Skill Building: 5 Ways to Promote a Happy “Team Sport” Experience

Make a Game Plan. Talk with your child about what to expect: The length of the season and frequency of practice, for instance. Explain that being part of a team is a commitment, and the team will rely on him/her to be there every time. As encouragement, make a chart or checklist where your child […]

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 […]

Camp Sunny Patch: June Activities Printable Poster

Click Here to download Camp Sunny Patch June Activities Printable Poster WELCOME, CAMPERS! Are you ready to kick off a summer full of play? Check out our first month’s Camp Sunny Patch calendar–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 […]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Beach Detectives

Creative Play Quick Tip: Be a Beach Detective! 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 […]

Introducing Melissa & Doug’s Camp Sunny Patch!

All the fun of summer camp . . . right in your own backyard! Melissa & Doug is thrilled to announce the launch of our first-ever virtual summer camp: Camp Sunny Patch! All season long, our blog will feature exciting original play ideas to help you add a little bit of structure and a whole […]

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 […]

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 […]