Parent Watercooler: Weekday Mornings

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Prepping for school in the morning is a high-point of stress for many parents. You’re battling the clock while trying to keep your sanity. As children grow from kindergarten to early elementary school students, their daily responsibilities evolve. Their morning routine begins to include: homework assignments, school library books, milk money and more. “The essence [...]

Teaching the Joy of Giving

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These joy of giving tips are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Make everyday activities an adventure! -Zina …………………………………………………….. Holiday chaos is in full swing. Take a break from the hustle and bustle and use this opportunity to teach your child about the joy of giving. Many [...]

Parent Watercooler: Starting Dinner Conversations

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These creative conversation tips are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Make everyday activities an adventure!  -Zina Kick off great conversations tonight to cement a family tradition of spending time with each other, and establish family habits of communicating face to face–instead of via high-tech gadgets. Try [...]

Parent Watercooler: Music Matters

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These creative play tips for music-time fun are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Make everyday activities an adventure! -Zina                       Music matters. As parents of young children, we are often tied up in prepping our kids [...]

Camp Sunny Patch Session 9: Camp Triathlon

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Camp Sunny Patch Session 9 is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by Camp Counselor (and Melissa and Doug Blog Ambassador) Zina Harrington. (Click here for a printable version.) Do you have a little Olympian? This weekend the Summer Olympic Triathlon competitions begin. (Watch the women athletes Saturday, August 4, and the men [...]

Parent Watercooler: Have the Best Picnic Ever

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This collection of creative-play picnic tips is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Enjoy the grass between your toes!  -Zina There is something enchanting about picnics. They offer us a chance to “pause” our lives and enjoy the laziness of summer. This is one of my favorite shots [...]

Camp Sunny Patch Session 1: Backyard Pirate Adventure

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CAMP SUNNY PATCH SESSION 1 is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by Camp Counselor (and Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassador!) Zina Harrington. Ahoy Matey! Welcome to the first week of Camp Sunny Patch. This week your camp buccaneer will be starting summer off with a splash of pirate adventure. Required Supplies: Plastic [...]

Parent Watercooler: 5 Tips for an Unforgettable Day at the Beach

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These creative play tips for beach-time fun are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Keep the light of curiosity alive!   -Zina Grab the sunscreen, let’s roll! Playing in the sandbox is a blast, but going to the beach opens the door to a world of possibilities. Here [...]

Parent Watercooler: Give Mom a Box of Love

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This gift tutorial is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Keep the light of curiosity alive!   – Zina Still searching for a unique Mother’s Day present? A small “Box of Love” is the perfect gift for Mom. While I keep the clutter at my work desk [...]