Activity:

Make a State Symbol Collage

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What You Need:

  • Internet access
  • Color printer
  • Blank paper
  • Marker
  • Glue stick

What You Do:

  1. Talk to your child about your state’s symbols. This is a good way to figure out what she already knows and challenge her to find out more significant information.
  2. If your child isn't familiar with online research, show her some ways she can find out state information online. Help her bookmark a couple helpful search engines as well as an online encyclopedia. Once she gets started, invite her to do some research on her own, but check on her regularly.
  3. Challenge your child to find as many state symbols as she can. Encourage her to go beyond determining the state flower and bird; there's a lot more interesting information to be found out. Give her a couple of lesser-known research suggestions, such as finding out the state animal, state song, or how the state got its name.
  4. When she finds a state symbol, she should print out a picture representing it.
  5. Once she's done researching and printing out images, encourage her to use them to create a collage. Make sure she includes the name of the symbol next to the picture in the college. The collage can cover multiple pages, depending on the number of symbols she was able to find.

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