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 [...]

Camp Sunny Patch Session 12: Storytelling with Stamps

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Camp Sunny Patch Session 12 is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by Camp Counselor (and Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassador) Amy Mascott. (Click here for a printable version.) Stamps are often used for card-making, picture-creating, and rainy days. But we’ve stretched our stamp sets (and our imaginations!) for this Camp Sunny Patch [...]

Camp Sunny Patch Session 11: Garden Bug Hunt

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Camp Sunny Patch Session 11 is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by Camp Counselor (and Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassador) Allison McDonald Click for printable version. Camp Sunny Patch is all about hosting your very own summer camp . . . so when it’s time to go exploring, your own backyard is [...]

Camp Sunny Patch is Always In Session

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Have you been reading our Camp Sunny Patch posts but just haven’t had the time to play along? Maybe because of family vacations or activities for your kids out of the house? Well that’s not a problem–because unlike registered camps that go by their schedule, Camp Sunny Patch is all about you and your schedule. [...]

Camp Sunny Patch: Get Your Session 8 Camp Badge!

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Bravo, Campers! Here’s your Session 8 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 8 Badge you’ll also find a bonus Camp Sunny Patch [...]

Camp Sunny Patch: Get Your Session 7 Camp Badge!

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Bravo, Campers! Here’s your Session 7 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 7 Badge you’ll also find a bonus Olympics flag coloring [...]

State Stats: Fun Facts about the United States

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Learn about the United States with trivia about its 50 parts! Start by pulling out a map, piecing together a USA Map Wooden Puzzle or USA Map Floor Puzzle, or grabbing a USA Learning Mat. Use the maps to point out and talk about the states as you read the trivia. Then add to the [...]

Camp Sunny Patch: Get Your Session 6 Camp Badge!

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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!

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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” [...]