Non-toxic Art Materials and Crafts for Kids

Kids love being creative, covering their skin and tasting art materials. However, some of these products contain harmful toxins that can be absorbed through the skin, breathed in and ingested. Luckily there are heaps of quality non-toxic brands that can be found in Australia. Most of these products are made in Australian, America and Germany and comply with strict safety standards. They can be found in department stores and children’s boutiques, but some may have to be purchased online.

The following art materials and crafts that I have recommended include crayons, pencils, markers, paints, face paint, chalk, play dough, modelling clay and glue and craft activities. I have also recommended some DIY recipes and information on the brands and products (bottom).

 

Crayons

Most conventional kids crayons are made with paraffin wax which is petroleum-based, as well as artificial, chemical-based colors. Glitter (plastic particles) and perfumes are also sometimes added to kids crayons. These perfumes contain phthalates which are toxic and carcinogen. Other toxins that have been found present in some brands include lead, asbestos, and mercury, which has lead to some recalls and warnings. These non-toxic brands are made from beeswax or soy wax and use natural mineral pigments for colours. So they are safer for little curious mouths.

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Honeysticks Beeswax Crayons

Tinta Crayons (variety of themed sets)

Crayon Rocks

Playon Crayon

ÖkoNorm Nawaro Wax Crayons

Wee Can Too Veggie Baby Crayons

Pencils

Conventional colored pencils use chemical based pigments and can be coated with toxic varnish. All of these brands state that they are non-toxic and acid-free for young users. However, only Lyra is certified with EN-71 and ACMI. These pencils also have more vibrant pigment than conventional colours, which can be really hard and pale.

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Lyra Ferby Colour Pencils

Lyra Coloured Giants

Micador ColouRush Pencils

Micador Early stART Triangle Pencil Purse Pack

Micador ColouRush Jumbo Pencil

Micador Metallic Pencils

Stabilo GREENcolors

Staedtler Noris Club Maxi Learner Coloured Pencils

 

Markers

Conventional markers contain highly toxic chemical solvents like xylene and are often alcohol-based. These brands are all non-toxic and water-based. They also don’t stain clothing.

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Micador Colourfun Markers

Micador Marathon Markers

Micador Dry-Safe Markers

Micador early stART Chunky Markers

Micador early stART Chunky Stampers

Micador Besties Marker Mates

Micador early stART Safety Markers

Faber-Castell Connector Pens

 

 

Paints

Oil based paint is probably the worse for kids because it contains chemical solvents, such as methyl alcohol and toluene. These chemicals emit dangerous volatile organic compounds or VOCs. Paints can also contain toxic metals such as cadmium, arsenic, and lead. Water-based paints are the best for kids. Most seem to wash out and are considered non-toxic.

We originally purchased Crayola fingerpaint for our daughter, which stated it was non-toxic. However, when I went to purchase more I noticed that it stated on the box that it shouldn’t be used on skin or faces. My daughter loves to cover herself in paint, so wanted to purchase something a bit gentler. It’s best to buy non-toxic water paint but if you have a small bub or a toddler who loves to paint themselves and taste the paint these ones might be a bit safer options.  Another brand that is non-toxic and safety tested is Educational Colours Rainbow Colours, which I haven’t listed. Alternatively, you can always make your own paint for finger painting. Powerful Mothering has a great recipe for Homemade Finger Paint

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Natural Earth Paint, Children’s Earth Paint Kit

Glob All Natural Paint Kit

Wee Can Too Veggie Baby Finger Paint

Livos SALIS Natural Finger Paints

 

 

Face Paint

Face Paint is often loaded with dangerous toxins that are easily absorbed into the skin. They can be made with formaldehyde, phthalates, parabens, dioxins, and other petroleum-derived products.  A study in 2009 found heavy metals present such as lead, nickel, cobalt, and chromium contaminating the artificial color additives, which were way above safe levels. There are other brands that are made with natural ingredients which are safer and gentler on skin. These products are colored with natural pigments from fruits, vegetables, flowers, and other botanicals.

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Natural Earth Paint, Face Paint Kit

Educational Colours Face and Body Paint

Giotto Make Up Pencils 

No Nasties Fun Face Paints

Livos VIDA Non Toxic Natural Make-up Set

 

 

Chalk

Although chalk is naturally non-toxic, it very unhealthy to inhale it and can affect the respiratory system. Some brands have also been found to contain lead. The brands below are dustless chalk that you child can’t breathe in.

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Wee Can Too Veggie Sidewalk Chalk

Concord Chalk

 

 

Playdough

Play dough is often labeled non-toxic, however, it is colored with artificial colors. For babies and young children it’s best to go with brands that use natural colours. If you prefer you can always make play dough at home. Here are some great recipes: Mommypotamus’s Homemade Play Dough Recipe With Natural Dyes, DIY Natural’s A Simple All-Natural Homemade PlayDough, The Junior’s Edible Gluten Free Play Dough

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Mohdah for Kidz

Happy Hands Happy Heart Natural Play dough

Micador early stART First Dough

 

 

Modelling Clay

Modeling clay or Polymer clay is usually made of polymer polyvinyl chloride (PVC). It doesn’t contain any clay minerals and softened with toxic phthalates. None of these brands have really natural ingredients and don’t state that they don’t use artificial colours. Most are gluten free, non-toxic and are the safer brands on the market. Modelling clay is preferable for older children that won’t try to eat it. If you want to make your ow modelling clay, ThoughtCo. has a few great Modeling Clay Recipes.

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Seedling Modelling Clay

Prang DAS Terra Modelling Clay

Giotto Patplume

EC Modelling Clay

 

Glue

Conventional glues can contain rubber cement and emit toxic VOCs. Water-based glue is best for kids. They dry clear and are easy to wash off. Here are some of the most eco-friendly and non-toxic brands.

Glue

Tesa Ecologo Glue Stick

Tesa Ecologo Multi-Purpose Glue

Bostik Clag Paste

Bostik Blu Stick

ÖkoNORM All-purpose Glue and Repositionable Glue

 

Craft Activities

There are so many great craft activities available for kids now. Here are a few great eco-brands that are available. There are plenty more in their produce range for all different age groups so check them out.

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Papoose Knit Pack for Kids

4M Green Creativity Recycled Paper Beads

4M Green Creativity Paper Recycling

4M Green Creativity Natural Rock Art

Seedling Design your own Birds House

Seedling Make Your Own Indie Bangles

Seedlings The Little Fairy Peg Doll Kit

Goki Ladybird Flower Press

Natural Earth Paint, Paint Your Own Wooden Eggs

Natural Earth Paint, Natural Easter Egg Dye Kit

QToys Bead & Lacing Activity Box

Hape Crabby Mosaic Kit

 

 

Information on brands and products

4M

4M specialises in producing creative play things for curious kids. 4M science and craft kits give children the opportunity to experiment and be creative in an exciting, but safe way.

Green Creativity Recycled Paper Bead is a fun recycled art and craft kit for to teach kids to reuse materials. Recycled paper is inserted into the device and makes beads that can be made into necklaces, bracelets, etc. The kit includes a paper bead winding tool, patterned paper strips, elastic string, glue, plastic with foam end and detailed instructions. It is recommended for ages 7 and up.

Green Creativity Paper Recycling is a fun arts and crafts kit to teach children how Paper can be recycled. It creates lots of different textures and patterns, which can be – turn them into bookmarks, notepads, greetings cards, etc. The kit includes  50g of paper, paper making tray, net, 3 tubs of paint, 1 paint brush, coloured yarns, silk flowers, ribbon and detailed instructions. Recommended for age 6 years and up.

Green Creativity Natural Rock Art is a fun arts and crafts kit to make unique rock pets. After creating a pet, the child can build it a house and play with it on an eco board game. The kit includes four rocks, paint pots, brush, felt pieces to decorate your rocks (enough to make 8 rocks) and a board game that teaches children about how to care for the environment. Recommended for age 5 years and up.

Ballograf Rosinco

Friendly High Lighter Markers are an eco-friendly marker. They have a chisel point, the ink is water-based,  free of chlorinated or aromatic solvents. The marker body is made from Recycled Paper & wax instead of aluminum or plastic. End & cap made from polypropylene. They come in a set of 4, in the colours, yellow, blue, green and pink. They also come in a series of whiteboard and permanent markers.

Bostik 

Bostik is an Australian brand that produces stationery and DIY home decorator products. They offers a range of glues, sealants and fillers for home, office, school or workshop.

Clag Paste non-toxic paste that is smooth and easy to apply with a brush applicator, making it ideal for use in home, office or school environments. Ideal for cut and paste, papier mache, scrapbooks, and collage. Colour: white; dries clear. It is made in Australia. The main ingredient is wheat starch, which is dissolved in a water base, so it’s  safe if swallowed (unsafe for wheat sensitive).

Blu Stick is an acid-free smooth solid stick glue. It goes on blue, dries clear so you know where the glue has been applied. It is designed to bond paper, cardboard, and fabrics.  It is non-corrosive and non-yellowing, non-wrinkle, and mess free.

This chalk is made from Calcium Carbonate which occurs naturally in Limestone. This Limestone is quarried, crushed, and ground to fine particles and then dry natural colour pigments are added. They are non-toxic and dustless. Comes in packs of 100 in plain white or assorted 5 colours).

Crayon Rocks

This American company is based in Kentucky, makes crayons shaped as rocks. They are made from U.S. grown and processed Kosher soy wax and colored with natural mineral pigments. They are non–toxic, made from renewable resources, are eco-friendly. However, they are small enough (1.5 inch x .75 inch x .75 inch) to be a potential choking hazard to very young children. They come in 32 colours, in sets of 8, 16, 32, and 64, and are presented a muslin bag or a cardboard box. They comply to ASTM D 4236 and CPSIA.

Educational Colours

Educational Colours is an Australian company, manufacturing of educational teaching aids; specializing in paint, art and craft products. All their products have been designed and tested to be easily and safely by children and have been tested for compliance with Australian toy and, where appropriate, European toy safety standards.

Face and Body Paints Sets are handmade in Australia and are non-toxic and have been formulated by a cosmetic chemist for safety. The paint is thick and has brilliant colours, so only one coat is needed for full coverage. Needs only warm water to remove from faces. The set comes in of 6 vibrant colours in PET jars and is recommended for ages 3 and up.

Modelling Clay are great for shaping creative objects. It’s made from a quality mineral base. It doesn’t harden and can be re-used again and again. It is non-toxic and gluten free.

Faber-Castell

Faber-Castell is a German company that was founded in 1761. They specialize in pencils, but also produce other great products art and craft supplies.

Connector Pens have unique child safe caps that are air tight and clip pens together for easy storage and creative play.  With durable medium tips, long cap-off time and water-based non-toxic ink using food dyes, Connector Pens are the safe and lasting solution.  Washable from most clothing and surfaces. They are recommended for ages 4 and up. They are available in in sets of 10, 14, 20, 30 and 50 (50 individual colours). They also come in other packs including 6 metallics, up to 25 Jumbo Connector Pens (recommended for 3 and up) and 8 Connector Pen Colour Changers.

Giotto

Giotto is part of the Italian company, Fila Italia. They have been making pencils since 1920 and have since expanded to many different art materials.

Glob

This American-based company make eco-friendly art supplies and specializing in craft paints and Easter egg dyes made from fruits & veggies. Their products are sourced from natural, recyclable, and biodegradable materials. Their paints are made from natural ingredients and organic extracts.

All Natural Paint Kit is as an eco-friendly paint kit for artists and kids. The paints are made from fruits, veggies, and herbs with natural ingredients and organic extracts. It can be used for fingerpainting, watercolour as well as unfinished wood, collages and homemade play-dough. It is made of gum arabic, plant starch, natural colors (one or more of the following: fruit, vegetable, flower, and spice pigments), organic extracts and potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate as preservatives. It is vegan, gluten-free, all natural and non-toxic. It conforms to safety standards ASTM D 4236, EN71 and the CPSIA. It is recommended for ages 4 and up. It can cleaned with soap and water, however, colors may stain. The pack includes 6 paint colours,  6 compostable cups with lids and 2 bamboo brushes.

Goki

This brand is part of Gollnest & Kiesel KG, which is one of the most important wooden toy producers in Europe and the biggest toy producer in North Germany.

Ladybird Flower Press is an efficient and simple device to drying flowers and leaves. The Flower Press has 4 easy screw closures, is made from wood and the inserts are cardboard. Recommended for age 3 years and above.

Hape

Hape is a UK based company and is the world’s largest producers of toys made from sustainable materials. Their toys are made from Baltic Birch and Maple from FSC managed forests with non-toxic, child-safe finishes. Their toys comply with the EN71 (European norm of toys) and ASTM (American Society of Testing Materials).

Crabby Mosaic Kit uses makes a crab shape with Colourful wooden circles of different sizes.  It Includes wooden circles, a patterned base and string for framing. Recommended for ages 4 years and above.

Happy Hands Happy Heart Natural

This is an Australian company that makes natural play dough. It is non-toxic and made with natural ingredients and scented with fruit, vegetables, herbs and spice. Its comes in a variety of unique flavours including blood orange, vanilla, cinnamon, and lavender.

Honeysticks

This New Zealand company makes beeswax crayons from 100% New Zealand sustainable beeswax with non-toxic pigments. They are free of paraffin wax or cheap fillers and they are one of the only crayon available which is made with 100% beeswax. They have a unique chubby shape, which makes them easier for small hands to hold and difficult to break. They come in 12 colours. They comply with all relevant Australasian and North American safety standards.

Livos Australia

Livos Australia is an Australian company, which sells German Livos products. They sell Eco-Friendly Paints and Oils. They are very transparent and offers a full 100% ingredients declaration. They offer the Australian market safer product alternatives from conventional polyurethane, synthetic & chemical applications.

SALIS Natural Finger Paints is a non-toxic paint that is suitable for babies and kids of all ages. It is made of water, mineral pigments, methyl cellulose, hemp oil, and extract of gentian roots. Preserved with substances permitted in the pharmaceuticals and food industry. It can be used on all absorbent materials such as wood, stone, unglazed potter’s clay,  paper, cardboard, gypsum, or play dough. It comes in a set of 6 colours.

VIDA Non-Toxic Natural Makeup Set is a face paint that is suitable for babies and kids of all ages. It is made from natural raw materials and no preservatives and no VOC. The ingredients include Vegetable oils, beeswax, carnauba wax, mineral pigments and Vitamin E. The Set comes with 12 colours, 2 brushes, and cotton face cloth.

Lyra Pencils

Lyra pencils are a German brand that has been making quality pencils for over 200 years. Lyra Pencils are non-toxic and meet European Toy Standards (EN-71) and the materials and manufacturing processes are even certified to be safe for food. They have also carry the ACMI AP logo (the Art and Creative Materials Institute Inc) which is an international association that certifies that art and creative products are safe. 

Lyra Colour Giants pencils are a chunky hexagonal shaped pencil, which has a smooth texture, are highly pigmented, break-resistant, smudge proof and waterproof. They come in sets of 12, 18. and 60. They are recommended for 3 years and up. They also come in a set of 12 skin, 6 metallics, and 6 neon and 4-colour (in one pencil).

Lyra Super Ferby pencils are a chunky pencil with a triangular shape, with a smooth texture, are highly pigmented, break-resistant, smudge proof and waterproof. They come in sets of 12, 18, 36 and 60. They are recommended for 3 years and up. They also come in a set of 6 duo (2 in 1 pencil), 6 metallic, 6 neon, and 6 pastels.

Micador

Micador is an Australian company, founded in 1952. They manufacture art supplies for students, artists, and kids, as well as stationary, globes and personal device accessories.

Micador’s has created the green eARTh™ range are made with FSC® 100% certified timber and other recycled and bio-degradable materials. They are manufactured using clean energy sources. These products below are part of Micador’s green eARTh collection:

ColouRush Pencils colour strip enables faster colour lay down and more value from each pencil. Pencils are fully bonded for increased break-resistance. Bold pigments and quality binders in the colour strip enable smooth writing and vibrant colour. They are non-toxic and acid-free. They come in 36 colours, in sets of 10, 12, 36 and 96.
Metallic Pencils come in 12 metallic colours in vivid shades. They have round shape for comfortable grip and better control. They are also non-toxic and acid-free, safe for young users. They come in a pack of 12 colours.

Colourfun Markers are broadly shaped with sink-proof nibs. The barrels and lids made from a minimum of 15% post-consumer recycled plastic and are fully recyclable. They come in a PP wallet that is PVC free and 100% recyclable. They are non-toxic, with super washable ink. They come in a set of 12 (12 colours).

Marathon Markers have a chunky 15mm thick barrel grip and cone-shaped tip with 5g ink reservoir. The barrels are made with a minimum of 15% recycled material and are 100% recyclable. Sink-proof nibs will not break with rough treatment. They come in a PP wallet that is PVC free and 100% recyclable. They are non-toxic,  super washable and the water-based ink that washes out easily.

Dry-Safe Markers can withstand 8 weeks with cap off. They come in 12 bright colours in a set of 12. The barrels are made with a minimum of 15% recycled material and are 100% recyclable. They are washable, water-based, non-toxic ink that washes out.

These products below are non-toxic but are not part of Micador’s green eARTH collection:

ColouRush Jumbo Pencil (FSC) are high-quality pigments and smooth binders with 9.5mm body with a huge 5mm colour strip. They are fully bonded to ensure break resistance. They are non-toxic and acid-free. They come in pack of 10 colours.

Early stART Triangle Pencil Purse Pack (FSC) are triangle shaped colour pencils to encourage correct writing grip. The pencils are non-toxic so they’re safe for early stARTers. Handbag sized cylinder has a  firm lid and in a handy size. Bonus six sheets of paper included. Cute Australian animals printed on each pencil. They come in a pack of 12 colours.

Early stART Chunky Markers are easy grip markers for little hands. The sink proof tip is virtually indestructible and markers have accurately die cut safety lids and no end caps for safety. They come in a pack of 5 colours and have large ink reservoir, and can be rehydrated by dipping in water.  They are super-washable, water-based ink, which easily washes out of clothes, skin and furniture in cold water. They are ideal for 3 year and up.

Early stART Chunky Stampers are mega sized with a fantastic collection of accurately cut stamps of appealing characters on marker nibs. The sink proof tip is virtually indestructible and markers have accurately die cut safety lids and no end caps for safety. They come in a pack of 5 colours and have large ink reservoir, and can be rehydrated by dipping in water.  They are super-washable, water-based ink, which easily washes out of clothes, skin and furniture in cold water. They are ideal for 3 year and up.

Early stART Besties Marker Mates are chunky grip markers in cute collectible character shapes- ideal for young children learning to draw. The chunky grip barrels are easy for little hands to hold. Markers have non-toxic, washable ink- so they are safe for young users. Large safety caps and no end caps. Sturdy tips that won’t fray or break with rough treatment. Long lasting ink reservoir. They come in different themed character packs and packaged with 6 markers. These themed packs included petting zoo, fairytale, dino, puppy, jungle, and underwater.

Early stART Safety Markers fit the full hand grip of young users. They are safe for children from 1 year old. The child safety nib allows kids to draw on any angle without marker tip pushing into the barrel and have secure end caps and ventilated safety lid. They are super-washable and have non-toxic ink, which rinses off skin with water and washes out of fabrics easily in a normal 40 degree wash. They come in packs of 8 or 10 colours.

Early stART First Dough is a non-toxic extra soft dough, that is easy to mold. It comes in 7 colours, which are divided into two packs, neon and bright. These colours can be mixed together to make new ones.

Mohdoh for Kidz

This brand is part of Mohdoh, who makes Mouldable Aromatherapy dough. Their dough is infused with selected essential oils and can be used for Aromatherapy, Colour therapy and Play therapy.

Mohdoh for Kidz is a fun way for kids to benefit from essential oils. As the dough is kneaded the essential oils are vaporised, inhaled and absorbed through the skin. The concentration of oils is carefully controlled to ensure that mohdoh is both safe and effective. It comes in 6 colours, that are designed for different needs. It is non-toxic, fully complies with EN71 safety legislation, isn’t tested on animals, and last from 3 months or opening.

Natural Earth Paint

This American company was founded by a professional artist, mom, and environmentalist, who wanted to make high-quality non-toxic art supplies. They produce both fine art supplies and kids arts and crafts products. They have received the Gold certification from Green America, which is the highest rank for a green business.

The Children’s Earth Paint Kit is a creamy, tempera-like paint, when mixed in water. It can also be made into watercolors when additional water is added.  The rich, vibrant colors can also be used by adults for crafting and scrapbooking, can be painted on wood, rocks, fabric, paper, glass and more. It is 100% Washable and recommended for all ages. The paint is made of organic corn starch, gum arabic, natural earth and mineral pigments. The kit contains 6 colours and more colours can be purchased individually. The packaging is completely post-consumer recycled and biodegradable.

Natural Face Paint Kit is great to transform faces for Halloween, festivals, theater, circus or parties. It is made of organic and natural ingredients, handcrafted in Oregon. These paints are durable and wash off with water. This produce is certified non-toxic, and it is free of nanoparticles, heavy metals, parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, petroleum-based dyes, and animal products. Ingredients include distilled water, natural clay & mineral pigments, organic castor seed oil, certified organic beeswax, Certified Organic Shea Nilotica (Fairtrade shea butter), cetearyl alcohol (from natural vegetable oils), carrageenan seaweed, olive-mulse (olive based emulsifier), and 1% Optiphen (a formaldehyde-free and paraben-free preservative). Buy as a kit of 4, 6 or individually.

Paint Your Own Wooden Eggs is a kit to paint hand-made reusable Easter eggs. The kit includes 6 wooden eggs made of sustainable FSC certified wood and  6 colors of the Children’s Earth Paint. Recommended for ages 2 years and above.

Natural Egg Dye Paint is a kit to of natural dye eggs with fruits, herbs, and veggies and without petroleum. The ingredients include Pure, natural fruit & vegetable extracts (spinach, purple carrots, turmeric, beets, red cabbage, and blueberries). The kit includes 4 colors of natural dye that make 5 – 6 colors and An instruction sheet with a collection of fabulous “Creative Egg Art Ideas.” It is Gluten-free, Vegan, and GMO-free.

No Nasties

No Nasties is an Australian company that manufactures natural kids play makeup, face paint and hair chalk.

Fun Facepaint is natural powders require water to make them into face paint. They do not contain FD&C colours, synthetic dyes, talc, mineral oil, bismuth oxychloride, ferric ferrocyanide or paraben preservatives. They are 100% natural, handmade in Australia, had no animal testing and the packaging is recyclable. It is recommended for 4 years and above, as the containers are small. They come in a pack of 3 face paint powders, 1 shimmer balm, 2 applicator sponges, 2 double-sided brushes, 1 art palette and a sheet of tattoos. The ingredients include: Face Paint Mineral Powder – Mica, Zinc Oxide, May Contain (+/-) Tin Oxide, Titanium dioxide, Iron Oxide, Ultramarines; Shimmer Balm – Organic Australian Beeswax, Fractionated Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Mica, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Peel Essential Oil.

ÖkoNorm

ÖkoNORM is a German company and the producer of ecologically friendly Nawaro products.

Nawaro Wax Crayons are non-toxic,  natural sustainable wax crayon. They are made of 25% pure and organic colour pigments. They come in 12 colours and are presented sets of 6 or 12, in cardboard or wooden box. They are ideal for children over 3 years. They were rated  ‘Sehr Gut’ (Very Good) in Germany’s Öko Test (Eco Test) dated Feb 2012.

ÖkoNORM All-purpose Glue and Repositionable Glue is a strong all round adhesive, which is non-toxic and biodegradable. It can be used to glue paper, cardboard, wood, glass, plastic and metal. It can also be used as a repositionable adhesive. It is made of aqueous acrylic resin, cellulose, and caustic soda. It has been tested by the independent Öko-Test organisation and achieved a ‘very good’ score.

Papoose

Papoose is an Australian company that is focused on fair labour and sustainable practices. They sell handmade products that are made by women in Nepal and designed locally. All dyes used are AZO free, biodegradable and non toxic and comply with EN71 (part 1,2,3). They don’t use synthetic fillings, only the finest wool and natural materials.

Knit Pack for Kids is includes two bamboo knitting needles with colourful felt pom poms on the ends and two rolls of colourful pure wool.

Playon Crayon

Playon Crayons are a brand of Studio Skinky. These crayons are made of wax, are stackable, stain free and certified non-toxic by ACMI & has CE mark. They come in a set of 12 primary colours and a set of 12 pastel colours and the packaging is recyclable. They are recommended for ages 2 and up.

Prang

Prang is an Italy company that is part of the Fila Italy Group. They produce art supplies.

DAS Terra Modelling Clay a non-toxic, gluten free malleable modeling clay, that air hardens (24 hours) and has a fine even texture. It can be used with wood, cardboard, terracotta and paints and varnishes can be added for decoration. It’s ideal for making small objects, jewelry, and decorations.

QToys

QToys is part of Melbourne-based Quinn’s group. They utilise green practices by making products from plantation rubber, Acacia timber, and recycled timber from coconut trees. Recycled branches from rubber trees and Acacia trees are also used in many designs. Made in Vietnam by craftsmen and craftswomen who are paid a fair wage in stable employment. QToys comply with Australian and New Zealand toy safety standards. Additionally, most Q Toys also have the CE mark which means that they have been tested by qualified testing organizations according to the European safety standards for toys.

QToys Bead & Lacing Activity Box is a kit to make jewelry. The threadable beads are made of Natural timbers and stains. It allows kids to create their own designs as they thread the beads onto the string supplied, Comes in a wooden box for easy storage. Recommended for ages 3 years and above.

 

Seedling

Seedling is a New Zealand company that made creative activity toys. They use non-toxic materials that are locally sourced. Their products comply with ASTM F963, EN71, CPSIA & ASTM D4236.

Lil’ Modelling Clay comes in a pocket-sized pack, which is great for on the go. It is made of nontoxic materials. It includes 4 colours and never tries out so it can be remolded.

Design your own Birds House is a kit to make a unique wooden bird house. It was the winner of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Toy Award. It comes with a wooden bird house, Acrylic paints, and a Natural bristle paintbrush. It promotes creative confidence, problem-solving skills, and creative play. Recommend for aged 4 years and above.

Make Your Own Indie Bangles is a kit to make a one-of-a-kind indie creations. It was the winner of the Tillywig Toy Awards for Best Creative Fun. It comes with Wooden Bangles, Embroidery Thread, Assorted Fabric, Ribbons and Craft Glue. Recommend for aged 6 years and above.

The Little Fairy Peg Doll Kit is a fun doll making kit. It includes wooden dolly pegs, pipe cleaners, glitter glue and pom poms. Recommend for aged 8-12 years.

Stabilo

Stabilo is a German company that was founded in 1855. It has since become one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of writing instruments and is part of the Schwan-STABILO Group.

Stabilo GREENcolors are FSC-certified timber colour pencils. They are made from certified, sustainable managed forests. They are safe, non-toxic colours. They have a classic hexagon shape with natural white stripes and environmentally friendly matt paint (made Weymouth white pine) and the colours are rich and intensive. They come in 24 colours, in sets of  12, 18 and 24.

Staedtler

Staedtler is a German company that has been making pencils for decades. They also produce other types of stationary and modeling and crafting materials.

Noris Club Maxi Learner Coloured Pencils are designed for small hands for drawing and colouring. They have integrated Anti-Break-System (A-B-S), which is the white protective coating reinforces the lead core and increases break-resistance. They are easy to sharpen and use a non-toxic formula. The wood is from PEFC™ certified sustainably managed forests. They come in a pack 12 and 70 (12 colours in range). They also conform to EN71.

Tesa

Tesa us a German company that makes adhesive products. They have a product line of EcoLogo, green products that are socially responsible, safer and high quality.

EcoLogo Glue Stick is great for gluing paper, photos, cloth, cork and leather. It is solvent free, has a neutral odor and container is 100% recycled plastic. It even has a small window gauge to show the amount of glue remaining. It comes in three sizes.

Ecologo Multi-Purpose Glue is great for gluing paper, photos, cardboard, cork, textiles, wood, felt and leather. The cap has a click system, for fine gluing and surface application. It is water-based, odorless and solvent free. The entire bottle is made of 80% recycled plastic. The glue is transparent and is light, heat and age resistant.

Tinta Crayons

This Melbourne based company makes safe, natural crayon, without using palm, soy or paraffin (a by-product of petroleum) waxes. The wax is organic and farmed sustainably. All crayons are made and packed in 100% recycled packaging in Melbourne. They come 12 colours and modeled in a variety of objects which are in themed sets, including Easter, Australian Animal, Emoti,  Fairy, Garden, Name, Robot, Beach,  Dinosaur, Castle, Christmas, Leaf, Honeycomb, Owl, Petal, Tea set, Transport. They are compliant with AS/NZS 8124.3:2012.

Wee Can Too

This American based company makes high-quality art supplies for babies and toddlers. The are made from fruit and vegetable powders and plant-based ingredients. They products are all natural food based ingredients,  without chemicals, preservatives, color additives.

Veggie Baby Finger Paint is made of baby safe ingredients which are organic, vegan and contain no wheat, sugar, or preservatives. It is also CPSIA Compliant. The kit comes with 5 paints.

Veggie Sidewalk Chalk is made from organic ingredients, is vegan and contains no wheat, sugar, preservatives or dairy. There is also no lead in their chalk so it’s safe for babies. It’s great to use on cement, sidewalks and other tactile surfaces. It comes in a pack of 5 colours.

 

References

THE TOXIC TRUTH BEHIND CHILDREN’S NON-TOXIC ART AND CRAFT SUPPLIES

10 ECO-FRIENDLY NON-TOXIC ART SUPPLIES FOR KIDS

Non-toxic art supplies

Four Companies Offering Non-Toxic Face Paints For Halloween

Face Paint: Is It Worth the Risk?

IS CHALK HARMFUL FOR YOUR HEALTH?

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