By SafBaby Founders Sandra Blum and Samantha Fox Olson
Arts and crafts is a gift to give to our children. Sparking and encouraging that creativity in them is priceless. Today we bring you a guide on some of the projects we have been loving creating with our children. These arts and crafts are eco-friendly, green, a safe alternative to others readily available in big box stores (PVC-free, petrochemical free, recycled and reusable materials, water based and toxin-free), and down right FUN! So get moving and start creating!
The Shuttle Imagination From 100% Recycled Cardboard
Why We Love It: KidsCraft’s Shuttle Imagination is fun inside and outside. Made from 100% recycled cardboard, this is a fort that the entire neighborhood will enjoy.
We love that the fun is not just in having a cool fort/playhouse that is a unique rocketship, but that imagination can also run wild with decorating the “ship”. We used crayons, paints, markers, stickers and even glued on some feathers and beach treasures. The possibilities are endless with what you may create.
Have friends come over and bring treasures to add to the fort and this eco-friendly playhouse becomes creative fun for hours on end.
Measurements(Assembled): 39″L x 34″W x 72″H Fin attachments are 12″ in length
Why It’s a Safe Alternative: Made of 100% recycled cardboard and is 100% recyclable too.
Eco-Kids Natural Play Dough/Molding Dough
Why We Love It: We tried a few different natural playdoughs or molding doughs and this product was the best. We like the texture, smell and feel of this plant based, chemical and heavy metal free molding dough.
Why It’s a Safe Alternative: List of plant based ingredients: flour, salt, cream of tartar, plant-based vitamin E oil (vegan), organic rosemary oil, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, citric acid and fruit, plant and vegetable extracts from beets, spinach, paprika, carrots, purple sweet potato, red cabbage, blueberries and tomatoes.
Clementine Art’s All Natural Paints and Natural Finger Paints
Why We Love It: The colors are vibrant and petrochemical and chemical dye free! They are washable and completely natural, so they second as a natural finger paint set too!
The texture and thickness of this paint is wonderful and a fun paint to create with!
Recommended for ages 3+ and washable with soap and water.
Mimi The Sardine PVC-Free Arts and Crafts/Splash Mat
Why We Love It: We have used our Mimi The Sardine PVC-Free splash mat for years now. We get so many uses out of this safe alternative splash mat, and clean eco-friendly arts-and-crafts table cover is just one of the many.
Gives kids the freedom to create and keep surrounding area clean.
Why It’s a Safe Alternative: Many splash mats are made of toxic vinyl/pvc but Mimi the Sardine is PVC Free.
Stubby Pencil Studio’s Color ‘n Kids Eco Friendly Cards
Why We Love It: My daughter loved coloring all of her cards from the variety pack. Stubby Pencil Studio has cards ranging from dinosaurs to butterflies and for occassions such as birthday It is fun to give cards made and colored from the kids.
Why It’s a Safe Alternative: Made from 100% post consumer waste that is processed chlorine free, and made with certified renewable energy, as well as other creative and Earth friendly sources.
Clementine Art™ Natural Crayon Rocks
Why We Love It: Finally a crayon that does not break! Perfect for small children’s hands.
Not recommended for kids under 3.
Why It’s a Safe Alternative: Free of petrochemicals and chemical dyes. Ingredients: Kosher soy wax, minearal pigments, beeswax, carnauba wax, vegetable stearic acid, calcium carbonate (chalk), natural brazilian rosin, and titanium dioxide.
Clementine Art Natural Glue
Why We Love It: My little one loves cutting with her scissors and gluing art work together. This tube is easy to use, is usable on many surfaces and washes off with water.
Why It’s a Safe Alternative: Ingredients: water, naturally occurring bio-polymers adhesives, potassium sorbate, organic distilled vinegar, and citric acid.
Why We Love It:
Such creative play in designing anything from animals to jewelry and house and crowns. Fun for hours and not messy!
No glue needed and hence no mess! The starch contained in HappyMais works as a natural glue. HappyMais is totally biodegradable and compostable, all of which makes this a truly eco-friendly toy.
Why It’s a Safe Alternative: 1 box of over 700 pieces of HappyMais Building Blocks from Ecotoys made in Italy from Mater-Bi, a natural GM-free certified cornstarch material dyed with non-toxic food colorings.
Jaq Jaq Bird Roll Up Chalk and Place Mat
Why We Love It:
Great for the little Artist on the Go! Roll it up and take with you to the Restaurant, Train, Airplane or Grandparents house.
Can be used as a chalk mat and/or place mat. It comes with a small pocket to hold the chalk.
Why It’s a Safe Alternative: This eco-friendly mat is free of BPA, PVC & Phthalates.
Modern Twist Kids Placemat
Why We Love It:
My little girl loves to color when we go out to eat but I don’t usually feel like schlepping the coloring books to the Restaurant.
That’s why I love Modern Twist’s Kids Placemat. I roll it up and fold it, so it only uses little space. You can use any dry erase markers. Just make sure you rinse off or wipe of with damp cloth right away, to prevent staining.
The mat comes in 7 creative designs.
Why It’s a Safe Alternative: This silicone map is free of BPA, lead, latex, phthalates and other harsh chemicals. Also like the fact that it can be reused unlike a coloring book, so no paper waste!