Traveling the States with Gage – Michigan

Gage goes to school Monday-Thursday and mornings are a time he usually is willing and wanting to learn a little, so I decided to start doing a little state work each three-day weekend.

Michigan: The Great Lakes StateExploring the States:Michigan, the Great Lakes State. We started by reading through the book and then I chose some  5-10 minute activities over the three days.  My goal is really just two activities  for each of the three days and then two books, this one and one more picture book.

Here’s what we did

mi(he really didn’t want to get his picture taken)

1.  Traced the state map, marked the capital and the cities where his grandma and grandpa live.  Write Michigan.

2. Colored the state map, state bird (robin) and state flower (apple blossom).

3. robin1Our friend Carley paints the bottom of his foot.robin2Perfectrobin3Add some paint and and and eye and you’ve got a robin!  (inspired by this pin)

4. Since we’ve been to Michigan many times to visit Jason’s family we started our very own Michigan photo album and listed the five Michigan cities has visited so far. We’ll have to get him to Lansing, where Jason and I were living when we got married.IMG_2708[1]IMG_2710[1]


5. We spent some time looking at pictures of our trip to the Woolsey Memorial Airport, named after Gage’s great-greeat grandfather, Clinton Woolsey.  I came across this recent blog post about the airport and Clinton. It’s an interesting read and it does not surprise me that my two guys have that risk-taking blood running through their veins.  If you want to read it you can here.  My profile picture is in front of the cabin that Clinton or his father Byron (can’t remember) built in Northport.

5. No books on Clinton Woolsey, but since he did have Charles Lindbergh in one of his flight classes and according to Time magazine he was at Clinton’s funeral, we read this book and were able to really see the airplanes and pilots of the 1920’s.  Gage liked the photographs.

Charles LindberghCharles Lindbergh by Lucille Davis.


Keep sending me ideas for your state – especially book ideas!

Our Ohio activities. Pennsylvania activities.  West Virginia activites.

19 thoughts on “Traveling the States with Gage – Michigan

  1. Kay says:

    What a cute way to make a robin! Love it. Such a creative way to study the states and I feel like I’m learning as much as Gage. Keep us in the loop!

    And I’m with Gage. I don’t like getting my picture taken either. ;-p

  2. Staci Collins Taylor says:

    Okay, that robin is seriously CUTE!!! What a great way to explore the states and I love the photo album idea!! If you’re ever up by Traverse City let me know as I will be up that way a LOT this spring and summer!

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