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26th State (January 26, 1837), the midwest U.S.

State Abbreviation: MI

Nickname: Great Lakes State, Wolverine State, Water Wonderland

Origin of name: From Chippewa words mici gama, meaning "great water," after the lake of the same name.





Michigan State:

Capital: Lansing
Motto: "Si Quaeris Peninsulam Amoenam Circumspice", which is Latin for "If you Seek a Pleasant Peninsula, Look About You."
Michigan State Seal
Bird: Robin
Fish: Brook Trout
Flower: Apple Blossom
Fossil: Mastodon See mastodon fact sheets
Game Mammal: White-tailed Deer
Gem: Isle Royale Greenstone
Reptile: Painted Turtle
Soil: Kalkaska Sand
Song: My Michigan
Unofficial state song: Michigan, My Michigan
Stone: Petoskey Stone
Tree: White Pine
Wildflower: Dwarf Lake Iris

Michigan State Symbols
Information Sheet
and Color Pages (pdf)



Curious Kids' Activity Guide to Michigan (Curious Kids Guides)

Things to Know

United States Senators from Michigan.

World's Motor Capital
A Car Capital-Kids History-Michigan Time Traveler

Michigan is the nation's number one cherry producing state. Michigan produces 70 to 75 percent of the tart cherries grown in the United States.

The Great Lakes contain the largest supply of fresh water on earth; 20% of the earth's total fresh water. Only the polar ice caps contain more fresh water.

There are five Great Lakes.

To remember the Great Lakes names, remember the word "HOMES."



Mackinac Bridge

Michigan is divided into two large land segments: the Upper and Lower peninsulas. The two peninsulas of Michigan are separated by the Straits of Mackinac (pronounced "Machinaw"), which links Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.

The Mackinac Bridge extends over the Straits of Mackinac. The 5 mile long Mackinac Bridge (Big Mac) links Michigan's Lower and Upper peninsulas. The Mackinac Bridge is the one of the world's most beautiful bridges. It is the third longest suspension bridge in the world and the longest suspension bridge in the western hemisphere.

The Mackinac Bridge - Background Reading

Battle Creek is called the "Cereal Bowl of America." Today, Battle Creek produces more breakfast cereal than any other city in the world.
Kellogg's Site

Floating Post Office
The J. W. Westcott II mailboat delivers mail to any vessel on the Great Lakes that passes through Detroit.

Major Rivers: Detroit River, Grand River, Kalamazoo River, St. Clair River, St. Marys River

Famous People From Michigan

Michael J. Bloomfield, Astronaut (1959-)

Gerald R. Ford 38th U.S. president, Omaha, Nebraska
Printable fact sheet on President Gerald R. Ford provides you with photos and personal information.

Henry Ford industrialist, born in Dearborn.

Charles A. Lindbergh aviator, born in Detroit.
Famous for being the first person to cross the Atlantic ocean in an airplane non-stop

Dr. Ben Carson, Pediatric Neurosurgeon (1951-)
An inspiring life from his childhood in inner-city Detroit to director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Kid Rock, singer and musician (1971-)

Things to Do

Mastodon Fact Sheet
Print and color the mastodon fact sheet. A new window will open. Before printing under File in Page Setup set margins to zero.

Mastodon Teeth and Tusks Fact Sheet
Print and color mastodon teeth and tusks fact sheet.

More Mastodon Facts Sheet
Print and color more mastodon facts.

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

Ojibway Dream Catcher
Need: wire hanger, flannel strips (brown or tan), string, beads, feather.

Shape wire hanger into a circle. Wrap the hanger with flannel strips and tie. Tie on beaded strings and criss-cross through the inner circle of the hanger to make a web. Tie on feather at the bottom.

Things to know: The Ojibway tribe of the Great Lakes and northern plain regions believed that the night was filed with the spirits of dreams. They suspended dream catchers above the beds of their children. The web of the dream catchers trapped bad dream spirits. Good dreams passed through the web and floated down to the sleeping children.

Things to Do-Other Sites

Arc Rock On Mackinac Island
Read an Ottawa story about how Arch Rock on Mackinac Island was formed.

Michigan word search.

Kids' Stuff from the Michigan Historical Museum
From the first people in Michigan to the year 2000 find things to make, poems, stories and more.


Sites to See-Michigan Agriculture

Cherry recipes

Michigan Agriculture 1900-1930

Make Rock Candy

Michigan Apple Recipes

Fun Apple Facts for Kids

Michigan Apple color page and Apple shape word search

History of Michigan Maple Syrup
Learn all about Michigan's syrup industry.
Maple Syrup recipes.

Michigan Dairy Facts.

Michigan Turkeys and recipes.

Kellogg's Site
Battle Creek is called the "Cereal Bowl of America."Today, Battle Creek produces more breakfast cereal than any other city in the world.There are lots of things to learn and do at this site.

Sites to See

Mastodon Trackway
The mastodon trackway is a set of preserved mastodon footprints found near Saline, Michigan.

Pictures and info on the Mastodon found near Lennon, Michigan by zoologist, George Buck, of Flint, Michigan, in 1962.

Michigan Through The Years
A brief history of the Great Lakes State children's page.

Michigan in Stamps
Take a look at The U. S. Post Office commemorative stamps issued to commemorate Michigan-related persons and events.

Michigan Wildflowers
Photographs of wildflowers found in Michigan including common and Latin names.

Michigan Butterflies
Pictures of Michigan Butterflies.

Michigan Lighthouses historical beauties. There are over 100 lighthouses in Michigan. Michigan has more lighthouses than any other state.

Michigan History for Kids
Online magazine

Stories to Read

How the Robin Got His Red Breast (based on an Irish folk tale)

Michigan Winds retold by S. E. Schlosser

Frozen Flames retold by S. E. Schlosser


Thanks for the Memories
Michigan Historical Center

Meet Mason T. Stevens, the museum sort of official tour guide for the fun stuff. Read all about Mason T. Stevens, the museum mouse and have fun with the printable activities.


More Things To Do-Other Sites

Michigan State Quarter
Read about the Michigan State Quarter and print out the color page.

Make a Model of a Windmill

Read about windmills, then make your own model of a windmill. Print out the windmill pattern to copy onto heavier paper.

Plank Roads
Michigan was a leader in the development of plank roads.
Poem: Riding on the Plank Road
Build a Model Plank Road

Lumbering in Michigan Between 1869 and 1900

Design Your Own Log Marks

Making Architectural Rubbings

The Fifties

1950s Guessing Game

1950s Cars to Color
Print and Color a 1957 Chevrolet Corvette and a 1957 Plymouth Fury

The Sixties

1960s Word Find

Tie-Dye a T-shirt

More Kids Stuff Michigan Historical Museum


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