The Best Sunblocks For Fussy Kids

Words and imagery by Barbara O’Reilly of Patchwork Cactus, originally published on


It’s always hard to get the kids to take a break from the action on those long holiday days. The pull of the water and sun is just too strong. When you do manage to get them to dry land for some food, the likelihood of them sitting for a few minutes afterwards is often slim.


That’s why we have dreamed up this awesome sun-safe, minimal effort creative activity for them to enjoy.


All you need are a few sticks of coloured zinc, some beach-ready munchkins and a good book to read. Then your job is to sit back and relax while the kids paint themselves and each other in true 90’s style.


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