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Jun 13, 2016

StopwatchWith summer vacation coming or already here, finding things for kids to do in the backyard is becoming an urgent matter. Inspired by Catherine's articles for Highlights on backyard play, we share some of the things that made a big hit in our personal backyards. What backyard toys have your kids loved best? Share on our...


Nov 4, 2015

Meghan CorridanEach month Meghan Corridan, a pediatric occupational therapist, joins Catherine to share some of what she's learned from her clients and her own 5-year-old daughter. This time, they talk about rainy-day activities that can help kids be creative and independent, but have fun too. Read more of Meghan’s indoor play ideas...


Aug 5, 2015

MAC&ToysEach month Meghan Corridan, a pediatric occupational therapist, joins Catherine to talk about activities that are both fun and therapeutic for kids (and often their adults too). This time she gives us the lowdown on all the benefits kids get from cooking and baking—everything from fine motor skills to self-esteem and...


Jun 17, 2015

Susan Adcox

We all know kids benefit from outdoor time, but it can be hard for parents to find the time to let kids loose in nature with a degree of supervision they're comfortable with. Susan Adcox, grandparenting expert for About.com, suggests letting the grandparents step in and provide some good outdoor activities in the...


Jun 3, 2015

MAC&Toys websiteYou want your kids to be able to wind down and regroup during summer vacation, but you also don't want them to lose hard-won skills. Pediatric occupational therapist Meghan Corridan, who blogs at MAC&Toys, talks to Catherine about ways parents can work with kids who are tired out by camp and uninterested in being tied...