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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?

 

Free Printable Valentine’s Day Gift Tags: Watercolor Hearts & Roses

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Free Printable Valentine’s Day Gift Tags. Imprimible Gratis Tarjetas de Regalo para San Valentín. | Live Colorful

February is already here. How crazy is that? It seems like just a few days ago we were getting excited about Christmas trees and holiday gifts, and now it’s all about hearts and flowers everywhere. I honestly love it, it’s kind of refreshing and a good reminder that spring is getting closer and closer.

I let myself get inspired by the theme of the season when I sat down to draw the other night. I sketched a simple heart and filled it with pink and red flowers. I honestly didn’t have any plans for the illustration, but then I saw it from far away and instantly realized that they would be awesome Valentine’s Day gift tags!

Free Printable Valentine’s Day Gift Tags. Imprimible Gratis Tarjetas de Regalo para San Valentín. | Live Colorful

Follow my blogging behind the scenes through Instagram stories. Lots of sketching, doodling, taking pictures, editing and more.

Free Printable Valentine’s Day Gift Tags. Imprimible Gratis Tarjetas de Regalo para San Valentín. | Live Colorful

The printable design is extra simple, which I love because you can use them in many different ways. Gift tags was my first idea, but you can also make cupcake toppers, use them in your next scrapbook project, or even glue them in a big paper clip and use them as bookmarks. Can you think of anything else? Please let us know! 😉

Free Printable Valentine’s Day Gift Tags. Imprimible Gratis Tarjetas de Regalo para San Valentín. | Live Colorful

FREE PRINTABLE: Valentine’s Day Gift Tags Printable | Hearts and Roses

Free Printable Valentine’s Day Gift Tags. Imprimible Gratis Tarjetas de Regalo para San Valentín. | Live Colorful

Free Printable Valentine’s Day Gift Tags. Imprimible Gratis Tarjetas de Regalo para San Valentín. | Live Colorful

MATERIAL:

Free Printable Valentine’s Day Gift Tags. Imprimible Gratis Tarjetas de Regalo para San Valentín. | Live Colorful

 

Free Printable Valentine’s Day Gift Tags. Imprimible Gratis Tarjetas de Regalo para San Valentín. | Live Colorful

Please note that the printable is for personal use only and redistribution or reselling for commercial use is strictly prohibited. You can use one image on your blog or social media channels if you want to share and spread the love, but please link back to the post. Thank you so much for your support!

27 Amazing Day of the Dead Ideas

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Dia de los Muertos celebrations start tomorrow! and for all of you that are still looking for ideas to decorate a party, or to make your altar or ofrenda, we create this recap post with the coolest Day of the Dead decorations, DIY projects and other fun craft ideas and treats that we found on the internet.

Check out these 27 Amazing Day of the Dead (Dia de Muertos) ideas! | Live Colorful

  1. How to Make an Ofrenda for the Day of the Dead. All the tips and elements.
  2. Last minute Halloween ideas | Party Pieces
  3. How to make punched paper for Halloween. Whether you want to make punched paper for your Day of the Dead altar or prefer to use it as a seasonal decoration, here are some tips for you.
  4. A colorful day of the dead Halloween party | Oriental Trading
  5. Make Punched Paper o Papel Picado with Colored Paper Sheets. The letter size sheets of paper are just the perfect size to make bright papel picado.
  6. The coolest Day of the Dead inspired Cake | Sweet Life of Cakes
  7. Decorate the pictures of your altar or ofrenda with this free frame day of the dead printable.
  8. Sugar Skulls cake balls | Brit + Co
  9. Read more about the elements of a Day of the Dead altar
  10. The coolest Day of the Dead party | Michelles Party Planit
  11. Couldn’t find marigold flowers for your altar of ofrenda. Here an easy way to make cempazuchitl paper flowers.
  12. Frida Kahlo Day of the Dead inspired fiesta. Fun! | Karas Party Ideas
  13. Planning a day of the dead party? Here a fun way to welcome all your guests. Day of the dead colorful wreath DIY.
  14. Day of the Dead sugar skulls party decorations | Hostess with the Mostess
  15. Learn how to make chocolate skulls inspired by the Day of the Dead in 5 easy steps!
  16. Awesome printables, crafts and other ideas inspired by Day of the Dead | Happy Thought
  17. What are the traditional colors for the Day of the Dead celebration?
  18. These awesome hama perler beads Day of the Dead decorations | Let’s Do Something Crafty
  19. Just for fun. 10 awesome Day of the Dead coloring books.
  20. We just adore this mini papel picado DIY. Isn’t it adorable? | Manitas de Gato
  21. The perfect treat for your Day of the Dead party! The easiest way to decorate chocolate skulls for Day of the Dead.
  22. Pretty Day of the Dead stone sugar skulls | Alisa Burke
  23. The cutest mini papel picado printable!
  24. Day of the Dead party pinata! | Party Delights
  25. Papel picado printable, a fun activity for the kids.
  26. For your cute plants. Day of the dead planters | Plaid Online
  27. Day of the Dead printable stickers that the kids can color and use to decorate everything they want!

More ideas and inspiration here. Have fun!