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These 5 Non-Toxic Art Supplies Are Must-Haves For Every Little Artist

By Maria Cook

Crayons! Markers! Finger paints! Construction paper! Art supplies are a huge part of life for kids. They allow children to express themselves and learn about colors, shapes, and textures. The projects that kids create are often precious to parents, as they can be an important glimpse into how kids see the world. 

But many traditional art supplies, from clay to scissors, can contain toxins and other ingredients that health-conscious parents may not approve of. Luckily there are other options to keep kids happily crafting. Here are five non-toxic art supplies for the little artist in your life.  

1. Paints

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Whether used with fingers or a brush, paint is a key art supply for kids. The trouble is, many paints (particularly oil-based ones) contain potentially harmful chemical solvents and may even be colored with pigments from toxic metals, such as lead and cadmium. 

As an alternative, try paints with a water base, or those made from natural ingredients. Paint brand Glob produces water-based paints colored with vegetable pigments. If you're searching for a paint that is extra safe for skin, Natural Earth produces face paints with certified organic ingredients.