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

Updated on July 12, 2013
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Make a Clay License Plate

Each of the 50 states offers many interesting facts to learn about. Use this lesson about Connecticut to teach your child a little bit of geography and history while making a pottery project. You can use the lesson as-is, or you can add to it. Consider having your child read a biography of one of the famous people who were born in Connecticut, or have them mark a map with the major cities of the state. Make a diorama together. Cook up some New England Clam Chowder. However you use this lesson, have fun learning with your child.


Connecticut State Facts

State Abbreviation: CT

Capital: Hartford

State Nickname: Constitution State

State Motto: "Qui transtulit sustinet" - He Who Transplanted Still Sustains

State Song: Yankee Doodle

State Bird: American Robin

State Tree: White Oak

State Flower: Mountain Laurel

State Mammal: Sperm Whale

State Insect: European Mantis



Famous People Born in Connecticut

George W. Bush, 43rd president of the US

Kevin Bacon, actor

Michael J. Fox, actor

Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight series

Benedict Arnold, Revolutionary War Soldier turned Traitor

50 Cent, Rap artist

Meat Loaf, Big haired 80s singer



Fun Facts:

Cattle branding first began in Connecticut where farmers were required to mark their pigs.

The first automobile law was made in Connecticut. The speed limit was set to 12 miles per hour.

The first lollipop machine was made in CT. The candy was named after a racehorse.

Pez candy was invented in CT.

Connecticut was the first state to have license plates for cars. We’re going to make our very own license plates.

First, roll out the clay. Make sure you have cloth under the clay so it doesn't stick to your table.

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Cut out a rectangle.

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Wet your finger and rub the edges of the clay so they won't be sharp.

Notice how my 12 year old has prettier nails than I do!
Notice how my 12 year old has prettier nails than I do! | Source

Make coils (AKA worms) to go around the edge of the license plate.

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Place the coils around the edge or use them to decorate in any way you want.

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Use a skewer to poke holes to hang your license plate (if you plan to dry it and paint it.)

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Use coils to add your name or any decorations that you want. You can even make up a cool phrase for your license plate.

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This is the finished product. It could be a cute sign for your room!

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If you wanted to, you could add "Connecticut" or your state to the bottom to make it look more authentic.

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