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U.S. Flags and Symbols

Still compiling the list of 50 States, so please visit again! 

I'll slowly be adding coloring and origami projects featuring official state emblems: flags, flowers, birds, butterflies and more.

Color the Alabama State Flag:

Admission: 22nd State (December 18, 1819)
Capital: Montgomery

The Heart of Dixie (unofficial)
The Yellowhammer State (originating from the Civil War)
The Cotton State (unofficial)

State Motto: Audemus jura nostra defendere (We Dare Maintain Our Rights)
State Song: Alabama, by Julia S. Tutwiler and Edna Gockel-Gussen

State Amphibian: Red Hills Salamander
State Bird: Yellowhammer Woodpecker
State Bird (Game Bird): Wild Turkey
State Butterfly: Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
State Fish (Freshwater): Largemouth Bass

State Fish (Saltwater): Fighting Tarpon
State Flower: Camellia
State Flower (Wildflower): Oak-leaf Hydrangea
State Gem: Star Blue Quartz
State Insect: Monarch Butterfly
State Mammal: Black Bear
State Mineral: Hematite
State Reptile: Red-Bellied Turtle
State Tree: Southern Longleaf Pine

Color the Alaska State Flag:

Admission: 49th State (January 3, 1959)
Capital: Juneau

Nickname: The Last Frontier

State Motto: North to the Future
State Song: Alaska's Flag by Marie Drake and Elinor Dusenbury

State Bird: Willow Ptarmigan
State Fish: King Salmon
State Flower: Alpine Forget-Me-Not
State Fossil: Woolly Mammoth
State Gem: Jade
State Insect: Four-spot Skimmer Dragonfly
State Land Mammal: Moose
State Marine Mammal: Bowhead Whale
State Tree: Sitka Spruce 

Color the Arizona State Flag:

Admission: 48th State (February 14, 1912)
Capital: Phoenix

Nickname: The Grand Canyon State

State Motto: Ditat Deus (God enriches)
State Song: Arizona March Song, lyrics by Margaret Rowe Clifford, music by Maurice Blumenthal

State Amphibian: Arizona Tree Frog
State Bird: Coues' Cactus Wren
State Butterfly: Two-tailed Swallowtail
State Fish: Arizona Trout
State Flower: Saguaro Cactus Blossom
State Gem: Turquoise
State Mammal: Ringtail
State Reptile: Arizona Ridge-nosed Rattlesnake
State Tree: Blue Palo Verde

Color the Arkansas State Flag:

Admission: 25th State (June 15, 1836)
Capital: Little Rock

Nickname: The Natural State

State Motto: Regnat populus (The People Rule)
State Song: "Oh, Arkansas" by Terry Rose and Gary Klaff

State Bird: Mockingbird
State Butterfly: Diana Fritillary Butterfly
State Fish: Largemouth Bass
State Flower: Apple Blossom
State Gem: Diamond
State Insect: Honeybee
State Mammal: White-tailed Deer
State Tree: Pine Tree

Color the California State Flag:

Admission: 31st State (September 9, 1850)
Capital: Sacremento

Nickname: The Golden State

State Motto: Eureka (I have found it)
State Song: I Love You, California

State Animal: Grizzly Bear
State Bird: California Valley Quail
State Butterfly: California Dogface Butterfly
State Fish: California Golden Trout
State Fish (Marine): Garibaldi
State Flower: California Poppy
State Fossil: Sabre-tooth Cat
State Gem: Benitoite
State Marine Mammal: California Gray Whale
State Mineral: Gold
State Reptile: Desert Tortoise
State Tree: California Redwood

 Color the Colorado State Flag:

Admission: 38th State (August 1, 1876)
Capital: Denver

Nickname: The Centennial State

State Motto: Nil sine Numine (Nothing without Providence)
State Song: Where the Columbines Grow, by A.J. Fynn

State Animal: Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep
State Bird: Lark Bunting
State Butterfly: Colorado Hairstreak Butterfly
State Fish: Greenback Cutthroat Trout
State Flower: White and Lavender Rocky Mountain Columbine
State Fossil: Stegosaurus
State Gem: Aquamarine
State Tree: Colorado Blue Spruce

Color the Connecticut State Flag:

Admission: 5th State (January 9, 1788)
Capital: Hartford

Nickname: The Constitution State

State Motto: Qui transtulit sustinet (He who is transplanted still sustains)
State Song: Yankee Doodle

State Animal: Sperm Whale
State Bird: American Robin
State Fish: American Shad
State Flower: Mountain Laurel
State Fossil: Eubrontes Giganteus Dinosaur Track
State Insect: European Praying Mantis
State Mineral: Garnet
State Shellfish: Eastern Oyster
State Tree: Charter Oak

Color the Delaware State Flag:

Admission: 1st State (December 9, 1787)
Capital: Dover

Nickname: The First State

State Motto: Liberty and Independence
State Song: Our Delaware by George B. Hynson and Will M.S. Brown

State Bird: Blue Hen Chicken
State Butterfly: Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly
State Insect: Ladybug
State Fish: Weakfish
State Flower: Peach Blossom
State Fossil: Belemnite
State Marine Animal: Horseshoe Crab
State Tree: American Holly

Color the Georgia State Flag:

Admission: 4th State (January 2, 1788)
Capital: Atlanta

Nickname: The Peach State

State Motto: Wisdom Justice Moderation
State Song: Georgia on My Mind, by Stuart Gorrell and Hoagy Carmichael

State Amphibian: Green Tree Frog
State Bird: Brown Thrasher
State Bird (Game Bird): Bobwhite Quail
State Butterfly: Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly
State Fish: Largemouth Bass
State Flower: Cherokee Rose
State Flower (Wildflower): Azalea
State Fossil: Shark Tooth
State Gem: Quartz
State Insect: Honeybee
State Marine Mammal: Right Whale
State Reptile: Gopher Tortoise
State Tree: Live Oak


Color the Hawaii State Flag:

Admission: 50th State (August 21, 1959)
Capital: Honolulu

Nickname: The Aloha State

State Motto: UA MAU KE EA O KA ‘ĀINA I KA PONO (The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness)
State Song: Hawai'i Pono'i, by King David Kalakaua

State Bird: Nene (Hawaiian Goose)
State Fish: Humuhumunukunukuapua'a (Hawaiian Trigger Fish)
State Flower: Ma'o hau hele (Yellow Hawaiian Hibiscus)
State Gem: Black Coral
State Insect: Pulelehua (Kamehameha Butterfly)
State Mammal: Hawaiian Monk Seal
State Marine Mammal: Humpback Whale
State Tree: Kukui (Candlenut Tree)

Hawaiian Islands: Nicknames, Colors and Flowers:
Hawai'i (The Big Island) Red, ʻŌhiʻa lehua
Maui (The Valley Isle) Pink, Lokelani
Moloka'i (The Friendly Isle) Green, Kukui
Lānaʻi (The Pineapple Isle) Orange, Kauna'oa
Kaho'olawe (The Target Isle) Gray, Hinahina
O'ahu (The Gathering Place) Golden Yellow, 'Ilima
Kaua'i (The Garden Isle) Purple, Mokihana
Ni'ihau (The Forbidden Isle) White, Pūpū keʻokeʻo (white shell)

More crafts, puzzles and coloring activities from Hawaii...

Color the Indiana State Flag:

Admission: 19th State (December 11, 1816)
Capital: Indianapolis

Nickname: Hoosier State

State Motto: The Crossroads of America
State Song: On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away, by Paul Dresser

State Bird: Northern Cardinal
State Flower: Peony
State Stone: Limestone
State Tree: Tulip Tree

Color the Maryland State Flag:

Admission: 7th State (April 28, 1788)
Capital: Annapolis

Nickname: The Old Line State

State Motto: Fatti Maschii, Parole Femine (Manly Deeds, Womanly Words)
State Song: Maryland, My Maryland by James Ryder Randal

State Bird: Baltimore Oriole
State Butterfly: Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly
State Crustacean: Maryland Blue Crab
State Dinosaur: Astrodon johnstoni
State Fish: Striped Bass(Rockfish)
State Flower: Black-eyed Susan
State Reptile: Diamondback Terrapin Turtle
State Tree: White Oak

Color the state flag of Massachusetts:
Admission: 6th State (1788)
Capital: Boston

Nickname: The Bay State

State Motto: Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem (By the Sword We Seek Peace, But Peace Only Under Liberty)
State Song: All Hail to Massachusetts by Arthur J. Marsh

State Bird: Black-capped Chickadee
State Bird (Game Bird): Wild Turkey
State Fish: Atlantic Cod
State Flower: Mayflower
State Fossil: Dinosaur Tracks
State Gem: Rhodonite
State Insect: Ladybug
State Mammal: Right Whale
State Reptile: Garter Snake
State Tree: American Elm

Color the Mississippi State Flag:

Admission: 20th State (December 10, 1817)
Capital: Jackson

Nickname: The Magnolia State

State Motto: Virtute et armis (By Valor and Arms)
State Song: Go, Mississippi by William Houston Davis

State Bird: Mockingbird
State Butterfly: Spicebush Swallowtail
State Fish: Largemouth Bass
State Flower: Magnolia
State Insect: Honeybee
State Reptile: American Alligator
State Stone: Petrified Wood
State Tree: Magnolia
State Waterfowl: Wood Duck
State Water Mammal: Bottlenose Dolphin
State Wildflower: Coreopsis

New Hampshire

Admission: 9th State (June 21, 1788)
Capital: Concord

Nickname: The Granite State

State Motto: Live Free or Die
State Song: Old New Hampshire by Dr. John Holmes and Maurice Hoffmann

State Amphibian: Red-spotted Newt
State Animal: White-tailed Deer
Bird: Purple Finch
State Butterfly: Karner Blue Butterfly
State Insect: Ladybug
State Fish: Brook Trout

State Saltwater Game Fish: Striped Bass
State Flower: Purple Lilac
State Flower (Wildflower): Pink Lady's Slipper
State Gem: Smoky Quartz
State Tree: White Birch

New York

Admission: 11th State (July 26, 1788)
Capital: Albany

Nickname: The Empire State

State Motto: Excelsior (Ever Upwards)
State Song: I Love New York by Steve Karmen

State Animal: Beaver
State Bird: Eastern Bluebird

State Fish (Freshwater): Brook Trout
State Fish (Saltwater): Striped Bass
State Flower: Rose
State Fossil: Sea Scorpion
State Gem: Wine Red Garnet
State Insect: Ladybug
State Reptile: Snapping Turtle
State Shell: Bay Scallop
State Tree: Sugar Maple

Color the Ohio State Flag:

Admission: 17th State (March 1, 1803)
Capital: Columbus

Nickname: The Buckeye State

State Motto: With God, All Things are Possible
State Song: Beautiful Ohio by Ballard MacDonald and Mary Earl

State Animal: White-tailed Deer
State Bird: Northern Cardinal
State Flower: Red Carnation
State Flower (Wildflower): White Trillium
State Fossil: Trilobite
State Gem: Ohio Flint
State Insect: Ladybug
State Reptile: Black Racer
State Tree: Ohio Buckeye


Admission: 16th State (June 1, 1796)
Capital: Nashville

Nickname: The Volunteer State

State Motto: Agriculture and Commerce
State Song: My Homeland Tennessee by Neil Grayson Talor and Roy Lamont Smith

State Amphibian: Tennessee Cave Salamander
State Bird: Mockingbird
State Bird (Game Bird): Bobwhite Quail
State Butterfly: Zebra Swallowtail Butterfly
State Fish (Commercial): Channel Catfish
State Fish (Game Fish): Smallmouth Bass
State Flowers: Iris & Passion Flower
State Gem: Tennessee River Pearl
State Insects: Firefly, Honeybee & Ladybug
State Reptile: Eastern Box Turtle
State Trees: Tulip Poplar & Yellowwood
State Wild Animal: Raccoon


Color the Washington State Flag:

Admission: 42nd State (November 11, 1889)
Capital: Olympia

Nickname: The Evergreen State

State Motto: Alki (Bye and Bye)
State Song: Washington, My Home by Helen Davis and Stuart Churchill

State Amphibian: Pacific Chorus Frog
State Bird: Willow Goldfinch
State Flower: Pacific Coast Rhododendron
State Fish: Steelhead Trout
State Fossil: Columbian Mammoth
State Insect: Green Darner Dragonfly
State Gem: Petrified Wood
State Land Mammal: Olympic Marmot
State Marine Mammal: Orca
State Tree: Western Hemlock

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