Val’s Crafty Corner: Zebra Notecards

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This recipe for creative play and crafty fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy exploring crafting with your kids! -Valerie During a recent family outing to the zoo, we had a lovely encounter with the zebras! The kids thought these lovely animals were almost magical. They [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Jellyfish Bookmarks

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This idea for creative play and crafty fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy crafting with your kids! -Valerie During a recent family outing to the National Aquarium in Baltimore, we spent a good deal of time at these giant bubble tubes and at the jellyfish [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Puppet Cooking Show

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This recipe for creative play and storytelling fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy making lovely memories with your kids! -Valerie Know what’s better than a cooking show on TV? A cooking show in your own living room . . . with PUPPETS!! Using puppets is [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Mini Water Park!

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This recipe for creative play and water fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy exploring water play with your kids! -Valerie During this crazy heat wave, the kids have been enjoying lots of water play! Water play is not only great for imaginary playtime fun, but [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Balancing Butterflies

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This crafty creative play idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy crafting with your kids, and making lots of great memories together! -Valerie I can remember making balancing butterflies just like these when I was a kid, and it was so much fun to watch my kids [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Mini Movie Theater

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This recipe for creative play and building fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy building and exploring with your kids! -Valerie We are experiencing a major heat wave, and one of our favorite ways to escape the heat is to go see a movie. My girls [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Leaf Rubbings On the Go

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This recipe for creative play and outdoor fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy creating nature art on the go with your kids! -Valerie Whenever I take the kids out on a nature hike, they love to bring along their little sketchbooks for some impromptu nature [...]

Camp Sunny Patch Session 5: Fourth of July Windsock

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Camp Sunny Patch Session 5 is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by Camp Counselor Valerie Deneen. (Click here for a printable version.) These red, white, and blue windsocks are such a festive way to decorate for the Fourth of July holiday! To make your own, you’ll need a sheet of paper, stamps/stamp pad, [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: DIY Colored Cloud Dough

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This recipe for creative play is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy serving up lots of pretend ice-cream treats with the kids!   -Val Have you ever made cloud dough? It is so much fun!! Did you know that you can make colored cloud dough? It’s quick [...]