Slip, Slap, Scream?
The hot weather in Alberta is upon us and we have been spending a lot of time outside camping, hiking, and paddling. When we’re not out adventuring, we have been tending our gardens and watering the greenhouse plots. On a recent walk out to the greenhouse, I realized I had remembered to slip on the t-shirts and slap on the hats but didn’t slop on the sunscreen.
I brought out the Dolphin Organic tube to get slopping but the reaction I received wasn’t 100% positive. Mr J started to complain and shriek about having to have sunscreen applied.
With the +30 degree hot weather and rays of sun, sunscreen has become an important tool in the old parenting arsenal and not one that can be overlooked. Working as a camp leader for many years taught me a trick or two for getting sunscreen on kids with little fuss or muss. I blew the dust off of these and have been trying them with Mr. J to see which one he likes best.
5 Sun Safety Tricks To Get To Slop
Create your own sunscreen anthem
Pick one of your favourite songs and create your own silly sunscreen to the tune. My favourite is the Imperial March and I say, “Name, This Is Your Sunscreen”. Cheesy, yes, but it usually gets a laugh.
Play Minute to Win It
Grab a stop watch or count and see who can put on their sunscreen the fastest & more accurately (lots of rubbing in!)
Pick a body part
Have your child pick a body part to put the sunscreen on. Don’t forget the funny ones like elbow, ears, or tickly feet soles! If this one doesn’t work out, you can also try singing a body part song like Head, Shoulder, Knees & Toes or Tony Chestnut.
Be a Great Role Model
Put your own sunscreen on first and let your child see you doing it and even help.
Pick a higher SPF
If you have a child that doesn’t like to put on sunscreen, pick a higher SPF so that you don’t have to reapply as often. We like Dolphins Organic SPF50 Mineral Sunscreen, with their clear labelling on the back to tell you exactly what is in it. A little goes a long way!
a passionate recreation coordinator by day, crazy farm mama of two by night. i live outdoors: growing my own food, camping and hiking with my border collie with two active kids in tow. when I’m not writing, I’m experimenting with recipes, and crafts – or anything else that might keep the monkeys entertained.