Make Your Own Nontoxic Art Supplies
Dabbling in arts and crafts is a fantastic way for children to express their creativity, have fun and build up confidence and skills. Unfortunately, many traditional art supplies like glues and paints contain toxic volatile organic compounds, including potential carcinogens.
Choose safer alternatives by avoiding solvent-based markers, rubber cement and the strongest-smelling glues. Learn to make dyes out of plant material and finger paint out of cornstarch at coopamerica.org. Generally, water-based or egg-based (tempera) paints are likely to be less toxic (and easier to clean up) than other types.
Craft time can also be used as an opportunity to teach your kids about recycling and reuse. Show them how to make collages and mobiles out of old magazines and odds and ends. Have them draw on the backs of used paper or decorate old containers.
Remember when you were a kid, and summer evenings meant catching fireflies, watching tadpoles or maybe going on night walks to listen for owls? You don’t have to travel to the ends of the Earth to find opportunities to get more in touch with the millions of other living things on the planet.
Children are naturally curious and drawn to nature. But unless they grew up on a farm or truly rural area, they may not have had a lot of exposure to it. They key is to educate and keep them safe, while also letting them discover the wonders of the world for themselves. Hikes, canoe trips, camping and birding are just a few of the many ways to get out there.
Simple yet things we all enjoy doing back when life was a lot simpler….:) Simple ways to to reconnect with your kids and getting to know them just a little bit more.