Interesting facts about Minnesota for kids include information about the meaning of the state's name, its size, its capital city, its symbols, its climate and what states are near it. Other facts kids find interesting or helpful are the state's abbreviation, Minn., and its postal code, MN.
The name "Minnesota" comes from the Dakota Sioux word for "sky-tinted water" because of the Minnesota River and numerous lakes throughout the state. Saint Paul is the state's capital.
Minnesota's state flower is the mayflower, and the state bird is the common loon. The state tree is the red pine or the Norway pine. Minnesota's motto is "L'Etoile du nord," which is French for "Star of the North."
Minnesota is located in the central northern section of the United States. Wisconsin is situated to its east, and Iowa lies to the south. South Dakota and North Dakota are west of the state, and Canada is north. Another fun fact for kids, Minnesota has 90,000 miles of shoreline. Though it does not border an ocean, it actually has more shoreline than the combined states of California, Hawaii and Florida. This fact is due to the many lakes in the state and its border with Lake Superior.
The land that is now Minnesota was annexed into the country as part of the Louisiana Purchase and the Treaty of Paris. Minnesota became the 32nd state of the United States in 1858.