Camp Sunny Patch Session 11: Garden Bug Hunt

This Garden Bug Hunt activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by Camp Counselor (and Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassador) Allison McDonald Click for printable version. Camp Sunny Patch is all about hosting your very own summer camp . . . so when it’s time to go exploring, your own backyard is the […]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Mini Water Park!

This recipe for creative play and water fun is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Enjoy exploring water play with your kids! -Valerie During this crazy heat wave, the kids have been enjoying lots of water play! Water play is not only great for imaginary playtime fun, but […]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Big Messy Art

This summertime idea for creative play is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our blog ambassador Valerie Deneen. This is a great activity for just before bath time!   -Val Recently I invited my kids to get super messy making lots of action-packed art. It was a fun-filled afternoon making lots of […]

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 […]

5 Tips for Keeping Your Child’s Skin Healthy This Summer

Apply sunscreen often. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that all kids—regardless of skin tone—wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Reapply about every 2 hours (more if your kids are sweating or swimming). Don’t forget about the tops of their feet, behind the neck and under bathing-suit straps. Cover up! What’s better […]

Earth Day Link-Up with Our Blog Ambassadors

5 Easy Ways to Raise Earth-friendly Kids by Amy of TeachMama.com Though my kids may scream at the occasional spider, cry when snow fills their boots or melt when the temperature reaches 110 degrees, I do believe they’re Earth-friendly, outdoor-loving kiddos. And there isn’t a whole lot to it. In celebration of Earth Day, here […]

Stacy Shares: Exploring the Senses in Your Own Backyard

This family activity is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Stacy Teet. Explore your backyard in a new way with this sensory adventure. Gardening with my kids is a big deal to me. It is one of the most rewarding ways we spend time together. There are so many […]

What Lessons Will Bloom in Your Child’s Garden?

Memory & Sequencing: The process of planting requires gardeners to follow set steps. Your child will use memory and narrative thinking to master the process: Prepare the soil, dig the hole, plant the seed. . . . Biology: Through direct experience your child will see a basic life cycle unfold: infancy, growth, and full bloom. […]

Skill Building Sand Play: 7 Ways to Grow

Skill Building Sand Play Did you know that sand play is good for more than just super-awesome fun? Here are 7 ways you can experience skill building sand play: Large Motor Skills Large motor skills develop and strengthen as children dig, scoop, sift, and pour. The whole body can get involved in sand play! Hand-eye Coordination Children […]