Arts and Crafts Tip: Stick, Color, and Paint Your Way to Emotional Awareness

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This week on the Melissa & Doug blog, we’re exploring emotions and all the wonderful ways you can help your children build emotional intelligence. Yesterday, we highlighted 5 easy, everyday tips, like using the low-stress environment of playtime to talk about what different emotions look and feel like.  Using the arts and crafts your child [...]

Let Your Kids’ Personalities Shine!

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Join us in celebrating this week’s play theme: personality! All week, we’ll talk about ways to nurture individualism, show off personal style, and honor our kids’ unique ways of learning. We’ll post special activity ideas designed to boost self-confidence, build communication skills, and customize learning. We’re so excited to share our ideas with you—check in [...]

The After-School Wind-Down: How to Open-Up with Coloring and Drawing Projects

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With the start of the school year comes whole slew of new social challenges: getting to know new friends, navigating different routines, and meeting the challenges of a brand-new grade level. What can parents do to help? Create a safe haven at home with the help of low-key creative play. Here are some ideas: what [...]

Honor Counselor Adrienne’s Camp Journal: Olympic Torch Game

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  Camp Sunny Patch honor counselor Adrienne puts a cool  twist on our  Session 9 activity, Olympic Torch Game! Hi! I’m Adrienne from The Iowa Farmer’s Wife and I don’t know about you, but we are super excited about the Olympics at our house! We had a blast giving Amy’s Olympic Torch Game from Camp Sunny Patch [...]

Honor Counselor Rachelle’s Camp Journal: Splat-Painted Olympics

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  Camp Sunny Patch honor counselor Rachelle puts a cool twist on our  Session 8 activity, Splat-Painted Earth! Hi! I’m Rachelle from Tinkerlab. My home is currently buzzing with Olympic spirit, which is why we were excited to try the Camp Sunny Patch Splat-Painted Earth activity with our own Olympic twist on it. Click here for a [...]

Camp Sunny Patch: Get Your Session 7 Camp Badge!

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Bravo, Campers! Here’s your Session 7 Camp Badge Cut it out (or ask a grown-up to help), then paste or tape it to your July Camp Sunny Patch calendar to give yourself a round of applause. A Bonus for You When you download your Camp Sunny Patch Session 7 Badge you’ll also find a bonus Olympics flag coloring [...]

Camp Sunny Patch Session 7: Splat-Painted Earth

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Camp Sunny Patch Session 7 is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by Camp Counselor (and Melissa and Doug Blog Ambassador) Allie McDonald. (Click here for a printable version.) As the Summer Olympics in London bring together the world’s best athletes, they remind us all how truly small our world is. They also [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Recycled Bead Tray Art Gallery

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This recycled-art project idea is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Valerie Deneen. Have fun exploring art with your kids!   -Val We love our wooden bead sets from Melissa & Doug! The beads are high quality, and the girls enjoy making bracelets and necklaces. Once the beads are all used [...]

Val’s Crafty Corner: Big Messy Art

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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 [...]