Get SunSmart! Children's Art Competition

Closing Date: 31st May 2024

Playing and spending time outdoors is good for you. However, it is important for you, your family and friends to protect skin when outside in the sun.

Children and young people are particularly vulnerable to the damaging effects of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation (UV) rays. But the good news is you can protect your skin by following the SunSmart 5 S’s.

The SunSmart 5S’s are:

Slip on clothing: We need to cover our skin as much as we can, using tops that have long sleeves to cover your arms and collars to cover your neck; 

Slop on sunscreen: Children need a stronger sunscreen than adults, with a SPF of at least 50, while adults should wear a sunscreen with a SPF of at least 30. The sunscreen you use should be water resistant and be reapplied every couple of hours;

Slap on a hat with a wide brim: This will shade your face, ears and neck from the sun;

Seek shade: When playing outside in the sun, try to play under trees or shade if you can;

Slide on sunglasses: The sun can also damage your eyes. Wearing wraparound sunglasses that have UV protection protects your eyes.

We want children to be creative and learn how to enjoy the sun safely by:

Colouring in the Healthy Ireland SunSmart 5S’s picture (Preschool, Junior Infants to First Class


Drawing a picture showing how to be SunSmart using the Healthy Ireland SunSmart 5S’s (Second to Fourth Class, and Fifth and Sixth Class)

The categories are: Preschool , Junior Infants to First Class , Second Class to Fourth Class, Fifth Class to Sixth Class.

What you can win

The winners of each category will receive:


There will also be 10 lucky runner-up prizes in each of the four category who will receive a Healthy Ireland SunSmart goodie bag

Full details of the competition are available at