These interesting facts about Idaho for kids include that many precious gems are found in the state, one-third of all potatoes in the US come from here, and it’s home to the longest gondola ride in the world. Find some fun crafts, activities, and books for each state that will engage kids of all ages.
This is part of the 50 states unit study as we travel around America, learning about the history of each state. Check out these Idaho facts for kids below!
5 Interesting Facts about Idaho
Idaho is in the northwest region of the United States, is mountainous, and is bordered by six other states. The capital is Boise and it’s the 39th most populated state in the US. It became a state in July of 1890 and is known as The Gem State.
Fact One: There are 72 types of precious gems found naturally in the state
There are many places you can find precious gems in the state of Idaho. You can even dig for star garnets in Emerald Creek Garnet Area with a permit. You can buy uncut, rough, or polished gems all over the state.
Kids will love these fun gem activities to help them learn more about this natural resource:
- DIY Glass Cracked Gems and Stones Jewelry
- How To Make Glass Glitter Magnets
- My Book of Rocks and Minerals: book
- Make Your Own Crystals for Kids
- Gem Covered Suncatchers
Fact Two: One-third of all the potatoes in the United States are grown in Idaho
Idaho is known for being one of the largest producers of potatoes in the United States. You can buy potato candy, souvenirs, and decorations in shops all over the state. Did you also know that Idaho is the lentil capital of the world and has one of the largest hop farms in the US?!
Here are some fun crafts and activities for your kids to use to learn about potatoes:
- Butterfly Potato Stamps
- Hot Potato Surprise Game
- The Couch Potato: book
- Maze Potato Plant Experiment for Kids
- Potato Print Owl Craft for Kids
Fact Three: The longest gondola in North America
The Silver Mountain Resort in Kellogg is home to the longest gondola ride in North America. It’s 3.1 miles long and goes from the base of Kellogg mountain to the Mountain House where you can eat, listen to music, and enjoy the mountain top scenery.
- Ski Lift Paper Plate Craft
- Make Your Own Ski Lift
- The Adventure Friends: Ski Day :book
- Ski Lift Challenge
- Snow Foam Recipe
Fact Four: Gold mining began in the 1860s
Idaho experienced a gold boom in the Boise Basin and Idaho City was settled in 1862. It became one of the biggest sources of wealth for the state and helped the state grow.
Here are some fun crafts and activities for your kids to have some fun with gold:
- Build a raft STEM challenge
- Gold Rush Free Unit Study
- Scavenger Scout: Rock Hound: book
- How to throw a Gold Rush party
- Gold Rush Frame
Fact Five: The state fruit is the Huckleberry
Huckleberries are picked from bushes in the mountains of Idaho and are put in pies, ice cream, syrups, sauces, marinades, candy, and more. They are small and round and look similar to blueberries. You can buy huckleberries and many other fruits at local farmer’s stands and markets during the summer and fall.
Here are some fun fruit crafts and activities for your kids to enjoy:
- Strawberry Barrettes Craft
- Natural Fingerpainting with Blackberries or Huckleberries
- Blueberry’s Blue Day: book
- 3-Ingredient DIY Raspberry Puffy Paint
- DIY Blackberry Play Dough