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

Updated on July 18, 2013
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Most of us will never travel to all 50 states, and chances are, this is one state we'll miss. Hawaii is a fascinating place that is much different than the continental US. Teach your child all about it with this easy lesson.

You can use this lesson as-is for an afternoon of fun, or you can expand on it. Check out books from the library, make special projects together, pretend to go surfing in your living room. Then, finish up your study of Hawaii with a fun pottery project.

However you use this lesson, have fun and explore with your child.

Hawaii State Facts

State Abbreviation: HI

Capital: Honolulu

State Nickname: The Aloha State

State Motto: "Ua mau ke ea o ka aina I ka pono" - The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness

State Song: “Hawaii Ponoi” (meaning “Hawaii's Own”)

State Bird: Nene (The Hawaiian Goose)

State Tree: Kukui

State Flower: Hibiscus

State Mammal: Monk Seal

State Fish: Humuhumunukunuku apua'a (Easy for you to say!)

State Gem: Black Coral

Famous People Born in Hawaii:

Barack Obama, 44thUS President

Nicole Kidman, actress

Kelly Preston, actress

Bette Midler, singer/actress

Keanu Reeves, actor

Lou Diamond Phillips, actor

Fun Facts:

Hawaii is constantly increasing in land mass because of erupting volcanoes.

Hawaii is the only US state that grows coffee.

The only snake found in the wild in Hawaii is the tiny Hawaiian blind snake. (I’m beginning to like this place!)

Ancient Hawaiians believed the heavier a woman was, the more beautiful she was. (I’m really beginning to like this place…)

Captain Cook called Hawaii the “Sandwich Islands” after the Earl of Sandwich.

Hawaii is America’s youngest state. It became the 50th state on August 21, 1959.

The “Happy Face Spider” lives in Hawaii. It bears an uncanny resemblance to a smiley face on its back.

We have to make it!

Start with a potato shape.


Squeeze it to make a "neck."

Wow.  I should use lotion.
Wow. I should use lotion. | Source

Make 8 worms that are about the same size.

I see a lesson on arachnids in your future!
I see a lesson on arachnids in your future! | Source

Connect the legs.


This is what your spider should look like so far.


Add a face. Use a skewer to make the eyes.


Here is your finished spider!



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