Val’s Crafty Corner – Indoor Puddle Jumping!

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This creative energy-burning activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy some active indoor pretend play with your kids! Has the weather been a little too sunny for you? Do you miss the rain? Have you been struck with a sudden urge to sing and dance [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Last-Minute Easter Bookmarks

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This arts-and-crafts activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy creating handmade bookmarks with this quick and easy activity for Easter! These last-minute Easter bookmarks are a great way to keep the kids busy while creating a little gift for their friends or family! To create [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner — Sand Play Bakery!

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This¬†springtime recipe for creative¬†play is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, and is written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy taking your kids’ creativity outdoors! One of the activities my kids look forward to the most every spring is playing outdoors in the sandbox! They can spend hours happily playing together, engaged in [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner — Exploring Form and Balance

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This toy review is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador, Valerie Deneen. Connect with your kids by playing new and fun games together! We have been having so much FUN with a new balancing strategy game by Melissa & Doug called Suspend! What a great family game for kids [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Farm Blocks + Sidewalk Scenes

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Sometimes a little change of scenery is all it takes to make an old toy seem like new again. That’s exactly what happened with our Farm Blocks Set, which the kids have had for quite some time, when we took it outside and added a bit of sidewalk chalk!

Val’s Crafty Corner — Easy Rainbows

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This fun and educational activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador, Valerie Deneen. Enjoy making lots of colorful St. Patrick’s Day crafts with this fun tip! For a quick and easy way to draw beautiful rainbows, try wrapping some triangular Melissa & Doug crayons in rainbow-order with some [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner — Dr. Seuss “Speck” Discovery Lab

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This fun and educational activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador, Valerie Deneen. Enjoy Read Across America Day with this fun tribute to Dr. Seuss! Inspired by the book Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss, I set up a fun “Speck” Discovery Lab for my 3-year-old to [...]