Creative Play Quick Tip: Water Balloon Group Fun

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Need a simple group play idea that won’t cost a fortune but will bring a million laughs? Keep a bag of balloons on hand. The key to long toss-and-catch games is underfilling the water balloons! Keep them small, only filling them until they begin to expand, and you’ll have a group of happy kids playing [...]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Beach Detectives

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Wearing your sunglasses and beach hat, become a sleuth of the shore! Use a shovel to scoop sand onto a sifter, then shake away the sand to reveal “clues.” Take a closer look with a magnifier, collect clues in a bucket or beach bag, or record findings in a detective notebook. Then use your imaginations [...]

Introducing Melissa & Doug’s Camp Sunny Patch!

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All the fun of summer camp . . . right in your own backyard! Melissa & Doug is thrilled to announce the launch of our first-ever virtual summer camp: Camp Sunny Patch! All season long, our blog will feature exciting original play ideas to help you add a little bit of structure and a whole [...]

5 Tips for Keeping Your Child’s Skin Healthy This Summer

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Apply sunscreen often. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that all kids—regardless of skin tone—wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Reapply about every 2 hours (more if your kids are sweating or swimming). Don’t forget about the tops of their feet, behind the neck and under bathing-suit straps. Cover up! What’s better [...]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Sandbox Full of Dinos!

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Turn your sandbox into a dinosaur hunter’s dream! Bury toy dinos under the sand and invite your little paleontologists to the big dig. You can make a map depicting where the dinosaurs are hidden, leave a trail of dinosaur “footprints” to follow, or just let your kids dig, dig, dig to their hearts’ delight! If [...]

Teach Mama Talks: Beachy Learning

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This creative play idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. Learning at the beach? You better believe it! Disguised as play, beach time is a perfect time for sneaking in some learning!  –Amy There’s no better time than those long and lazy days at the beach [...]

Parent Watercooler: 5 Tips for an Unforgettable Day at the Beach

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These creative play tips for beach-time fun are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Keep the light of curiosity alive!   -Zina Grab the sunscreen, let’s roll! Playing in the sandbox is a blast, but going to the beach opens the door to a world of possibilities. Here [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Welcome to Trunki Town!

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This creative play activity is  brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Come roll with us!  –Valerie Looking for a simple idea to get the kids outside this summer? This recipe for summer fun could not be any easier, yet it inspires imagination, creativity, and plenty of active [...]

5 Fun Facts about Swimming

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Egyptians made a picture or symbol for swimming as far back as 2500 BCE. There is less stress on your body’s bones and joints during swimming than in other sports, because your body is supported by water. The Olympics holds 17 different swimming events. It’s easier to float in saltwater than in freshwater. In the [...]