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 [...]

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 [...]

Camp Sunny Patch Session 4: Cork Bug Creations

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Camp Sunny Patch Session 4 is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by Camp Counselor Allie MacDonald. (Click here for a printable version.) Camp Sunny Patch is in full swing and it’s time to hike over to the arts & crafts cabin and make something creative. These cork bugs are easy to make [...]

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 [...]

Usher & Son Ride with Froggy Kickball!

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Usher (@UsherRaymondIV) tweeted this photo of quality father-son time with Melissa & Doug’s Froggy Kickball! “Saturday’s are the best!!! We’re havin’ the time of our life!! This is swag!!! Dad Swag!! LOL http://yfrog.com/h8r81yoj.” See the original photo here Froggy Kickball: This bright-green Froggy-face ball will encourage happy times in your backyard or on the playground! [...]

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 [...]