Texas Symbols: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Jennifer Lowery

Jennifer has taught elementary levels K-3 and has master's degrees in elementary education and curriculum/instruction and educational leadership.

Let's travel to the Lone Star state of Texas! In this lesson, learn about many different symbols of the 28th state including animals, plants, and foods!

The Lone Star State

If you like cowboys, beautiful plants and flowers, and unique animals, then Texas is the state for you! It is often called the Lone Star State, and there is a special historical story behind this nickname. Before Texas was a state in America, it was a part of Mexico. The flag for this area had two stars on it, but when Texas became independent from Mexico, it was clear a new flag needed to be created. The new flag had only one star, and this is how many people began referring to Texas as the Lone Star State. Let's learn about some more symbols of Texas and why they represent the state.

Animal Symbols

Texas is the second largest state in America, and it is full of special wild animals. One of the most interesting animals found in Texas is the nine-banded armadillo. This animal is a mammal with a body covered in armored plates, and it represents Texas as the state small mammal.

Nine-banded armadillos are commonly found throughout Texas, and they are the state small mammal.
Texas symbol

The large mammal for the state is the longhorn, a type of cattle that is known for the extremely long horns that can grow to be longer that six feet in length! This symbol is such a well-known representation of the state that a large university in Texas chose the longhorn as its mascot.

Plants and Flowers

There are many beautiful plants that grow in Texas, and they serve as natural symbols of the state. The state plant is the prickly pear cactus, which grows well in the areas of Texas that have more of a desert-like climate.

If you travel throughout the state, you will notice fields of brilliant blue flowers. The state flower is the bluebonnet, and it is so popular that there is even a song that has been written about it! Throughout the year, Texans celebrate the state flower with bluebonnet festivals.

The state flower, bluebonnet, grows throughout Texas.

Fun and Food

When people think of Texas, they often think of cowboys and cowgirls. These people herd cattle and other animals while riding horseback. It's no easy job to ride a horse, and many people practice to become skilled riders and compete in the state sport of the rodeo. This is an event where riders show their abilities for horseback riding and rounding up cows and other animals.

Rodeo is the official state sport of Texas.
Texas sport

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