Val’s Crafty Corner: Create a Summer Bucket List

This summertime idea for creative play is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Savor every moment of the summer–it goes by so quickly!   -Val Soon the kids will be done with school. . . . It’s time to start making plans for summertime fun! One effective way […]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Beach Detectives

Wearing your sunglasses and beach hat, become a sleuth of the shore! Use a shovel to scoop sand onto a sifter, then shake away the sand to reveal “clues.” Take a closer look with a magnifier, collect clues in a bucket or beach bag, or record findings in a detective notebook. Then use your imaginations […]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Patriotic Note Cards

This crafty activity with Melissa & Doug art supplies is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Put your stamp on a thoughtful thank you!  -Val With Memorial Day soon upon us, I thought it would be the perfect time to invite my daughter to create some handmade patriotic […]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Sandbox Full of Dinos!

Turn your sandbox into a dinosaur hunter’s dream! Bury toy dinos under the sand and invite your little paleontologists to the big dig. You can make a map depicting where the dinosaurs are hidden, leave a trail of dinosaur “footprints” to follow, or just let your kids dig, dig, dig to their hearts’ delight! If […]

Teach Mama Talks: Beachy Learning

This creative play idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. Learning at the beach? You better believe it! Disguised as play, beach time is a perfect time for sneaking in some learning!  –Amy There’s no better time than those long and lazy days at the beach […]

Parent Watercooler: 5 Tips for an Unforgettable Day at the Beach

These creative play tips for beach-time fun are brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Keep the light of curiosity alive!   -Zina Grab the sunscreen, let’s roll! Playing in the sandbox is a blast, but going to the beach opens the door to a world of possibilities. Here […]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Welcome to Trunki Town!

This creative play activity is  brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Come roll with us!  –Valerie Looking for a simple idea to get the kids outside this summer? This recipe for summer fun could not be any easier, yet it inspires imagination, creativity, and plenty of active […]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Thinking Game to Play in the Car

Long road trips (and any significant drive) can be tough for little ones used to moving all day! Refocus their energy by playing “What Am I?” Each person takes a turn describing an animal (or insect or object) without naming it. Younger children may need some help giving a description that will allow the players to […]

Val’s Crafty Corner – Indoor Puddle Jumping!

This creative energy-burning activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy some active indoor pretend play with your kids! Has the weather been a little too sunny for you? Do you miss the rain? Have you been struck with a sudden urge to sing and dance […]