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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?

 

Personalized Books for Your Kids with Mumablue

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Personalized Stories for Your Kids with Mumablue (in English y Español)  | Live Colorful

I love children’s books! There is something so innocent, fun and imaginative about them. My favorite part about reading books with my toddler is listening to his perspective of the story. The other day we were reading a book about cars and colors, but the only thing he could see was the kid behind one of the cars that were eating an ice cream. So I invented the whole story and made it about ice cream, and it was awesome!

If you get excited in the children’s book section when you walk in bookstores, you are probably going to love Mumablue as much as us. They contacted me a few months ago, to check out their service and I honestly felt in love with it. We have now two different personalized books about Jax, my toddler. They are also great and special birthday gifts!

My favorite part is the “create your story” process, especially being able to personalize Jaxon’s appearance and add a picture and a dedication at the end of the book. Jaxon’s hair has changed so much in the last past months, so I personalized every book with his different looks. I added the dates when I made each book on the special note. It’s a wonderful keepsake.

 

Personalized Stories for Your Kids with Mumablue (in English y Español) | Live Colorful

Personalized Stories for Your Kids with Mumablue (in English y Español) | Live Colorful

 

Mumablue currently has four stories, Jelly Planet, Bubbles, Alaska Adventures, The Kingdom of Mirinyan and all of them are designed to talk about values such as friendship, courage, self-esteem, fears, generosity, creativity and more, in a fun and creative way.

Personalized Stories for Your Kids with Mumablue (in English y Español)  | Live Colorful

If you have any questions about Mumablue and their service let me know. Send me an email at [email protected]. I’m collaborating with them and have a special affiliate link for all of you.

NOTE: Mumablue is currently not shipping to USA, but they will soon. You can ask for more information in their contact form at the end of their site here

Did I mentioned that Mumablue books can be printed in Español too? 

Kids Books We Love: My Color is Rainbow

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Kids Books Love: My Color is Rainbow

I got a copy of  My Color Is Rainbow written by Agnes Hsu and illustrated by Yuliya Gwilym a few months ago and I truly enjoy the book with my toddler. It’s funny, creative and with a great message about kindness and acceptance that celebrates the fact that all of us can be anything we want to be.

Kids Books Love: My Color is Rainbow

Subject:

Kids will learn colors and about color psychology in a fun and simple way.

What’s the story about?

The story is about a white arch that dreams of becoming other colors. The book takes the kids through the fun journey of the arch while he discovers emotions and feelings and talks about the way he would feel in all those color. At the end, he decides that he wants to be all the colors, and he becomes a perfect rainbow.

Kids Books Love: My Color is Rainbow review

Kids Books Love: My Color is Rainbow review

When I read My Color Is Rainbow with my toddler I remind him that is all our different characteristics what make us special and unique at the end. It’s a cute book for your kid’s collection, and the cover is so cheerful and fun that you can even use it as coffee table book. 

Kids Books Love: My Color is Rainbow