“Ringer” Gift, Party & Playdate Ideas

"Ringer" Gift, Party, & Playdate Ideas from Melissa & Doug

You’ve barely got your kiddos back in school, and the birthday-party invitations have already started streaming in. Sheesh! More shopping and figuring out what other kids’ parents will approve of. Or, if YOU are the host, time to find a party theme or activity that everyone will like. That’s where we come in… We’ve made [...]

Summer Fun Calendar ~ Week 8

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Summer vacation is in full swing! If you’re looking for ways to engage and entertain your child all summer long, we’d like to offer our help: our Summer Fun Calendar! This week is packed with water play, educational play activities, a super-fun playdate theme and more - all from your favorite bloggers! This week-by-week resource is neatly organized and printable. To make the calendar even more helpful to [...]

Hosting an Ice Cream Themed Play Date!

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This play date idea is brought to you by Kim Vij from The Educators’ Spin On It Summer time can be an opportunity to get together with friends. Finding a theme for the play date can be one of the best parts! Ice cream is a big hit anytime, especially with the hot weather. Here [...]

How to Host an “Ocean Explorers” Playdate

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This playdate idea is provided by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from A Year with Mom & Dad. Visiting the beach is the quintessential summer trip – but what if you’re not near an ocean or lake? What if you just don’t have the time? Or if your kids are really susceptible to sunburn? We have [...]

Camp Sunny Patch Session 9: Camp Triathlon

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Camp Sunny Patch Session 9 is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by Camp Counselor (and Melissa and Doug Blog Ambassador) Zina Harrington. (Click here for a printable version.) Do you have a little Olympian? This weekend the Summer Olympic Triathlon competitions begin. (Watch the women athletes Saturday, August 4, and the men [...]

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. [...]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Make a Medal Chart

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The Olympics inspire us to get up and get our bodies moving—but there are lots of opportunities to exercise the mind, too. Try one of these graphing ideas for a medal-worthy learning activity: MAKE A BAR GRAPH: Draw a grid on a large piece of construction paper or poster board. Along the bottom, write the [...]

Play the Olympic Torch Game!

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Camp Sunny Patch Session 8 is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by Camp Counselor (and Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassador) Amy Mascott. (Click here for a printable version.) Get your children moving and grooving and into the Olympic spirit with the Olympic Torch Game! Children will skip, jump, and speed-walk through a [...]

Gardening Playdate with Melissa & Doug

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This playdate idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug , written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.” “Can we have a playdate?”  How often do you hear that? For us it’s about every day at 1pm as I pick my son up from school. I [...]