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How to Make a Rainbow Mermaids Shoebox Puppet Theatre

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How to make a cute rainbow mermaids shoebox puppet theatre for the kids

It’s so important for me to spread joy and creativity with all the projects I create for this blog, but also with the products I promote. That’s why I love collaborating with artists and illustrators. I enjoy the uniqueness and the personal touch they put in their art, it makes it more special. This time I’m partnering with Tara and Gill (“Jill”) McBarnet, the mom and daughter duo at Hawaiian Children’s Books.

They sent me a wonderful copy of their book named “The Rainbow Mermaids of Hawaii” The book makes learning to count a fun experience, while the kids listen a wonderful story about the blue ocean, its colorful coral gardens, rainbow mermaids and sea animals.

How to make a cute rainbow mermaids shoebox puppet theatre for the kids

To make the story interactive I decided to create a craft inspired by the story, and it occurred to me that a shoebox puppet theatre would be a wonderful idea!

How to make a cute rainbow mermaids shoebox puppet theatre for the kids

MATERIALS:

  • Recycled shoe box
  • Paper sheets in a variety of colors
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Sequins
  • Black pen or marker
  • Wood clothespins

How to make a cute rainbow mermaids shoebox puppet theatre for the kids

STEPS:

  1. Perforate a rectangle in the middle of the shoe box.
  2. Decorate the shoe box. You can paint it blue to simulate the sky and water or use blue paper sheets.
  3. Make a few semicircles in different colors to create a rainbow (like the one in the story), you can also sketch the sun and a few animals to make the puppet theatre more fun.
  4. To make the mermaids, draw and cut a few mermaid tails in different colors. Glue them into the clothespins. Use sequins to simulate their top and a pen or marker to draw their happy faces.

How to make a cute rainbow mermaids shoebox puppet theatre for the kids

How to make a cute rainbow mermaids shoebox puppet theatre for the kids

When your puppet theater is ready you can start reading the amazing story of “The Rainbow Mermaids of Hawaii”, and put the cute mermaids, one by one, in the scenario. What a great way to make counting fun for the little ones!

How Are You Going To Celebrate Piñata Day?

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The cutest mini piñatas | Live Colorful

In honor of Piñata Day, I’m sharing my favorite handmade mini piñatas created by J Balloon Fiesta. I met this talented lady at We All Grow 2017 conference a few months ago. She is extremely talented, creative and made me feel inspired after seeing her passion for her business and family.

She sent me these three adorable designs from her shop. Frida Kahlo piñata, lucha libre piñata y señorita cactus piñata. She is now making postcards and stickers with empowering funny quotes related to the piñatas such as “señorita nopal, soy mujer tocame y verás” and  “lucha por tus Sueños”. They are super cute!

The cutest mini piñatas | Live Colorful

The cutest mini piñatas | Live Colorful

The cutest mini piñatas | Live Colorful

How are you going to celebrate piñata day? I’m going to fill one of these cute piñatas with candy and leave it in front of my desk so I can snack throughout the day. These piñatas might be too cute to hit!

Kids Books We Love: My Color is Rainbow

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Kids Books Love: My Color is Rainbow

I got a copy of  My Color Is Rainbow written by Agnes Hsu and illustrated by Yuliya Gwilym a few months ago and I truly enjoy the book with my toddler. It’s funny, creative and with a great message about kindness and acceptance that celebrates the fact that all of us can be anything we want to be.

Kids Books Love: My Color is Rainbow

Subject:

Kids will learn colors and about color psychology in a fun and simple way.

What’s the story about?

The story is about a white arch that dreams of becoming other colors. The book takes the kids through the fun journey of the arch while he discovers emotions and feelings and talks about the way he would feel in all those color. At the end, he decides that he wants to be all the colors, and he becomes a perfect rainbow.

Kids Books Love: My Color is Rainbow review

Kids Books Love: My Color is Rainbow review

When I read My Color Is Rainbow with my toddler I remind him that is all our different characteristics what make us special and unique at the end. It’s a cute book for your kid’s collection, and the cover is so cheerful and fun that you can even use it as coffee table book. 

Kids Books Love: My Color is Rainbow