Creative Play Tips: Teaching Kids About Strangers & Safety

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No one wants to talk with children about the threat strangers can pose. Keep the conversation light by initiating a non-threatening, age-appropriate discussion of some basic safety principles. Then, try role-play, games, or an art project to expand the conversation. Start with the basics: A stranger is simply someone you don’t know. Strangers aren’t always [...]

Creative Play Quick Tip: A Box Full of Surprises

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The Box Girls: Box of Questions There are no wrong answers to the thought-provoking questions in these sets—just lots of opportunities to stretch your imagination, laugh out loud and get to know your loved ones better! Think you already know your friends and family better than anyone? Tackle this challenge: Instead of answering a question [...]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Keeping Games Fresh!

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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. [...]

Camp Sunny Patch Session 2: Spray Bottle Freeze Tag

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CAMP SUNNY PATCH SESSION 2 is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by Camp Counselor (and Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassador!) Amy Mascott. Session 2 of Camp Sunny Patch is here! This week, we’re adding a blast of summer fun to an old favorite by adding spray bottles to the mix. Required Supplies: [...]

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

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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 [...]

5 Ideas for a Dream of a Sleepover

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Set up camp. Let your child help plan where he/she and the guest will sleep. (Is there enough space in his/her bedroom, or would sleeping bags in the living room make more sense?) Then add some welcoming touches like a nice pillow, a cute cup for water and maybe an extra night light to make [...]

5 Ideas For Indoor Playdates

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These indoor playdate ideas are brought to you by Melissa & Doug , written by our Blog Ambassador Allison McDonald. “Everyday play is what childhood should be about.” ——————————————————– The weather is finally getting nice, right? Well just when you think you are going to be spending every day gardening and playing outside, the weather [...]

5 Outdoor Activities Children of Different Ages Can Share

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Beanbag Toss: Draw different throw lines for children of different ages. (You might even let toddlers walk up to the target and drop their bean bag into the hole!) Water Play: With supplies as simple as a wide plastic bowl (or water table) and a collection of cups, older children can experiment and learn about [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner — Exploring Form and Balance

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This toy review is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador, Valerie Deneen. Connect with your kids by playing new and fun games together! We have been having so much FUN with a new balancing strategy game by Melissa & Doug called Suspend! What a great family game for kids [...]