Using Color to Make Learning Fun for Kids!

Colorful notebooks get kids writing

I’ve learned that one of the easiest ways to get kids interested in learning is by finding a way to capture their attention visually, so I was thrilled when Astrobrights asked if I would like to talk about using their colorful papers to make learning fun for kids.

Color makes a big difference in education! According to the Color Marketing Group, color can accelerate learning while increasing retention and comprehension – very impressive. I used colored paper for my kids’ tests when I taught high school, and they really liked that – they said it made the tests seem less stressful. My high school students also really enjoyed using different colored markers for the overhead machine.

We used the paper that Astrobrights sent us to make two projects: travel journals for our trip to Massachusetts and speech therapy cards for my son. In both cases, having bright, colorful, well-made paper definitely got my kids more engaged in the activity!

Decorate notebooks to get kids writing this summer

For the travel journals, we used regular composition notebooks, Astrobrights paper, and decorative Duck Tape. I mod podged the paper to the front and the back, then taped over the edges and spine for a finished look. I found that taping the top and bottom of the notebook followed by the sides and spine gave the best look.

DIY custom notebooks

Each of my kids picked one color for the front and another color for the back. Astrobrights makes beautiful heavy weight paper that is perfect for this project, since it is thick enough that the pattern underneath does not show through. They also make lighter weight paper that is perfect for more delicate projects.

Get kids writing in DIY journals they design and decorate

Once the books were put together, we pulled out stickers and each child got to work decorating their journal. Even one-year-old Anna enjoyed personalizing her notebook!

I loved seeing how each child decorated their notebook in their own way.

DIY Summer vacation journals for kids

My kids love writing and notebooks in general, but it has been neat to see how attached they are to these “special” notebooks. Eight-year-old Emma particularly looks forward to writing in her journal every day. Six-year-old Johnny’s is mostly full of sketches, and four-year-old Lily is filling the pages with stories written just like the one I captured in this post. One-year-old Anna is still working on decorating the cover of her book – with scribbles now, in addition to the stickers.

Colorize Education

Color makes a big difference for the kids’ notebooks, but I think the contrast between black and white and color is even more striking with my son’s speech cards! Johnny has worked very¬†hard on speech since he was a toddler who started off using “H” as his only consonant. He has figured out most of the alphabet sounds now, but still replaces most “L” sounds with a “Y” sound – which makes it hard for people to understand him. This is very frustrating for Johnny! His speech therapist sent us worksheets to go over this summer, but they were not looking very inspiring. I copied them onto colored paper, and they were instantly more interesting for him!

Help kids take ownership of their education

The color also made these worksheets interesting to Johnny’s sisters! They all sat down together and cut them out into little squares that we could easily bring on our trip. Then we punched holes in all the cars, and strung them onto rings:

Colorful cards make rote exercises more interesting - and easier to retain

Speech therapy is still work, but pretty paper definitely makes a difference!

 

How does color make learning more fun in your school or home?

Thank you to Astrobrights for sponsoring this post!

MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

97 thoughts on “Using Color to Make Learning Fun for Kids!”

  1. I’ve never thought about color affecting learning, but it makes sense. Colors can influence our moods, our appetite, why not education? I don’t know what I’d do with them, but it’s certainly something I’m going to look into!

  2. I LOVE colour. Why wouldn’t children benefit from it, too. It makes sense. Your journals are gorgeous. We do something like that here, too but I’ve been using clear plastic covers – I think we are going to have to make some fancy covers as the first page! And I think the paper I’ve been using is Astrobright, too!

  3. Keeping a journal over the summer is a great idea. Love the video of Anna too : )
    I am not sure what we would do with color paper but I am sure it would get used!

  4. I use the plain white cardstock for most of my art projects. the quality of the card stock is what I like the kids to work on. I find that the colored ones can be a bit distracting.

  5. Elisa | blissfulE

    Anna is so cute! Stickers, stickers everywhere! :) I’m glad you found a way to make Johnny’s flashcards more interesting, too. Colour does make a difference!

  6. Shannon Nelson

    I would definitely use this colorful paper for my son and I to work on projects together. The colors are so vivid and eye catching

  7. We use colored paper constantly on crafts and educational activities! It helps children visually separate items, and also just makes it fun to look at!

  8. I have a home daycare and I’d love to win so, I can make some new flash cards for the walls in the playroom.

  9. FinallyStayAtHomeMomma

    I would like to make bright and colorful calendars. My children like to use the bright paper for art designs.
    Shelia S

  10. I plan to use it for Bible study worksheets. Color captures the children’s attention more than plain white paper.

  11. My kids would love to use this for their various homeschooling projects. Lately, they’ve been making collages — this would be fun for that.

  12. Color makes a difference because kids seem to pay attention to things that are more colorful and vibrant making them more interested in it!

  13. Astro bright makes the activity more appealing to little ones. I would love to use the bright paper for center activities and small group activities.

  14. I would use the paper for my son to make cards and crafts like you did. You can never have too much fun bright colored paper!

  15. Color just makes everything more fun. White is very boring.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

  16. I watch my niece 1 day a week and she loves to paint and draw. Using these color papers door a collage would be very stimulating!

  17. My daughter is not big on writing. I would definitely use the beautiful colors to make her a personalized journal, inspired by your post. I think it would really inspire her to enjoy writing more.

  18. OMG. I. LOVE. ASTROBRITES! My first business got off the ground because of the tear off flyers we posted around Harvard Square on Astrobrite Yellow and Orange so those are my color picks!

  19. jeannine: waddleeahchaa

    I like the astrobrights on the cover of your journals. Very personal! My kiddos both keep personal journals. These are not used for homeschool. They are free to write and draw as they please. They drag them around all of the time writing and drawing little bits.

    We’ve been using astrobrights for years! Love the bright colors.

  20. I color coordinate our school subjects, red box with the math books and a red folder to go with it. I think bright colors engage our minds and are just plain fun!

  21. I would use it for art/writing projects with my oldest son and coloring with my younger. Kids get excited about fun colors.

  22. As a teacher, I use different colored papers when I copy math worksheets for my students. A separate color for each unit. I often have to buy my own paper to make copies.

  23. I think color really would grab the attention of squirmy wormy kids. This would be more fun for them.

  24. I think it’s a fun way to get kids involved by associating colors with their emotions and some of the things that they like.

  25. T Michelle Trump

    I plan to use it in my preschool classroom. They love bright colors and I love making learning fun.

  26. The kids enjoy making homemade cards for birthdays and such. We could use the astrobright paper for that:)

  27. I would give this to my daughter to use in her arts and crafts projects – let her see what she can come up with

  28. Did you use lined or unlined composition journals? Also good to hear about your sons speech journey. we have started with our daughter and it is going to be long and lots of work. any ideas and/or resources you suggest are appreciated!

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