To do: Learn a few facts about the landmark + print the map linked below to show the trip from France to USA
Time: 30 minutes
Materials: Facts below + printable map
The Statue of Liberty is a national landmark located in New York City. Take a look at these images of the Statue of Liberty and let’s learn more about this famous statue!
The Statue of Liberty began as an idea to celebrate the friendship between America and France. French sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi designed and built the statue. But how did it get from France to it’s current home on Liberty Island?
Starting in France, the statue was taken apart and packed into more than 200 boxes and transported across the Atlantic Ocean on a ship! What a journey.
The statue was delivered on June 17th, 1885. Workers in New York had to put all the pieces back together again on top of a pedestal. Think of putting such a giant and heavy puzzle together, it must have been hard work!
The statue is made of copper and iron, which means it didn’t start out the greenish color it is now. But over time, the effects of standing in open air have given the copper what is called a “patina”, or the green coating.
So now you can answer these questions!
– Who built the Statue of Liberty?
– Where was it built?
– What is it made of?
Activity: Trace the Statue of Liberty’s route to the U.S.
The Statue of Liberty had a long voyage to reach New York. Use this printable map to make a route with your family! Along the way, speak with your child about how long the journey must have been in a boat. Speak about the different continents or countries on the map. For very young children, speak about the difference between land and water. We hope you enjoy your journey!
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