Creative Play Quick Tip: A Box Full of Surprises

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The Box Girls: Box of Questions There are no wrong answers to the thought-provoking questions in these sets—just lots of opportunities to stretch your imagination, laugh out loud and get to know your loved ones better! Think you already know your friends and family better than anyone? Tackle this challenge: Instead of answering a question [...]

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” [...]

Camp Sunny Patch Session 6: Let’s Host a Talent Show!

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Camp Sunny Patch Session 6 is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by Camp Counselor (and Melissa and Doug Blog Ambassador) Stacy Teet. (Click here for a printable version.) We’ve created and crafted, played outdoors and gotten soaked. Now we’ll let our campers really shine! This week we’ll walk you through everything you need to know [...]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Thinking Game to Play in the Car

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Long road trips (and any significant drive) can be tough for little ones used to moving all day! Refocus their energy by playing “What Am I?” Each person takes a turn describing an animal (or insect or object) without naming it. Younger children may need some help giving a description that will allow the players to [...]

5 Reasons to Read to Your Child Every Day

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  Your child will treasure the time together. For many families, the normal rhythm of the day can be busy verging on frantic. Sitting down with a book is a way to step out of the race and focus on each other. Put away your phone, turn off the TV and enjoy being together as [...]

Best Toddler Parenting Advice from Our Fans

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We Asked You to Give Us Your Best Toddler Parenting Advice and You Came Through with Some Great Comments! One common theme was patience: Just breathe! Count to 10 first. And laugh  a lot! Parenting a toddler is the hardest thing I’ve ever done! I’m learning to have more patience than ever before, to learn [...]