5 Flower Facts for Kids

For a little light learning this week, share these fun flower facts with your kids and tell us: what does your family love most about exploring the great outdoors? “April showers bring May flowers, That is what they say. But if all the showers turned to flowers, We’d have quite a colorful day!” ~ Thomas Tusser, […]

Gardening with Kids: Kid-Made Plant Markers

This “gardening with kids” craft is written by special guest blogger Joyce from Childhood Beckons. Spring is here, and like many others, my family is turning our attention towards the garden. We’ve started planning and preparing, and we’ve even done a little creating! These bright and cheery plant markers are a great way to get your […]

A Springtime Sensory Walk for Kids

Written for Melissa & Doug by special Guest Blogger Julie Kieras from HappyStongHome. This season, why not embark on a springtime sensory walk with your kids? You don’t have to look far for signs of spring. Warmer temps, a bit of green. The return of the birds. And rain showers, of course! We couldn’t help but get the hop on […]

5 Tips for Getting Kids Outside

Our blogger Tiffany (Peanut Blossom) is not afraid to admit that she doesn’t LOVE spending time outdoors. So, to make sure everyone in the family has plenty of outdoor time this season, she resolved to spend 15 minutes outside with her kids every day. And we have been excited to follow along as she shares this journey […]

3 Not-So-Tricky Halloween Night Tips

Halloween is quickly approaching! Got your costumes? Your treats? Your travel route scoped out for Halloween night? Parents are constantly looking for ways to make this enchanting time of year unique for a child. Arts and crafts projects, cooking, and Halloween-themed activities are fantastic ways to bond with your child while sneaking in a little […]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Racing Flags!

This idea for creative play and crafty fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy crafting with your kids! -Valerie These racing flags were easy to make, and afterwards they inspired the kids to go outside for some active play to burn off some of their extra […]

Camp Sunny Patch Session 11: Garden Bug Hunt

This Garden Bug Hunt activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by Camp Counselor (and Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassador) Allison McDonald Click for printable version. Camp Sunny Patch is all about hosting your very own summer camp . . . so when it’s time to go exploring, your own backyard is the […]

Camp Sunny Patch: August Activities Printable Poster

Click Here to download Camp Sunny Patch August Activities Printable Poster WELCOME, CAMPERS! Are you ready for August? Get motivated for family fun with  our  Camp Sunny Patch August Activities printable–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 the activities […]

Camp Sunny Patch Session 9: Camp Triathlon

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 […]