Eight for Each State – Wyoming

Welcome to the Eight For Each State US Geography tour. I am so glad you are joining us.

Wyoming was a ton of fun for us. Cowboys, rodeos, and fictitious animals made us gasp and giggle. Come along with us and enjoy some good old fashioned western fun as we study Wyoming!

Be sure to check out all of our US Geography resources to help you plan a complete study of the USA.

1. C is for Cowboy by Eugene Gagliano

These amazing books are worth finding for your state study. The pictures and fun rhyming text have brought interest and uniqueness to a unit study that could have easily gone dry after 20 or so states. The Discover America State by State books have kept us going, learning about all the special people, places, animals, plants, and geography that make the United States such an amazing country to live. Sometimes there is a board book with riddles too!

Little Wyoming by Eugene Gaglinao

Other books we use for our notebooking pages are:

2. Rodeo

Like Texas, Wyoming is known for its Cowboys and Cowgirls. Every year at Cheyenne Frontier Days a huge rodeo is held where competitors from around the world compete.

CFD Rodeo highlights — Day 7

More books and a fun video on rodeos:

Hard Hat Harry: Rodeo Adventure – This looks like a fun video available on Amazon Prime.

Rodeo by Roxie Munro – A fun lift the flap book all about rodeos.

B is for Buckaroo: A Cowboy Alphabet by Louise Doak Whitney – From the same publishers as the Discover America State by State books, B is for Buckaroo is just as well done and interesting as C is for Cowboy.

Rodeo Coloring Book – Dover makes detailed coloring books that my older kids enjoy using their fine tip markers and colored pencils on. The price can’t be beat either.


3. Jakalope

The Jakalope was the creation of taxidermist Douglas Herrick and was displayed in a Wyoming hotel, where it received its name. We thought the joke was so funny we decided to make some of our own animal combination creations. Below are the results.

US Geography Wyoming Animals

Stories featuring the Jackalope:

Jackalope by Janet Stevens – A picture book telling the story of how an ordinary hare got some horns.

Song of the Jackalope by  Baba Roy – A collection of short stories about the legend of the jackalope. 


4. Grand Teton Chalk Art

We absolutely love Southern Hodgpodge’s American Landmark Chalk tutorials. They are fun and easy to use. The Yellowstone Grand Teton tutorial is both lovely and simple for your budding artist. I highly recommend this resource for your US Geography study.

USA State Study Notebooking Pages

5. Yellowstone National Park

Ruth is in love with Yellowstone. It is on her list of places to visit and I’m not sure that once we get her there we will ever get her to leave again. She poured over every picture and book we could find. Enjoy these Yellowstone resources.

Who Pooped in the Park? Yellowstone National Park: Scat and Tracks for Kids by Gary D. Robson – A fun guide with scat and track information for some of the most common animals in the park.

Yellowstone by Marion Dane Bauer – A quick reader for those wanting to explore Yellowstone for the first time. 

What I saw in Yellowstone by Durrae Johanek – If we were going to take a trip to Yellowstone, which I hope we will someday, I would certainly make this book a part of it. Great pictures and information on what you might see and a small place to record when and where. Not too much pressure to make it “schooly,” but just enough to keep as a souvenir of your journey.

Yellowstone Moran: Painting the American West by Lita Judge – The story about the young painter who joined the scientists exploring the region in 1871. What looks to be a beautiful book. 

8 Tips for Visiting Yellowstone National Park with Kids – Highlights of Yellowstone with one family who visited and tried to go off the beaten path a bit. I love the tips under each feature for seeing the park with kids. For example, it is windy here, leave hats in the car.


6. Milk Can Stew

Ruth loved the idea of Milk Can Stew, a stew that cowboys made in milk cans over the fire with whatever they had. Well, we took that idea to heart and made a hamburger stew with whatever we had. And, it was so good, we forgot to take a picture! Here is a recipe idea to get you started.

7. The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush by Tomie dePaola

Wyoming’s state flower is the Indian Paintbrush. We enjoyed reading about the story about how it came to be. We also learned that this beautiful flower is a parasite. It eats the root systems of other plants, mostly the sagebrush.



8. Geysers

Geysers are created when water trickles down and meets the heat of molten rock. When molten rock is close to the surface, water boils and shoots out of the rock violently. Many geysers are found in Yellowstone National Park. Enjoy these geyser resources as you learn more about them.

 C is for Cowboy: A Wyoming Alphabet (Discover America State by State) Little Wyoming (Little State) Wyoming: The Equality State (Exploring the States) Hello USA Wyoming 2/E Hard Hat Harry: Rodeo Adventures Rodeo B is for Buckaroo: A Cowboy Alphabet (Sports) C is for Cowboy: A Wyoming Alphabet (Discover America State by State) Rodeo Coloring Book (Dover History Coloring Book) Jackalope Song of the Jackalope Who Pooped in the Park? Yellowstone National Park: Scat and Tracks for Kids Yellowstone (Wonders of America) What I Saw in Yellowstone Yellowstone Moran: Painting the American West The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush Geysers: What they are and How They Work


Geysers: What They Are And How They Work by T. Scott Bryan – A highly reviewed book on how geysers work. Geysers in Yellowstone are the main focus, but geysers all over the world are also mentioned. 

How the Beehive Geyser Works – A cool picture explanation from the Yellowstone National Park website.

How Does A Geyser Work?


Have you been to Wyoming?



  • Kimberly says:

    Fun stuff! Thanks for sharing!

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