We did a round up of eco-friendly play dough a while back, which was great fun. But we never really touched on other art supplies that are lurking in our cabinets. I’ll admit I have my fair share of the good old traditional stuff like Crayola crayons, and markers. But when it comes to paint I was a little more leery of what was in them and whether rinsing that stuff down the sink was bad for the environment.
The Glass Baby Bottle is a great little online shop that caters to those of us seeking a less toxic life for our babies and kids. They carry a wide range of products: Organic clothing, mattresses, bibs, bamboo bath towels, art supplies and yes – glass baby bottles. They asked us to review their new stock of Eco-Kids USA art supplies. I was excited to do so! For review they sent us a set of the Eco-Kids USA Finger paint Tube and a set of the Eco-Pencils.
The paints are made with with natural ingredients like plant, fruit and vegetable extracts from beets, spinach, paprika, carrots, purple sweet potato, red cabbage, blueberries and tomato. All the colors come in a power form so you can control how intense the color is. You can do something simple like water color or change the paint/water ratio and use a thicker paint. We experimented with a few variations and the colors all look pretty fabulous. They dry lighter in color but the fun part is doing the actual painting (if you ask me).
The Eco-Kids Colored Pencils come in a variety of pretty colors and are made with recycled newspaper along with wax and natural mineral dyes. Two pencils are “rainbow” too so they are fun to experiment with. My son is really into learning to write and these have been a fun way to encourage that skill. The Eco-Kids art supplies would make great Easter gifts for he kiddies. Speaking of Easter…
Eco-Kids has a great eco-friendly Easter Egg Coloring Kit! Finally! A kit for the rest of us who don’t feel like making our own. The kit comes with 5 colors made from purple sweet potato, paprika, beta carotene, red cabbage and blueberries. There is enough dye to color your eggs (twice if need be!) and the kit comes with 2 soy crayons for decorating. So great! I’d love to say that I spent time steeping vegetables and straining juices to make my own safe egg coloring but I just haven’t done it. With a 4 year old, a baby and work, I can barely get dinner ready. I’ve been waiting for a safe kit to come on the market and my prayers have been answered!
Get Them: Get these and other great Eco-Kids products from our friends at The Glass Baby Bottle for toxin free essentials for baby and kids. the Glass Baby Bottle is run by a Mom & Dad who want to provide non-toxic shopping for the rest of us. I’m happy to support (literally) Mom & Pop shops!