Our tours for Pre-K and lower elementary students ask them to become explorers! We ask them to pay specific attention to shapes, colors, materials and to observe and analyze what makes this building so special.

Here are some activities you can use with students before and after your tour:

Make a crown and draw items on it that show why you are proud to live in Louisiana. As Former Governor Huey Pierce Long declared - “every man a king!”

I-Spy: What shapes do you see? – Check out these pictures and see what you can find at Louisiana’s Old State Capitol. Also try: Create your own version of a capitol with lots of your favorite shapes!

Make your own Quatrefoil with this pre-made cut-out sheet.

How to make crayon rubbings - Historic rubbings can be made to record the markings of cemetery stones, old coins, and other artifacts. Teachers, ask if your group can make rubbings at the Old State Capitol as part of your field trip!

Watch The Three Little Pigs - This story tells us how important it is to use strong materials when building a home - or a capitol building!

Draw and Create your own historic story - Illustrate your own story about the Old State Capitol’s creator, James Dakin, who insisted on using the finest materials for his "castle."

The Scary Castle vs the Friendly Castle - Compare and Contrast: How do they make you feel?

Coloring Book - Every state has symbols that represent things unique to it. See how many you can find at the Old State Capitol.

Color the Castle - Color in your own version of the Old State Capitol.

This program is funded under a grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.