Sun Awareness Week
This week (4th – 10th May) marks Sun Awareness week which is an initiative run by B.A.D (British Associates of Dermatologists). Their aim is to educate and raise awareness around sun protection and skin cancer.
As we now approach the British Summertime, the weather is set to be sunny and warm this Bank Holiday weekend. Even though the UK continues to be locked down, many of you may wish to spend time in a garden or completing a daily exercise if you are able to. Therefore, it is important to remind ourselves of sun protection for us, our little ones and loved ones.
Top sun safety tips
You don’t have to avoid the sun all year but taking a few steps when out and about in the sun will help to protect you from sunburn and the risk of skin cancer.
•Protect the skin with clothing, including a hat, t-shirt and sunglasses
•Spend time in the shade between 11am and 3pm when it’s sunny
•Use a ‘high protection’ sunscreen of at least SPF 30 which also has high UVA protection, and make sure you apply it generously and frequently when in the sun.
•Keep your little ones out of direct sunlight
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the UK, there are two main categories of skin cancer – melanoma and non-melanoma.
The best way to check for skin cancer is to carry out regular skin self-examinations (SSE). It is recommended that you examine your skin regularly, ideally once a month. Early detection can help to reduce the risk of developing a larger, more serious skin cancer that may need extensive surgery or treatment. You should be looking for:
•New skin lumps, spots, ulcers, scaly patches or moles that weren’t there before
•Marks (including moles) on the skin that have changed shape, colour, texture or size
•Sores that do not heal
•Any areas on the skin that are itchy, painful or bleed
ABCD- Easy guide to checking your skin for melanoma
The following ABCD-Easy rules are an easy way to remember how to check for changes that might indicate a melanoma.
Asymmetry – the two halves of the area may differ in shape
Border – the edges of the area may be irregular or blurred, and sometimes show notches
Colour – this may be uneven. Different shades of black, brown and pink may be seen
Diameter – most melanomas are at least 6mm in diameter. Report any change in size, shape or diameter to your doctor
Expert – If your GP is concerned about your skin, make sure you see a Consultant Dermatologist, the most expert person to diagnose a skin cancer. Your GP can refer you via the NHS
As skin cancers vary, you should tell your doctor about any changes to your skin, even if they are not similar to those mentioned here.
With the current Covid-19 crisis that we are faced with, many of us may ignore warning signs to avoid going to our GP, however it is so important to get any changes to your health checked – If in doubt, get it check it out!
For further information on sun protection and skin cancer click here.
Frozen ice paints
A creative way to keep your little ones entertained learning about senses, colours and science.
Pour poster paint into an ice cube tray and pop it into the freezer for 20 minutes and let it begin to harden. If your little ones does not like the feel of ice, add a lolly pop stick so they would stand upright and they can then use this as a handle. Let the paints freeze over night and get creative!
For little ones add food colouring to water to create the paints and follow the same process. This way it will be safe if they decide to explore wth their mouths.
You can always add some essence to the ice before they freeze adding in another element to the activity.
Flower bracket making
Another simple yet effective activity to keep your little ones entertained on your daily activity outing.
First make a bracket from masking tape, (sticky side up) and add anything you find along the way. Foraging from the floor and things you find along the way. Simple.
One for all the family to join in and get creative whilst enjoying nature and the beautiful world we live in.
Play dough Recipe
Play dough is a simple activity to keep your little ones entertained for hours. It’s quick easy and reusable!
Measure out two cups of plain flour and 3/4 cup of salt and place in a mixing bowl. Add two cups of warm water and mix away. You can add a few drops of food colouring to create different colours or even add in some vanilla or mint essences to add some smell. Mix all the ingredients together and add more flour if the play dough is too sticky. Seal in an air tight container for tomorrow!
Play dough is a great opportunity to learn about language, maths, science and develop physical development.
Support your child's language development whilsy playing you can ask questions such as:
Are the ingredients the same? What texture are they? Are they heavy or light? What happens when we mix then all? When we add more liquid what happens? Is it sticky? Do we need more or less flour? Shall we make a snowman? Do we need big sphere or a small sphere?
If you don’t have play dough cutters or rollers use objects around the house such as kitchen utensils and let your little ones imagination run wild and don't be scared to intorduce your little ones to fun, new exciting words!
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Click on the link below to download your printable masks. Colour, paint and decorate them as you wish and don't forget to share your creations with us on our Facebook page. A handy tip* if you do not have a printer simply hold a plain piece of paper up to the screen and trace the mask outline! You will then need some elastic/ ribbon or string to tie to each side of the mask. If your little ones do not like wearing the mask, then simply tape a stick, or something long and thing to the inside of the mask and
they can then hold it to their faces as they wish!
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