Creativity Without Worries—Nontoxic Art Supplies

Aug, 02, 2017

By Fredrica Syren:

My kids have always loved to produce art. They love everything — painting, drawing, sewing, building and sculpting with playdough or clay. It’s just great to see how creative they get and have so much fun. Especially during our summer break, we spend more time creating art.

Unfortunately, in our country there are very few regulations protecting children when it comes to the use of chemicals, so harmful chemicals are allowed in many products that we use every day, including art supplies. Children are very vulnerable to toxic chemicals like lead, cadmium, xylene, ammonium and formaldehyde not only because they tend to put more things into their mouths but also because chemicals can be absorbed right through the skin, which is the way the toxins enter their bloodstream and internal organs. Children’s immune systems are more immature than that of adults, so exposure to chemicals have a greater impact on them.

Luckily there are chemical- and toxin-free art supplies for children on the market today. Here are my favorites for creative times without the worries:

Eco-kid—Art pads, play dough, crayons made with nontoxic, natural ingredients; made in the U.S. and packed in environmentally friendly packaging

Glob Colors—Selling face paint, Easter egg dyes and craft paints made from fruits and veggies

Earth Grown Crayons—Crayons made from eco-friendly and 100% biodegradable soy, which are packaged in recycled and reusable packaging

Stockmar— Sells water colors, pencils and crayons that are certified nontoxic by the Art and Crafts Materials Institute

 We Can Too—Sells quality dough, paint sets, dyes, chalk and crayons made from fruits and vegetable powders. All products are plant based, natural and made without chemicals, preservatives or color additives.

You can also make a lot of your own art supplies. Here are some recipes:



Salt Dough

Side walk paint

Textured Sand Paint


Fredrika Syren

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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