With all those crayons, paintbrushes, stickers, and glue sticks, it's no wonder the kiddos' art and craft supplies can easily become a mess. To get this classic trouble spot under control, we're sharing 10 mom-tested organization strategies. Click through to find the best solution for your family!
Get crafty! There's nothing better than a rainy afternoon spent dreaming up new and creative art projects. In an ideal world, parents wouldn't have to worry about the toxicity of the supplies. For parents of young tots, who tend to put everything into their lil mouths, the artificial chemical dyes, petrochemicals, and other unknown ingredients found in paints, glues, crayons, and markers — despite bearing a nontoxic label — can be frightening. Unbeknownst to their parents and teachers, millions of children are exposed to these harmful contaminants on a daily basis. Fortunately, there are safe alternatives. Companies like Wee Can Too Art and Clementine Art are committed to developing products that are eco-friendly and truly kid-safe. Unleash tots' creative side with these eco-friendly, nontoxic art supplies that are as gentle on the earth as they are on kids.
Crayola renamed its "Flesh" crayon "Peach" in 1962, as it was seen by some as racist and politically incorrect. Today, children can choose a variety of art supplies, from the waxed coloring sticks to pencils, to accurately shade in their skin in self-portraits. Celebrate the diverse beauty of the world's peoples by checking out some of these products.
Crayola's Multicultural Crayons ($2.50). The eight-pack of chunky crayons offers shades of black, sepia, peach, apricot, white, tan, mahogany, and burnt sienna. Lyra Assorted Skin Colors Pencil Set ($27). The fine pigmented pencils come in a pack with a dozen shades that can be mixed to create any complexion a lil artist wants. People Pencils ($20). The set of 15 pencils can be blended to achieve different skin tones to represent humans around the globe.