Val’s Crafty Corner: Leaf Rubbings On the Go

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This recipe for creative play and outdoor fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy creating nature art on the go with your kids! -Valerie Whenever I take the kids out on a nature hike, they love to bring along their little sketchbooks for some impromptu nature [...]

WIN up to $50 in Sunny Patch Toys: Just Tweet about #CampSunnyPatch

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Tweeting about Camp Sunny Patch is a great way to let your friends know about all of  our FREE creative play and craft ideas! But now it’s even better: Every Friday we will pick one tweeter who has used the #CampSunnyPatch hashtag and used one of our tweets below, and they will WIN up to [...]

5 Outdoor Activities Children of Different Ages Can Share

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When the warm weather starts and school breaks begin, kids of different ages can suddenly find themselves spending time together . . . and thinking, “What now?” Whether you’re having a multi-family playdate or your kids aren’t sure what they have in common with the other children in the neighborhood, these timeless outdoor activities could [...]

The Benefits of Being Outside by Melissa

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by Melissa for grandparents.com Spontaneous time spent outdoors can have benefits beyond your wildest dreams! Some of my fondest childhood memories are of playing outdoors. When I was young, no one in my neighborhood had nannies. Sending the kids outside to play was Mom’s free babysitter and the only way she could “get things done.” [...]