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Slip! Slop! Slap! and Wrap! with Don’t Fry Day

Posted by Jody on May 21, 2012

Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of the summer vacation season all across the United States. We Americans cheerfully mark the occasion with  family cookouts, super sidewalk sales, and the annual running of the Indianapolis 500. It’s the holiday when we begin heading for the beaches in droves looking like pack mules loaded down with coolers, kayaks, kids and kites!

Summer has Arrived! Rockaway Beach, New York City

The Friday before Memorial Day (this year it’s May 25th) is designated as “Don’t Fry Day” by The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention. In an all-out effort to encourage sun safety along with skin cancer awareness and prevention, their website has many, many varied and valuable resources for you and your loved ones. You’ll find everything from sun smart vacation packing tips to info on protecting your eyes from UV rays. Here you can print educational coloring pages for the tots and suggested activities for parents and educators of school-aged children. You can even download and print out posters and stickers with the slogan “Slip! Slop! Slap! and Wrap!” as in: slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen, slap on a sun hat, and wrap on sunglasses.

Slip! Slop! Slap! and Wrap! at the Amusement Park

The Slip!Slop!Slap! catchphrase was originally introduced by SunSmart in Victoria, Australia some 30 years ago. In the land down under it has since morphed into the catchy little ditty: Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide. (In this case, the “seek” means seek shade and the “slide” is for sliding on sunglasses.) Be sure to check out Sid the Seagull singing his rendition of the updated slogan, but please, don’t blame me if this memorable tune gets stuck in your head! I do believe that is the point!

The US EPA has an informative SunWise web page featuring educational resources and Don’t Fry Day activities for kids including crossword puzzles and the story of Joe-Larry, a magical exploring cat, who travels to a big lake, a farm, the desert, and South Africa, all the while making friends and learning about sun protection.

Even in the pool!

The idea of Don’t Fry Day was initiated by the Sun Safety for Kids organization in 2008. Their website also has lots of information and ideas for promoting sun safety. They offer numerous creative ways to introduce sun safety into the primary and secondary school curriculum.

Here are a few more great links for sun protection education, and skin cancer awareness information: SunSmart New Zeland, Melanoma Center, The American Cancer Society

Remember to Slip! Slop! Slap! and Wrap! Or, if you prefer, Slip, slop, slap, seek, and slide! Either way, have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend and a wonderful summer!

Comments? Suggestions? Tips? Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comment block below. Thanks!

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