Val’s Crafty Corner: Leaf Rubbings On the Go

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This recipe for creative play and outdoor fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy creating nature art on the go with your kids! -Valerie Whenever I take the kids out on a nature hike, they love to bring along their little sketchbooks for some impromptu nature [...]

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 [...]

Camp Sunny Patch Session 5: Fourth of July Windsock

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Camp Sunny Patch Session 5 is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by Camp Counselor Valerie Deneen. (Click here for a printable version.) These red, white, and blue windsocks are such a festive way to decorate for the Fourth of July holiday! To make your own, you’ll need a sheet of paper, stamps/stamp pad, [...]

Camp Sunny Patch: July Activities Printable Poster

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Click Here to download Camp Sunny Patch June Activities Printable Poster WELCOME, CAMPERS! Are you ready for July? Get motivated for family fun with  our  Camp Sunny Patch July 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 [...]

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. [...]