If your munchkin, like most tots, tries to wriggle away when the sunscreen bottle comes out, help her change her mind with a catchy tune. Sung to familiar nursery rhymes, lyrics about sun safety present reminders about protection in a medium she’ll enjoy. Before you know it, she’ll be chanting the songs in anticipation of her outdoor adventures.
Putting on Sunscreen
As the most vital step of sun protection, teach your child about the importance of putting on sunscreen year round.
Playing in the Shade (to tune of "Are you Sleeping") Put on sunscreen, Put on sunscreen To play outside, to play outside. I wear a hat, I wear a hat To shade my face, shade my face.
Sun is Fun (to the tune of "Row your Boat") Sun, sun, sun is fun When I use sunscreen! Don’t forget my ears and toes Any skin that’s seen!
Wearing Protective Clothes
Even the cooler months can produce a painful sunburn, so remind your little one with a song about covering up. Sung to the tune of “Are you Sleeping,” this song will send your tot off to find the right clothes.
Are you covered? Are you covered? Head to toe? Head to toe? Put your long sleeve shirt on Now put your pants on Here we go! Here we go!
Wearing a Hat and Sunglasses
If your little one hates to keep things on her head, adapt a song she loves to remind her to leave on those hat and shades to protect herself.
Sun-Safe All Day Long (to the tune of "Old MacDonald Had a Farm") I am sun-safe all day long, Ee ii ee ii oo I wear a hat to shade my face. Ee ii ee ii oo With a floppy hat here, and a floppy hat there, here a hat, there a hat, everywhere a floppy hat, I am sun-safe all day long, Ee ii ee ii oo
Fun in the Sun (to the tune of "Row your Boat") Sun, sun, sun is fun When I wear my shades! I put my glasses on my face When I go out to play!
I Need Sunscreen Every Day (to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star") I need sunscreen every day Before I go outside to play! Put it on my smiling face Ears and neck, yes that’s the place I need sunscreen every day Before I go outside to play!
Playing in the Shade
Continue the “Sun is Fun” song to the tune of “Row your Boat” with another verse about staying out of the bright sun, or teach another song about staying in the shade.
Sun, sun, sun is fun But not when it’s too bright! I play inside when sun is strong Or cover up just right!
Shady Fun (to the tune of “The Eentsy Weentsy Spider”) My friends and I go outside To run and jump and slide Out comes the sun and We all run and hide! I can ﬁnd a shady spot Underneath a tree. We play beneath the branches As happy as can be!