Add these Kentucky unit study crafts to your state studies and geography lessons. These crafts focus on Kentucky’s symbols and customs.
State studies are a fun way to dive deep into a state’s history, customs, and other fun facts. The crafts on the list below focus on famous people, Kentucky customs, and state symbols. There are craft ideas for preschool through elementary aged students.
Kentucky Unit Study Crafts
The Kentucky state insect is the honeybee. During your Kentucky state study, let your kids create this fun painted rocks Easy Bee Craft! There are so many ways you can use them in your preschool lessons! Homeschool Preschool
The state butterfly is the Viceroy butterfly that is often mistaken for a Monarch. I can’t find a craft specific to the Viceroy, but this paper streamer butterfly craft has the same coloring. No Time for Flashcards
The Kentucky state bird is the Northern cardinal. Kids will enjoy making this fun handprint cardinal keepsake craft. The Best Ideas for Kids
The blackberry is Kentucky’s state fruit. You can mash blackberries and use the juice to paint with blackberries. Create a unique art project for your Kentucky study. Sunny Day Family
The Kentucky state gemstone is the freshwater pearl. Little ones can create their own clam with “pearls”. Things to Share and Remember
The grey squirrel is Kentucky’s state game animal. These DIY squirrel puppets can be made in just 15 minutes with some used cardboard and a little fake fur. This squirrel is brown, but with a little paint you can have a grey one in no time. Ruffles and Rain Boots
Kentucky’s state horse is the Thoroughbred. This H is for horse craft comes with a free printable template making it easy to assemble. Homeschool Preschool
These tissue paper bees are so cute, and they’re great for helping preschoolers polish fine motor skills. Add them to your spring and summer craft list. Homeschool Preschool
This flapping butterfly craft is an interactive craft as kids have it flap its wings. It’s easy to color it with the same markings as a Viceroy butterfly. Teach Beside Me
The free printable template makes this 3D cardinal craft a breeze to assemble! The Classroom Creative
Bundle some q-tips together, and your kids can paint blackberries with q-tip “brushes”. The Gingerbread House
No bake horse cookies are perfect for a Kentucky state study or a Kentucky Derby celebration. Savory Experiments
You should be able to pick up some cheap supplies at a Dollar Tree to make Kentucky Derby hats. Polka Dot Chair
Make an Abraham Lincoln paper plate craft in honor of our 16th president who was born in Kentucky. Surviving a Teacher’s Salary
Little ones can create this fun footprint horse craft in honor of the Kentucky Thoroughbred. Crafty Morning
This adorable toilet paper roll bee craft for preschool is a fun hands-on activity for preschoolers to create when you study bees this spring.
Here’s another paper plate fluttering butterfly craft that can be decorated to resemble a Viceroy butterfly. I Heart Crafty Things
Gather some craft sticks and feathers so your kids can make this craft sticks cardinal craft. You can put a magnet on the back to display it on your fridge. The Resourceful Mama
Mash some blackberries, and use the juice to make a batch of homemade blackberry playdough. Rainy Day Mum
Kentucky Books for Kids
Fill your book basket with a great collection of Kentucky books for kids. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore.
If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them through my Amazon affiliate links by clicking the images below.
The Twelve Days of Christmas in Kentucky – Merry Christmas from the Bluegrass State! Come along on a wild ride through Kentucky as Marybeth introduces her cousin Martin to all her favorite places, activities, and foods.
That Book Woman – Cal is not the reading type, but that book woman keeps visiting. This is the moving story of the Pack Horse Librarians, whose bravery and commitment helped rural children find something wonderful in books.
Honey: The Dog Who Saved Abe Lincoln – One day, young Abe found a stray dog with a broken leg and named him Honey. He had no idea that the scruffy pup would find his way into Abe’s heart, become his best friend, and—one fateful day—save his life.