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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 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

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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

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

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!

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

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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!