As a parent, you know your kid needs to wear sunscreen when playing outside whether it be on the beach or your own yard. But do kids like this super important lotion? Ever? Before you head to the beach, water park, or your family like, consider these ideas to get them to wear it – and understand its importance.
A Sunny Reminder
Babies under six months should not be out in the sun enough to need such protection and should not wear sunblock. Per the Mayo Clinic, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends a broad-spectrum sunscreen – SPF of 30 or more for both you and the older kids. Apply sunscreen generously 20 minutes prior to going outside and reapply every two hours. Skin cancer and premature aging are not worth a tan. Don’t risk your kids’ future health! Lead by example: wear it yourself and make sure your kid sees you put it on. Better yet, have your children help you apply the sun lotion! You may also look into using phthalate and parabens free sunblock. Check out the Environmental Working Group’s annual Guide to Sunscreens for more information.
Sunbl ock Games
orSome fun games can really help your kids embrace the application of sun protector.
Races– First kid to rub all the white lotion in wins the first jump off the diving board!
Squiggles- Draw worms/ snakes/ squiggles up and down your child’s arms and legs with sunblock. Make up a reason as to why the worms shouldn’t be there to make them want to rub them in!
Use a fun applicator – Bring along paint brushes to help rub the stuff on!
Guess the Picture – Draw a picture on your kid’s body with the sun cream with their eyes closed – the sun is a great idea! Then have them guess the picture and rub the lotion in.
Sunblock Shuffle – Make everyone in the family do a silly dance, crazy face or exaggerated motion as they apply the screen.
Teaching Sun Protection
Once your child is a little older, it might be a good idea to do more than just play some games when applying sunscreen. Do some investigation with them about how important it really is. Sid the Science Kid has an episode about sunscreen and suggestions an activity to teach kids about its value. Rub sunblock onto a colored piece of paper and leave it in the sun for the day – the area with the sunblock will retain its color! What does that mean it’s doing for your skin? Valuable stuff!
So how do your kids like sunblock? What’s the trick you use to get them to wear it?