Parent Watercooler: Have the Best Picnic Ever

This collection of creative-play picnic tips is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by our Blog Ambassador Zina Harrington. Enjoy the grass between your toes!  -Zina There is something enchanting about picnics. They offer us a chance to “pause” our lives and enjoy the laziness of summer. This is one of my favorite shots […]

Camp Sunny Patch Session 2: Spray Bottle Freeze Tag

CAMP SUNNY PATCH SESSION 2 is brought to you by Melissa & Doug, written by Camp Counselor (and Melissa & Doug Blog Ambassador!) Amy Mascott. Session 2 of Camp Sunny Patch is here! This week, we’re adding a blast of summer fun to an old favorite by adding spray bottles to the mix. Required Supplies: […]

Camp Sunny Patch: Get Your Session 1 Camp Badge

Well done, camper! Here’s your Session 1 Camp Badge Cut it out (or ask a grown-up to help), then paste or tape it to your Camp Sunny Patch calendar to reward yourself for a great first week of camp. A Bonus for You! When you download your badge you’ll notice that we’ve included an awesome […]

Camp Sunny Patch: June Activities Printable Poster

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

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

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 […]

Introducing Melissa & Doug’s Camp Sunny Patch!

All the fun of summer camp . . . right in your own backyard! Melissa & Doug is thrilled to announce the launch of our first-ever virtual summer camp: Camp Sunny Patch! All season long, our blog will feature exciting original play ideas to help you add a little bit of structure and a whole […]

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 […]

Creative Play Quick Tip: Sandbox Full of Dinos!

Turn your sandbox into a dinosaur hunter’s dream! Bury toy dinos under the sand and invite your little paleontologists to the big dig. You can make a map depicting where the dinosaurs are hidden, leave a trail of dinosaur “footprints” to follow, or just let your kids dig, dig, dig to their hearts’ delight! If […]