Thursday, June 23

Facts about Kansas

Kansas Facts

Learn facts about Kansas for kids.

Have you ever been to Kansas before? Are you ready to learn some cool facts about Kansas if you have never visited? I love learning cool facts about all of the different states. I would like to share some of those cool facts with you! Every Thursday, I will post cool facts about each of the fifty states in the United States. The states will be done in alphabetical order! Last week, we posted facts about Iowa. This week, we are posting cool facts about Kansas. You will learn about Kansas' state flag, bird, and many other state facts.

Did you know that Kansas was the 34th state that joined the union? Yes, that is right! Kansas officially joined the union on January 29, 1861! Kansas is located in the Midwestern region of the United States. Kansas is bordered by four (4) states: Missouri, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Nebraska. Kansas is the fifteenth (15th) largest state in the United States. Kansas is one of the bigger states. About 2,919,179 people are living in Kansas. Did you know that Amelia Mary Earhart was born in Kansas? Amelia Earhart was an author and was the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. 


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Cool facts about Kansas:

1. Kansas is known for a few things: the Wizard of Oz, wheat, and oil wells. The nicknames for Kansas are The Sunflower State, the Jayhawker State, and the Wheat State. The Sunflower State is Kansas’s official nickname. The Sunflower State became Kansas’ official nickname sometime in 1903. The Kansas state motto is Ad astra per aspera. Ad astra per aspera means “to the stars through difficulties.” The Kansas state motto was adopted on May 25, 1861. The abbreviation for Kansas is KS.

2. Kansas's capital is Topeka, which officially became the capital sometime in 1861 and has an estimated population of around 125,963 people.

3. The Kansas state bird is the Western meadowlark. It was chosen as the state bird for Kansas in 1937. Western meadowlarks have a bright, beautiful yellow color on their neck, underneath, and chest area. They also have a black v shape on their chest area. Their backs, tails, and wings are a mixture of black, brown, and creamy grey.

4. The Kansas official state flower is the Wild Sunflower. This annual flowering plant can be found throughout the state and starts blooming during the late spring and summer months. Although some claim it is a weed, the Wild Sunflower is beautiful. It became Kansas’ official state flower in 1897.

5. Kansas’s state flag was officially adopted on March 23, 1927. It was designed by Hazel Avery, a seamstress who lived in Kansas. The flag has a blue background. The twisted gold and blue bar under the sunflower means Kansas was part of the Louisiana Purchase. The flag has Kansas’ state seal on it.

6. Some crops grown in Kansas are corn, millet, soybeans, and wheat.

7. Some cool places to visit in Kansas are the Garden of Eden in Lucas, the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum in Atchison, and the OZ Museum in Wamego.

8. Some animals in Kansas are bats, chipmunks, deer, foxes, rabbits, skunks, otters, and pigeons.

9. Kansas can get very hot and cold depending on the time of year. The hottest temperature recorded in Kansas was 121 degrees Fahrenheit in Fredonia, Kansas, on July 18, 1936. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Kansas was -40 degrees (40 degrees below zero) Fahrenheit in Lebanon, Kansas, on February 13, 1905.


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 Kansas worksheet

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Books about Kansas:

1. S is for Sunflower: A Kansas Alphabet by Devin Scillian

2. What's Great about Kansas? by Darice Bailer

3. Kansas, Kansas, What Do You See? by Stephanie Suppes

4. My First Book About Kansas! by Carole Marsh

Parents/caretakers, be sure books are child-friendly before reading them to your child/children.

You can Click here to purchase the 50 States workbook on Amazon.

You can also use the 50 States tab at the top of my page to find all the 50 states' posts in one convenient place. 



Tune in next week to learn some really cool facts about Kentucky! Thank you for reading my post!! Don’t forget that "One small positive thought can change your whole day."-Zig Ziglar

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