Val’s Crafty Corner: DIY Colored Cloud Dough

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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 [...]

Honor Counselor MaryLea’s Camp Journal: Icy Pirate Boats

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  Camp Sunny Patch honor counselor MaryLea describes her family’s cool experience with our  Session 1 activity, Icy Pirate Ships: Ahoy there, this is MaryLea from Pink and Green Mama! My daughters (ages 5 and 9) and I have been spending a lot of time in our backyard this summer following along with Melissa and Doug’s Camp Sunny Patch. [...]

Camp Sunny Patch: Get Your Session 4 Camp Badge

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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 [...]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Keeping Games Fresh!

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Breathe new life into group games by changing up the rules! Declare today “opposite day” for your kids’ favorite yard games, then set them free to explore new ways to play. Old standbys like tag, Simon says, leapfrog and follow-the-leader will seem completely new when kids have the power to turn them on their heads. [...]

From Melissa: My Sunny Patch Pool Toys Inspiration

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I’ve always loved watching my kids’ personalities shine as they get into the pool. There’s the toe-tester, the graceful diver, the cannonball blaster. . . . But soon after that thrilling first jump, it was always just a matter of time before they were drifting aimless and bored, asking, “What should we do now?” Swimming [...]

Honor Counselor Marnie’s Camp Journal: Simple Is Best!

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  This Camp Sunny Patch journal entry was written by Honor Counselor Marnie, inspired by our Session 2 activity: Spray Bottle Freeze tag. As we were preparing for an intense game of Spray Bottle Freeze Tag, my three year old took the activity in a different direction. I didn’t realize this until I heard his [...]

Camp Sunny Patch: Get Your Session 3 Camp Badge

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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 [...]

Stacy Shares: Swimming Games for Beginners

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These creative water-play games are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Stacy Teet. Family fun can be educational, too!  -Stacy                                 One of the items on my summer to do list, right up there [...]

Camp Sunny Patch Session 3: Splish Splash Boom

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Camp Sunny Patch Session 3 is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by Camp Counselor Stacy Teet. It’s hard to believe we are already in to our third week of Camp Sunny Patch! This week also marks the first day of summer and what better way to celebrate then by spending time together, [...]