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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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:
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!