Creative Play Quick Tip: Dance to the Music

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We love looking for ways to build key skills through play—and music play is no exception! Experimenting with volume, rhythm, pitch, tone, movement, and repetition is a terrific way to build key skills such as fine motor, gross motor, auditory discrimination, patterning, matching, and much more. But we admit: When we see a collection of [...]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Sort It Out!

  Starting around 18 months, toddlers begin to notice differences and commonalities between objects—which means it’s time to sort and group!   HOW THEY PLAY: Preschoolers naturally seek to organize objects by color, size, shape, texture and type. Feed their hunger for this type of play by providing sorting toys like lacing beads, sorting cubes, [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Painted Puzzle Magnets

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This idea for crafty fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy crafting with your kids! -Valerie Are your puzzles missing a few pieces? Have they been loved to death? Do you want to give them some new life as a gift for a special friend [...]

Introducing the Melissa & Doug Outlet Store!

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Dear valued readers, Did you hear the exciting news? We just opened a  Melissa & Doug Outlet Store, where great toys are available at 40% off while supplies last. These limited-supply deals give you a great opportunity to grab some last-minute gifts or stock up for the holidays while taking advantage of incredible toys at  [...]

From Melissa: My Sunny Patch Pool Toys Inspiration

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I’ve always loved watching my kids’ personalities shine as they get into the pool. There’s the toe-tester, the graceful diver, the cannonball blaster. . . . But soon after that thrilling first jump, it was always just a matter of time before they were drifting aimless and bored, asking, “What should we do now?” Swimming [...]

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 [...]

Press Release: Camp Sunny Patch

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Stay Busy this Summer with Melissa & Doug’s “Virtual” Camp Camp Sunny Patch begins Monday June 4, Online May 30, 2012 – Wilton, CT – To kids, the start of summer means freedom and fun! But to parents, planning summer days can be daunting. How can we give kids the adventure they [...]

Camp Sunny Patch Logos and Buttons

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Copy & paste the following code to use the button above on your blog: [sourcecode language="html"] <a href="http://blog.melissaanddoug.com/camp-sunny-patch-guide/"><img src="http://blog.melissaanddoug.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/new-sp-camp-logo_oc31.jpg?w=450" alt="Melissa and Doug’s Camp Sunny Patch Official Camper" width="285" height="306" /></a>[/sourcecode] Copy & paste the following code to use the button above on your blog: [sourcecode language="html"] <a href="http://blog.melissaanddoug.com/camp-sunny-patch-guide/"><img src="http://blog.melissaanddoug.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/test21.jpg" alt="Melissa and Doug’s Camp Sunny Patch [...]

RYAN SEACREST and Melissa & DOUG Treat the Boys & Girls Club of East L.A. with Art Donations!

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Earlier this month, we teamed up with Ryan Seacrest to perform a Random Act of Kindness: Supplying kids at the East LA Boys & Girls Club with fresh new Melissa and Doug art supplies! We’re happy we were able to help these great kids. Thanks for connecting us, Ryan Seacrest! [kyte.tv appKey=MarbachViewerEmbedded&uri=channels/388452/1640558&tbid=424588&p=4484&height=402&width=560] Read the complete article [...]