Whether it’s a game of cricket in the backyard or a day at the beach, being outside during summer is a staple for Kiwi kids. To make sure everyone is having safe fun in the sun this summer, we’ve put together some easy sun smart tips you can follow.
Kiwi summers are full of fun and we are amazingly lucky to live in a country that allows families to engage in a huge range of outdoor activities. Every family has their go-to summer activities but if you need a little inspiration, here are some of our favourites:
- Head to the beach: Take a roadie to explore a new beach or break out the beach cricket at your nearby favourite.
- Pool days: At home or see what fun activities your local pool has for kids over summer.
- Walks along boardwalks and treks through the bush: A great way to engage with kids away from their screens!
- Grab a sprinkler or a hose and make a backyard slip’n’slide: Classic Kiwi summer fun.
- Invest in some soccer balls, paddles, bowling pins and turn your backyard into a sport centre: Put some of these on the Christmas wishlists.
- Pick a location an hour away from your city’s main centre and go exploring for the day: Be a tourist for a day and make some family memories.
Sun safety when playing outdoors
While the family is enjoying the outdoor fun this summer, don’t forget the sun smart rules. Teaching kids about sun safety is important so here are some easy tips to help keep your family safe from the harsh summer sun.
No hat, no play
This is imperative if you want to be able to play safely in the sun. Invest in a wide brim hat for each family member to help protect their head, face, ears, neck and even their eyes. Lead by example and pop your hat on every time you head outdoors (even if you’re only gardening) and encourage your family to do so as well.
Keep sunscreen everywhere
Keep sunscreen in the beach bag, on the kitchen bench, and in your handbag to make sure you’ve always got some handy to protect yourself and the kids from the sun. Apply the suncream 20 minutes before you head outside. A roll-on sunscreen can be kept in a backpack and makes it fun for kids to apply.
For an adult a full body application is 35ml or 7 x 5ml teaspoons for 7 body parts: face and neck, front and back, each arm and each leg. NIVEA has a sunscreen teaspoon which is a way to make sure the right amount is applied.
Spread the word
When kids are with friends, encourage them to remind each other to apply sunscreen. The kids can turn this into a game as to who would remind each other first to reapply their sunscreen after swimming. Sunscreens only offer one element of protection, so remind kids to rock those hats and sunglasses, cover up and seek out shade.
Pop-up tents are your secret weapon
100% worth the investment, pop-up tents are a great way to keep the whole family out of the direct sun. Pop it under a tree in your backyard and make a little area for the kids to chill out in with beanbags and bottles of cold water when they need a rest. If you’re heading to the beach or the park, take your pop up tent and some beach chairs to make the space even more comfortable.
Our tip: Be sure to invest in one that provides an extra layer of protection against UV rays and use it as a station to reapply sunscreen.
Stay out of the midday sun
It’s true that the sun is at its worst in the middle of the day so plan your day as best you can to stay out of the sun during that time.
Don’t forget sunnies
Sun can cause a range of problems for eyes both in the short and long term. This is especially important if you are out on the water as the sun reflecting on the water can accelerate the damage. Sunglasses that meet the Australia/New Zealand Standard and a wide rimmed hat are essential.