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Safety Comes First for Children

It’s very important to use quality art supplies when drawing and painting with your kids.  It’s essential that you choose only safe and non-toxic materials for your kids.  They should be free to create and play while you have peace of mind the materials they are using are not harmful in any way.  When shopping for art supplies for your kids pay special attention to reading the labels.  Below I will list exactly what label to look for to make sure you are buying safe art supplies for children.  Drawing and painting should be a fun and safe experience to share with your kids.

Another avenue to consider for art supplies is looking for products that are all natural and eco-friendly.

Eco Friendly Art Supplies

Stubby Pencil StudioMightyNest

Some of these resources include Eco-Kids, Stubby Pencil StudioMighty Nest, and Natural Earth Paint just to name a few.

The Art & Creative Materials Institute

Drawing for Kids - Link to ACMI

The Art & Creative Materials Institute Inc., is an international association of over 220 art, craft and creative material manufacturers that seeks to promote safe art products for children through their certification process.  Most major art suppliers will make sure their products are tested and approved so they can be labeled properly for sale.  It’s very important that children, especially very young kids, use materials that are safe and non-toxic.  We moms know that paint can end up everywhere, including their mouth!  Always be safe and use materials that are labeled with the “AP” label, for “Approved Product”.  The “CL” label stands for “Cautionary Label” and you need to read the labels thoroughly to understand the proper usage of the materials as they may contain materials considered to be harmful.

Recommended Art Supplies for Kids

I’ve used all the products you see below and have found them to be excellent choices for children.  The links included on this page may be affiliate links.  There is no additional cost to you for using them and I appreciate your referral.

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Below is an excerpt from ACMI directly.  Please refer to their website for more information.  You can go there directly by clicking here.

What do the ACMI Seals mean?

Approved ProductThe new AP (Approved Product) Seal, with or without Performance Certification, identifies art materials that are safe and that are certified in a toxicological evaluation by a medical expert to contain no materials in sufficient quantities to be toxic or injurious to humans, including children, or to cause acute or chronic health problems.  This seal is currently replacing the previous non-toxic seals:  CP (Certified Product), AP (Approved Product), and HL Health Label (Non-Toxic) over a 10-year phase-in period.  Such products are certified by ACMI to be labeled in accordance with the chronic hazard labeling standard, ASTM D 4236, and the U. S. Labeling of Hazardous Art Materials Act (LHAMA). Additionally, products bearing the AP Seal with Performance Certification or the CP Seal are certified to meet specific requirements of material, workmanship, working qualities, and color developed by ACMI and others through recognized standards organizations, such as the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).  Some products cannot attain this performance certification because no quality standard currently exists for certain types of products.

ClThe CL Seal identifies products that are certified to be properly labeled in a program of toxicological evaluation by a medical expert for any known health risks and with information on the safe and proper use of these materials.  This seal is currently replacing the HL Health Label (Cautions Required) Seal over a 5-year phase-in period.  These two Seals appear on only 15% of the adult art materials in ACMI’s certification program and on none of the children’s materials.  These products are also certified by ACMI to be labeled in accordance with the chronic hazard labeling standard, ASTM D 4236, and the U. S. Labeling of Hazardous Art Materials Act (LHAMA).

What makes an art material “safe”?

Knowledge of materials and their proper use makes them safe.  Be sure to read the label on all products you use so you will know they have been evaluated and are non-toxic or need special handling to avoid possible health hazards from misuse.  Look for the ACMI Seals so you will know the product has been evaluated by a qualified toxicologist forboth acute and chronic hazards.  Or, you may see other indications that the product conforms to ASTM D 4236, the chronic hazard labeling standard that is now part of the U.S. labeling law.  Follow all safe use instructions.  Purchase only products with the ACMI Non-Toxic Seals [CP, AP, and HL (Non-Toxic)] for young children, the physically or mentally handicapped, and any persons who cannot read or understand the safety labeling on product packages.  Observe good work habits and teach them to others. Read the label! Always use products that are appropriate for the individual user. Children in grade six and lower and adults who may not be able to read and understand safety labeling should use only non-toxic materials. Do not eat, drink or smoke while using art and craft materials. Wash up after use – Clean yourself and your supplies. Never use products for skin painting or food preparation unless indicated that the product is meant to be used in this way. Do not transfer art materials to other containers – You will lose the valuable safety information that is on the product package. Although the safety precautions below are not necessary with ACMI-certified non-toxic products, they are good habits to learn and practice with any art material use. Above all, purchase art materials that have been evaluated with your safety in mind, and read and follow any label directions to safely enjoy rewarding art, craft and other creative activities.

Be safe and have fun creating art with your kids. Happy painting!