Choosing Safer Products: Art and Craft Supplies
|Glues and adhesives||Glue stick
White “library” paste
White wood glue, such as Elmer’sTM School Glues
|Drawing materials||Water-based markers, preferably unscented
|Paint||Water-based children’s paints in solid or liquid form, such as tempera, poster paints, and paint pans
Acrylic paints are also water-based but should be avoided (they can contain ammonia and formaldehyde)
|Modeling clays||Making your own is best (recipe available here). Otherwise, choose from these alternatives to polymer clays:
||Polymer clays (such as FimoTM), which are made of vinyl/PVC|
|Ceramics and pottery||Glazes with an AP (Approved Product) logo from the Art & Creative Materials Institute (ACMI)
Contact manufacturers to make sure glazes do not contain lead
|Glazes for professional artists
Glazes that are not lead-free
|Craft pieces||Metal-free pieces such as popsicle sticks, cotton balls, fabric pieces, yarn, beads, and buttons||Pieces made of metal, such as costume jewelry and charms, which may contain lead|
|Aprons and smocks||Aprons and smocks made of PVC-free materials such as cotton, nylon, and polyester||Aprons and smocks made of vinyl/PVC or coated with vinyl/PVC|
- To learn more about toxic chemicals in art and craft supplies, read our Art and Hobby Supplies fact sheet.
- Avoid children’s products that do not have Non-Toxic seals from the Art & Creative Materials Institute (ACMI). Products with the seal are not necessarily non-toxic but are a better choice than products without the seal.
- Avoid products for professional artists and products for adults labeled with the ‘CL’ or ‘HL: Cautions Required’ marks from the Art & Creative Materials Institute (ACMI).
- Check at home for any products that have been recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission [www.cpsc.gov]
- Take a look at Top 10 Tips: Choosing Art Materials
A Sample Healthy Craft Kit for Kids:
Children’s crayons Colored pencils Glue stick and/or white glue Water-based markers Water-based children’s paints Colored paper Fabric pieces Yarn Stamps and water-based ink pads Scissors (age-appropriate) Adhesive tape