Here at Kids One Stop Shop we are really passionate about sun safety. In 2011 13,348 people were diagnosed with Skin Cancer in the UK. That’s really scary and we need to protect ourselves and our children more from the sun.
Here are our top tips for staying safe in the sun.
Keep your body protected with a t-shirt, hat and sunglasses. If you are at the beach or playing the paddling pool use UPF protective swimwear.
Slap on the Sun cream
Sun cream should be used in partnership with your clothes not instead of. Ideally it should be at least SPF30 and have a 4 or 5 star UVA rating.
It should go on at least 20 minutes before you are exposed to the sun and needs topping up during the day. It becomes part of our morning routine in the summer; we slap SPF50 on before we get our clothes on.
Find the Shade
Try not to sit in direct sunlight find a shaded area or use a parasol or sun tent to protect you. Babies and young children should be kept out of direct sunlight.
You can get sunshades for babies prams which will keep them protected from the sun.
The peak time for the sun is 11am to 3pm so make sure you keep in the shade so you don’t burn and put yourself at risk from skin cancer.
Take a drink out for yourself and your children and keep hydrated in the sun.
What are you tops for sun safety?
Half term is upon us again and it’s hard to know what to do with the Children.
We have found 5 brilliant things that you could do this half term some of which are free!
1. Visit Manchester United’s Museum for Free
Throughout May and June it is free to visit the Manchester United’s Museum. Why not pop along and have a look around. The David Beckham exhibition ends in June so if you want to see it now’s your chance!
2. Visit the New Cbeebies Land at Alton Towers
The new Cbeebies Land opens on the 24th May and it looks awesome. A must for any Cbeebies fan. It’s packed full of their favourite characters with live shows, rides and sensory areas.
Under 4’s go free and if you book online you save up to 25%.
3 . Spring Special at Willow Farm
Willow Farm are running a Spring Special programme from 24th May -1st June. Activities include sheep shearing, Ferret Fun, Horse Display, Puppet Show, JCB Young Drivers Zone, Tree House adventure and much, much more.
4 . Become Nectar Collectors at Isis Education Centre at The LookOut in Hyde Park (Free Event)
They are hosting two open days as part of the Chelsea Fringe on the 28th and 29th of May. Walk around the gardens, visit the sunshine pond and mini-beast area. You can explore using the plant spotter sheets or take part in the free craft activities. You can make a nectar feeder for butterflies, make a recycled plant pot, paint and colour pictures of butterflies and bees or explore the gardens with their children’s nature trail.
Drop in from 11 am or 3pm. You can book a free slot to ensure you don’t miss out.
5 . Visit a National Trust Area and Work on Your 50 Things
Find your local National Trust property and get out and active. Visit the 50 Things to Do before Your 11 ¾ site and pick what you want to do or look for a family friendly event.
What ever you do have a great half term!
Next week see’s the start of Walk to School Week. Here at Kids One Stop Shop we want to help encourage you to leave your car at home and get walking.
Here are some tips on how to make Walk to School Week easy and fun.
If you are walking instead of taking the car you will have to leave earlier so make sure you plan for the earlier start time.
Check the weather the night before to see if you need wellies or your sun hats
Make sure have a drink, walking can be thirsty work.
Go with friends to make it fun. Encourage other parents to join in and go together.
Why not technically walking if your child is not too keen why not let them take their scooter.
Play games on the way like eye spy it will make the time pass quicker.
Turn your walk into a nature trail with our free printable below. Go on the hunt for bugs, flowers and other interesting things.