New Coloring Activity Book Lets Kids Get Creative

Jan 25, 2017
Make it a masterpiece
Kids Coloring Booklet
ARLINGTON, VA -- USA Rice released a new coloring booklet for children ages 2-8, to teach them about rice grown in the USA.  This new resource joins USA Rice’s collection of other educational resources including the U.S.-Grown Rice in the Classroom pamphlet and the Think Rice classroom curriculum, which are regularly requested by extension agents, educators, and others conducting youth programs including county fairs, Ag in the Classroom projects, and other local events.

“The U.S.-Grown Rice in the Classroom pamphlet is always a hit with kids, but since its content is geared toward 4th – 6th grade students, it left out younger kids,” said Mary Jemison, USA Rice meetings and member services associate.  “So we decided to create a simple, fun, and easy-to-print coloring activity that tells the farm-to-table story of U.S. rice while also being age appropriate for the younger audience.”

The four-page activity features a map of the U.S. on the front and asks kids to color in the six outlined rice growing states.  The center page spread shows the lifecycle of rice by season and allows kids to color in different scenes from the farm.  The last page brings rice to the table where kids can color in a family making dinner and draw a MyPlate inspired dish with rice.  

“Since kids are seeing MyPlate all the time at school, it’s a good opportunity to show them that rice has a place on MyPlate too,” said Jemison.  

The coloring sheet will make its big debut at the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show next month which attracts 20,000 visitors.  Jemison says, “Kids love visiting the USA Rice booth to spin the prize wheel, and we’re really excited to have this new activity and USA Rice colored pencil sets to distribute.”

The new coloring booklet is available for download on thinkrice.com and physical copies can be requested by emailing USA Rice.