Adding exercise and fun to playdates

Summer can be a great time to get the kids together for picnics or backyard parties.  You can help keep your group active and help them burn off some energy with fun, motion-filled games that adults and kids can enjoy together.

“Split Splat” is one example of a great game that involves quick motion and lots of laughs. Great for groups of all ages, all you need is five or more people. Learn how to play “Split Splat” in this video featuring  Amy Casedy, a physical therapist from Mott Children’s Hospital’s Milestones Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Program.

What game do your kids love playing during get-togethers or playdates?  Share your favorites with other parents in our comments section, below!

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Hands-on lunches: Chopped salad

Kid-friendly chopped salad is a great summertime meal solution! Getting the kids involved in the cooking increases their interest level in actually eating what’s on the menu, and with so many fun colors and toppings involved in a chopped salad, they’ll find plenty of ways to make this salad their own!

Watch Stephen Schifano, Executive Chef from Mott Children’s Hospital, and Mary Hope O’Leary, a senior dietitian, walk you through the process.

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Is your playground safe?

Choosing a safe playground for your family

Playgrounds and summer go hand in hand.  They’re a great opportunity for your children to get fresh air, be active, play with friends and have a lot of fun.

Not all playgrounds are created equal, however.  Each year in the United States, more than 156,000 children under age 14 are treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries occurring on public playgrounds, according to the Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC).

Careful oversight from an adult is essential, but the type of equipment offered at the playground and how well it is maintained play a big role in keeping kids safe.  Our injury prevention team offers expert tips to help you choose a safe playground in this video:

What are your favorite local playgrounds?  Share your recommendations with other parents in the “Leave a reply” section at the bottom of this post!

mott blog - clv 2015 - camp thumbCamp Little Victors is the virtual summer camp program from C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital.  Each week, for six weeks, participants receive an email full of ideas and activities to help keep families busy, happy and healthy all summer long.  Learn more and sign up.



best children's hospitalUniversity of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital is consistently ranked one of the best hospitals in the country. It was nationally ranked in all ten pediatric specialties in U.S. News Media Group’s “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals,” and among the 10 best children’s hospitals in the nation by Parents Magazine. In December 2011, the hospital opened our new 12-story, state-of-the-art facility offering cutting-edge specialty services for newborns, children and women.