Journaling: I didn't memorize the location of all the states until I was a freshman in high school. My kids, on the other hand, had them down pat after doing this puzzle a few times. They love taking it off the shelf and tackling it together. And I couldn't be happier. It teaches cooperation, spacial skills, and geography all in one! Thomas' favorite state is Mississippi. I think it's because he enjoys saying it. They love to point to Florida and say, “grandma and grandpa.” This puzzle is a great refresher for me, too. I still get those mid-western states mixed up. In fact, their U.S. state geography has exceeded mine, as they can usually find where it goes before I can. In short, this is the best $16.99 I've ever spent on toys!