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A Great Idea About How to Make your Kids Excited for Back to School

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DIY: How to make a cardboard bed for plush toys (free printable) | Live Colorful

It’s back to school season and I found the perfect book to read with our kids and get them excited about their first day meeting new teachers, playing with friends and learning while having fun! Its name is Back to School with Mac, and I’m sure you are going to love this story as much as we do because it’s not just a book, but more like a family tradition that reaffirms positive encouragement and friendship.

You are going to love this book and family tradition, it's a great way to get your children excited about school | Live Colorful

Kim DiLoreto contacted me a few months ago to share with me her book, Back to School with Mac. She originally wrote the story a few years back for her youngest daughter when she was in Kindergarten. She struggled with the end of summer/back to school transition. To help her see that this time of year could be a fun time and not an anxious time, she wrote her a story and accompanied it with a small apple plush toy. This became a tradition for them, and she saw that this tradition helped to turn tears into smiles. Since this worked so well for her daughter, she thought this tradition could help many more kids. She decided to self-publish the book and worked with a toy designer and manufacturer to create Mac, the apple plush.   

Mac the magic apple shines at the end of summer. The book encourages families to pick a date when Mac’s magic will arrive. Mac can play with the kids all day long, go to the park with them, help them bake cookies and even ride a bike with them. It’s at night (with the help of us, the parents) when Mac’s magic come to life. He likes to leave treats or small back to school gifts to get the kids excited about that first day back to school.

Now, you might we wondered, what does this story have to have with a cardboard box DIY project?

Well, Jaxon started a bit of daycare not long ago, still not all day but it’s a step! The transition wasn’t easy, and although he is doing so much better, he sometimes expresses to me that he feels anxious, especially when there are too many kids in the daycare room. It breaks my heart to see him feel that way. But I also believe that these situations prepare us for preschool and kindergarten. I want to teach him how to deal with those feelings in a positive and encouraging way, and what better way than by giving him a new friend, Mac, with whom he can share those worries and insecurities and feel heard and understood.

You are going to love this book and family tradition, it's a great way to get your children excited about school | Live Colorful

I read the story to him as soon as the book arrived. Jaxon was listening carefully, but what caught his attention was hearing that Mac’s magic arrives at night. So he asked “cama, Mac?” which I translated as “Where is Mac’s bed?” And then, the idea of making a cardboard box bed for Mac arrived. It was a good one because this afternoon Jaxon put Mac in bed next to him and they both took an amazing nap.

You are going to love this book and family tradition, it's a great way to get your children excited about school | Live Colorful

Want to make one for your new Mac or any of your kid’s plush toys, check out this simple tutorial:

MATERIALS:

  • Cardboard box
  • Scissors
  • Exacto knife
  • Felt
  • Glue
  • Needle and thread
  • Acrylic paint (optional)

You are going to love this book and family tradition, it's a great way to get your children excited about school + a fun back to school craft idea | Live Colorful

STEPS:

  1. Download the printable: Cardboard plush toy bed printable | Live Colorful to recreate the bed’s structure, mark the shape on a cardboard box
  2. Cut the outlines of the bed and fold the inside lines
  3. Glue all the pieces together to close the bed’s structure
  4. Cut an extra rectangle to make the headboard of the bed
  5. Glue the headboard into the bed’s structure
  6. Cut a rectangle out of the white felt
  7. Fold and sew the rectangle to make a tiny pillow. You can fill it with small pieces of felt
  8. Cut two extra rectangles of felt to make some sheets and bedspreads

DIY: How to make a cardboard bed for plush toys (free printable) | Live Colorful

 

Cardboard plush toy bed printable | Live Colorfu

DIY: How to make a cardboard bed for plush toys (free printable) | Live Colorful

 

Is it easy for your kids to go back to school? Do you have any special activity, tradition or story that you share with your kids this season?

 

How to Make Giant Colorful Paper Flowers

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How to Make Giant Colorful Paper Flowers | Live Colorful

I have been wanting to make a fun paper flower display for my studio for a long time. I wanted to create something colorful that would cheer me up while in crafting. So when Hobby Lobby invited me to participate in this campaign, I got extremely excited. I knew it was the perfect excuse to bring the outdoors in with beautiful Spring colors and textures.

So I took a trip to my local Hobby Lobby to get all the material. I honestly could spend hours in their paper craft section, the cardstock displays look like rainbows! But I needed to focus, and after a couple of minutes wandering, I finally decided to take home a couple 12 x 12 sturdy cardstock in varying textures and colors.

I got home and I started brainstorming about the project. At first I wanted to make one giant flower of each color, but then I thought mixing all the colors and textures in one flower would create a more interesting effect, and I was so right!

Check out the easy steps so you can create your own indoor floral display to decorate your home or to make a  pretty photo backdrop for an upcoming spring party.

MATERIAL (to make one flower):

  • Cardstock. I used 12 x 12 inch cardstock in seven different colors. Six different colors for the petals and one white cardstock for the center of the flower.
  • Printer paper sheets. I used three sheets to sketch the petals
  • Exacto knife
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun and sticks
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

How to Make Giant Colorful Paper Flowers | Live Colorful

STEPS:

Step 1: Draw three different sizes of petals on white printer paper sheets to make molds.  

Step 2: Mark the center of the 12 x 12 inch cardstock and draw the petals using the mold. 

Step 3 and 4: Mark an X that cross the flowers in the middle and mark it pressing gently with the exacto knife. That is going to help fold the petals to create an interesting 3D texture.

Step 5: Cut the flowers leaving the petals connected by the center.

Step 6: In total you should have six flowers. Two flowers of each size of petal.

Step 7: Glue the flowers together. I started with the biggest petals to the smallest ones and I arranged them so you can appreciate all the six colors.

Tape your giant colorful flowers on the wall and start enjoying them!

TIPS:

To make the center of the petal use the white cardstock or a white printer paper sheet and draw skinny long petals of about ¼” x 1” and connect them with a skinny line just like the pictures below. Then roll them and glue them together. You can also use giant pom poms as the center of the flowers!

How to Make Giant Colorful Paper Flowers | Live Colorful

Next week I’m hosting an Easter party for my kid’s friends and mommies. I’m going to take these paper flowers for the patio to make a picture backdrop. That’s the awesome part about these giant flowers, I can move them around the house as much as I want and enjoy them for different occasions!

How to Make Giant Colorful Paper Flowers | Live Colorful

How to Make Giant Colorful Paper Flowers | Live Colorful

How to Make Giant Colorful Paper Flowers | Live Colorful

I know you are going to have lots of fun at your local Hobby Lobby this spring! Here is a  40% off coupon so you can get all the material you need to craft all season.

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Hobby Lobby. The opinions and text are all mine.

Free Printable Watercolor Bookmarks for You and Kids

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Free watercolor printable for you and your kid | Imprimible gratis de separador de libros  para ti y tu niño | Live Colorful

Lately, Jaxon has been sitting next to me while I’m reading. He takes a book, starts babbling cute sounds and even drinks his milk as if it was coffee like mommy. So I decided to make “reading together” a part of our morning routine.

With a two years old toddler this adorable routine lasts just a few minutes. Then he finishes “reading”, and he’s ready to start jumping on the sofa or climbing all over me. So I discovered that we both end up closing the books without saving the pages. Of course, is easier to come back and find the pages in Jaxon’s tiny books. But for me, it’s much more work.

To make this routine more successful, and be able to find the pages later, I had the idea of making two bookmarks. One is for mommy and one for Jax since I knew he would love having his own.

If you are a fan of bookmarks too, you can download these colorful free printable bookmarks for you and your kid, or a friend just by clicking on the image below.

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FREE PRINTABLE HERE: Free Printable Watercolor Bookmarks

MATERIAL:

Free watercolor printable for you and your kid | Imprimible gratis de separador de libros  para ti y tu niño | Live Colorful

Jaxon had a fever and a cold for almost five days last week, so we were extremely happy to be able to leave the house last Saturday and Sunday to enjoy the sunny weather. We even took some books and the bookmarks with us. It was a lot of fun.

Which design do you like more?

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Free watercolor printable for you and your kid | Imprimible gratis de separador de libros  para ti y tu niño | Live Colorful

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