Best Toys Guide Names “Suspend” a Top Toy for Christmas 2012!

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Recently, Best Toys Guide unveiled its “30 Hot Toys for Christmas 2012.” We were so pleased see their announcement of Melissa & Doug’s Suspend game as a featured toy! Since its release, Suspend has made waves – receiving lots of praise for its innovative approach to family fun night. Best Toys Guide calls it “THE new game to [...]

Melissa & Doug Unit Blocks Week: Blueprint for Block Fun

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If your little builders are ready to take their block play to another level, try creating a set of “plans” for them to follow.  Here are a few “blueprint” activities we especially like: 1. FLOORPLAN: Trace a building (or wall, shape, or pattern) on a piece of extra-large construction paper and ask the child to [...]

Honor Counselor Bernadette’s Camp Journal: Olympic Triathlon

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  Camp Sunny Patch honor counselor Bernadette puts a cool  twist on our  Session 9 activity, Triathlon! Hello there! I am Bernadette from Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas and right now at my house the Olympics have taken center stage. My girls (age 6 and 5) have been watching the Olympics for the first time [...]

Honor Counselor Joyce’s Camp Journal: Puppet Show Comedy Hour

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  Camp Sunny Patch honor counselor Joyce puts a cool  twist on our  Session 6 activity, Let’s Host a Talent Show! Hi! I’m Joyce from Childhood Beckons and I’m excited to share my family’s spin on a fantastically fun activity from Camp Sunny Patch. My son is in love with jokes and all things comedic right [...]

Honor Counselor Adrienne’s Camp Journal: Olympic Torch Game

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  Camp Sunny Patch honor counselor Adrienne puts a cool  twist on our  Session 9 activity, Olympic Torch Game! Hi! I’m Adrienne from The Iowa Farmer’s Wife and I don’t know about you, but we are super excited about the Olympics at our house! We had a blast giving Amy’s Olympic Torch Game from Camp Sunny Patch [...]

Honor Counselor Rachelle’s Camp Journal: Splat-Painted Olympics

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  Camp Sunny Patch honor counselor Rachelle puts a cool twist on our  Session 8 activity, Splat-Painted Earth! Hi! I’m Rachelle from Tinkerlab. My home is currently buzzing with Olympic spirit, which is why we were excited to try the Camp Sunny Patch Splat-Painted Earth activity with our own Olympic twist on it. Click here for a [...]

Honor Counselor Kristina’s Camp Journal: Name Bugs

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  Camp Sunny Patch honor counselor Kristina puts a cool twist on our  Session 4 activity, Cork Bug Creations!: Hi there! I’m Kristina from ToddlerApproved.com and right now at my house bugs are an obsession for my kids! That’s why we were very excited to try out Allie’s Cork Bug Creations from Camp Sunny Patch’s Session 4 [...]

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 [...]

Read & Play with Allie: Trucks

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Playing with puzzles is a teacher and parent favorite for quiet time, when kids need to calm down. When I taught preschool, after lunch but before nap was always a good time for puzzles because it calmed my students before rest time. But that’s not the only way you can use puzzles; they can be [...]