Giveaway (ends 7/31) Backyard Explorer Role Play Costume!

  Enter to Win a Backyard Explorer Role Play Costume Set! Giveaway ends 11:59:59 PM ET on 7/31/12. One winner will receive the Melissa & Doug Backyard Explorer Role Play Costume Set! Backyard Explorer Role Play Set: Get ready to explore the backyard or playroom with this realistic role-play costume! This dress-up set can be worn […]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Leaf Rubbings On the Go

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

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

These simple outdoor activities are great for keeping kids of different ages active and entertained, while spending time together! 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 […]

The Benefits of Being Outside by Melissa

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.” […]