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

Draw items on the crown that show why you are proud to live in Louisiana. As Former Governor Huey Pierce Long declared - “every man a king!” Wear your crown to the castle!

Compare and Contrast: The Scary Castle vs the Friendly Castle

How do they make you feel? Why do you think they were designed to look this way? Do you think Louisiana’s Old State Capitol seems like a scary castle or a “welcoming” castle?

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!


Draw the Historic Story of the Old State Capitol

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

Make a Quatrefoil

Use this pre-made cut-out sheet to create quatrefoils like the one's at the museum.

Coloring Book

Learn more about Louisiana! Every state has symbols that represent things unique to it.

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.