Val’s Crafty Corner: Mini Water Park!

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This recipe for creative play and water fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy exploring water play with your kids! -Valerie During this crazy heat wave, the kids have been enjoying lots of water play! Water play is not only great for imaginary playtime fun, but [...]

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 [...]

Giveaway: Camp Sunny Patch Session 5 (ends 7/10) Speck Seahorse Ice Cream Sand Play Set

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Enter to Win the Speck Seahorse Ice Cream Sand Play Set Giveaway ends 11:59:59 PM ET on 7/10/12. One winner will receive our Speck Seahorse Ice Cream Sand Play Set! Speck Seahorse Ice Cream Sand Play Set: Enjoy “cool” fun in the sun with an ice-cream cone filled with your choice of sandy scoops! Seahorse-shaped molds make [...]

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. [...]

Giveaway: Camp Sunny Patch Session 4 (ends 7/3) Happy Giddy Bug Net

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Enter to Win the Melissa & Doug Happy Giddy Bug Net Giveaway ends 11:59:59 PM ET on 7/3/12. One winner will receive our Happy Giddy Bug Net! Happy Giddy Bug Net: Happy Giddy and his big bug eyes will help your child spot moths and butterflies while on a bug hunt. Features a sturdy wooden handle, [...]

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 [...]