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. [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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

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  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 [...]

Camp Sunny Patch Session 4: Cork Bug Creations

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Camp Sunny Patch Session 4 is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by Camp Counselor Allie MacDonald. (Click here for a printable version.) Camp Sunny Patch is in full swing and it’s time to hike over to the arts & crafts cabin and make something creative. These cork bugs are easy to make [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Recycled Bead Tray Art Gallery

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This recycled-art project idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Have fun exploring art with your kids!   -Val We love our wooden bead sets from Melissa & Doug! The beads are high quality, and the girls enjoy making bracelets and necklaces. Once the beads are all used [...]