Val’s Crafty Corner: Recycled Bead Tray Art Gallery

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This recycled-art project idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Have fun exploring art with your kids!   -Val We love our wooden bead sets from Melissa & Doug! The beads are high quality, and the girls enjoy making bracelets and necklaces. Once the beads are all used [...]

Stacy Shares: Swimming Games for Beginners

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These creative water-play games are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Stacy Teet. Family fun can be educational, too!  -Stacy                                 One of the items on my summer to do list, right up there [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Painted Father’s Day Card

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This crafty Father’s Day gift idea combining art and creative play is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Happy Father’s Day to all the hardworking dads!   -Val Here is a super simple gift idea for Father’s Day that even the littlest crafters can make–a hand-painted keepsake card! They [...]

Spread the Word: Camp Is in Session!

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Have you heard about Camp Sunny Patch? It’s a summer full of free, printable, do-at-home activities to keep little “campers” moving, creating and having a blast. Our “camp counselors” are some favorite bloggerswe know you’ll love . . . and we’d love to get you involved, too!Share the news about Camp Sunny Patch on your [...]

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 2: Spray Bottle Freeze Tag

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CAMP SUNNY PATCH SESSION 2 is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by Camp Counselor (and Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassador!) Amy Mascott. Session 2 of Camp Sunny Patch is here! This week, we’re adding a blast of summer fun to an old favorite by adding spray bottles to the mix. Required Supplies: [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Big Messy Art

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This summertime idea for creative play is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our blog ambassador Valerie Deneen. This is a great activity for just before bath time!   -Val Recently I invited my kids to get super messy making lots of action-packed art. It was a fun-filled afternoon making lots of [...]

Teach Mama Talks: 5 Ideas for All-Ages Playdates

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This creative play idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. It’s very common to have children of mixed ages during playdates, especially when siblings, cousins and neighbors join in on the fun.  The more (ages), the merrier, in my opinion!  –Amy Summer’s almost here, which often [...]

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 [...]