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18th State (April 30, 1812), the deep south U.S.


State Abbreviation: LA

Nickname: Pelican State

Origin of Name: Named in honor of France's King Louis XIV






Louisiana State Symbols:

Capital: Baton Rouge
Motto: Union, justice, and confidence
Louisiana State Seal
Amphibian: Green Tree Frog
Bird: Eastern Brown Pelican
Colors: Gold, White, and Blue
Crustacean: Crawfish
Drink: Milk
Dog: Catahoula Leopard Dog
Flower: Magnolia
Freshwater Fish: sac-a-lait (white perch)
Fossil: Petrified palmwood
Gemstone: Cabochon cut gemstone derived from the Crassostrea virginica mollusk
Insect: Honeybee
Mammal: Black Bear
Mineral: Agate
Musical Instrument: Diatonic accordion ( Cajun accordion)
Painting: Louisiana
Reptile: Alligator
Saltwater Fish: Sea Trout

Song: Give Me Louisiana and You Are My Sunshine
Tree: Bald Cypress
Wildflower: Louisiana Iris

Louisiana State Symbols
Information Sheet
and Color Pages (pdf)



New Orleans Playground
Putumayo Kids

New Orleans Playground is a collection of engaging singable songs that will appeal to children and adults.

Singable songs by world renowned New Orlean artists. From Lee Dorsey's rousing 1961 hit song YaYa which was actually based on a popular New Orleans playground rhyme about waiting for somebody who is late. To Clifton Chenier's Choo Choo Ch'Boogie to tunes by Fats Domino and more.


Things to Know

South Louisiana is the crawfish capital of the world.

Major Rivers : Atchafalaya River, Mississippi River, Red River, Ouachita River, Sabine River

Mardi Gras
Learn about the Carnival celebration.


Louis Armstrong (1901 - 1971), jazz musician and entertainer.

John James Audubon, (1785 - 1851), naturalist and artist, some of whose paintings for Birds of America were done in Louisiana.

Things to Do

Louisiana State Bird and State Flower Printable Color Page.
Before printing under File in Page Setup set margins to zero.

Things To Do-Other Sites

Louisiana State Quarter
Read about the Louisiana State Quater and print out the color page.

The Secretary of State's Louisiana Coloring Book

Jester's Hat
Complete instructions and printable pattern for creating a Mardi Gras-inspired Jester's hat!

Let's Dance
History of the Cajun Dance

Thibodeaux's Treasure X-CWPPRA Kids
Also pdf activity books..

Sites to See

River of Song
A Smithsonian Institution series for public television and radio that explores contemporary music along the Mississippi. This trip will introduce you to soul, the beginnings of rock 'n' roll, Cajun, gospel, blues, and honky-tonk music.

Southern Music
Brief paragraphs on notable and influential country, blues, jazz, gospel, and rock artists of the southern USA.

A brief summary of early Louisiana history.

Red River Lesson Plans

Coloring Pages

Louisiana Flag

Water Safety Coloring Book
22-page Water Safety Fun Book. It's full of games, puzzles and coloring fun.

Coastal Louisiana color pages


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