You’ve heard us say before that what you put ON your body is just as important as what you put IN your body, particularly when we’ve talked about personal care products and sunscreen. When it comes to getting creative (and messy!) with your kids, you’ll also want to be just as careful to limit their exposure during the craft-making process. Since conventional craft supplies often contain toxic chemicals that are easily absorbed through your child’s skin, here are some non-toxic craft-making alternatives to try.
Enjoy and have fun!
Edible Finger Paint Recipe
(Recipe Inspired by Mommypotamus)
- Mix until “paint” reaches desired color. Add honey until desired taste.
- If you prefer to save your yogurt or kefir for only eating out of a bowl, here’s a clean, non-edible finger paint recipe that contains only 4 ingredients.
Easy Puffy Paint Recipe
(Recipe Inspired by Living Well Mom)
- 1 tablespoon organic all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon sea salt
- 2 tablespoons water, plus a little extra, if needed
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- Natural Food Coloring
- Brushes and/or Q-Tips
- Mix all of the ingredients until it’s smooth. Add natural food coloring for desired color.
- If the mixture is too thick, slowly add a little extra water until desired consistency.
- Paint! 🙂 Some find it easier to paint with Q-Tips instead of brushes.
- To help the paint to “puff”, place paper in an oven that’s 350-400 degrees. Be sure to watch the artwork very carefully so it doesn’t overcook, burn or turn brown.
Natural Playdough Recipes:
- Here’s a natural, gluten-free play dough recipe from Against All Grain that uses natural food dyes.
- Here’s a natural play dough recipe from Instructables Living that uses natural ingredients like raspberries, blueberries, beetroot and turmeric as the food dye.
Non-Toxic Slime Recipe
(Recipe Inspired by Clean Eating With Kids)
- Mix all ingredients in a pan.
- While constantly stirring, heat mixture on stove until bubbles start to form. The slime will begin to thicken and stick together.
- Remove from the heat once slime is at desired thickness and can lift up on spoon.
- Cool completely before playing with it.
- Store in the refrigerator.
Homemade Bubble Blowing Recipe
- Here’s a recipe from The Spruce Crafts that uses natural ingredients that most people have in their kitchen cabinets to make your very own bubble blowing mixture. Please note that we do recommend using natural dish soap. However, all dish soaps work a bit differently, so you may need to experiment with the ratio of soap to water in small batches.
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