A recent report that some crayons contain cancer-causing asbestos is a good reminder that not all art supplies are healthy choices for kids. But by following a few simple tips and choosing art supplies carefully, it’s easy to keep your kids’ artistic endeavors healthy and fun!
Tips For Healthier Art Projects
- Do not allow children to eat or drink while using art supplies.
- Closely supervise younger children who may chew on crayons, colored pencils or brushes.
- Stay clear of vapors from solvents, mists from sprays, and dusts from mixing dry paints and clays which are easily inhaled.
- Make sure to wash hands when finished.
- When choosing art supplies, choose carefully. Use our guidelines for finding the least toxic options for paints, adhesives, modeling clay, and more.
- Read labels carefully. The word “non-toxic “ can be a clue that the product is a less toxic option to a very hazardous product, though still not always completely safe for kids. Use our tips to decipher art supply labels.
- Limit use of kitchen surfaces and utensils when creating.