Camp Sunny Patch Session 7: Splat-Painted Earth

Camp Sunny Patch Session 7 is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by Camp Counselor (and Melissa and Doug Blog Ambassador) Allie McDonald. (Click here for a printable version.) As the Summer Olympics in London bring together the world’s best athletes, they remind us all how truly small our world is. They also […]

Creative Play Quick Tip: DIY Postcards Craft

DIY Postcards Craft for Kids! Share the fun of your “staycation” with travel-style DIY postcards full of imagination! Here’s how you can make your own custom postcards, inspired by Melissa & Doug Sticker Collections:  Cut a piece of poster board or cardstock into rectangles. (To send via U.S. Mail at the postcard rate, keep them […]

Camp Sunny Patch Session 6: Let’s Host a Talent Show!

We’ve created and crafted, played outdoors and gotten soaked. Now we’ll let our campers really shine! We’re going to walk you through everything you need to know to host your own talent show. (Click here for a printable version.) This activity is a great way to spend time together as a family, cool off from the summer heat for awhile, […]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Leaf Rubbings On the Go

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 […]

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

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: Patriotic Windsocks Craft

Camp Sunny Patch Session 5 is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by Camp Counselor Valerie Deneen. These red, white, and blue patriotic 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, some party streamers, scissors, […]

Val’s Crafty Corner: DIY Colored Cloud Dough

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 Ships

Camp Sunny Patch honor counselor MaryLea describes her family’s cool experience with our Session 1 activity, an Icy Pirate Ships adventure! 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 & Doug’s Camp Sunny […]

Honor Counselor Marnie’s Camp Journal: Simple Is Best!

  This Camp Sunny Patch journal entry was written by Honor Counselor Marnie, inspired by our Session 2 activity: Spray Bottle Freeze tag. As we were preparing for an intense game of Spray Bottle Freeze Tag, my three year old took the activity in a different direction. I didn’t realize this until I heard his […]