- "Non-toxic" means less toxic, but not completely safe. Look for AP or CP symbols.
- If the label says Caution, Warning, etc., it's best to avoid.
- Use a well-ventilated area if using vapors, sprays, mists, dusty chalk, etc.
- Don't eat or drink at the same time as making art.
- Don't use kitchen eating surfaces for art projects.
- Watch young children who might put art materials in their mouths.
- Wash hands when you're done.
Avoid oil paints and enamels. Gel acrylics can contain toxic ammonia stabilizers and formaldehyde preservatives.
The safest paints:
- water-based watercolors
- tempera paints
- “non-gel” acrylics
Avoid solvent-based rubber cement, model glue, and epoxy.
The safest glues:
- glue sticks
- library paste
- Elmer’s glue
- adhesive tape
Crayons, Markers, & Pencils
Avoid paraffin crayons and alcohol-based markers.
The safest coloring:
Clay & Modeling
Avoid PVC-based Sculpey or Fimo clays
The safest clay: