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Free Printable: Fun Gecko Bookmark

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Gecko Bookmark for the Kids. Free Printable | Live Colorful

 

My two years old is loving Gill McBarnet’s (Hawaiian Children’s Books) book, Gecko Hide and Seek. The story makes counting fun! encouraging the kids to search for the geckos through the pages. Inspired by the story I created my own version of a fun gecko and made a bookmark printable out of it so my kid can use it in his favorite books. I made them in two different colors so you can pick your favorite, or just glue them together one behind the other, and use both as much as you want, The brown one makes me think about fall, and the blue one about summer :) which one is your favorite?

Download the printable here: Fun Gecko Bookmark Printable.

Gecko Bookmark for the Kids. Free Printable | Live Colorful

 

 

 

Don’t miss the opportunity to win a copy of this cute book for the kids in your life. Enter the giveaway HERE. Good luck!

 

 

Win a copy of Gecko Hide and Seek by Gill McBarnet Hawaiian Childrens Books GIVEAWAY | Live Colorful

 

I shared a craft project a few days ago that I’m sure your kid would enjoy it too. The craft involves fall leaf confetti and another free printable. Check out the project here: Fall Leaf Confetti Craft Idea and Printable

 

Did you know that  “Geckos feet are specially adapted for climbing. Each toe has thousands of tiny hook-like bristles that enable to grip onto smooth surfaces like walls and glass windows. They can even walk across a ceiling … upside down!”  as seen on the back cover of Hawaiian Children’s BooksThe Goodnight Gecko.

Free Printable: Day of the Dead Cupcake Toppers

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Free Printable: Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls Cupcake Toppers

The Day of the Dead is one of my favorite celebrations. I love it not only because it is so colorful, but also because it makes me think about my family, and traditions I grew up with in Mexico. So every year I feel excited about creating something inspired by the Day of the Dead to decorate my home and make the ofrenda for my grandpa, aunts and friends.

Sugar skulls are probably one of my favorite elements from the Day of the Dead’s celebration. These calaveritas are sometimes difficult to find in the United States. For that reason we made our own version of sugar skull using white chocolate in the past years. You can find the tutorials here and here in case you would like to make some, which I totally recommend because making chocolate sugar skulls is so much fun, especially for the kids!

If you are not into buying or making sugar skulls, what about printing them? I painted these calaveritas the other day, I shared them on Instagram and asked about what should I make with them and one of the first suggestions was that they would look super cute as cupcake toppers. So I put together a free printable that you can download, print and use to decorate cupcakes, muffins, gifts and other things that come to mind this Halloween and Day of the Dead.

Free Printable: Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls Cupcake Toppers

Download the free printable here: Free Printable: Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls Cupcake Toppers

Free Printable: Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls Cupcake Toppers

Here are more colorful and fun projects inspired by the Day of the Dead. Enjoy and share if you love them:

  1. How to Make an Ofrenda for the Day of the Dead. All the tips and elements.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Decorate the pictures of your altar or ofrenda with this free frame day of the dead printable.
  5. Read more about the elements of a Day of the Dead altar
  6. Couldn’t find marigold flowers for your altar of ofrenda. Here an easy way to make cempazuchitl paper flowers.
  7. Planning a day of the dead party? Here a fun way to welcome all your guests. Day of the dead colorful wreath DIY.
  8. Learn how to make chocolate skulls inspired by the Day of the Dead in 5 easy steps!
  9. What are the traditional colors for the Day of the Dead celebration?
  10. Just for fun. 10 awesome Day of the Dead coloring books.
  11. The perfect treat for your Day of the Dead party! The easiest way to decorate chocolate skulls for Day of the Dead.
  12. The cutest mini papel picado printable!
  13. Papel picado printable, a fun activity for the kids.
  14. Day of the Dead printable stickers that the kids can color and use to decorate everything they want!

Free Printable: Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls Cupcake Toppers

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

 

Get the book Back To School With Mac® + Plush Toy Set! Such a fun gift for the kids this back to school.

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?