Skill Building: Help your Preschooler Develop Healthy Friendships

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Encourage problem solving. Give children the opportunity to figure out resolutions to their conflict. Pose the question, “What can we do about this?” Reinforce Positive Behavior. When children are playing together, try to catch them engaging in appropriate behavior. Comment on how nice it was that they shared the buckets or that they took turns [...]

Camp Sunny Patch: Get Your Session 1 Camp Badge

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Well done, camper! Here’s your Session 1 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 first week of camp. A Bonus for You! When you download your badge you’ll notice that we’ve included an awesome [...]

Skill Building: 5 Ways to Promote a Happy Team-Sports Activity

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Make a Game Plan. Talk with your child about what to expect: The length of the season and frequency of practice, for instance. Explain that being part of a team is a commitment, and the team will rely on him/her to be there every time. As encouragement, make a chart or checklist where your child [...]

Teach Mama Talks: 5 Ideas for All-Ages Playdates

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This creative play idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. It’s very common to have children of mixed ages during playdates, especially when siblings, cousins and neighbors join in on the fun.  The more (ages), the merrier, in my opinion!  –Amy Summer’s almost here, which often [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Create a Summer Bucket List

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This summertime idea for creative play is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Savor every moment of the summer–it goes by so quickly!   -Val Soon the kids will be done with school. . . . It’s time to start making plans for summertime fun! One effective way [...]

Press Release: Camp Sunny Patch

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Stay Busy this Summer with Melissa & Doug’s “Virtual” Camp Camp Sunny Patch begins Monday June 4, Online May 30, 2012 – Wilton, CT – To kids, the start of summer means freedom and fun! But to parents, planning summer days can be daunting. How can we give kids the adventure they [...]

Camp Sunny Patch: June Activities Printable Poster

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Click Here to download Camp Sunny Patch June Activities Printable Poster WELCOME, CAMPERS! Are you ready to kick off a summer full of play? Check out our first month’s Camp Sunny Patch calendar–your guide to summer-camp fun at home! Be sure to post it where everyone in your “cabin” can see–it’s a sneak peek at [...]

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 [...]