Skill Building: 5 Ways to Promote a Happy Team-Sports Activity

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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 [...]

Teach Mama Talks: 5 Ideas for All-Ages Playdates

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This creative play idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Amy Mascott. It’s very common to have children of mixed ages during playdates, especially when siblings, cousins and neighbors join in on the fun.  The more (ages), the merrier, in my opinion!  –Amy Summer’s almost here, which often [...]

Camp Sunny Patch Session 1: Backyard Pirate Adventure

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CAMP SUNNY PATCH SESSION 1 is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by Camp Counselor (and Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassador!) Zina Harrington. Ahoy Matey! Welcome to the first week of Camp Sunny Patch. This week your camp buccaneer will be starting summer off with a splash of pirate adventure. Required Supplies: Plastic [...]

Twitter Party: Camp Sunny Patch Orientation!

Text Version: Twitter Party! Monday, June 4, 2010 at 9pm ET Camp Sunny Patch Orientation! All the fun of summer camp . . . right in your own backyard! Hashtag #CampSunnyPatch Follow us on Twitter @MelissaAndDoug RSVP to be eligible to win giveaways during the party! See you there for fun, friendship, and of course, [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Create a Summer Bucket List

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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 [...]

Press Release: Camp Sunny Patch

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Stay Busy this Summer with Melissa & Doug’s “Virtual” Camp Camp Sunny Patch begins Monday June 4, Online May 30, 2012 – Wilton, CT – To kids, the start of summer means freedom and fun! But to parents, planning summer days can be daunting. How can we give kids the adventure they [...]

Camp Sunny Patch: June Activities Printable Poster

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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: Water Balloon Group Fun

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Need a simple group play idea that won’t cost a fortune but will bring a million laughs? Keep a bag of balloons on hand. The key to long toss-and-catch games is underfilling the water balloons! Keep them small, only filling them until they begin to expand, and you’ll have a group of happy kids playing [...]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Beach Detectives

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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 [...]