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Creative Play Quick Tip: Talk About Unique!

With exciting patterns, tons of color and a huge variety of designs, Beeposh is a cool way to show off personal style! Talking about style choices (like choosing the perfect Beeposh pattern) is also a big-kid-friendly way to discuss the importance of being unique—and standing strong in the face of peer pressure.Encourage independence this Fourth […]

Camp Sunny Patch Session 5: Fourth of July Windsock

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, […]

Camp Sunny Patch: July Activities Printable Poster

Click Here to download Camp Sunny Patch June Activities Printable Poster WELCOME, CAMPERS! Are you ready for July? Get motivated for family fun with  our  Camp Sunny Patch July Activities printable–your guide to summer-camp fun at home! Be sure to post it where everyone in your “cabin” can see–it’s a sneak peek at the activities […]

Val’s Crafty Corner: DIY Colored Cloud Dough

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

  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. […]

Giveaway: Camp Sunny Patch Session 4 (ends 7/3) Happy Giddy Bug Net

Enter to Win the Melissa & Doug Happy Giddy Bug Net Giveaway ends 11:59:59 PM ET on 7/3/12. One winner will receive our Happy Giddy Bug Net! Happy Giddy Bug Net: Happy Giddy and his big bug eyes will help your child spot moths and butterflies while on a bug hunt. Features a sturdy wooden handle, […]

Camp Sunny Patch: Get Your Session 4 Camp Badge

Way to go, camper! Here’s your Session 4 Camp Badge Cut it out (or ask a grown-up to help), then paste or tape it to your June Camp Sunny Patch calendar to reward yourself for a great third week of camp. A Bonus for You! When you download your badge you’ll also find a bonus […]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Keeping Games Fresh!

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

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 […]