The Benefits of Being Outside by Melissa

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by Melissa for grandparents.com Spontaneous time spent outdoors can have benefits beyond your wildest dreams! Some of my fondest childhood memories are of playing outdoors. When I was young, no one in my neighborhood had nannies. Sending the kids outside to play was Mom’s free babysitter and the only way she could “get things done.” [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner — Exploring Form and Balance

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This toy review is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador, Valerie Deneen. Connect with your kids by playing new and fun games together! We have been having so much FUN with a new balancing strategy game by Melissa & Doug called Suspend! What a great family game for kids [...]

5 Creative Play Ideas with Stickers

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The Neverending Story Game: All family members can participate! On a blank piece of paper, the first “player” puts a sticker down and describes the scene, beginning the story. The next “player” adds a sticker and adds to the story, continuing the general story idea. This goes on until you run out of paper, ideas [...]

Pinterest Contest: Pin Your Sunny Patch Favorites to Win!

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Puddles & Sun, It’s Spring Oh My! Pin Your Sunny Patch Favorites and Win! Pinterest Contest! HERE’S HOW TO PIN IT TO WIN IT! Visit Melissa & Doug’s Pinterest Page and click “Follow All.” On your Pinterest page make a board titled “Spring Wish List.” In the board’s description tell us why you love Melissa [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Farm Blocks + Sidewalk Scenes

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Sometimes a little change of scenery is all it takes to make an old toy seem like new again. That’s exactly what happened with our Farm Blocks Set, which the kids have had for quite some time, when we took it outside and added a bit of sidewalk chalk!

TeachMama Talks: What IS Reading?

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This fun and educational activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador, Amy Mascott. Learning can be fun! With Maddy in second grade, Owen in Kindergarten, and Cora in pre-K, I’m finding more and more that our  time together after school is one of my favorite times of the [...]

Swim into Fun with Our NEW Pool Toys!

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Enjoy the playful spirit of Sunny Patch at pool time! A jolly crew of “Maritime Mates” brings lots of funny, friendly personality to this imaginative line of pool games and water toys. Dive right in to find character-shaped sinkers, target games with bite, and a bright red lobster that snaps with a squeeze of its [...]

Find Your Puppy Love for Valentine’s Day

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SIGN UP FOR OUR EMAILS NOW! Dog Stuffed Animals Among stuffed animals, these plush pups are top dog! From the littlest toy puppies to giant, realistic pure-breds, each one is crafted with care with high-quality materials, a weighted bottom and surface-clean materials that will keep them looking dog-show-ready for years. Puppies: Stuffed Animals Benson  Black [...]

These Adorable Teddy Bears Are Looking for Homes and Hugs this Valentine’s Day

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Pin It So lovable, it’s almost un”bearable”! This beautiful brown bear is over two feet in every dimension. With excellent quality construction, this fabulous bear features soft, furry fabric and has a classic teddy bear look. Soft and huggable, this timeless teddy will delight bear lovers of every age. 30” tall! Looking for a stuffed [...]