It's Time to get Crafty!

Some craft materials may contain toxic ingredients that can trigger allergies, asthma, headaches, and nausea when they are used or stored around children.
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Updated: September 4, 2012

It's Time to get Crafty!

This can create a serious risk to children's health and well-being. Children can be exposed to these harmful chemicals by inhalation, ingestion, and through skin contact. Inhaled vapors and dust from craft materials may damage the still-developing lungs of children. Also, children are more likely to ingest the chemicals in the materials because they often put their hands and art tools in their mouths. And on many occasions, art and craft time can be messy. Paints, markers, inks, and other materials can end up on children allowing chemicals to be absorbed into the body through the skin. What can you do to make sure art and craft time is safe for children in your care? Here are some simple tips:

  1. Purchase and use only non-toxic art supplies approved by the Arts and Creative Materials Institute (ACMI) and labeled with the ACMI AP (approved product) seal or other ACMI non-toxic seals.
  2. Read, understand, and follow all label directions and precautions.
  3. Ventilate the classroom or workspace while craft materials are in use. Open the windows, use a fan, or work outside if possible.
  4. Don't allow children to eat or drink while using the materials.
  5. Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after handling craft materials. Children can wear smocks or old shirts while "creating" to protect their clothing.
  6. Thoroughly clean-up the workspace when finished. Use a damp mop instead of sweeping with a broom to minimize dust and small particles in the air. Use appropriate cleaning materials (i.e. soap and water) to wash all surfaces where art and craft materials were used.
  7. Store materials properly in a location that is not accessible by children. Materials should be kept in their original packaging so as not to lose valuable safety information included on the label.
  8. Use caution when using household items or food products for art projects. Store food products such as macaroni or beans in tightly sealed plastic containers to prevent pests.