It’s hard to believe that summer is almost here….I loved summer when I was running my childcare center because it meant I could spend more time outside with the children. Fresh air and sunshine are two of my favorite things. I sort of miss those days, but one thing I don’t miss is the dreaded “sunscreen time”. Applying sunscreen wasn’t so bad with the older kids, but trying to make sure all the places were covered on the squirming toddlers was a real challenge.
I was talking about this with a group of providers the other day, and one of them gave me a great suggestion for managing the squirmers. I liked the idea so much, I wanted to share it with you.
You start with at least three child-size shoe boxes. Cover each of them with a different solid colored paper (red, blue, and yellow are best if you’re only using three boxes.) You can also use paper with a theme design (animals, shapes, etc.). Then you place 4”x4” gauze pads in each box. The next step is to let the toddler choose a box (if you have a large group of toddlers, you can let the children take turns choosing a box each time a new round of sunscreen needs to be applied.) Then as you use the gauze pads to apply the sunscreen, you play a name game about the color or shape that’s on the box. If the box is covered with a theme paper, you can tell a story or sing an appropriate song. This keeps the kids focused and makes applying sunscreen so much easier!
I hope you like this idea as much as I did. If you have any tips you’d like to share, please send them to me. I’d love to hear from you!