If there’s been anything positive from 2020 (and there has been, definitely), one of the positives is that local organizations brought a lot more of their resources online for Wichita residents – and for the whole world – to enjoy and learn from.
What started to catch my attention were free printable coloring sheets that have been made available locally. At first I saw one or two, and thought ‘oh, that’s nice.’ Gradually I became aware of more and more covering diverse topics and ranging from fun to educational, from simple line drawings to complex designs.
Some of these have been online for years and weren’t a result of recent events. But either way, the idea of going on a treasure hunt to find all the free Wichita/Kansas coloring pages started to seem really fun. What you’ll find below are the results of that hunt!
I do know some national sites offer free coloring printables with the state flag or state bird, but what I really wanted to dig up were offerings from our wonderful local museums, businesses, and organizations. But for the most part what you’ll find below are links to the free printable Wichita and Kansas coloring pages I’ve found so far.
Some of these are just for fun and relaxation and others are educational.
Please let me know of any gems I’ve neglected to include; I don’t want to miss any!
FREE Wichita and/or Kansas Coloring Pages
Follow the links to find and print out coloring pages with local themes – or just fun coloring pages offered by local people. In most cases, my links will take you to the organization’s website where you will open yet another link to a pdf file. Depending on your browser, you can probably print the coloring sheet without saving it (unless you want to keep a folder of these for your own personal, non-commercial use.)
The Kansas Historical Society has so many (so many!) educational resources on its website, including a bunch of very nice Kansas-themed printable coloring sheets. These include the Kansas State Symbols coloring book (free to download and print), Kansas Trivia sheets, paper constructibles, games, and more. You can scroll through the whole list of Kansas Day classroom activities here on the KSHS website.
ICT Chalk Talks is a big chalkboard downtown to encourage discussion and expression. Chalk Talk artists Maggie and Ellie Newlin made free downloadable coloring pages of their botanical Wichita flag art. The pages are here in this Google Drive folder: Coloring Pages
The website of the Wichita airport, FlyWichita.com, has downloadable free coloring and activity book to help kids pass the time waiting for a flight or just learn more about air travel in the ICT. Preview it here or get the pdf here.
Greater Wichita YMCA offers some free printable coloring pages on its website. We really like the detail of the sports coloring page, but there are simpler depictions too: YMCA coloring pages here
As part of this year’s virtual Wichita River Festival, Wichita Festivals offered five free Riverfest poster coloring pages. These are fun, and depict the poster art of past River Festivals.
Wichita’s new baseball team, the Wind Surge, has some free coloring sheets with their logos, home plate, baseball caps and shirts, and more you can download and print out here. This should occupy fans while we wait for them to open.
Wichita Park and Recreation’s City Crew club for kids hosted a coloring contest earlier this year. The coloring contest is over, but you can still download the free Beeatrice coloring page here.
Avenue Art Days is a project of the Douglas Design District in Wichita which beautifies the city with some very cool murals made by local artists. They’ve made some of those murals into free printable coloring pages! You could color these just to relax, or they could be the basis of a fun Wichita mural scavenger hunt. How many can you find around town?
K State Research and Extension also has some free downloadable coloring pages for kids with a 4-H theme. There are pages on gardening, cooking, camping and more. You can find them here at the Kansas 4-H website (scroll down below the posters) or go directly to the printable here.
Museum of World Treasures offers free coloring sheets and other educational resources. Kids can color Ivan the T. rex, Roman coins, and more subjects of historical importance.
The Kansas Sports Hall of Fame has printable kids activity sheets that include a Kansas sports crossword, a Kansas colleges mascot word search, and a Kansas Sports HOF logo coloring sheet. You can get them here.
Old Cowtown Museum has a whole bevy of field trip ideas for students and with those suggestions are support materials. We found quite a few early Wichita and Kansas themed activity sheets in The Kansas Character support materials here at this link. For example, it has a Kansas state seal that could be colored, a crossword puzzle, and a sheet where you can identify our state bird, reptile, mammal, etc. You can find even more old west and Kansas activity sheets in the support materials here.
Wichita Color Me Mine made available five different sets of free coloring pages you can print.
Do you know of any other local Wichita or Kansas resources for free coloring pages? Please share them with us in the comments section and we’ll add them to the list.