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State of Kentucky - Pottery and History Curriculum Lesson for Homeschooling or Summer Enrichment

Updated on July 24, 2013
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Make learning about the states fun with this simple pottery lesson. First, study the state with your child. I've listed some fun facts about Kentucky. You can simply read through these, or you can use them as a starting point to do more research. Learn about Mammoth Cave or the Corvette factory in Bowling Green. Read a book about Stephen Foster. Explore Kentucky together.

Then, finish out the lesson by sculpting a cute horse head together. This project can be made with clay, Play-Doh or even home made dough. It's an easy and fun way to learn!

Kentucky State Facts

State Abbreviation: KY

Capital: Frankfort

State Nickname: The Bluegrass State

State Motto: “United we stand, divided we fall.”

State Song: “My Old Kentucky Home,” by Stephen Foster

State Flag

State Bird: Cardinal

State Tree: Tulip Tree

State Flower: Goldenrod

State Wild Animal: Gray Squirrel

Famous People Born in Kentucky:

Johnny Depp, actor

Muhammed Ali, boxer

Jim Varney, actor (Ernest)

George Clooney, actor

Abraham Lincoln, 16th US President

Billy Ray Cyrus, country singer, Miley’s dad

Duncan Hines, creator of the brand

Fun Facts:

The Kentucky Derby is the country’s oldest continuously held horse race.

Chevrolet Corvettes are manufactured in Bowling Green.

Mammoth Cave is the world’s longest and largest cave, and it is in Kentucky.

The song “Happy Birthday to You” was created by two sisters from Kentucky.

Thomas Edison introduced the light bulb at the Southern Exposition in 1883 in Louisville, Kentucky.

The Hatfield-McCoy feud took place in Pike County from the Civil War until the 1890s.

For Kentucky, we will sculpt a race horse.

Start with a chunk of clay.

Shape it into a peanut shape.

Push your fingers into it to make eye sockets.

Take smaller pieces of clay and make ear shapes. Attach those to the head.

Use a small piece of clay and scratch it with a fork to make it look like hair.

Attach the hair to the head.

Attach small balls to be eyes.

Use a skewer to make pupils.

Press your finger in the nose to make nostrils.

Make a worm (coil) that is about 2" long.

Flatten the worm and scratch it with a fork.

Make a small ball. (About 1" in diameter)

Attach the scratched worm on the ball like this. You are making the horse's neck.

Now, attach the horse head on the neck.

Your horse is ready to race!


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    • TimArends profile image

      Timothy Arends 3 years ago from Chicago Region

      Lots of good photo illustrations here make this a cinch to follow!

      I took a pottery class at Berea College in Kentucky as a student there, and I found using the potter's wheel to be a lot more difficult (And less fun) than the type of clay modeling that you explain here!