Val’s Crafty Corner: Mini Movie Theater

minimovies8.jpg

This recipe for creative play and building fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy building and exploring with your kids! -Valerie We are experiencing a major heat wave, and one of our favorite ways to escape the heat is to go see a movie. My girls [...]

Camp Sunny Patch: Get Your Session 6 Camp Badge!

csp-header.jpg

Bravo, Campers! Here’s your Session 6 Camp Badge Cut it out (or ask a grown-up to help), then paste or tape it to your July Camp Sunny Patch calendar to give yourself a round of applause. A Bonus for You When you download your Camp Sunny Patch Session 6 Badge you’ll also find a bonus map activity! Enjoy. Enter [...]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Wish You Were Here!

creative-play-quick-tip-sticker-postcards.jpg

Share the fun of your “staycation” with travel-style postcards full of imagination! Here’s how you can make your own, inspired by Melissa & Doug Sticker Collections:  Cut a piece of poster board or cardstock into rectangles. (To send via U.S. Mail at the postcard rate, keep them between 3.5 x 5” and 4.25 x 6” [...]

Camp Sunny Patch: Get Your Session 5 Camp Badge

csp-header.jpg

Way to go, camper! Here’s your Session 5 Camp Badge Cut it out (or ask a grown-up to help), then paste or tape it to your July Camp Sunny Patch calendar to reward yourself for a great 5th week of camp. A Bonus for You! When you download your badge you’ll also find a bonus [...]

More Ways to Play & Learn: Strike Up the Marching Band!

band2.jpg

Celebrate the spirit of independence by encouraging kids to march to their own beat . . . literally! Bring out maracas, cymbals, xylophones, drums, tone blocks, bells and anything else you can find to equip your kids’ band. (Don’t forget the pots and pans! Just remember: Wooden spoons make big drum sounds; metal spoons make [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: DIY Colored Cloud Dough

mdicecream3.jpg

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 [...]

Camp Sunny Patch: Get Your Session 4 Camp Badge

csp-header.jpg

Way to go, camper! Here’s your Session 4 Camp Badge Cut it out (or ask a grown-up to help), then paste or tape it to your June Camp Sunny Patch calendar to reward yourself for a great third week of camp. A Bonus for You! When you download your badge you’ll also find a bonus [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Recycled Bead Tray Art Gallery

beadartgallery1.jpg

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 [...]

Camp Sunny Patch: Get Your Session 3 Camp Badge

csp-header.jpg

Way to go, camper! Here’s your Session 3 Camp Badge Cut it out (or ask a grown-up to help), then paste or tape it to your Camp Sunny Patch calendar to reward yourself for a great third week of camp. A Bonus for You! When you download your badge you’ll also find a bonus coloring [...]