Summer means being sun smart & summer reading
We are now into the first month of our long hot summers so I thought I would write about the importance of being sun smart. We have such a high rate of skin cancer in Australia and we really need to protect and make our children aware of the dangers of going out in the sun and not being sun protected. A lot of parents put sunscreen on their children but forget to put it on themselves so I thought I would remind everyone again of the steps.
Sun smart – steps to follow before going outside:
- Slip on sun-protective clothing -Cover up as much of your child’s skin as possible
- Slop on the sunscreen – Apply SPF 30 + or higher about 20 minutes before going outdoors and re-apply every 2 hours or after swimming
- Slap on a hat – Try and always wear a hat and choose one that provides good shade to your face, back of neck, eyes and ears
- Shade – Try and find an outdoor playground with a built shaded area. If you are at the beach try and always put an umbrella up or sit under a beach sun shade
Start educating your children about putting on sunscreen, protective clothing and a hat from a very young age and hopefully it becomes second nature to them. You need to check your skin on a regular basis and if you see any changes PLEASE don’t hesitate to go and see your doctor. It is better to be safe and have yearly sun screen check ups.
Books for Summer
We have so many summer related books for chidlren in the library to pick from and the ones I have selected are:
Beach Baby / Laurie Elmquist
Llama Llama Sand & Sun / Anna Dewdney
Magic Beach / Alison Lester
Upon a Beach
Upon a beach
Three small shells lay,
And saw the water
Come out to play.
But, all the waves
Went back to sea,
And took those shells,
One, two and three.
I would like to thank you all for coming along to the Spearwood Pram Jams over the year and I also would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and I look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.
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