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Kansas Kaleidoscope - January 1998

(Volume 1, Number 4)

A fun magazine for kids!

Kansas Kaleidoscope, January 1998 Symbols of Kansas

Think of Kansas. What images come to mind? Some of us might think of sunflowers, fields of wheat or buffalo grazing on the open prairie; others might think of tall cottonwood trees. These images are so common among us they have become symbols of Kansas.

Making It Official

The 1985-1986 sixth-grade class at Caldwell Elementary School learned firsthand the process of creating an official state symbol. It's the ornate box turtle!

Wildflower or Weed

It's the wild native sunflower!

Believe it or Not: We've Even Got A State Soil

Have you ever heard of harney silt loam?

Give Me a Home

Do you know our state song, "Home on the Range?"

The First Choice of Kansas Schoolchildren

Spot the state bird, the western meadowlark.

The Pioneer Tree of Kansas

Can you recognize the fluffy seeds of our state tree, the cottonwood?

Where the Buffalo Roam

Though buffalo have not roamed free on the plains of Kansas since the late 1800s, the massive animals have long been associated with the region.

State Symbols That Slither, Crawl & Sting

Between 1976 and 1994, Kansas schoolchildren were responsible for getting the Kansas Legislature to officially designate three additional state symbols: the honeybee, the ornate box turtle, and the barred tiger salamander.

Travel the Symbols Timeline!

Kansas symbols have made history from 1854 when the Kansas-Nebraska Act opens Kansas Territory for settlement to 1994 when the barred tiger salamander is named the official state amphibian.

Searching For Symbols

This crossword puzzle tests your knowledge of Kansas symbols!