Sun Safety Activity Book and Checklist
Every day is an opportunity to teach our kids healthy habits, including how to play safe in the sun. Use the activities and coloring pages in our Sun Safety Activity Book to make sun safety an easy and fun part of your daily routine.
Fill out the form to the right to download our Sun Safety Activity Book, and keep reading our sun safety checklist below to learn more about playing safe in the sun.
How to Play Sun Safe
Before you head out for your next day of fun in the sun, brush up on your sun safety knowledge with these quick tips for the entire family.
Know the Peak Sun Hours and Seek Shade
The sun’s UV rays are strongest during midday peak sun hours, from 10 am to 2 pm. If you’re enjoying outdoor family fun during these hours, seek shade from a tree, umbrella or tent. A pop-up tent or beach umbrella is a great way to bring the shade with you.
While in general the sun is stronger at midday and during summer months, the amount of UV rays you encounter changes based on many different factors, including the weather. Check the UV Index forecast in your area before heading outside on the EPA’s website.
No time to check the forecast? Blue Lizard’s Smart Bottle and Smart Cap Technologies make it easy to know when harmful UV rays are present. Every bottle and tube cap changes color in the presence of UV light as reminder to stay sun safe.
Longer sleeves and pants can provide additional protection from UV rays, especially if they’re made from tightly woven fabrics. Some special fabrics are designed specifically to protect you from UV rays, so check the garment's tag for UPF (UV Protection Factor).
If you wear a t-shirt when you’re splashing in the pool or the waves, remember that a wet t-shirt offers much less protection than a dry one. Consider applying sunscreen underneath the t-shirt as well.
Wear a Hat and Sunglasses
Hats with all-around wide brims of 3 inches or more help protect your face, scalp, ears and neck. As with clothing, choose a hat made from tightly-woven fabric. Straw hats with an open weave don't provide strong sun protection, so consider choosing a hat made of canvas instead or be sure to apply sunscreen to your face, ears and neck.
Sunglasses that wrap around the face can help prevent UV rays from entering your eyes from the sides. Glasses with oversized lenses can also help by covering more of the eye area. Look for glasses with a sticker or tag stating that they block 100% of UV rays, and don't worry about how dark or what color the lenses are. The lenses’ darkness or color doesn't indicate how well they block UV rays.
Apply (& Reapply) Sunscreen
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends choosing a water resistant, broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher, like Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen. Don’t forget to apply to your ears, nose, lips and the tops of your feet! And remember that all sunscreens, regardless of SPF, should be reapplied at least every 2 hours.
Not all sunscreens are the same, and we recommend choosing a sunscreen that’s designed to be gentle on skin while protecting you from the sun. Before buying any sunscreen, check out the Drug Facts panel to be sure that you’re choosing a product that suits your specific skin needs.
There are two types of active sunscreen ingredients: chemical and mineral. Chemical active sunscreen ingredients are designed to absorb into the skin, where they turn UV rays into heat. Mineral active sunscreen ingredients like Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide form a transparent layer and act like thousands of tiny mirrors on the skin’s surface to reflect UV rays away before they have a chance to enter the body.
Blue Lizard is passionate about creating the best mineral-based sunscreens to give your family serious sun protection that’s gentle on sensitive skin. That’s why we’ve earned top scores for sun protection and safe ingredients form the Environmental Working Group. You can learn more about sunscreen ingredients and safety at EWG.org.