Creative Play Quick Tip: Kids Vote

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With the U.S. presidential election right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to introduce kids to the topic of voting. The good news: There’s no need to get political! You can let kids vote on what to have for snack, what to read at bedtime, and even whether to take the shortcut or the [...]

Pretend Play Props – Mess Free Necklace

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Written by Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald This educational idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug , written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.” Sometimes all it takes is a great imagination, but sometimes you need some sparkle! My daughter loves her Melissa [...]

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, [...]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Tell the Worst Story Ever

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It’s the silliest game of one-upmanship ever . . . and a great way to lighten the mood after school, or when things are getting a little too serious! The rules are simple: The first storyteller tells the group a made-up event in his or her day. Everyone after that has to top it. For [...]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Play Food Is Good for You!

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Want a fun after-school activity? Get your kids involved in meal planning by using play food to act out healthy habits! Here are three of our favorite ways to play with food toys—with a lunchbox spin for back to school! Pack it up: Encourage your kids to have fun with nutrition by letting them pack [...]

Camp Sunny Patch: Session 12 Printable Badge & Bonus Activity

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Bravo, Campers! Here’s your Session 12 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 12 Badge you’ll also find a bonus matching game! [...]

Get Your Session 11 Printable Camp Badge & Bonus Activity

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Bravo, Campers! Here’s your Session 11 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 11 Badge you’ll also find a bonus matching game! [...]

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 [...]