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Meet the Joobles! The Cutest Organic Stuffed Animals

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How cute are these organic stuffed animals hand knitted by peruvian artisans! | Live Colorful

Fair Indigo contacted me a few weeks ago to share about their adorable Joobles. The Joobles are a collection of organic stuffed animals hand knitted by Peruvian artisans.

What makes them special is that the organic cotton which what they are made of is grown without GMO’s on a small family-owned farm in the climatically perfect Inca region of Peru. The dyes are Oeko-tex certified, gentle on the earth, farmers, knitters, and babies. The organic plush dolls are meticulously knit in small, worker-owned cooperatives throughout Peru, providing steady income and a better life for some of Peru’s poorest citizens.

How cute are these organic stuffed animals hand knitted by peruvian artisans! | Live Colorful

They sent me two cute joobles that I’m planning to give to my two newborn nephews when we meet them for the first time in a few weeks over New Year’s Eve. One of my sister in law’s due dates is around Christmas day! And we are beyond excited about having two tiny new members of the family, and giving them these adorable Joobles for their new nurseries.

How cute are these organic stuffed animals hand knitted by peruvian artisans! | Live Colorful

Check out this blog post that Fair Indigo shared about their original Joobles designer who passed away a couple of years ago. Their non profit foundation is truly making a difference at their adopted schools in Peru, and reading about this and all the kids and families that they are helping is truly inspiring.

How cute are these organic stuffed animals hand knitted by peruvian artisans! | Live Colorful

Find out more about Fair Indigo here. You can also read more about the Fair Indigo Foundation here, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving educational opportunities in the communities where their products are made.

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?

 

Bilingual books for kids: Win a Sol Book box Giveaway!

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Cute bilingual books for kids

Have you ever struggled to find books for your bilingual kids that are in Spanish and Spanish/English? I have! That’s probably why I’m extremely happy for being able to partner with Sol Book Box and host a giveaway so you get to try their service too.

Sol Book Box is a subscription service for parents raising bilingual (English/Spanish) kids. The service is designed to help kids celebrate the fact that they’re bilingual and often bicultural, helping them feel proud of their heritage with books and activities that have a special cultural meaning.

This is exciting because in our house we are obsessed with books, especially picture books for kids. We get a new book every week or so, no kidding, and we love having them around the house so my toddler can pick them up and enjoy them anytime he wants.

In our home we talk to my toddler just in Spanish, we want him to be fluent in both languages and we are confident that he will learn English in school and by interacting with other people everyday, but we want to give him as much exposure to spanish as we can so he has a strong foundation of vocabulary and grammar. But finding books written in Spanish and Spanish/English is not that easy, and sometimes they are not culturally relevant, so something like Sol Book Box is ideal, it makes it so easy to get books and activities to play with Jax directo en casa.

Cute bilingual books for kids

 

Como funciona Sol Book Box?

  • STEP 1: Choose a size. First, choose your box depending on the age of the child. The options are Spanish Board Book Box, best for children ages 0-2, Spanish Picture Book Box, best for kids 3 and older.
  • STEP 2: Choose a frequency. Then select the length of your subscription.
  • STEP 3: Get a package! Finally, proceed to checkout to complete your subscription!

Reading to kids is extremely important. My husband and I just took a parenting class a few weeks ago where we learned about the benefits of reading daily to your kid such as:

  • Reading creates a special bond with your child.
  • If reading is pleasurable experience to them, they will have a positive attitude towards reading as they grow up.
  • Preschool children who are exposed to language by hearing words that are read to them and in conversation tend to do well in school.
  • Reading cultivates a love of learning.
  • Reading encourages your child’s imagination
  • Reading builds a strong foundation of vocabulary and grammar in Spanish.

GIVEAWAY RULES

Today we are playing with a box that we received for Jax. Check it out to see what’s inside in the video above and don’t forget to enter the giveaway to win one of these boxes. You can win the “Colores” box for babies OR the “El ritmo que bailo” box for bigger kids.

To enter the giveaway you need to follow us on Instagram. here  are the rules.

Enter the giveaway HERE

  1. Follow @livecolorfulco on Instagram
  2. Follow @solbookbox on Instagram (must be following both to win)
  3. Tag as many friends as you want in SEPARATE comments in this post (no giveaway accounts por favor). Each tag is an entry!

Good luck!

IT’S #GIVEAWAY TIME! Today I’m partnering with @solbookbox to give one of their lovely subscription boxes to one of YOU. I just shared a new YouTube video (link in bio 👆) so you can see what we got inside our #SolBookBox. Jaxon approved it! He had tons of fun playing with the toys and reading the books. ➡️ Enter the giveaway for a chance to win the “Colores” box for babies (0-2 years old) OR the “El ritmo que bailo” box for older kids. ——————————————➡️ GIVEAWAY RULES 1. Follow @livecolorfulco 2. Follow @solbookbox (must be following both to win) 3. Tag as many friends as you want in SEPARATE comments (no giveaway accounts por favor). Each tag is an entry! BUENA SUERTE! ——————————————-For US residents only Giveaway runs through Thursday March 30th at 9:00 am PST ———————————— @solbookbox is a subscription service for parents raising #bilingualkids (English/Spanish). The service is designed to help kids celebrate the fact that they’re bilingual and often bicultural, helping them feel proud of their heritage with books and activities that have a special cultural meaning 🙂

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