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Labor Day Weekend Special from Melissa & Doug: Free Gift!

It’s that time of year again! For many people, Labor Day weekend means beach time, barbeques, and a last-ditch effort at soaking up summer relaxation before school begins. But for others, Labor Day weekend means something else: awesome sales! If you’re planning on doing some shopping this weekend, then you’ll be happy to hear that […]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Tell the “Worst” Story Ever!

This creative play idea is the silliest game of one-upmanship ever . . . and a great way to lighten the mood after school, or when things are getting a little too serious! The rules are simple: The first storyteller tells the group a made-up event in his or her day. Everyone after that has to top […]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Play Food Is Good for You!

Want a fun after-school activity? Get your kids involved in meal planning by using play food to act out healthy habits! Here are three of our favorite ways to play with food toys—with a lunchbox spin for back to school! Pack it up: Encourage your kids to have fun with nutrition by letting them pack […]

The After-School Wind-Down: How to Open-Up with Coloring and Drawing Projects

With the start of the school year comes whole slew of new social challenges: getting to know new friends, navigating different routines, and meeting the challenges of a brand-new grade level. What can parents do to help? Create a safe haven at home with the help of low-key creative play. Here are some ideas: Open-ended […]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Racing Flags!

This idea for creative play and crafty fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy crafting with your kids! -Valerie These racing flags were easy to make, and afterwards they inspired the kids to go outside for some active play to burn off some of their extra […]

Camp Sunny Patch: Session 12 Printable Badge & Bonus Activity

Bravo, Campers! Here’s your Session 12 Camp Badge! Cut it out (or ask a grown-up to help), then paste or tape it to your August Camp Sunny Patch calendar to give yourself a round of applause. A Bonus for You When you download your Camp Sunny Patch Session 12 Badge you’ll also find a bonus matching game! […]

Introducing the Melissa & Doug Outlet Store!

Dear valued readers, Did you hear the exciting news? We just opened a  Melissa & Doug Outlet Store, where great toys are available at 40% off while supplies last. These limited-supply deals give you a great opportunity to grab some last-minute gifts or stock up for the holidays while taking advantage of incredible toys at  […]

Get Ready to Write with Easel Art!

How is your child getting ready to write?  To develop the strength and precision needed for writing, the best hand position is one with the wrist bent slightly back, allowing the fingers the greatest control and power. Wondering how to maneuver your wiggly preschooler’s hand into the “right” position? There’s one simple answer: Bring out […]

Honor Counselor Bernadette’s Camp Journal: Olympic Triathlon

  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 […]