizen.  After studying the facts, children can take quizzes to test their knowledge.  Census for Kids also has memory games and word finds, which I always enjoyed in school myself!

Give it a try! The next time you find yourself figuring out how to entertain your child or student, start by visiting this Web site – and maybe you’ll learn something as well!

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