Honor Counselor Jenae’s Camp Journal: Splish! Splash! Boom!

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Camp Sunny Patch honor counselor Jenae describes her family’s cool experience with our  Session 3 activity, Splish! Splash! Boom!: Hi there! I’m Jenae from ICanTeachMyChild.com and my boys and I have been having a blast following along with all of the fun activities from Camp Sunny Patch! There is nothing like having some wet, soggy fun [...]

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 [...]

Camp Sunny Patch: Get Your Session 5 Camp Badge

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Way to go, camper! Here’s your Session 5 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 reward yourself for a great 5th week of camp. A Bonus for You! When you download your badge you’ll also find a bonus [...]

More Ways to Play & Learn: Strike Up the Marching Band!

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Celebrate the spirit of independence by encouraging kids to march to their own beat . . . literally! Bring out maracas, cymbals, xylophones, drums, tone blocks, bells and anything else you can find to equip your kids’ band. (Don’t forget the pots and pans! Just remember: Wooden spoons make big drum sounds; metal spoons make [...]

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 [...]