State Stats: Fun Facts about the United States

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Learn about the United States with trivia about its 50 parts! Start by pulling out a map, piecing together a USA Map Wooden Puzzle or USA Map Floor Puzzle, or grabbing a USA Learning Mat. Use the maps to point out and talk about the states as you read the trivia. Then add to the [...]

More Ways to Play & Learn: Road Trip Fun around the Clock!

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The car is packed, the tank is full, your seat belts are buckled . . . it’s time for travel games! To keep things interesting all the way there, remember to bring along options for different times of day as well as different ages. Daylight travel is perfect for visual activities such as Travel Bingo [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Leaf Rubbings On the Go

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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 [...]

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, [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]