Val’s Crafty Corner: Hand Stamped Memory Game

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This idea for crafty fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy crafting with your kids! -Valerie Kids love to play games, and games are even more fun when you can make them yourself! This little project combined two of my daughter’s favorite activities — playing [...]

Pretend Play Props – Mess Free Necklace

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Written by Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald This educational idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug , written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.” Sometimes all it takes is a great imagination, but sometimes you need some sparkle! My daughter loves her Melissa [...]

Arts and Crafts Tip: Stick, Color, and Paint Your Way to Emotional Awareness

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This week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we’re exploring emotions and all the wonderful ways you can help your children build emotional intelligence. Yesterday, we highlighted 5 easy, everyday tips, like using the low-stress environment of playtime to talk about what different emotions look and feel like.  Using the arts and crafts your child [...]

Camp Sunny Patch Session 12: Storytelling with Stamps

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Camp Sunny Patch Session 12 is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by Camp Counselor (and Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassador) Amy Mascott. (Click here for a printable version.) Stamps are often used for card-making, picture-creating, and rainy days. But we’ve stretched our stamp sets (and our imaginations!) for this Camp Sunny Patch [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Zebra Notecards

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This recipe for creative play and crafty fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy exploring crafting with your kids! -Valerie During a recent family outing to the zoo, we had a lovely encounter with the zebras! The kids thought these lovely animals were almost magical. They [...]

Honor Counselor Joyce’s Camp Journal: Puppet Show Comedy Hour

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  Camp Sunny Patch honor counselor Joyce puts a cool  twist on our  Session 6 activity, Let’s Host a Talent Show! Hi! I’m Joyce from Childhood Beckons and I’m excited to share my family’s spin on a fantastically fun activity from Camp Sunny Patch. My son is in love with jokes and all things comedic right [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Jellyfish Bookmarks

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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 During a recent family outing to the National Aquarium in Baltimore, we spent a good deal of time at these giant bubble tubes and at the jellyfish [...]

Honor Counselor Adrienne’s Camp Journal: Olympic Torch Game

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  Camp Sunny Patch honor counselor Adrienne puts a cool  twist on our  Session 9 activity, Olympic Torch Game! Hi! I’m Adrienne from The Iowa Farmer’s Wife and I don’t know about you, but we are super excited about the Olympics at our house! We had a blast giving Amy’s Olympic Torch Game from Camp Sunny Patch [...]

Rainy Day Craft: Paper Beads

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This rainy day craft idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug , written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. Every the sunniest summer has the odd rainy day. To brighten days like these, all you need is a great indoor craft! So sit down and get in from the rain with this fun [...]