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

Updated on July 12, 2013
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Make a Blue Hen Chicken for Delaware!

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Using clay is a great way to stimulate your child's mind. Clay builds fine and large motor skills and encourages creativity. The great thing is, clay is very forgiving. If you mess up, you can just squish it and start again.

This is a lesson about Delaware. It combines pottery, geography and history. Use this lesson as-is for an afternoon of fun, or delve deeper. You and your child can do research about the state. Check out books from the library or find information online. How you use this lesson is completely up to you!

Delaware State Facts

State Abbreviation: DE

Capital: Dover

State Nickname: First State

State Motto: “Liberty and Independence”

State Song: “Our Delaware”

State Bird: Blue Hen Chicken

State Tree: American Holly

State Flower: Peach Blossom

State Bug: Ladybug

State Fish: Weakfish

State Beverage: Milk


Famous People Born in Delaware:

Sugar Ray Leonard, Boxer

Valerie Bertinelli, actress

Howard Pyle, artist

Caesar Rodney, signer of the Declaration of Independence

Henry Heimlich, creator of the Heimlich Maneuver


Fun Facts:

Delaware was the first state to ratify the US Constitution.

Delaware is the only state without a National Park.

Betsy Ross’s famous flag was flown at the Battle of Cooch’s Bridge in DE.

Delaware was named for Lord de la Warr. He was the first governor of Virginia.


The Blue Hen Chicken is the state bird. These chickens are known for their fighting abilities. Let’s make a chicken!

Start by making a large ball and a smaller ball.

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Attach the two balls to make the body and the head.

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Roll out clay to cut out wings and a comb for the chicken. Be sure to put cloth under your clay, or it will stick to the table.

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Cut out two wings and a comb. Don't worry if they aren't perfect. You can shape them with your fingers.

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Attach the wings.

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Attach the comb.

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Use a small piece of clay and form a small coil to shape into a beak.

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Attach the beak.

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Make eyes with a skewer. Then, use your fingertip to drag the clay down from the head to create the ruffle around the chicken's neck.

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And, there you have it...A Blue Hen Chicken!

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