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Big News from Kinder Craze and Astrobrights!

Big things are happening at Kinder Craze and I am so excited to finally fill you in on one of my most-exciting collaborations yet. I am proud to become a member of the Astro Bright Minds team for Astrobrights® Papers. As a member of the team, I have the opportunity to provide feedback to Astrobrights about what teachers NEED for the classroom and how educators use their gorgeous papers.

This is a sponsored post. I received payment, trade and/or products from Astrobrights in exchange for promoting. This post also contains affiliate links. I earn a small commission each time someone makes a purchase through one of my links, which helps to support the blog. However, all opinions stated are my own and I only promote products I love.

Astro Bright Minds logo

Additionally, as a member of Astro Bright Minds, I will serve as an ambassador to the 2015 Colorize Your Classroom contest. You may recall that I teamed up with Astrobrights® Papers last summer to help spread the word about their Colorize Your Classroom Contest. I was honored to help inspire so many educators to embrace more color and creativity in their classrooms and I am delighted to help Astrobrights share even more colors in a really BIG way!

Astrobrights logo

Myself and the other ambassadors will help launch the program and share how you can participate for your chance to win a yearlong sponsorship from Astrobrights. I am so excited for you to meet the other members of the Bright Minds team, as well as many other wonderful bloggers that are working to share ideas and inspiration this summer. You will definitely find some familiar names and faces and I can’t wait for everyone to introduce themselves in the coming weeks!

The Astro Bright Minds team will be working with many of your favorite education bloggers to share ideas to enhance your classroom and promote creative learning throughout the school year. We can’t wait to share all of the details with you in the near future.

Incorporating Color into My Classroom

Summer is the perfect time to start planning your classroom improvements. I love surfing Pinterest for classroom inspiration and I am always drawn to bright colors. If you are looking for some fun ways to incorporate more color into your own classroom, you have come to the right place!

If your school is anything like mine, it has a ton of old, ugly, beat up file cabinets. I gave two of the nastiest file cabinets we had in storage a fresh new look with the help of some yellow spray paint. My classroom instantly became so much more special and cheerful!

bright yellow spray painted file cabinets in a kindergarten classroom

Adding a pop of spray paint is one of the easiest ways to liven up your classroom accessories and creative a cohesive, colorful look. I rounded up a few of my favorite spray paint colors and shared them in this blog post.  The colors look stunning next to my Classroom Rules Subway Art.


Of course, bright colors don’t have to be purely decorative. As a creative educator, I find ways to make color an important visual prompt for student resources as well. Last year I used Astrobrights cardstock to create gorgeous, simple sight word flash cards for my students. You can easily create a set of these too. Just download my free printable sight word labels. 

FREE printable sight word flashcards

Coordinating flash cards were also added to my classroom word wall. I can’t tell you how many times last year I was able to help a student easily find a specific sight word on our word wall by saying “it’s the green one” or “it’s the pink one next to the letter T.”

brightly colored kindergarten alphabet word wall

Color is an incredibly motivating aspect of any space designed for children. My classroom library is bursting with vibrant boxes for storing books. The boxes are labeled and the books are easily sorted into the proper bins. My students adore this section of the classroom and I think it’s because they feel so comfortable and at-home among the sea of colors. It creates enthusiasm for reading.

beautiful kindergarten classroom library!

With my great love of incorporating bright colors in the classroom, it’s no wonder why I love Astrobrights and am so excited to partner with them as an ambassador for this year’s Colorize Your Classroom contest.

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Make sure you don’t miss a beat. Follow Kinder Craze on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for program updates and announcements.

Astrobrights will share all of the details and plenty of inspiration on their social media channels as well. Follow Astrobrights on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Instagram.

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Maria Gavin

Maria is a former kindergarten and first grade teacher, with 13 years of teaching experience. Her love and passion for all things early childhood is now fulfilled as a mom to two amazing kids. She loves sharing practical and creative tips and ideas that are perfect for young learners – in the classroom or at home!

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  1. Thank you for this post! It is giving me a lot of new ideas for decorating my room for the incoming 2015-2016 Kindergartners

  2. Maria,
    I use a great deal of astrobrights card stock in my classroom. I find it easier for my binders to cut. Also, we can’t put construction paper through our copy machine as it causes too much lint. Therefore, card stock is used for almost everything we do. But, our supplier for the school has told us he can’t get brown anymore. I am in a desperate need of brown card stock. Can’t make monkeys, horses, bears etc. without brown. Any idea why brown is so hard to find and do you have a supplier for brown???

  3. HI! I’m a primary teacher from Italy.
    I have donwloaded your free calendar headers and I’ve found your blog very interesting and inspired!
    Could I ask you which font have you used (especially for YearCalendarHeaders)?
    thank you so much!

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Hi, I'm Maria.

I’m a former kindergarten teacher turned work-from-home mom. I still love sharing ideas and resources to make teaching easier, so you can focus on what really matters in the classroom. When I’m not working on the blog, you’ll find me chasing kids around the house with a cold cup of coffee in my hand (some things never change even once you’re out of the classroom!)


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