The After-School Wind-Down: How to Open-Up with Coloring and Drawing Projects

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With the start of the school year comes whole slew of new social challenges: getting to know new friends, navigating different routines, and meeting the challenges of a brand-new grade level. What can parents do to help? Create a safe haven at home with the help of low-key creative play. Here are some ideas: what [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Racing Flags!

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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 These racing flags were easy to make, and afterwards they inspired the kids to go outside for some active play to burn off some of their extra [...]

Get Ready to Write with Easel Art!

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How is your child getting ready to write?  To develop the strength and precision needed for writing, the best hand position is one with the wrist bent slightly back, allowing the fingers the greatest control and power. Wondering how to maneuver your wiggly preschooler’s hand into the “right” position? There’s one simple answer: Bring out [...]

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 [...]

Get Your Session 10 Printable Camp Badge & Bonus Activity

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Bravo, Campers! Here’s your Session 10 Camp Badge Cut it out (or ask a grown-up to help), then paste or tape it to your  August Camp Sunny Patch calendar to give yourself a round of applause. A Bonus for You When you download your Camp Sunny Patch Session 10 Badge you’ll also find a bonus! Enjoy. Enter [...]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Reward the Everyday!

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Take a day to celebrate your family by making a big deal out of even little achievements. Everyone will appreciate the applause, and your little “Olympians” may even be motivated to be extra-helpful to up their medal count! This simple Olympic Medal craft makes it easy to spread that winning feeling: Using a coffee can [...]

Camp Sunny Patch Session 10: Hit the Beach . . . Indoors!

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Camp Sunny Patch Session 10 is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by Camp Counselor (and Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassador) Stacy Teet. printable version It’s been a busy, fun-filled summer! Our campers have painted the world, passed the torch and even completed a TRIATHLON! I don’t know about you, but after all [...]

Get Your Session 9 Printable Camp Badge & Bonus Activity

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Bravo, Campers! Here’s your Session 9 Camp Badge Cut it out (or ask a grown-up to help), then paste or tape it to your  August Camp Sunny Patch calendar to give yourself a round of applause. A Bonus for You When you download your Camp Sunny Patch Session 9 Badge you’ll also find a bonus! Enjoy. Enter [...]