Giveaway (ends 7/17) Pirate Role Play Costume! Camp Sunny Patch Session 6

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Enter to Win a Pirate Costume! Giveaway ends 11:59:59 PM ET on 7/17/12. One winner will receive the Melissa & Doug Pirate Costume! Pirate Role Play Costume: Dress up? Ay, matey! This swashbuckling set includes an embroidered vest, pirate hat, eye patch and soft sword. With our high-quality role-play sets, your child can give dress-up playtime [...]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Wish You Were Here!

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Share the fun of your “staycation” with travel-style postcards full of imagination! Here’s how you can make your own, 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 between 3.5 x 5” and 4.25 x 6” [...]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Fresh Air for Bears!

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Celebrate National Teddy Bear Picnic Day by giving your child’s favorite stuffed animal a day in the sun! Everyone knows that bears love sweets—pretend sweets, most of all! Treat your fuzzy buddy to an outdoor dessert party that won’t attract the ants by bringing arts and crafts outdoors. Use paper plates as your palate, and [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]